WHY I LOVED LUCY – GARRY ARMSTRONG

I've got the mid-winter blues. It's only January, so it's not nearly the end of it yet. I need to perk up. Melancholy. Melancholy Serenade. Serenade of the Bells. The Bells of St. Mary. A silly word link game I play to lighten things. Suddenly, it reminds me of another time, an assignment more than … Continue reading WHY I LOVED LUCY – GARRY ARMSTRONG

HAPPY BIRTHDAY OLE BLUE EYES – GARRY ARMSTRONG

It's Frank Sinatra's 104th birthday. Somewhere, Sinatra and his pals are smiling and ordering another round of the good stuff. I recall another Sinatra birthday celebration. 1962. It was a very good year. '62 was the year JFK met with a group of young reporters and told us we were making history. I'm not sure we … Continue reading HAPPY BIRTHDAY OLE BLUE EYES – GARRY ARMSTRONG

DRY LEAVES THAT FALL BEFORE THE WINDS – Marilyn Armstrong

I am not as nostalgic about the past as many people. I had a difficult and often unpleasant childhood. It's hard to put aside the unhappy childhood memories to find happy ones. They get tangled up. It is in the autumn where good memories live on. That perpetual autumn I can sometimes smell in the … Continue reading DRY LEAVES THAT FALL BEFORE THE WINDS – Marilyn Armstrong

CATSKILL COMEDIANS IN THOSE GOOD OLD DAYS – Marilyn Armstrong

Maybe you remember the old Jewish Catskill comics. Some of them went back to the old days of Vaudeville. Others are more recent. A fair number are alive and well, and a surprisingly large number are still working. Except, the center of the action today is Las Vegas. Maybe the Catskills will rise again. Probably … Continue reading CATSKILL COMEDIANS IN THOSE GOOD OLD DAYS – Marilyn Armstrong

WOODCLEFT CANAL, FREEPORT, LONG ISLAND – Marilyn Armstrong

Freeport, Long Island. It's in Nassau Country, the closest county on Long Island to New York. I grew up in the city. In Queens, which is a borough of New York. Each of New York's boroughs has its own character and in many ways, is a city in its own right. Certainly, people who grow … Continue reading WOODCLEFT CANAL, FREEPORT, LONG ISLAND – Marilyn Armstrong