Entries from Postcards from the Trail tagged with 'Memoirs'

The saga of the stolen truck

We have always been a two vehicle family. My parents bought me a car when I was in college. It was a beautiful new blue Chevy Nova. It provided transportation back and forth to college and became our primary...

Sewing Project - Chair Cushions

I started sewing in junior high school.I took Home Ec in the 8th grade and my first sewing project was a lovely shift dress. It was sleeveless and form fitted with darts. Remember those! The style is very classic...

Photohunt: Mother

Mother's Day. It has been 9 years since my mother died. April 2001. She was almost 85. I came late in her life and a second marriage. I can not say it was 'strange' growing up with a Mother...

Music of my mind

I grew up in the '60s. It was in a mid-sized town in California central valley. Our city had a distinct racial mix. The northern side of town was primarily white. The southern side was primarily Afro-American, Hispanic and Asian....

A Decade of Travel

We renewed our passports this year. Flipping though the pages, I realized I was holding a decade of travel in my hands. Looking back I saw many new places I had visited and dramatic change in how I planned...

Leiden - Pilgrims Refuge

Morspoort Leiden Black Friday, 7am Sales, Football, Tables overflowing with Food. Do we even remember the Pilgrims and the reason why they came to America? I was reading an article in the LA Times this weekend on Leiden and...

Ricotta Pancakes

Last weekend, I made Dutch Baby Pancakes. They were oh-so-good but I wanted to try another recipe for traditional pancakes. Some people call them hotcakes or flapjacks. I can not remember exactly what my Mother called them. I think...

Confessions of a Fussy Eater - Vegetables

The seasons are changing. We are moving into Fall and I have started cooking fall themed meals. I picked up some broccoli this week and smiled when I remembered this was a vegetable I detested when I was growing...

Confession of a Fussy Eater - Meat

Dinner meals I ate growing up centered around meat. Each meal consisted of four items - a meat entree, a starch which was typically potato, a vegetable and a salad. I can not remember a meal where we did...

Confession of a Fussy Eater - Milk

Have you ever thought about what you eat today compared with what you ate growing up? I do. I'm a child of the '50s - you know those times? Exciting new food came from the latest box or packaged...

Laundry Day

I grew up in the hot central valley of California. We never had a dryer. Instead we had a clothes line. One of my chores was to hang out the clothes. It was in the sunny part of the back...

Happy Solstice

Today is the summer solstice. Time for mid-summer night madness. Growing up in California, I never noticed the solstice. Yes, the days became longer but when you are dealing with long over 100 degree F days, you don't think...