Monthly Archives: March 2019

Back But Not Back :-(

Well those of you who waste your precious time reading my blog know I was in New York for my Aunt’s funeral.  I returned on a flight on Wednesday. There is  no better place to get sick than on a … Continue reading

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Of Pleasant Plains and Cemeteries

There is a town on Staten Island, New York known as Pleasant Plains, located in the far reaches of the South Shore.  A few miles from the southern most point of New York state and only a short boat ride … Continue reading

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Flying To A Funeral – A Poem by Rachel McAlpine This poem appeared today on Rachel McAlpine’s blog – quite fitting for me. Flying to a funeral—a poem March 21, 2019   Flying back home to Wellington in a very small plane We are flying to a funeral. We … Continue reading

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Aunt Tina

My Aunt Tina in 1937 with her foster mom.  She was my mother’s younger sister, both placed in state care upon the death of their mother.  My mom went to an orphanage run by Benedictine nuns in upper Manhattan.  Tina … Continue reading

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Clark’s St. Paddies Day

Am I Irish Poppa? Everyone’s Irish today Clark!  Nice hat!  .

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As American as Apple Pie

Mulberry Street -Little Italy –  “Italians are just a little worse than the negro, being if anything, filthier in their habits , lawless and treacherous.” John Parker, Governor of Louisiania “Monday we dined at the Camerons; various dago diplomats were … Continue reading

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The Last Days of the Romanovs – Part 2 of 2

The house in Tobolsk We left the Romanovs sitting in Tobolsk in Siberia watching the situation in Petrograd worsening as the Bolsheviks seized power in October 1917 yet hopeful, perhaps unreasonably so, that plans for their rescue were coming to … Continue reading

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