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Monthly archives: October 2013

Ballpark Food

THE RULES OF THE GAME Gus Franza PHIL AND ELLEN CHASE LOVE BASEBALL. Tradition Field, where the Mets play their Florida spring training games, is 45 minutes away—just bearable to Phil, who gets no pleasure out of driving. In fact, he hates automobiles and longs for the days when those old ricket[...]

A Very Old Place

HE LAID DOWN AS ONE PERSON, GOT UP AS ANOTHER Ken Taub IT WAS LIGHT AND IT WAS DARK, AND THERE WERE SO MANY CORRIDORS TO WALK DOWN YOU DIDN’T KNOW IF YOU WERE GETTING CLOSE TO AN EXIT OR JUST RETRACING YOUR STEPS. The atmosphere was more vague than stuffy, although it was slightly warm. That I r[...]

Let Us Now Praise Pioneers

A TALE OF MODERN-DAY HOMESTEADING Ron Roel AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR, MY FATHER, ED ROEL, WAS LIVING WITH HIS PARENTS IN BROOKLYN, RAISING A YOUNG FAMILY WITH HIS WIFE, LESLIE ADELE, AND WORKING AS AN ENGINEER FOR THE SPERRY GYROSCOPE CO. IN GREAT NECK, LONG ISLAND. With a group of 12 Sperry en[...]

The Playground Rules

WE ONLY THINK WE LEFT IT Jennifer Ott Games We Still Play MY FAVORITE GAME AS A CHILD WAS DUCK, DUCK, GOOSE. There was suspense and the thrill of the chase. Others may have preferred hide-and-seek, but that could get really boring if you were good at hiding. Dodgeball seemed incredibly cruel [...]

Travels with Tripadvisor

DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT CONSULTING IT  George Haber A FEW YEARS AGO, MY WIFE AND I decided to visit Las Vegas and I wondered what there was to do for us non-gamblers—other than gawk at the over-the-top hotels and observe our fellow tourists lose their money. Turning to an online resource I had [...]

Ancestors

FINDING THE LIGHT WITHIN A DARK PAST Ellen Watters Sullivan SITTING WITH MY FATHER IN THE TINY HOSPITAL IN ABBEVILLE, LOUISIANA, I counted to the rhythm of the breathing machine. He would gasp and cough, but smiled most of the time. He seemed to feel better with the oxygen and painkillers, but w[...]