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Mom’s Hammer

The radiator stood at the corner of our living room like a brat being punished for a misdeed. In a vacant apartment, it was the centerpiece of a bare bedroom or living room. Spruced up with a new coat of … Continue reading

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The Passing Parade

Although I lived on the ground floor facing the street, I rarely observed the parade from my window. Most of my free time was devoted to playing ball in the street, the “eye” of the parade. In the mid 1930s, … Continue reading

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A Shadow Blankets the Bronx

A Shadow Blankets the Bronx Nineteen-thirty-seven was not a hopeful year, but we didn’t know it. Seven-year-olds weren’t expected to know it. Neighbors shared two-cent papers, hot water visited us occasionally, and heat rose from the basement when Mom’s hammer … Continue reading

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Col. W. A. Sidney

Korea 1952 Co. W. A. Sidney Korea 1952 Co. W. A. Sidney “I have but one regret in life, that I was unable to attain a soldier’s immortality and that is to die in battle for the service of my … Continue reading

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All The World’s A Stage

All The World’s A Stage Three shabby tenements crawled out of their foundations to have a commanding view of East 172 St. in the Bronx. At the base of one of these buildings, on this unremarkable street, stood a remarkable … Continue reading

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A Wounded Warrior Without a Shot Fired

It was the end of August 1952. The Korean War evolved into a battle for hills and firefights on night patrols. Battalion believed that a sniper who killed Sgt. Fostine Douglas was in a bunker at the base of a … Continue reading

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The Sidewalks of New York

The Sidewalks of New York “Hey Jerry, get your mother off the field, we’re playing a game!” “Cut it out Joey, Don’t talk about my mother like that. Did I ever say anything about your mother?” “Mom, would you please … Continue reading

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Cholent For Two

Cholent: A stew that has its origin in the European shtetl where the impoverished families used very tough meat as a source of protein. This meat, in order to be edible was cooked overnight with potatoes, beans and any other available … Continue reading

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Omaha Beach France August 2016

Omaha Beach France August 2016 An 86-year-old vet isn’t expected to trudge this far. But this is Omaha Beach! A D-day landing beach! I’ll follow our guide wherever she goes. We stopped at a 22-foot bronze statue called, The Spirit … Continue reading

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The Boys Recall the Candy Store

The Boys Recall the Candy Store The booth at the far right corner of the diner was reserved for the 80+boys. For the last three years they sat there for lunch spending most of the time reflecting on their kelly … Continue reading

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