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This is a story about a girl who spills all the buttons in Grandma’s button box while Grandma is out taking her morning walk. Spanish metal button circa 1650-1675, 12mm diameter. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) She loves Grandma’s button box because Grandma tells a story about each button. There are buttons from Grandma’s wedding dress, her own baby sweater. Lost buttons that turned up in the doghouse, the fishbowl, the gerbil’s cage. Buttons from everyone in the family – Grandpa’s suspenders, her brother’s tuba recital. She and her brother and sister looked all over to find all the buttons... (Read More ...)

Where Did You Go? Out. Storm drain (Photo credit: Wikipedia) “Where Did You Go? Out. What Did You Do? Nothing” is an ode to a childhood in the 1920s. Author Robert Paul Smith was born the same year as my father-in-law, 1915. My father was born in 1918. His book must have been much like their childhoods. My father was surrounded by friends and cousins. His father walked to work at General Electric in Schenectady, New York and walked home for lunch. When I visited my father’s old neighborhood, I found the hill a couple blocks from his house that was closed to traffic for sledding much... (Read More ...)