The Local Swimming Hole

Butler Pool 2

In Butler, Pennsylvania, circa the 1960s and 70s while I was growing up, the place to be at this time of year was the Butler Memorial Pool. OK, so maybe it was not a swimming hole, per se, but it was our urban equivalent. This is the place every one in town went to on…
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Sunday Dinner

The spaghetti brimmed in the big yellow bowl in the middle of the Avocado Green dinner table with the six matching chairs. The table was that same shade of green that matched our stove and refrigerator and many others that lived in fifty percent of American homes circa 1974. (The other fifty percent were Harvest…
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Picnic Food: Egg Salad


Egg Salad didn’t show up often but it was greatly appreciated when it did. This is another recipe that appreciates that jar of Miracle Whip. Egg Salad For Two Ingredients: 4 Eggs, hard boiled 2 big tablespoons or so of Miracle Whip A dash of Salt A lot of Black Pepper (to taste) Directions: Hard…
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Picnic Food: Cole Slaw


Cole Slaw is one of those veggie things from my childhood that I actually loved (as opposed to cookies, cakes, and pie :) While today there are many takes and variations on what Cole Slaw is and what Cole Slaw isn’t, this recipe is what it was when I was growing up. When I was…
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My First Family Photo


I was being passed around and around the room, from person to person. The room was a mosh pit of friendly hands reaching out to hold me. From the oldest to the youngest, I was there for some sort of celebration. Every now and then a flash of light would blind my eyes. A very…
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