While out “froggin’ around” (as they say up in Corning, New York where Mom lived for 15 years), #4 Daughter, the Amazing Sara Marian, patiently waited while I stopped and snapped pictures of doors. Passersby seemed amused; I wonder if they thought I was some…

You think it’s Marcus, don’t you? You think Marcus Marvel is my new imaginary literary boyfriend. But you’re wrong. THE ENTIRE BOOK is my new imaginary literary boyfriend! The book is THE MARVELS by Brian Selznick. People always rag on Dickens because he used coincidence…

This is not a gangster. This is my grandfather. Yes, I know that a feller can be a gangster AND a grandfather, but this one wasn’t. Not A Gangster That’s George Kelly Leister, my mother’s father. Pretty snazzy, yes? He was born on the 4th…

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