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Notes on "East of Eden"
by Ed Boyd
... bad blood?

Thoughts While Shaving
byJim Tierney

Thoughts While Shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts While Shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts While Shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts While Shaving
by Jim Tierney

Summer Crossing -- an essay
by Ed Boyd
... why Capote did not want to publish.

Cecil
by Ed Boyd
... here is Cecil again

Thumbs
by Ed Boyd
... Thumbs the cat, old faithful ...

A Richard Yates story
by Ed Boyd
... a second good one

Thoughts While Shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts While Shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts While Shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts While Shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts While Shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts While Shaving
by Jim Tierney

A story of Martha
by Ed Boyd
... a story repeated

More on details
by Ed Boyd
... rub in details

Escape
by Ed Boyd
... got away

Details of Flaubert
by Ed Boyd
... music in Flaubert

More on crystal rock lamp
by Ed Boyd
... my family

Sounds of the night
by Shirley Rabb
... a time to be still and listen

More about voices
by Ed Boyd
... everlasting voices

40 degrees and sunny
by Shirley Rabb
... it was so nice.

About Hugh Gwyn
by Ed Boyd
... grateful

Reprising Wallace Stegner's book
by Ed Boyd
... or two

Thoughts while shaving
Jim Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
Jim Tierney

more on up in the old hotel
by Ed Boyd
... get your smile out

More notes
by Ed Boyd
... my notes expanded

Christmas, 1954
by Ed Boyd
... An old memory of Christmas

A picture from Venice Florida
by Ed Boyd
... a lovely picture

The rotifer
by Ed Boyd
... an amazing story

A tribute to Jim Falzarano
By Ed Boyd
... a real good guy

Thoughts while shaving
jtierney

Thoughts while shaving
jtierney

Thoughts while shaving
jtiernery

Thoughts while shaving
jtierney

Thoughts while Shaving
jtierney
... "blah, blah, blah ..."

Thoughts while shaving
jtierney

Flowers in a large bowl
By Ed Boyd
... feels like a hug

Holden Caufield clings to his dead brother
By Ed Boyd
... Holden's troubles

Taking the cure
by Ed Boyd
... an ephipany

Mystery of the woman with the yellow daffodil
by Ed Boyd
... a mystery.

Stearns & Hill Bistro
by Ed Boyd
... good, good!

Thoughts while shaving
jtierney

Thoughts while shaving
jtierney

Thoughts while shaving
jtierney

Thoughts while shaving
jtierney

Thoughts while shaving
J.Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
J.Tierney

The mystery of the kneeling figure
by Ed Boyd
... who can it be?

Let it snow, snow, snow!
by Jackie Wattenberg
... sez the lady from Buffalo

This has been my Place
by Shirley Rabb
... and has been for 45 years

Thoughts while shaving
by jtiernwey

More about Patrick Modiano
by Ed Boyd
... a little mystery

A mild December day
by Shirley Rabb
... rare and appreciated

About "Honeymoon"
by Ed Boyd
... A man lost

Sympathy and empathy
by Ed Boyd
... can you tell the difference?

Out
by Carol Nelson
... taking inventory

Details,details, details
by Ed Boyd
... look closely

Thoughts on various notes I have made
by Ed Boyd
... my mind wandering

Out
by Carol Nelson
... belated diary entry from Elsie

Three by five cards
by Ed Boyd
... a look at Raymond Carver

Thoughts while shaving
Jim Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
jtierney

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Lydia Davis philosophical investigation
by Ed Boyd
... the mysterious Lydia Davis

That Festive Pop
by Ed Boyd
... looking for words

Dining out
by Carol Nelson
... appearances may be misleading

Here's to the writer -- and the Free Press
by Arnold Koch
... Free Press social writer Arnold Koch talks about our profession

My First Keys
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... the thrill of ownership ...

Endings
by Ed Boyd
... you must consider them...

My home since we were married ...
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... I came to this house as a bride ...

