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The Hand Game Chronicle

Patty-cake, patty-cake baker’s manBake me a cake as fast as you can That’s how it all begins.  A simple poem paired with hand movements, and an 18 month old boy or girl seated on Mom’s (or Dad’s) knee learns the … Continue reading

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Our “Anniversary”, Sort of…

15 years ago Sandy and I had our first date.  It happened to be the “Virgin of Guadalupe Day” (Not fake news, you can fact check me on this). And, as is our custom on December 12, we are returning … Continue reading

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A Time With Alan

A post script before you read… hmmm, I guess that would make it a “pre-script”? I am sure if I delved into my previous writings, this story may have already been covered. Such is my plight… I love telling stories, … Continue reading

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My Family

To say that my Mother was a “pack rat” is a major understatement.  It’s been years since our home at 25 Alston Ave was sold.  After the sale of the house, boxes of “stuff” found their way into the homes … Continue reading

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I Ain’t Superstitious

My Father took it upon himself to remind everyone in our family when a birthday was imminent.  It went something like this, “Your Sister’s birthday is on Wednesday, don’t forget to call her!”   This would be repeated, as necessary, throughout … Continue reading

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Proud of You All

Well, it’s like this… I got to thinking about Mommie Soph.  That my memories were tweaked by sharing a standing rib-roast with Alan, Lynn, Andy, Sandy, Shaina and John on Christmas Eve may seem a bit out of place.  Christmas … Continue reading

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The Secret is Out!!

Sandy and I have, what you might call, pet backgrounds.  Specifically, dogs.  I love dogs probably more than Sandy.  I mean… more than Sandy loves dogs. *cheesh* Talk about your freudian slips! We’ve talked about different breeds.  I am committed … Continue reading

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Mommie Soph Orders From Dean & Deluca

I happened by Jewel St. in New Haven for a visit with Mommie Soph.  My Dad would have referred to this as her permanent address.  No matter.  When are you leaving? This would have been the first question she would have … Continue reading

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Mommie Soph Returned

I love dreams. Even those that are based in anxiety have an extraordinary interest value to me. And full nightmares? Not a favorite; but also interesting. However, the dreams I treasure the most invariably involve visits from folks who have … Continue reading

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Nikki Takes a Walk

I could understand. Rather, I was brought up to understand. It’s what happens when dogs were made a part of your life. You could even ask my Great Aunt Bella (if she were still here), she would tell you, “If … Continue reading

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Mom Would Have Been Proud

It’s about scale.  I think Mom acquired her sense of scale from her Mom, Mommie Soph.  If you get something… get a lot of it — you can never tell if the store might run out.  If you cook something… make … Continue reading

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Bert and Ernie

By and large I keep to myself when I go to the gym.  Although I no longer have the running regimen I once had, I still put myself on the treadmill in solitary activity… oblivious to those around me. My … Continue reading

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Laughing with my Dad

I love music.  It’s ironic…  now that I have a car with a good radio, I have decided to drive in silence during my 55 minute journey from Woodbury to Norwalk and back. My day is filled with sound of one … Continue reading

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The Honor

It always made me feel uncomfortable to tee off first. They call it the “honor”. I didn’t find it so. It made me nervous. Particularly on the first tee, when other foursomes waiting for their turn to tee off stood … Continue reading

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Hilda

Hilda? Perhaps you have a “Hilda” in your family. We had one in ours. She was my Father’s Spinster Aunt. There was a “secondary” Hilda in the family as well. Paul had a Fraternity Brother who was married to a … Continue reading

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Memories of Thanksgiving

How can you dispute that this is our Holiday… that Thanksgiving is America. One could also point to the 4th of July as being the American Holiday. But here’s the difference. Thanksgiving is a celebration of family & 4th of … Continue reading

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It Ain’t Much, But…

Egyptian Pharaohs were the master immigrants. They spent their entire life planning for their move into the next life. And importantly, what they would bring. After all, this was no small trip. The “here after” takes alot of planning. You … Continue reading

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Writing & Thinking About Dad

I no longer use lengthy runs on the treadmill as a laboratory for writing. Sweating on long runs has been replaced by my 52 minute drive from Woodbury to Norwalk and the 54 minute drive from Nowalk to Woodbury. Funny, … Continue reading

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The Kitchen, a Midnight Raid

I think you have been there. A dark room, late at night, or maybe put… in the wee hours of morn, a bright light bursts thru an aperture as the refrigerator door opens. The question remains… is the door opened … Continue reading

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Time in a Bottle

I could hear Mommie Soph outside my bedroom door. It was well into my bedtime… maybe I was having trouble falling off to sleep. She was murmuring her prayers through the quiet of the darkened hall. The summer when I … Continue reading

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Hand-Me-Ups

A year ago I acquired a shirt from Zack… he had either tired if it, or perhaps felt that it was inappropriate for wear on the West side of the Hudson. I have fully adopted the shirt into my sparse … Continue reading

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Another Hand

The photograph of my Mother and Father in the 1952 MG TD in front of Buckingham Palace keeps showing up. This time nestled in an old family photo album. It was one of many loose photos stuck inside of the … Continue reading

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Consider the Mango

I love going to the market. Particularly markets that have fancy stuff… A well ordered fruit display it is always impressive. Neat, even rows of apples, pears, plums and the like. But it the “fancy” fruit, the exotic fruit that … Continue reading

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I’m Not a Maven!

