Category Archives: Reminiscences

School days, school days, good old golden rule days

I’ve written about the magic of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” for my elderly listeners. I love the wave of soft singing that makes its way across the room and reaches me at the piano every time I play … Continue reading

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Light up the sky like a flame–fame!

Have you ever played that party game where everyone tells the story of their biggest brush with celebrity? My celebrity sighting is pretty lame. I saw Ed McMahon, Johnny Carson’s fawning sidekick, at an ocean-front Los Angeles restaurant in the … Continue reading

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Comes a toothache, see the dentist right away

Can you remember the name of your childhood dentist? Most people can. Mine was Dr. Bigsby. My husband’s was Dr. Mastromatteo (dubbed “Dr. Mashed Potatoes” by a younger sibling). I have a friend who grew up in Milwaukee and went … Continue reading

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Something to remember you by

My Uncle Brian continues to slip away, his brain addled by advancing dementia. You might recall the post I wrote in February about my uncle and his robotic puppy. Brian now lives in a small group home. He likes helping … Continue reading

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The song is ended but the melody lingers on

My mother loved people, parties, and stories. She died in October 2014 after many years of poor health. A couple of months later, near the date of her birthday, family and friends came together to celebrate her life. We cried … Continue reading

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You make me feel so young

Two things take me back to high school in an instant. One is the smell of Right Guard, the first aerosol deodorant. It came on the market in the 1960s, and was the predominant choice of teenagers gathered in the … Continue reading

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Have you got any dragons you want to have killed, baby?

When I was about 12, my dad built a television set from a Heath kit. He taught me how to solder the circuitry so I could help. When the tv was finished, he cut and framed a hole in the … Continue reading

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The bear went over the mountain

I’ve never dreamed of living in Alaska, or even visiting the state as a tourist. Then in February my daughter moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Eagle River, just north of Anchorage. In February. I thought that was … Continue reading

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Come fly with me

When I was 7, I learned this piece in my Teaching Little Fingers to Play piano book: The lesson introduced A-sharp, a black key, so that I could create chromatic buzzing. If you play a key on the piano, then … Continue reading

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Always a woman to me

I play the piano in seven senior facilities now. The most recent added to my roster is a small assisted living center with about 30 residents. Things got off to a rocky start during my first visit. I took my … Continue reading

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