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Great Books Countdown – Number Ten

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase It was dusk – winter dusk. Snow lay white and shining over the pleated hills, and icicles hung from the...

Great Books Countdown – Number Eleven

Third grade was a good year. My teacher was Mrs. Butte, a forty-ish woman with dyed red hair. She was mild-mannered, never raised her...

Great Books Countdown – Number Twelve

The Bear That Wasn’t by Frank Tashlin Once upon a time, in fact it was on a Tuesday, the Bear stood at the edge of a great forest and...

Saver's Treasure–1918 and Beyond, Part 2

In the summer of 1918, the Great War in Europe was finally grinding to a dismal end. But unknown to people around the world, a new and...

A Saver’s Treasure Trove — Postcards

My Grandmother Stoddard was a Saver, not to be equated with Hoarder, someone who keeps everything, important items as well as junk....

Unforgettable People — Bob

His full name was Robert Willis Jones, but of course, he went by Bob. He was bald on top, wore glasses, and had strong, muscular arms,...

Unforgettable People — Mrs. Stevenson

We like to remember people with admirable qualities, who treated others with thoughtfulness. But we also remember those who demonstrated...

Unforgettable People — Mrs. Curry

A powerful stare with eyes blazing, one brow raised high — that was Mrs. Curry’s stock-in-trade. She’d used that weapon enough times, the...

Unforgettable People, Two — Tommy

Tommy was one of the good guys. When we lived in Maryland, his house was across the street from mine. We were buddies from ages four to...

Unforgettable People, One — Dorothea

We all have them, certain personalities who stay in our memories forever. We might have been friends for years or perhaps only spoke with...

Old West: What About the Women? Part 3

Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill Cody, Pat Garrett. The history of the West is filled with tales of famous men...

Old West: What About the Women? Part Two

My father built a two-room house on the farm. Just a few weeks after my mother got here with the four children, my brother, Louie,...

Cowboys: Truths and Myths, Part 2

Tom Mix, actor One day, after Buffalo Billy had been a few months Pony Riding, a party of Indians ambushed him near Horse Creek. He,...