Category Archives: Childhood

The Turtle – My Totem

My editor, Linda Hasselstrom, recently returned my manuscript with many richly helpful comments, and an intriguing one that took me on a little research journey. In the chapter I named Ocean Waves, I included a quilt square sample to give … Continue reading

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John, the Border Collie Puppy

It was early December 1991, when our border collie, Patch, began to deliver her puppies just a few hours before we left the house for a long-planned commitment. Returning with great anticipation about four hours later, my daughter Polly, who … Continue reading

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Breakfast Cheesecake

“Momma,” my daughter, Polly, calls up the staircase, “Can Sue and I eat the cheesecake in the fridge for breakfast?” I pause as I rinse my face with cool water. Hmm. I wonder: what kind of nutrition does cheesecake give … Continue reading

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Climb Every Mountain: a Quilt Story

Have you ever felt you are exactly where you need to be in the universe? If so, you will understand how I feel when I look at the Climb Every Mountain quilt that hangs majestically on cousin Nora’s huge wall … Continue reading

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I Can’t Breathe

I grew up on the east end of Long Island, near the Hamptons, in a lower middle class family of five. When I started school, more than half my classmates were “colored,” as we called them in the 50s. They … Continue reading

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Home

It is April 2, 1972. I have gone to work as a caseworker for Otsego County Department of Social Services in Cooperstown, NY where I oversee a caseload of 55 children, aged infant (and his 14-year-old mother) through 17, placed … Continue reading

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