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The Silhouette’s Secret: kept for 100 years

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

Merry Mix-up and the Cherry Tree on Clark’s Hill

[Author’s Note:  Fresh cherries on sale at our neighborhood grocery brought back a memory of childhood  nicknames, a neighborhood cherry tree in Stamford, Connecticut, and my Norwegian grandmother, Marie Theresa Fladvad Cottrell.  A Black cherry tree, (prunus serotina) was the focus of intense childhood attention that summer day.  Little Merry Mix-Up] -Anonymous Poem- The Secret … Continue reading Merry Mix-up and the Cherry Tree on Clark’s Hill

Dear Dollar: A letter of regret from Sweet Sixteen

After a 40-hour workweek at Grand Union in June 1955, a first ever for me, I received a paycheck in the amount of $40, more money than I had ever before earned at one time. Babysitting gigs paid $.50 an hour and while playing with my little charges, I’d quickly tally up my days earnings … Continue reading Dear Dollar: A letter of regret from Sweet Sixteen