Day 13: Requa, California

We spent a month this summer on a 7,957-mile road trip across the country, from the Washington, D.C., area to California and back. Day 13 was July 15; we had arrived in Requa, at the mouth of the Klamath River, where we would visit Redwood National and State Parks, but first, we explored the areaContinue reading “Day 13: Requa, California”

Throwback Thursday: Nana

Yesterday, September 28, would have been my maternal grandmother’s 107th birthday. In reality, she died young, at only 58 years old. But here she is as a baby, looking sweet and innocent and totally oblivious to the difficult childhood she would have. Norma Tomassoni was only six years old and the oldest of three childrenContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Nana”

Throwback Thursday: Playing Soldier

I am still working on scanning all of the old family photos my father and stepmother passed on to me this summer. This is one of my favorites. This photo shows my father’s family, and was almost certainly taken in Pennsylvania, where they lived — most likely in 1944, judging from the apparent age ofContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Playing Soldier”

Throwback Thursday: I Remember Papa

Today would be my maternal grandfather’s 108th birthday, so for Throwback Thursday, I’m posting a photograph of him as a child. I do not have a date, but this was his First Holy Communion photo, so it’s probably early in the 1920s. My grandfather was born in 1914, the son of Italian immigrants. When heContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: I Remember Papa”

Throwback Thursday: Wild West

Today’s image from the past is one that I dug out of the box of old family photos my father and stepmother gave me when I visited them this summer. This was probably taken in or around 1947, as my father and his brother played cowboys near the back door of the house where theyContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Wild West”

Day 12: California Coast

We spent a month this summer on a 7,957-mile road trip across the country, from the Washington, D.C., area to California and back. Day 12 was July 14; we spent much of it driving up the Northern California coastline. Our goal that day was to reach Requa, at the mouth of the Klamath River. TheContinue reading “Day 12: California Coast”

Throwback Thursday: Laura and Almanzo

This photo is not mine, of course. But when I realized that today is the wedding anniversary of Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder, I knew I had to post it here. Laura, 18, and Almanzo, 28, had planned to marry in the fall of 1885. She and her mother were thinking about the wedding dressContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Laura and Almanzo”

Bird by Bird

I’m sitting in my backyard, and the birds are out in force. I just turned on my birdsong identification app. The birds it tells me it’s hearing: Blue jay American crow Northern cardinal Red-shouldered hawk Tufted titmouse House sparrow Eastern towhee Least flycatcher American goldfinch Common grackle Carolina wren Red-bellied woodpecker Gray catbird American robinContinue reading “Bird by Bird”