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My mother wore a cute outfit called a playsuit in the 1940s. It was basically a pastel plaid shirt-style top attached to shorts. Women, ladies... [Read More]
In her cotton house dress, stockings and black-tie shoes, Grandma would sit on her screened-in porch of an early August afternoon, looking old to us... [Read More]
Not the sharp bite of a bee you've somehow angered, nor the zing that sometimes accompanies a physician's needle. It's the more fascinating sting defined... [Read More]
So many people in this world are doing good things - tutoring kids, setting up Third World women in business, building houses for people willing... [Read More]
In Hungary in 1984, an Australian woman told us not to say the country was behind the Iron Curtain.They feel, she explained, that they won... [Read More]
My mother said pulling weeds was a great remedy if you were really upset about something. She recommended weeding the beets, especially, since it's picky... [Read More]
We flew to the Navajo reservation and park at Monument Valley recently and watched a Navajo woman demonstrate traditional talents, including carding the sheep's wool... [Read More]
Quite properly, Memorial Day weekend was laced with memories and, happily, created new ones. The goal was the oldest grandchild's college graduation in Lewiston, Maine... [Read More]
Advising graduates to change the world may be a common theme for college and high school ceremonies, but it's a message that hits home hard... [Read More]
Runners, bikers, parents or nannies with strollers and dogs of every color and size find respite from the cacophony of New York City in Central... [Read More]
Back when nearly everyone was smoking, quitters would brag about how much money they were saving now that they no longer bought cigarettes. For anyone... [Read More]
A while ago, sitting around a campfire in northern Arizona, we asked our guide about whether we should rent a car and drive, rather than... [Read More]
Fait accompli. The French phrase means 'it's done.' It's something that is not going to be undone. And it carries the extra weight of describing... [Read More]
A new Red Sox season often starts with a sigh. The players' equipment buses arrive in Boston, everyone is on the annual spring high, and... [Read More]
It was 1985 when our son moved to southern California for a new job and learned that he'd better buy his first car there because... [Read More]
Ever the reporter, Amy Hill Hearth couldn't help wondering about the abandoned house near where she and her husband lived in Ossining, N.Y. Little did... [Read More]
If my mother were alive today, she'd be horrified. She'd be totally unable to absorb the vulgar language, the rudeness, the open talk on all... [Read More]
You'd think Mother Nature might have run out of snow by now, but she's digging into the reserves. In the years when the ground was... [Read More]
The thread that ties this family to Paul Rich began its journey one afternoon in 1960 when a short, white-haired man named Isadore Secunda wanted... [Read More]
Do you dither or cut to the chase? Increasingly, it becomes a question that Americans need to answer. If you're in Washington, D.C., the choice... [Read More]