Throwback Thursday: Ransom Fire

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, I present a photo I found online, of a fire in May 1947 at a Pennsylvania state institution for the indigent. (It was also an asylum for the mentally ill at some point in its history.) I did not choose this photo at random. In fact, finding it really blewContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Ransom Fire”

I Knew There was a Table in There Somewhere…

For months, our dining room has been full of boxes and piles of stuff. We had some dampness in the basement last fall and had to clear some things out so that the workers could rip out the wet carpeting and fix the damaged bits of drywall. We stuck the displaced stuff in the diningContinue reading “I Knew There was a Table in There Somewhere…”

Photo Friday: Stormy Weather

(Technically, it’s now Saturday. Oh, well.) It was a dark and stormy night. It was also a dark and stormy afternoon. In fact, I took this photo on Thursday, a few minutes before 3 p.m, i.n the parking lot of Panera. As we waited inside for our takeout order a few minutes later, the windContinue reading “Photo Friday: Stormy Weather”

Throwback Thursday: Foamhenge

I just came across this old photo of my son, taken in 2007 when he was five years old. You can see the mysterious ancient standing stones of Stonehenge behind him…. No, not really. I took this photo in Natural Bridge, Virginia. The Stonehenge you see is actually made of Styrofoam. So, inevitably, it isContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Foamhenge”

Roller Coaster Redux

My son asked if we could go to Busch Gardens theme park this summer. In general, I’m not into theme parks, but I actually enjoyed Busch Gardens the last time we were there, because it’s beautifully maintained and has things to do besides rides. I get sick on rides. Then Facebook reminded me of thisContinue reading “Roller Coaster Redux”

Throwback Thursday: Sailor Suit

This Sunday is Father’s Day, so for Throwback Thursday, here’s a photo of my own father, from Easter 1943, when he had just turned four years old. Before the end of that year, his own father would be called up to fight in World War II. This one always surprises me a bit, in theContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Sailor Suit”