Out
by Carol Nelson
... Near disaster

350 Washington Street
by Ed Boyd
... our house for thirty-seven years

Tableaux
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... old style entertainment ...

Choke
by Ed Boyd
... they lost it!

The Evolution of My New Years Eves
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... I have gone full circle ...

Bad luck turns to good luck
by Ed Boyd
... a look for better things to come

The Painting
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... tis the season for shopping ...

Out
by Carol Nelson
... Happy holidays!

Thoughts while shaving
Jim Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
by jtierney

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
by J. Tierney

The short stories of Katherine Mansfield
by Ed Boyd
... "Her touch is certain, her magic timeless."said Trevor.

Old Friends
by Carol Nelson
... a change of plans

Costumes
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... this is the time of year for costumes from Halloween to New Year's Eve ...

Out
by Carol Nelson
... More from Madam Coosh

The Devil: squamous cell cancer
by Ed Boyd
... it just travels.

Polly's Pancake Parlor
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... I wish I had found this sooner ...

Sam Shepard stories and tales
by Ed Boyd
... these stories and tales that sing

Out
by Carol Nelson
... another diary entry from Elsie Coosh

Shooting Stars
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... the best star showers of my lifetime ...

About writing
by Ed Boyd
... my thoughts on writing

Out
by Carol Nelson
... 4th diary entry from Cooshie

How and why I became a psychologist
by Ed Boyd
... I think this is where I was headed

Superstitions
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... am I superstitious after all ...

From misery to joyful
by Ed Boyd
... coming alive!

April 19, 2013
Ann Robbins Talbot
... from a different perspective ...

More on music in the language of The Great Gatsby
by Ed Boyd
... Fitzgerald's language just sings

A few notes on Jack Kerouac
by Ed Boyd
... who was Jack Kerouac?

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
by jtierney

My experiences with the Boston Marathon
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... years before I ever heard of Melrose, I had watched the Marathon ...

Out
by Carol Nelson
... Another diary entry from Elsie -- maybe the last?

Out
by Carol Nelson
... 3rd entry of the daily musings of Ms.Coosh

Out
by Carol Nelson
... a second entry by Elsie Coosh

Eddie Gilbert's drug store
by Ed Boyd
... what a beautiful man!

Out
by Carol Nelson
... first diary entry of a pet conure, a member of the parrot family and resident of Melrose

A quote
by Carol Nelson
... I came across this quote and thought I'd share it

A President I feel strongly about
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... musings on Presidents' Day

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Donations requested
by kmccarte
... keeping the Post Office alive and well

Up the old hotel
by Ed Boyd
... nonfiction at its best.

The second fall
Carol Nelson
... just between us

'Taint snowin' where Ann T was ...
Photo, note by Ann Talbot
... we asked for pictures of February 8th blizzard ...

Thoughts from Maine
by Shirley Rabb
... on a calm Saturday morning

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

When Steve was the king ...
from Steve Johnson himself
... a SilverStringer from Arizona speaks out

Degree equals grade, step, measure, amount, height, pitch ...
Casa
... Temperature= cold,hot,winter,summer,sultry,stuffy frost,chilling

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

I am fond of February
Ann Robbins Talbot
... it is my birthday month ...

You're looking at surgery
Carol Nelson
... Nooooo!

Time
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... I still struggle with the concept

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts on various notes I have made
by Ed Boyd
... some reflections on readings

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Go Back Day
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... the Sunday after Thanksgiving

Riley's Raiders at Mount Hood
by Ed Boyd
... many of the old guys at Mount Hood trying to stay young

What does it all mean?
by Shirley Rabb
... keeping your mind active

Communication 2012
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... one day in October

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

The Tuesday league at Bellevue Golf Course
by Ed Boyd
... the great days gone bye.

Shoe short stories
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... or short shoe stories

Three-by-five cards
by Ed Boyd
... Raymond Carver is the best short story writer, ever.

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Squam Lake, NH
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... well-worth the guided tour

How did Dorothy Day become Roman Catholic?
by Ed Boyd
... what became of Foster?

