Tag Archives: childhood

The Day the Circus Came to Town

In 1947 the new school year was nearing the end of its first month but Larry had other things on his mind.  Oh, he was bright enough but reading, writing and arithmetic didn’t hold the allure and fascination for the … Continue reading

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I Can See China

There was absolutely no question in Mike’s mind that any fair-minded mother of a four-year-old would overlook her previous admonishment for crossing the street if there was an opportunity to see China.  In fact, when Mike’s older brother, Gary later … Continue reading

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Baseball in the Shadow of the Kihlberg Hotel

As an eleven-year-old boy living in Albuquerque, New Mexico the Memorial Day weekend ushered in the beginning of two somewhat related and important events, the start of the summer-long respite from teachers, math class and school and the beginning of … Continue reading

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The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Ever

It’s been one and seventy years since Larry walked to and from that old stone schoolhouse.  The walk home sometimes took various routes but the walk to school and Mrs. Viles’ first grade classroom was always the same.  Larry said … Continue reading

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I Say, Where’s the Fire?

The 1962 school year had ended and the arrival of the first day of June ushered in the start of the soon to come hot summer days in Noel.  Noel, Missouri, a small town located deep within the Ozarks of … Continue reading

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The Lulu Rule

The summer of 1962 found me in my most favorite place in the whole wide world, the southwest Missouri Ozark town of Noel.  My grandmother, Phoebe and her sister Rosalyn loved to have fun when they weren’t busy constructing flower … Continue reading

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Ice Cream on a Hot Afternoon

Larry was a mere twelve years of age in the early years of the 1950’s but that didn’t mean he was immune from chores.  Larry’s family operated the Riverside Resort located just north of the small town of Noel, Missouri.  … Continue reading

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