The Great Throwing Away or, The Great Unearthing: Toy

“One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries.” ~ A. A. Milne Some of my surprising discoveries during the Great Throwing Away didn't surprise me, because I knew they were there, waiting to be unearthed. One of those takes me back to the summer I was eight, when … Continue reading The Great Throwing Away or, The Great Unearthing: Toy

Memorial Day 2013: All My Boys

My grandparents, Mary and Marshall Barrow, had four children. My grandfather had been certain that each prospective baby would be a boy, but he ended up instead with four daughters. One evening shortly before his death in the spring of 1940, he was lying in bed, listening to a radio broadcast of news of war … Continue reading Memorial Day 2013: All My Boys