Memoirs & Biographies

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Musical Mondegreens From My Teens

Mondegreens—the mishearing of words and phrases in verse and song—have featured prominently in many people's lives. In this article I recount a few (hopefully) humorous memories of mondegreens from my early adolescent years.

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Living in a College Fraternity in the 1960s and 1970s

Paul lived in Alpha Chi Sigma professional chemistry college fraternity chapter houses in the 1960s and 1970s. This article recalls his residence at the Alpha chapter in Madison, Wisconsin, Alpha Beta chapter in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a brief stay at the Sigma house in Berkeley, California.

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The Dark History of Moncofa - The Orange Grove Graves

Moncofa (or Moncófar) is a beautiful coastal town in the northeast of Spain. Behind and beneath its beauty, though, lies a dark and painful past.

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Blessings of Arunachala: A Serialized Travelogue - Part 12 of 12

I did a 1000 Km solo drive from Pune to Ramana Maharishi's ashram in Tiruvannamalai in 2018. This is part 12 of a 12 part series that describes all the experiences I had on the road as well as in Tiruvannamalai.

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Blessings of Arunachala: A Serialized Travelogue - Part 11 of 12

I did a 1000 Km solo drive from Pune to Ramana Maharishi's ashram in Tiruvannamalai in 2018. This is part 11 of a 12 part series that describes all the experiences I had on the road as well as in Tiruvannamalai.

Blessings of Arunachala: A Serialized Travelogue - Part 10 of 12

I did a 1000 Km solo drive from Pune to Ramana Maharishi's ashram in Tiruvannamalai in 2018. This is part 10 of a 12 part series that describes all the experiences I had on the road as well as in Tiruvannamalai.

Blessings of Arunachala: A Serialized Travelogue - Part 9 of 12

I did a 1000 Km solo drive from Pune to Ramana Maharishi's ashram in Tiruvannamalai in 2018. This is part 9 of a 12 part series that describes all the experiences I had on the road as well as in Tiruvannamalai.

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Blessings of Arunachala: A Serialized Travelogue - Part 8 of 12

I did a 1000 Km solo drive from Pune to Ramana Maharishi's ashram in Tiruvannamalai in 2018. This is part 8 of a 12 part series that describes all the experiences I had on the road as well as in Tiruvannamalai.

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Blessings of Arunachala: A Serialized Travelogue - Part 7 of 12

I did a 1000 Km solo drive from Pune to Ramana Maharishi's ashram in Tiruvannamalai in 2018. This is part 7 of a 12 part series that describes all the experiences I had on the road as well as in Tiruvannamalai.

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Blessings of Arunachala: A Serialized Travelogue - Part 6 of 12

I did a 1000 Km solo drive from Pune to Ramana Maharishi's ashram in Tiruvannamalai in 2018. This is part 6 of a 12 part series that describes all the experiences I had on the road as well as in Tiruvannamalai.

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Blessings of Arunachala: A Serialized Travelogue - Part 5 of 12

I did a 1000 Km solo drive from Pune to Ramana Maharishi's ashram in Tiruvannamalai in 2018. This is part 5 of a 12 part series that describes all the experiences I had on the road as well as in Tiruvannamalai.

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Blessings of Arunachala: A Serialized Travelogue - Part 4 of 12

I did a 1000 Km solo drive from Pune to Ramana Maharishi's ashram in Tiruvannamalai in 2018. This is part 4 of a 12 part series that describes all the experiences I had on the road as well as in Tiruvannamalai.

Blessings of Arunachala: A Serialized Travelogue - Part 3 of 12

I did a 1000 Km solo drive from Pune to Ramana Maharishi's ashram in Tiruvannamalai in 2018. This is part 3 of a 12 part series that describes all the experiences I had on the road as well as in Tiruvannamalai.

Blessings of Arunachala: A Serialized Travelogue - Part 2 of 12

I did a 1000 Km solo drive from Pune to Ramana Maharishi's ashram in Tiruvannamalai in 2018. This is part 2 of a 12 part series that describes all the experiences I had on the road as well as in Tiruvannamalai.

Blessings of Arunachala: A Serialized Travelogue - Part 1 of 12

I did a 1000 Km solo drive from Pune to Ramana Maharishi's ashram in Tiruvannamalai in 2018. This is part 1 of a 12 part series that describes all the experiences I had on the road as well as in Tiruvannamalai.

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Summer Time in the 60’s

The summers were carefree and seemingly everlasting until the year the four girls were killed in Birmingham Alabama by a vicious bomber. My summers and my life was never the same.

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How I Best Remember My Youngest Sister

Constance Jo or Connie is my youngest sister and sibling. Although there is a big age difference between us, Connie has played a big part in my life. In this article, I recall my best memories of Connie from childhood up until the present.

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Pandemic Santa

Christmas during the pandemic: Even Santa needs to take precautions. Can Old Saint Nick deliver in an era of social distancing and masks? One in a series of articles for a collection called "Diary of a Virus".

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Mother’s Day Reflection: Hold Tight To Your Umbrella

A Mother's Day reflection of our sweet mother who is loosening the grip that tethers her as our earthly umbrella of protection. Oh, my sweet Mama, hold tight to your umbrella for a wee bit longer. But when it is time for our Mary Poppins to fly, enjoy that flight back home!

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Memories of My Eldest Sister

Beatrice who is three years younger is my eldest sister. In this article, I first recall my memories of Bea when we lived in the city 1947-53. I then remember Bea when we were growing up on farms 1954-66. Finally, I reflect on my relationship with Bea and her family from 1971 through the present.

