Long before PBS or Nova or the Nature Series, there were reports of bands of bipedal primates roaming the cottage-y territories of the otherwise peaceful inhabitants in North Jacksonville. The reports were true. More shocking was the fact that these orgies included mulberry mashes, persimmon plucking and even fig orgies in the Holiday’s back yard. … Continue reading Hunting and Gathering on the North Shore
After serving on the House Armed Services for decades and as Chairman of the Seapower and Strategic Materials Sub-Committee, in 1980 Charlie Bennett was the third senior member of the House of Representatives and the second in seniority on the Armed Services Committee. At lunch he asked me to serve as his Chief of Staff. It meant leaving an interesting, fulfilling position as VP of Taft Corporation in Washington, D.C. It was decision time.
Just A Typical Gator Homecoming? Water, Water (balloons) Everywhere! I would have to call it a form of temporary insanity that gripped the 60 or so residents of Georgia Seagle Hall as we feverously prepared for Homecoming 1960. The normally studious, well-behaved, Seagle do-gooders were preparing a racy display to cover the front of … Continue reading Water, Water Everywhere: Just a “Typical” Gator Homecoming in the Sixties
Flash: the U.S. Navy plans return to teaching celestial navigation. In my view, this is one of the smarter moves the Navy is making to ensure its ability to safely navigate no matter what and no matter where. In the early 1960s, at OCS, we learned the basics of both piloting and celestial navigation in … Continue reading U.S. Navy and back to the future Star Power
When the Cuban Missile Crisis began to heat up in September 1962, the ROOSEVELT (CVA 42) had just left NS Mayport for its umpteenth Med deployment. The newly married JO’s (junior officers) would gather on the fan tail to watch the wake that pointed towards the brides they had left. Misty eyes were the uniform … Continue reading Cold War Dark Operations: Soot, as a weapon? Revenge of the Snipes in the Cold War
Cod fish cakes and Swiss Chard are not so fondly remembered… by Faith R. Connors, author of Love, Midgie Hey, welcome to Same Supper Tuesday. I see you up there at the top of the honeysuckle wall. Come on down. Be careful, though. It is a challenge to get your feet planted firmly on the … Continue reading Same Supper Tuesday
The Breakfast Room by Faith R. Connors What is the story about breakfast rooms? Years ago, many houses were built to include a small room off the kitchen known as the breakfast room. Our house in Stamford, CT had just such a room. Small as it was, it had two doorways: one leading from the … Continue reading Honeysuckle Wall: The Breakfast Room
The following story is based on the experiences of an actual couple, the parents of a close friend of the author, Ginny Brinkley. The names have been changed. “In this warmly poignant story, Brinkley gently reveals the layers of this family union where illness has become the crucible by which love and patience are defined … Continue reading The Old College Try
The Silhouette’s Secret: kept for 100 years The small, oval frame with a glass cover over a yellowing silhouette had hung on Cottrell and Raymond family walls for almost a century. The silhouette was created on September 12, 1916. The subject for the skilled artist was Marie Theresa Cottrell, 11 years old and the daughter … Continue reading The Silhouette’s Secret: kept for 100 years
A Serious Badminton Tournament by Faith R. Connors, author of Love, Midgie, Flavors of the Fjords Digital Edition, and Clark’s Hill Cat. This is the story of how a game of badminton leads to the purchase of a TV set for the Raymond family of Clark’s Hill (Stamford, CT). When other families on Clark’s Hill … Continue reading Family TV: Who put the BAD in Badminton?