Category Archives: Stories behind Stuff

5 — Class Photo

This photo was taken in May, 1939 on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. It’s my mom’s high-school Senior class from Hillside, New Jersey. My mom’s in the back row toward the left, next to the tall … Continue reading

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4 — Happy Whale

About the time I was in junior high, the church my father pastored was remodeled. The framing, doors, and pews of the old sanctuary were all solid white oak. When that was all torn out, Dad grabbed several pieces. We … Continue reading

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3 — Spring Lancet

I’m sure this particular bloodletting lancet has an interesting history. I just don’t know much of it. I know where and when I got it—from my parents about 20 years ago. But where they got it, and when, and why, … Continue reading

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2 — Krema Foam Peanut

A few years back, Sally and I had some time to kill in Columbus, Ohio. I searched online for something to do and found the Krema Nut Company. The store has a small cafe that serves gourmet peanut butter & … Continue reading

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1 — The Toot-A-Loop

This is the first in a possible series about the stories behind my stuff. Sometime in the early 1970’s, my sister bought me a Toot=A-Loop. My parents had a record player and some records, but if I wanted to hear … Continue reading

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