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Kick the Can Every Summer

Kick the Can is an outside game for children and incorporates running, hide and seek, and tag. It was a game my siblings and I played each summer as long as the weather would permit. Is it a lost game or one that children are still playing?

My Mother - the Brightest Star in the Firmament

This is an article - of course it is! One I have been wanting to write for a long time! Its just about my mother: her nature, her qualities. My mother was just like any mother- but to me the epitome of all that a human being could aspire to! This article is a tribute to her humanity!

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The Girl and the Merle

A story of two beings finding each other and healing together.

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What It Felt Like During the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

To understand what it felt like as the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic unfolded and what life was like during the pandemic, I am providing my own firsthand account of what the pandemic felt like to me as this rare and unsettling event enveloped the world and affected my life.

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My Childhood Memoir

This is a brief autobiography of my childhood and how I started school

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Memories of My Birthday Celebrations

This article recalls significant birthday celebrations. Highlighted are my 46th birthday bash in Taiwan, my 50th birthday in Philadelphia, and my 66th birthday party in Thailand. My birthday celebrations with family members are also described.

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Losing Her Has Never Been That Easy

Heartaches caused by losing my mom has never been easy.

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Stories My Dad Told, What’s in a Name

My dad hated his first name. In this, I explore names and dad's solution to living with his name as well and many others.

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A True Story of Finding Spanish Treasure in the Bahamas, Part 2

This is a true story about finding Spanish treasure in the Bahamas.

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A True Story of Finding Spanish Treasure in the Bahamas

This is part one of a true story about hunting for Spanish treasure and salvage diving in the Bahamas.

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Stories My Dad Told, The Granny Story

My father was a practical joker and loved to pull pranks on us and others. This is one of my favorite stories he told about a practical joke he pulled on his mother-in-law.

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These Two Irish Third Class Passengers Died on the Titanic

Denis Lennon and Mary Mullin were a young couple from Ireland. They both died when the Titanic sank in 1912. They were third class passengers and had pretended to be brother and sister, using the names Denis and Mary Lennon on their ticket.

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Stories My Dad Told, Chiggers and Fishing

My dad told many funny stories from his childhood and some of my favorite ones were about his problems with his brother. Here are two stories for your amusement.

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The Ending of An Era: Losing Family and a Sense of Home

I feel like this is the ending of an era as I lose yet another member of this beloved family and a sense of home. Yet, while I am sustained by our shared 40+ year history of precious memories, my heart still aches with the passing of these two matriarchs.

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Bahamas Lost Treasure Story

Here is a story about how I found treasure in the Bahamas when I lived aboard my small sailboat there.

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Stories My Dad Told, Late Night TV

My mother was a strict observer of the 8 or 8:30 bedtime even in the summer when the sun was still up at that time. This is a story about how dad helped up sneak a little late night TV.

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Remembering Paula

Life goes on until it doesn't. When we least expect it, things change and it's never the same again. This is dedicated to my friend, Paula, the most generous person I ever knew.

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Stories My Dad Told, The Stolen Coke

A funny story my dad used to tell was about how he would pilfer a coke from the gas station as a teenager. This is how he got caught and cured of stealing.

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Turtle Beach

As a child, I was fortunate enough to watch a sea turtle lay her eggs in the warm sand of a beach on the East Coast of Malaysia.

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Confederate Cousins Killed in the Bloody Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862

Two descendants of the noted North Carolina Gaston family were killed at the Battle of Antietam. This is the story of one of them -- Lt. Hugh Jones Gaston, CSA, 48th North Carolina Regiment.

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Stories My Dad Told, The Worst Lickin’

From southern Indiana, my father told us many funny stories. My father told this one about how he deserved and got a "lickin'" from his father.

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Stories My Dad Told, Ditching Butch

Among the funny stories that my dad told, what how to ditch your little brother so you could have fun with your buddies. My dad was raised in rural southern Indiana.

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Remembering the Best of Times with My Brother

I have one brother 13 years younger than me. When Philip was young, I never got to know him. Since 1971, however, we have started to interact as brothers. This article remembers the best times in my life with Philip.

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Remembering Burlington High School days 1958-1959

I attended Burlington High School in Wisconsin in the late 1950s and early 1960s. This article recalls my classes, classmates, teachers, and friends during my freshman year. I also remember being on the football team and other school activities

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Family History in an Object: Framed Optical Qualification, Optical Trial Case and a Daughter's Memories

Do you have objects passed down to you from parents or other family? What memories do they hold? There is so much history buried in an object, so many tangible memories. These objects were my father's; for me, they evoke feelings of pride, protection and humour. I invite you to take a peek.

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That Day My Dad and I Built a Talking Robot (Puppet)

A son and a dad build a robot for school; hidden skills and using unusual materials help build a robot whose "eye" is a flashlight bulb, and becomes the animated mouth of a robot puppet. An excellent activity for parents wishing to teach their children about, art, science fiction and engineering.

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Family History in an Object: Patchwork Cushion of Family Fabrics and Furnishings for the Famous

A patchwork cushion is often created from off-cuts of all sorts of fabrics. Come with me on a historical journey as we look at such a cushion made by my mother, and the memories it recalls.

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Of Those Who Passed in 2020, Who Was The Most Influential?

2020 was a year. Painful, full of problems we have never encountered. We also lost a great deal of famous people during the year, but who was the most influential? Who was it that did something that touched the most lives, did the most for the masses? Here are my thoughts on my choice.