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He Raised the Roof for Her – an Everyday Valentine

She was a fine looking New England woman and he was a quiet man with a mustache.     It was a marriage made in Maine and from all reports a long and happy union. Abby was one of the famous … Continue reading

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Planning the Garden with Gramps

We are in the thick of winter so yesterday I handed Johnny’s Seed Catalog to Gramps as a nod to spring and the large garden we hope to plant. We began our work on the garden in the fall because … Continue reading

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First Lieutenant Edwin Schuyler Walden, 93, Reports for Duty

Last night First Lieutenant Edwin Schuyler Walden aka Gramps returned home from his trip to Washington, DC with Honor Flight Maine. Forty-five WW2 veterans made up this fall’s group. I like to think they represented all the men (including my … Continue reading

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In which Gramps Builds a Homemade Tractor

The other day, Gramps and I went joyriding. We stopped by this old vehicle. Gramps looked under the hood, (ayuh, it is a Ford) and kicked the tires, something the men in our family like to do. Then he got … Continue reading

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Our Famous Gramps has a Birthday!

Gramps throws around the word, famous, often. I have learned that words are relative so when he tells me someone is famous I take it from whence it comes. For example, in Gramps’ youth, the young girls from Willimantic were … Continue reading

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The Miserable Wonderful Fishing Day with Uncle Stan – and his woods coffee recipe

The making of Uncle Stan’s woods coffee is an exact science. First, take an old blackened coffee pot. Put in some coffee and sugar. Add an egg, smashed shell and all. Stir around and put the whole thing in your knapsack … Continue reading

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George Charlie Chaplin Falkner and His Wife who Escaped the Circus

When I brought my new bride, Barbara, to Greenville, Maine, I wanted her to get to know the local characters. On the list were George Charlie Chaplin Falkner and his jolly wife Mary Curtis Falkner who escaped a life in … Continue reading

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The Christmas Conundrum

Here are some childhood Christmas memories from Gramps. Merry Christmas. It’s Christmastime at Walden Farm and I have spent my allotted Christmas money. The Christmas conundrum is this – how to get gifts for my five siblings and parents with … Continue reading

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Blessed Be Nahthing – the Tree

I have been having a wonderful time listening to the memories of Christmas when Gramps was a boy.  He is 94 now so these memories are from the 1930’s. Enjoy. It’s Christmastime at the Walden Farm and I am so … Continue reading

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An Ode to Election Day From an Oldtimer

Uncle Stan Walden (1892-1960) wrote this poem years ago about the politics of the day. I guess some things never change. I did a bit of editing but the great ideas in this poem are all Uncle Stan’s. I am … Continue reading

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