Category Archives: Meggie & Saul

High Tide in the Sea of Copernicus

Carthage House Chatham, Massachusetts September 20, 1996 My Dearest Jimmy, Now that my teaching days are well past, this is my favorite season.  It’s warm enough during the day to still enjoy our yard and a walk on the beach; … Continue reading

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Basic Rock (with apologies to Mel Brooks & Carl Reiner)

This story started in a simple way… It took place years ago. It was a Saturday afternoon, mid-September, Dad was at work and Mom and I traveled to Woodbury to visit my Aunt & Uncle. “I thought that the New Year was on January 1!”

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The Golem of Carthage Rd

This happened years ago.  It was a grey March Sunday, and I can remember it like it was yesterday. “How manifold are Thy works, O Lord! In wisdom hast Thou made them all; The earth is full of Thy creatures. … Continue reading

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To Err is Human, the Pickle Divine

“Snappy title, no? Now look… you have to help with the score. But we have a ton of possibilities. The opening number is blockbuster stuff… a dance line of the most gorgeous ladies… stacked, long legs, shapely… they have to … Continue reading

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The Great White Huntress

It was my turn to pick up the tab, the choice of location had been Raymond’s. In a friendship that went back to third grade and which was ruled by many traditions, this tradition – one person selects a restaurant for … Continue reading

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It’s in the Family

I had a deep sense of family pride when I learned of Uncle Saul’s cherry pit spitting exploits.  I learned of this not from my Aunt Meggie; but from my Mother. The story was related to me one miserable rainy afternoon in July. … Continue reading

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The Cricket Stopped Singing

I don’t know if you can anticipate the way you will feel at the final leave taking of someone who you love.  I can only imagine how Aunt Meggie felt when Uncle Saul passed away… a person who had been … Continue reading

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The Lady Can Play the Fiddle

“I need some every day…” My good buddy Ray Bellaga just raised his right eyebrow. We were seated in the Adirondack chairs that were positioned near the weeping willow some fifty yards from his country cottage in Essex. He looked into … Continue reading

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Aunt Meggie had a Conniption

I wasn’t sure what he meant.  Then Uncle Saul explained it: “You see, Jimmy… it begins here.” Uncle Saul pointed to the place between the eyes and just above the bridge of his nose. “Here.  First the eyebrows get squinched in.  … Continue reading

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Uncle Saul Didn’t Blink Once

When I talk with friends about life’s experiences and what we remember about family and growing up, I hear plenty about Uncles. “My Uncle taught me how to whittle wood.” “My Uncle took me fly fishing.” “My Uncle took me … Continue reading

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Snowy Night, Uncle Saul & Hannibal

When I think back to when I was a kid, I can no longer separate my love for snow, from my love of no school (because of snow).  Come the winter, I found religion.  I prayed for snow.  At night my … Continue reading

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The Day the Rum Hat Came Off

You visit a room often enough and it becomes impossible to separate the room, its “things” and its inhabitants.  So it was for me and my Aunt Meggie’s den… first in Woodbury and then re-created on the Cape in Chatham.  … Continue reading

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The Big Cookie

Let’s just say that my Aunt Meggie has the knack.  She not only makes the best oatmeal raisin cookies in Connecticut; but she understood their purpose.  It is that understanding that truly set her apart from the other oatmeal raisin … Continue reading

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The Best Kept Secret

I loved my Aunt Meggie’s oatmeal raisin cookies.  They were firm without being hard, chewy without being soft, just enough raisins to make each one a treat… and, this was the important part, there were always plenty of them on … Continue reading

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