Memories of Melrose
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... more than a house, it was a home

October 4, 1940: A nine-year old's story of the World's Fair
from Florence Pretti
... a child wrote a note 72 years ago

Defining a not-so-accurate language: English
from Don Norris
... when you have nothing else to do, read this

To die in your boots
by Ed Boyd
... I am not going to stand here and wait.

Memories of Ell Pond
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... thoughts from previous articles

A deadly take on manhood
by Ed Boyd
... amazed at what I find

Paying attention to Vets who never came home
from Donald F. Morrison, MHS '49.
... Captain John R. Alvord, USMC Air Corps

My favorite practical jokes
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... putting a little fun into life

My memories of Memorial Hall
by Betty Rossi
... even though I've lived in Melrose

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Dondi and Triton
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... two patient animals

On developing a relationship
by Ed Boyd
... seeing clients in my home office

I hum
by Betty Rossi
... what's up with that?

Lent. A time of reflection
by Betty Rossi
... starting with Ash Wednesday, 40 days before Easter Sunday

Irish Night, 1952
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... Memorial Hall was only forty years old

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Lenten meditations
by Ed Boyd
... a few thoughts for Lent

Forests I have known and loved
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... it all depends on your perspective

Doctor Jack-O'-Lantern story by Richard Yates
by Ed Boyd
... a story about lost love

Origami Class at the Senior Center
by Betty Rossi
... Cut. Fold. Fold. Fold.

Permissible swear words
by Dorothy O'Connor
... some swear words are acceptable

The evening we fell in love
by Ed Boyd
... it was for real!

A quick holiday story
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... the end of a trip

Flowers in a large bowl
by Ed Boyd
... it is always a pleasure

Melrose in the mist
by Shirley Rabb
... early Sunday morning

MFA: Boston's Gem
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... I have rediscovered the Museum of Fine Arts

My name is Opie and I live with Philip and Mugzy
from Ellie Comeau
... fun with all three of us

In my foster parent's garden
from Nanci Valeri
... when I was little

A Thanksgiving Dinner - 1940's
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... recording one for posterity

A day of honor for World War II veterans
from Bob Campbell
... a salute to all World War II veterans

Home remedies that we remember
by Betty Rossi
... sitting around the table at the last Stringer's meeting

Memories of Thanksgivings past
by Betty Rossi
... at this time of the year, memories of my mother come floating back

What you think about when you're thinking about teaching
by Ed Boyd
... something to think about

Another mouse in the house
from Don Norris
... Fall front-door decoration provides fine meal

Things my mother taught me
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... practical wisdom from the previous generation

Things my mother said
by Betty Rossi
... While compiling a list of things my mother used to say after the last Stringer Meeting, I couldn't believe how I made it this far! We were the last of the "Innocent Generation" and never, ever thought that we were being "nagged".

On the brink of something important
by Ed Boyd
... what is down the road?

My greatest surprise
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... what a present

It's never too late
from Bob Campbell
... final resting place for thousands of U.S. Military Veterans

Surprising moment
by Ed Boyd
... a little mouse

Thoughts while shaving
by jtierney

Thoughts while shaving
by jtierney

Thoughts while shaving
by J im Tierney
... the "No school" announcements.

Thoughts while shaving
jtierney
... yup, still shaving

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Goodbye "Pop"
by Ed boyd
... it is time to say goodbye.

A word on our ancestors
by Betty Rossi
... everyone is looking for lost relatives, searching for ancestors.

Yes! we have no bananas
by Carol Nelson
... a rant

On vacations: Camping with hurricanes, skunks and no-water-wells
by Carol Nelson
... remembering Mother Nature up close

An adventure in writing about yourself
by Ed Boyd
... to write something of your past

A story for grownups
by Carol Nelson
... Interviews at The Nice Little Farm

The hazards of my childhood
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... how did we survive to adulthood

That festive pop
by Ed Boyd
... a choice of words.

A Facebook Reunion
from Joseph P. Guzzo
... let us see all our friends again.

An update
by Carol Nelson
... how it turned out

Rememberance of Memorial Day
by Ed Boyd
... to all who have fallen and others.

