Tagged Stories


The Sound of Music

This memory is from 9th grade. Since I am now 69 years of age, it was quite a few years ago. I can still picture myself in the situation, being ...

Irene Murray | 2012
The Smells of the Past

In the books people write they continue to exist, tho' they may have passed. It's peculiar what you remember. I thought it would be pictures tha...

Irene Murray | 2012
I Was a Prisoner of War

The following is an interview of Mr. S., a Jewish American soldier held as a prisoner of war in a German Camp during World War II. In...

Mr. S. | December 2012
A Smoked Oyster Day

Grab your re-cycling bags and your affinity card and let’s all rush off to the grocery store for a “Smoked Oyster Day”. Don’t look smug ...

Evelyn Marshak | 2012
Battleship Connecticut

I can see a quizzical look on your face when I mention the battleship Connecticut. You have heard of the battleship, Maine. It was sunk i...

Evelyn Marshak | 2012
Blizzard of 2013 and Discovery of Richard III’s Remains

How could it be that two of the week’s most talked about topics are related? The topic for the first weeks of February 2013 is the blizzard. A...

Evelyn Marshak | February 2013
Eggs

It is funny because most times we never think about eggs or buying them. Still with the recent Easter/Passover holidays, eggs played a big part ...

Evelyn Marshak | 2013
Along the Artichoke Trail

Until a few years ago, I never thought about artichokes. I didn’t eat them nor does anyone in my household. But that was before Jacki and I be...

Evelyn Marshak | 2012
Election 2012

When I needed an appointment, with the hand specialist, it wasn’t difficult to arrange although I was a new patient. Now in the last few weeks...

Evelyn Marshak | 2012
Funerals

Funerals: Not a topic I would have picked but an excellent one especially since most readers don’t know much about Jewish funerals. There are...

Evelyn Marshak | 2012
New Source of Income

My first preference would be to be out of range of TV commercials for either Connecticut senatorial candidate. For a few reasons it is not now p...

Evelyn Marshak | 2012
Mixed Emotions

Flying overseas always produces mixed emotions in me. Some of the fear revolves around my passport. I check again to see if I have it. I do. If ...

Evelyn Marshak | 2012
More Interviews with Four Veterans

I went to a pancake breakfast on recent Sunday morning and was lucky to get these four veterans to talk with me… #1 Interview - Dan “ I en...

Evelyn Marshak | 2013
Next Veteran’s Story - Robert

When I asked Robert what he did in World War II as a combat engineer, “He answered that we did what we were told to do.”
 Normally I do...

Evelyn Marshak | 2013
OLLI Newsletter

OLLI Newsletter 5/10 “There is a tide in the lives of men which if taken at the flood leads on to greater things.” This sentence is miss...

Evelyn Marshak | 2012
Six Day War

Six Day War S.C. The end of the 6 Day War on June 9, 1967 meant that Jerusalem was once again a united city and Jews were free to visit...

Evelyn Marshak | 2012
Snow in Jerusalem

Snow in Connecticut in January is to be expected. Children need the snow days off from school as do teachers. The plow companies need the busine...

Evelyn Marshak | 2012
Talking Water Bottles

Until now, I never revealed to anyone that I was one of these rare people who could walk down the aisle of a grocery store and detect what the w...

Evelyn Marshak | 2012
Two Subway Stories

The first Subway story appeared in the media in mid-January. The New York Post ran a page one headline in a story that originally appeare...

Evelyn Marshak | 2013
A Glorious Day

I celebrated turning 50 with 3 friends a month before my actual birthday. It was one of those perfect days in October - warm, sunny with little ...

Marjorie Fitzgerald | 2012
Living History

I started working at the Department of Social Services in 1984 processing energy assistance and food Stamps. There were around 300 people, White...

Marjorie Fitzgerald | 2012
Veterans Project LK

USAF Veteran Lou Kugell Interviewed by Evelyn Marshak Lou Kugell is the husband of friend of mine. Still I was a little weary about asking...

Evelyn Marshak | 2012
Veterans Project #4

US Navy and USAF Veteran Robert Burkman, interviewed by Evelyn Marshak “I admit that it took me a long time to talk to my wife abou...

Evelyn Marshak | 2012
Change Is Not Always Progress

The work atmosphere in the 1980’s was very different from what I experienced in the first decade of the 21st century. Back then I started work...

Maryellen Joncyk | January 25, 2013
September 11, 2001

The date was September 11, 2001. It would be a day I would never forget and a day that the entire population of the United States of America wou...

Richard Adamski | 2012
National Politics Made Personal

The year was 1984, and Republican Party candidate Ronald Reagan was running for his second term as President of the United States. He was oppose...

Richard Adamski | 2012
My Personal Grand Design

I finished my junior year in High School, but didn’t attend a senior year because of a sudden turn my life took. I officially completed high s...

Richard Adamski | 2012
Musical Renditions

Craig, at age twelve, was a young boy growing up in a small New England industrial city. The year was 1972, and he had become fascinated by all ...

Richard Adamski | 2012
A Decade With Jesse

Jesse lived through one of the most transforming, eventful and tumultuous decades in human history. This decade in its own unique way equals the...

Richard Adamski | 2012
The Color Green


My ancestors are mostly Irish. The color green seems to be associated with Ireland-especially around St. Paddy’s Day when everybody wears g...

Bob Grady | 2014
Education and Jobs

How would you like to be graduating from college and looking for a job in today's market? Pretty scary, right? The cost of higher education has ...

Bob Grady | 2013
Change

Change.
I would not want to be looking for a job in this economy. My daughter, who has just reached the half century mark, has been searching ...

Bob Grady | 2013
1968 and Me

The year 1968 saw many horrendous events take place. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated. The TV showed the killing of a...

Bob Grady | 2013
40s Music

I went to high school from 1946 to 1950 at Sacred Heart, a converted elementary Catholic school located on Wolcott Street in Waterbury, Connecti...

Bob Grady | 2013
A Modest Proposal

With apologies to Jonathan Swift, I suggest the following modest proposal. There are many people who are concerned about rights given to them by...

Bob Grady | 2013
MILLIE

I must have been nine or ten at the time of this incident but it has remained a vivid picture in my mind ever since. We were driving to my grand...

Bob Grady | 2013
Coincidence

Coincidence? The sixties for me was a time of stabilizing my personal life. In 1960, I was twenty-eight, newly married, a substitute teacher and...

Bob Grady | 2014