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A Growing Up in the 50’s Book Review: The Shame of What We Are

A review of Sam Gridley’s The Shame of What We Are, a novel in pieces. Continue reading

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A Baseball Fan Memoir Chapter 1 – Childhood Heroes

The first seven years of my life coincided with the heyday of New York baseball. The Dodgers were in Brooklyn, the Giants in Upper Manhattan and across the river the Yankees were in the Bronx. All three won a World … Continue reading

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What Was So Cool About the 50’s?

For a child it was an age of freedom. I’m sure there were predators and pedophiles and kidnappers then too, but we didn’t know anything about them. We felt safe and acted like we were safe. That meant that as … Continue reading

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Growing Up in the 50’s: A Week at the Shore

We had one week of vacation when I was growing up. It happened in July and it was at the Jersey Shore. Seven days on the beach, seven nights on the boardwalk. Then we came home and waited for next … Continue reading

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Growing Up in the 50’s: Ode to the Y

I was probably about six the first time I was sent to a summer day camp. I was enrolled in a place called Camp Belle in Totowa. It was at an open piece of land where there was a pretty … Continue reading

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Growing Up in the 50’s: The American Legion

My father was a sucker for joining organizations. He was a Shriner. He was Mason. He was a Jester. While most of these organizations touted some socially redeeming qualities he was proud of noting that the Jesters had no purpose … Continue reading

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Growing Up in the 50’s: The Corner Store

                  An institution of 1950’s culture was the corner store. It was a predecessor to the modern day convenience store and somewhat similar to the urban bodega. The corner store invariably had … Continue reading

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Growing Up in the 50’s: Christmas Time in Paterson

One of the things that I most looked forward to as a child when Christmas time approached was a night of shopping with my Aunt Ann. My aunt was a wonderful woman who did more nice things for me than I … Continue reading

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Growing Up in the 50’s: School

A lot of planning goes into preparing for my 10-year-old’s school year. It may start in February when we have the chance to tour other schools in the district and decide whether to stay put or switch schools. We will … Continue reading

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Growing Up in the 50’s: The Gym

            “The gym” had a completely different meaning in the 50’s than it does in the 21st century. First of all, in the 50’s exercise was free. There was no gear or equipment of any … Continue reading

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