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Dad and the Christmas Tree, Part Three: Icicles or Rain?

I think it was in the summer of 1951 that my mother and father and I moved from Pittsburgh, Pennsyvania to Portland, Oregon, to be close to my mother’s family.  That first Christmas in the West we were still staying with … Continue reading

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Dad and the Christmas Tree, Part Two

This story is from the late 40’s or early 50’s.  I’m guessing that the Christmas trees we saw  being sold on corner lots didn’t come from tree farms, but instead were logged and bundled by folks trying to make a bit … Continue reading

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Dad and the Christmas Tree, Part One

My father was part of a generation of guys who decorated under their Christmas trees.  And I don’t mean a little house or two.  Every December, an uncle of mine dragged out the pieces of plywood that went to form … Continue reading

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Grandma and Grandpa Santamouse Have Arrived!

When we sold our house and moved to this condo last spring, our son-in-law Sean was hugely helpful in hauling away junk and toting recyclables.  We downsized considerably, getting rid of hundreds of books and throwing out most of our … Continue reading

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