Share Your World – 2015 Week #4

Where did you live at age five? Is it the same place or town you live now?

I lived in a very old house in Queens, New York, when I was five. It was, as it this house, surrounded by oak trees. It had, as does this house (after remodeling) a big picture window in the front. Maybe I have — in some sense — gone home again.


I lived there until I left for college. I never went back, except to visit. The house in which I now live, reminds me very much of the house in which I grew up, but it is in New England … quite far from my original home. I don’t even know anyone who lives in New York city any more. We have all moved somewhere else.

You are invited to a party that will be attended by many fascinating people you never met. Would you attend this party if you were to go by yourself?

These days, I don’t feel safe going places alone. I’m a bit fragile and I get fearful when I have no one to call for help. So the answer is these day, no. But I would have gone by myself in the past — without a second thought.

Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it?


I grew up in New York city, but the neighborhood was very much like a small town. The city had grown around it, leaving it’s semi rural nature intact.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A writer. I wanted to be a writer when I was studying to be a musician. There was never really a choice for me. I was born to be a writer.

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19 replies

  1. Your New York neighbourhood sounds like a little oasis of calm in a sea of madness. Though I admit at this point that I’m assuming New York is exactly as portrayed in such shows as CSI:NY and Cagney and Lacey 🙂


    • New York isn’t like on Law and Order anymore than England is like Game of Thrones. But my neighborhood was unique — even 50 years ago, when New York was not nearly as supercharged as it is now. It is actually less crime riddled than Las Vegas. Casinos are good for crime. It’s just that NY is big and there are a lot of people. More people, more crime, more hassles. Just more of everything, good and bad. That’s why we don’t live in a city any more.


      • A lot of TV shows are actually quite bad for tourism I reckon – I’m too scared to visit New York because I know, for a fact, that I’ll get shot in some sort of “mugging gone wrong”.
        But given the number of people, it’s probably no worse percentage-wise than any other city.


        • I think all large cities are much the same. If they were as bad as “seen on TV,” no one would survive to reproduce. That being said, we could get flattened by a runaway beer truck in a bucolic country hamlet. Or fall down a well. Or be hit by a meteorite. Danger lurks!


  2. I hope you are feeling a little better, and Garry too. Thanks so much for taking the time do share with us this week.


  3. I like the nostalgia intended or not in this post and the photos that accompany your words


  4. The white oak trees loomed, the shadows of oak trees were present throughout. Your mother was very possessive of the trees and she made sure that nobody could harm them. The house stayed comfortable during the summer and bitterly cold in winter.. It had all the open space in front or off to the side, but no backyard except the 15 foot separating the house from the property line because the land cut abruptly downward sharply……..
    The description of Queens has been etched in my memory forever and for that matter the vivid painting of Jerusalem too.


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