History

During theSpanish Influenza epidemic more than 100 years ago my father was sent away from the city to stay with his grandparents in the Appalachian Mountains. At the end of the school year when he was able to return he was given the kerosene lantern from the bedside table he’d used and the hand-held school…
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Fourth of July Appreciation

Where I live, in the Sierra foothills of California, the Fourth of July has always been a big deal. Grass Valley and Nevada City alternate between having the parade, which includes music, floats, lots of groups marching, etc. and reaches for blocks.The Nevada County Fairgrounds has a lot going on all day and a spectacular…
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Family

I have a very extended family. When we first got married my husband gave up trying to remember second cousins, cousins once and twice removed, cousins-in-law, etc., etc. and called them all my ‘step-neighbors-in-law.” While most of my relatives are from European ancestry like me, I also have step-neighbors-in-law who are African-American, Japanese, Latino, and…
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Children of the World

In Sunday School most kids learn the song about how Jesus loves all the little children of the world. The lyrics help to teach kids not to be prejudiced against others because of their race. But part of the song, while well meaning, is inaccurate. Humans are not really red, yellow, black and white. Native…
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Playing

When I was a kid, way back in the 1940s and ‘50s, Kids could just go out and play. We weren’t allowed to leave our neighborhood without permission from parents, but no adults watched us while we played. We were free to use our imaginations and spent most of our time doing that. The boys…
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My Ignorance

I grew up in a semi-rural county in the San Francisco Bay Area, Everyone in our small town was white except for one Chinese family whose daughter was my friend in school. I assumed most other Chinese people lived in the San Francisco Chinatown because they wanted to be with other people like themselves. And…
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