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Does anyone really become a writer without the influence of others upon their lives? Certainly, not me. We all have stories. It’s putting them on the page that needs careful consideration. I … more
My grandmother, Lina Dreher, was sixteen and working in the family bakery when she kept this diary. She has one brother, Joe, and six sisters some of whose names are mentioned. Lina’s excited … more
I’m walking across the Callicoon Bridge hoping that a large vehicle doesn’t traverse it at the same time when, not one, but two gigantic buses turn the corner. The bridge shakes, as my … more
From my grandmother’s diary when she was sixteen and working in the family bakery. All names mentioned are those of her siblings except for her friend Daisy.   Sept 3rd Fred and … more
In between waves of nausea, I suddenly realized I could no longer breathe. I was facing a blank white wall in my bathroom and gasping for air, telling myself, just breathe, for God’s sake, just … more
I’m listening to the ‘huz’ (that’s short for husband) as he rehearses a plentitude of cover songs. He just debuted as ‘singer of the greatest songs’ at The Old … more
“There’s a phone call for you,” “What? How could that be?” I was staying in a boarding house on the corner of Poplar and Atlantic in Wildwood, NJ. No one but my best … more
My grandmother, Lina Dreher, was sixteen when she kept this diary. Lina and her sister Tillie work in the family bakery where they recently installed a candy counter and ice cream parlor. In some … more
It started with tooth soap, a soft, long thread of creamy material used for brushing teeth typically made from saponified olive and coconut oils, distilled H2O, and Himalayan salt. The idea came from … more
My grandmother, Lina Dreher, was sixteen when she kept this diary. She worked as a store clerk in the family bakery/ice cream parlor. In this excerpt, she mentions visiting the grave of sibling Em … more
I’ve seen a lot of sights on the Delaware River ranging from ordinary to unusual to outright miraculous. I’ve seen dogs of all sizes; some that like to swim and others that just lap up a … more
Grandma’s diary July 1913, part 2 My grandmother, Lina Dreher, was sixteen when she kept this diary. She was bribed, by her father, with a bank account of $200 to quit school and work in the … more
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