Category Archives: My Parents

Young Grandma

My mother was only 52 when my oldest  daughter Emma was born. I had to wait until 62 to become a grandmother. Look how young she looks. She was an incredibly energetic grandmother, the kind who takes their grandchildren to … Continue reading

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Joe: Love at First Sight

Her name was Mary, of course. She was a blue-eyed, smiling, long-legged, cool -looking girl–a trifle naive. A girl with class, he thought when he first saw her, but young. A bus seems an awful place for things to start, … Continue reading

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Joe: Army Life

I recall that on one Sunday afternoon, about five hundred years ago, someone told me how the army made a friend of theirs so much bolder. I hope you’re not drawing a parallel. If you had higher mathematics at Queens … Continue reading

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Joe: Professor Koch on Procrastination

It was my intent to begin this letter with a lecture on procrastination delivered in Prof. Koch’s inimitable style. This is how I used to work it. In those days I got off at 4:30 so I would be home … Continue reading

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In My Grandmother’s House

My daughter Katherine wrote this about the wartime letters: In my grandmother’s house, past a stone Mexican statue named Harry, up the front stairs and to the right there is a bedroom. In this bedroom there are a pea green … Continue reading

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Grandma Mary

My mother was only 52 when my oldest Anne was born. I had to wait until 62 to become a grandmother. Look how young she looks. She was an incredibly energetic grandmother, the kind who takes their grandchildren to Europe. … Continue reading

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Accepting Dependence

Baby boomers are prone to believe that if they eat right, exercise daily, keep intellectually active, they will never be frail old people, dependent on others. Until four years before she died in 2004, my mom was extremely independent. She … Continue reading

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