In Woody Allen’s film Annie Hall there is a scene where he and Diane Keaton are standing on line to get into Bergman’s Face to Face. Near them is a guy who is sharing his opinions with his friends, quoting … Continue reading

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Two Cents Plain

We lived in a nice house. That section of New Haven was called Westville. As a kid property value meant nothing to me; but being five blocks from Yale Bowl did. That, and being a short bike ride away from … Continue reading

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Mr. Winston

Mr. Winston… I hate when people call me that. Yeah, it might be respectful and all; but my thinking is that Mr. Winston, Sid Winston, that is, passed away a few years ago. He was Mr. Winston. So when I … Continue reading

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The Great Naretsky

Streets change. I love looking at photographs turned to near “sepia” with age… photographs showing a familiar corner a 100+ years ago and then, in contrast, a photograph, crisper in detail, of the same corner today. And if the difference … Continue reading

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Warm Spot

  I am drawn to bodies of water.  My first love is to great Seas like the Atlantic of the Caribbean.  But for much of my life my joy has been the “cozy confines” of Long Island Sound & most … Continue reading

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It’s Better Now

  I can remember the time that I was known as “Sid Winston’s Son”.  Yesterday I was known as “Zack Winston’s Father”.  It wasn’t the first time either.  And now that I think about… I have also been “Shaina’s Dad” … Continue reading

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A Case of the Cold Hands

  So… my youngest has just entered Bridgewater State College.  My oh my, where have the years gone?  At times like this I like to take stock of stories and memories, and invariably these stories spread from Suzy to also … Continue reading

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Son and Then Father

First, I am not keen on this Father’s Day stuff. It is an arbitrary day (and in this case, a supplement to the earlier creation of Mother’s Day… itself another arbitrary day); and Father’s Day has become a spring board … Continue reading

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How Improbable Is This?

It could have been my Grandmother Mommie Soph. Except Mommie Soph didn’t drive a big fat assed red Cadillac… she preferred practical cars, like a Buick (in general she called cars a “machine”; but specifically the Buick was called Byurick). … Continue reading

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The Gift

It wasn’t my birthday, nor a day of any significance. It was simply a day that I would see my brother for the last time in a place that he has called home for the past thirty five years or … Continue reading

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Firsts

This is long… Well, it’s like this… I was sitting in a familiar location one night after work, thinking about the flotsam and jetsam of my day. To ease the process along, as is my custom, I sipped on some … Continue reading

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It’s Not Just About Wrestling

During my run the other morning I watched “free style” wrestling at the Olympics. This is close to our collegiate wrestling, maybe it’s the same. I have always enjoyed the sport. Union had a decent team, and a guy who … Continue reading

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Three Women in Hats

Yes, I have always been attracted by the sight of a woman wearing a hat. Maybe it’s because you just don’t see it often these days. But there definitely is an allure that is created when the face is framed … Continue reading

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Old Enough & Young Enough

I catch a fair amount of television without the benefit of sound. In the morning I spend an hour plus on the treadmill, my attention occasionally on the bank of TVs turned to this channel or that… no sound except … Continue reading

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Good Time Charlies!

Well folks, it’s like this… the subject of the Good Time Charlies Club recently has come up. Amy and I visited Tiny at Mount Sinai and we began sharing stories and the Charlies were one of the subjects that we … Continue reading

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The Photograph

I call it the “Museum Room”. It is on the second floor, a converted bedroom, that Alan and Lynn have fixed up with family pictures. One wall decorated with the Cadans and the Bermans, the other given over to the … Continue reading

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June 10… Mommie Angie

Happy Birthday Mom! I hope that I am right… it could be the 11th or maybe even the 9th. I resisted the temptation to call Lynn and get the date confirmed. I am never too sure how other people are … Continue reading

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A Perfect Visual Image: Lisa

It just came to me in mid-morning, my work day well under way. I was at my desk… or do we call them work stations now? It is an “L” shaped thing. My computer & the sliding drawer (really a … Continue reading

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Hand

My Aunt Tiny sent a B&W photograph to Lynn. At 95 years young, Tiny stumbled on the photo and thought that Lynn would get a kick out of it. I have seen the photo many times before & I believe … Continue reading

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What are you looking for?

At Grapes, Holt is in charge of all special request orders…”don’t ship ’til the 23rd of Jibroo”… “send one case a month to me on the first Monday after a full moon”… that sort of thing. And in that capacity … Continue reading

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Mommie Soph, Part IV

I think it was shortly after Lynn started at Western College for Women, that my Dad got an small apartment in Tudor City over by the U.N. He had been commuting to and from New Haven since 1947 (in addition … Continue reading

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Mommie Soph, Part III

The entrance to Hopkins sits on a hill above our old home on Alston Ave. To get to the school you would have to go up a rather long, steep and snaking driveway to where the academic buildings were clustered … Continue reading

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Mommie Soph, Part II

How she was able to do it I don’t know… wonderful mental dexterity I guess. Here it was, the memories of the murder of millions as fresh as your breakfast this morning, when your heritage and ancestry was put on … Continue reading

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Mommie Soph, Part I

It was November something or other, in 1888 or so that Sophie Chatzek (Jewish name… Shaina Clara) was born in a small town near Warsaw. She would later say it was “Warshava Guberniya”… which is like saying “metropolitan” Warsaw. In … Continue reading

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I Remember a Snow Day

I remember… Looking out the window in the morning and watching snow fall accumulating at the base of trees and in the nooks of the shrubs in our gardens… I listened for the sound of the plows clearing the streets… … Continue reading

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