Merry Christmas Eve!

On this mostly grey and chilly Christmas Eve, I spent my afternoon drinking mugs of hot tea and rewatching a collection of videos from my favorite childhood Christmas specials — Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the 1966 animated version with Boris Karloff). I finished off by watching “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” because I’ve always adored the Peanuts characters created by Charles Schulz, and the accompanying music by Vince Guaraldi┬ánever fails to make me smile. As much as I enjoyed reliving my childhood memories with the other three Christmas specials, this is the one that captures the true spirit of the season best for me. Maybe you’ll enjoy watching it too. https://dailymotion.com/video/x2cgz0g  

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Memory Monday, Week 55

February-March 1957 Two weeks ago I started the narrative of this road trip with a look at Washington D.C.; but the nation’s capital was actually my parents’ last stop before turning west toward home in California. So this week I’d like to go back to the point where my mom and my sister arrived in Chicago on the train and […]

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Memory Monday, Week 54

New York, 1957 — From Niagara Falls and Buffalo to the island of Manhattan and the top of the Empire State Building, with amazing views of the East River, Roosevelt Island, the Queensborough Bridge, and the Chrysler Building — I’m only sorry there aren’t more images to share from this road trip (or if there are I haven’t run across […]

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Memory Monday, Week 53

Washington D.C., 1957 — Dwight D. Eisenhower was in the White House and I Love Lucy was in its final season on TV when my mom and dad along with my eldest sister visited the nation’s capital in 1957. They were undertaking a pretty epic road trip that began with my mom and sister taking the train from California to […]

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Memory Monday, Week 52

Believe it or not, it’s been a full year since I began this series; you can find my first Memory Monday post here, sharing a family trip through Minnesota, South Dakota, and the Grand Tetons of Wyoming. Just as I was beginning to run out of steam and thinking about retiring the series, my mom managed to dig up a […]

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Memory Monday, Week 50

Sacramento Delta adventures — 1998, 1999, and 2001 The Big Guy grew up fishing with his family, so it was only natural that some of our most enjoyable family vacations in recent years have been spent near (or sometimes on) local California waters. Even though his parents relocated to Texas several years ago, we try to make time at least […]

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