Category Archives: Memoir

Personal recollections or autobiographical notes.

Colombian Storyteller, García Márquez, is dead at 87

Gabriel García Márquez is dead at 87; he is survived by his stories, and his many readers. In his autobiography García Márquez told this story of a surprise visit by his mother: My mother asked me to go with her … Continue reading

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Judy Blunt–Leaving Home, Braking Clean

Breaking clean is never easy. Memoirist and poet Judy Blunt described it this way: I left Phillips County with a new divorce and an old car, with three scared kids and some clothes piled in back. We followed the sun … Continue reading

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John Irving—Twisted River, A Writer Drifts Through Life

A guardian angel looks down on Iowa. A scene from John Irving’s novel Last Night in Twisted River takes place on a small pig farm not far from Iowa City. A pig was roasting in a makeshift barbeque pit not … Continue reading

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Homage to Women–International Women’s Day

Homage to Women by Mico Kaufman stands in a small shaded park on Market St. in  Lowell, MA. The statue is part of the Lowell National Historical Park, which celebrates the textile industry that was founded in the mills along … Continue reading

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Gertrude Stein: The Novel Ida, Fame and Celebrity

Alice B. Toklas was 29 years old in 1908 when she left her home in San Francisco for Paris. She met Gertrude Stein the day she arrived in Paris and the star struck Toklas was moved to write: “She was … Continue reading

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Ferlinghetti: “a few dead minds in the higher places”

Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti coined the phrase in today’s title in 1955; it is a line from the poem The World is a Beautiful Place that appeared in Number One of the Pocket Poets Series, published by City Lights Bookstore in … Continue reading

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A Bluejacket Remembers the Battleship Arizona

The USS Rochester steamed into Pearl Harbor with me aboard as a teen-aged electronics technician fresh out of boot camp in San Diego and Navy Electronic School in Treasure Island—It was December 1954, and, as I remember it, the sky … Continue reading

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