Back in the Day

Last week, my column was devoted to Christmas cards. While writing that column, my thoughts turned to Christmas Trees, and, therefore, I decided to devote this week’s column to Christmas Trees. I am going to share both old and new things resurrected from fond memories of Christmas tree pract…

While it has been more than seventy years, it seems as though it was just yesterday. I can still see myself, sitting with my mother at our dining room table, preparing Christmas cards to go into the mail. While Christmas cards are still sent today, purchasing, preparing, sending, receiving a…

On Sunday, November 21st of this year, I gathered with a group, The Amtrak Brothers, to renew a relationship that goes back to the 80s and 90s. I had not seen many of those gathered for more than thirty years; a period back in the day. The Amtrak Brothers, you ask? The Amtrak Brothers were a…

In many respects, this past Turkey Day mirrored Thanksgiving Day of last year. In last year’s column, I expressed a hope that we would not experience another Thanksgiving Day in which our activities were dictated by the COVID pandemic. Well, here we go again. While there have been some steps…

Do you recall frightening days returning home from the movies after watching a horror film? I recall being so frightened, after watching a Frankenstein, Dracula, or Wolf Man movie, that I would run all the way home. The Beast with Five Fingers was probably the most horrific and caused me to …

The mobile telephone has significantly changed our way of life. Today, telephone calls can be received no matter where you are. You can receive and send emails from your mobile telephone and no longer have to rely on your desk top computer. Payments of bills and banking transactions can also…

I was sitting around killing time, several weeks ago, when my mind wandered back to things that exist for which there seems to be no practical reason. I also thought about inventions that suggested that the inventor may have ignored logic and practicality in their design.

Today is Halloween! Some of you have undoubtedly decorated your homes but perhaps not as elaborate as in the past. Last night on Mischief Night you may have gone out to “trick or treat” with your children or grandchildren. If not, you made plans to do this tonight or you stocked up on goodie…

In a conversation with a friend from New Jersey, I discovered that he was unfamiliar with the term jackleg. The term may be unfamiliar with Jersey its, but it is one that has been regularly used in the Philadelphia area. So, I decided to take a trip to a Merriam-Webster Dictionary. I found a…

I acknowledged having limited cooking skills in several previous columns. I attributed this lack of skill to my father who prohibited me from being in the kitchen; he viewed cooking and kitchen related activities as female tasks. I did take Home Economics in junior and senior high schools bu…

As a child, I was told things that have remained with me into my adult years. A plethora of these thoughts are probably ones passed on to you while growing up too. Were you told to eat everything on your plate? Were you reminded to make up your bed each morning? I am sure you were told to ne…

One day last week, the weather was exceptionally lovely. I decided to sit on a bench in front of the Tribune offices and enjoy the fresh air. A friend and fraternity brother, who was passing by, joined me and we engaged in some small talk. I knew that his father had passed a few months ago a…

“I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.” These words are generally attributed to Helen Keller. However, others identify William Shakespeare and Mahatma Gandhi as the first to coin this phrase. One website that I found, points out that this aphorism has been cited i…

If you were around twenty years ago yesterday, the events of September 11, 2001, are undoubtedly still with you. What occurred on this day is very difficult to forget. As the country geared up for this year’s recognition, my thoughts returned to where I was on that tragic day, a day that I w…