A bygone gem and our vintage house of the day is a 1905 Queen Anne Shingle Style that was designed and built by William Mead Raymond for his wife, Lucy Wilden Selleck. The house that once stood at 751 Main Street in Stamford, Connecticut, was home to a small family of three: Will, Lucy and … Continue reading A House for Lucy
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 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
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
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?
[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