Category Archives: History

Giuliani’s NYC Club

“Beating the Drum,” by Jeffrey Toobin. The New Yorker, 9/10/2018. I am ignoring the main theme of this long article (an excellent article that suggests lawyer and former mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani has adopted Trump’s strategy of … Continue reading

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Crazy Little Mama

I came across this song, popular in the mid-1950s, and its simple melody stuck in my mind (an earworm), so I researched it a little further. Its correct title is really a later line, “At My Front Door.” It was … Continue reading

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Dixie Cups

Speaking of Dixie cups (0r not), I always liked the photo of a movie star printed on the underside of the lid. It was protected with a piece of translucent wax paper that was easily peeled off once you separated … Continue reading

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Food Waste and the Starving European Children

I do not waste food. I eat everything on my plate, even things I don’t need and that could even be harmful. At times, I admit, I am a human garbage can, but I cannot bring myself to leave any of … Continue reading

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Digby O’Dell (the Friendly Undertaker)

I walked into our bedroom. My wife was already in bed, reading. I spontaneously blurted out, “It is I, Digby O’Dell . . . the friendly undertaker (the last part in a low voice).” “Who?” she said, looking up from … Continue reading

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The Grange Hall In Delaware

The Grange was a farmer’s organization that held social events in their hall. Their official name was “The Patrons of Husbandry,” but local chapters were simply known as the “Grange.” There was a supervisory Grange in Washington, D.C. It was … Continue reading

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Old Black Joe

So there I am, late one night, watching a rerun of the Seinfeld episode where Susan dies from licking the cheap envelopes for the wedding invitations that George picked out. It is the last scene where the doctor in the … Continue reading

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