A Year of Memories

A Year of Memories

February 22, 2021 Memories aren’t new to an 80+ year old man, but until recently I never considered the possibility that I had dozens of life stories to tell. This project started simply enough – I was asked to write a memory of growing up in Wisconsin. As I...
My Own Serengeti

My Own Serengeti

I’d read all the Tarzan stories, but I didn’t have a forest with trees to climb and vines to swing on—not until I visited my Aunt Anne and Uncle Earl’s farm near Ridgeway. They had a forest, and they let me play in it, too. My best friend, Denny Doyle, and I found...
My Very Own Uncle Sam

My Very Own Uncle Sam

Although World War I was long past by the time I entered the world in October 1937, that ubiquitous poster commands a spot in my memory. Uncle Sam’s accusing finger pointed straight at me. His bushy brows, long hair, goateed chin, and intent countenance mesmerized me....
Poison Ivy Costs a Job

Poison Ivy Costs a Job

Missing my senior athletic banquet cost me my job. I’d acquired a severe case of poison ivy—so severe that my arms and body dripped fluid from open sores. I was a mess, and so embarrassed and uncomfortable that I didn’t attend Barneveld High School’s spring athletic...
Life is Sweet

Life is Sweet

I adored my Grandmother Stephens-Fitzsimons. My first memories with her were at The Pike, an amusement park in Long Beach, California. We’d get on the bus and head down to the ocean for a day of fun rides, a picnic on the beach, and for me, enjoyable moments...
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