An annual tradition
by Ann R Talbot
... visiting Melrose once a year

An update
by Carol Nelson
... how it turned out

Listen to the warmth
by Ed Boyd
... from winter to spring.

My latest Adventure
by Joanne Olsen Imbracsio
... short summary of my road trip from Melrose to Ellisville, Mississippi -- a continuation of my life as a retiree, and new beginnings

An Extension of Myself
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... handbags and purses and pocketbooks, oh, my

Remembering Mother
by Eleanor Jenkins
... Old traditions and an old poem about Mother's Day.

Teaching golf
by Ed Boyd
... if you can't play, try to teach

Massachusetts dictionary, please
by Eleanor Jenkins
... one must learn how to speak like the locals

Mount Hood Melrose golfers have breakfast at Brothers
by Ed Boyd
... where Melrose golfers go when it gets cold

Old time hockey
from Christopher Hurley
... Priestley recalls glory days on the ice.

Stop whining
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... a message written to myself

The Tomato
by Carol Nelson
... Concentrated and true.

A circle drawn in the air
by Ed Boyd
... what can this mean?

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

For Jim Driscoll
from Bob Campbell
... a note for remembering an old friend

Ignorance is bliss
from Lillian Campbell
... what a way to go!

Music in the language of The Great Gatsby
by Ed Boyd
... listen to the music

Memories of fine gentleman
Melrose shares its grief
... notes from his compatriot SilverStringer friends

The advent of a senior center ...
by Jack Beckley
... with his infectious laugh and positive attitude, Jim took on the fund raising

That brand new calendar
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... nothing is as neat and orderly as a new calendar

A sad winter's romance song
by Carol Nelson
... you know the tune

On second thought ...
by Dorothy O'Connor
... Local senior goes co-ed at Tufts dorm

On a cold winter morning
by Shirley Rabb
... how wonderful to see a new day

At war with food
by Len Dalton
... kids can't eat everything!

Taize: a community of prayer, worship and reconciliation
by Ed Boyd
... Taize, an ecumenical community in Burgundy,France

Notes on an Argument for Mind
by Ed Boyd
... a very nice discovery

I remember certain names
by John Averell
... odd brain connections to old friends

Favorite foods of my childhood
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... sensory images are the best

Seeking information on a stair runner
by Russ Priestley
... here's a twist, an editor asking readers for info

For family, friends and Melrose Mirror readers
by Ed Boyd
... to leave something behind

Missed it - or it did not happen?
by Tom Dillon
... 65 years and one hour too late

Fenway Park - scene of blood donor's birthday giving
by Betty Rossi and Carole Tate
... local Red Sox fan donates to Red Cross on her birthday

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

A peaceful quiet
by Shirley Rabb
... Maine in September

Minuteman Historical Park
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... a place to take your guests

Thoughts while shaving
Jim Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
Jim Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
Jim Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
Jim Tierney

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

A farmer's lament
by Carol Nelson
... the hardship of gardening

On writing with Flannery O'Connor and Ed Boyd
by Ed Boyd
... see the course, Bits and Pieces, starting on September 13, 2010 at the Senior Center, 1PM.

My rambling thoughts at dawn
by Eleanor Jenkins
... a wandering mind as the rooster crows.

Sports, Then and Now
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... a lifetime of entertainment

On making time to write
by Elizabeth Samit
... on creative endeavors

A snippet of conversation
by Carol Nelson
... loosely translated

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney

Psychiatrist and teacher Robert Coles, M.D.
by Ed Boyd
... to honor Robert Coles

The Fourth
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... a summer holiday for kids

A pleasurable surprise
by Ed Boyd
... a lovely note regarding her beloved grandparents

You can count on it
by John Averell
... a-one and a-two and-a

A favorite place: Wyoming Cemetery
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... a link to our past

Holden Caulfield clings to his dead brother
by Ed Boyd
... Holden's beloved dead brother, Allie.

True confession
by Carol Nelson
... never mind

Ahead of her time
by Eleanor Jenkins
... A broken water main wouldn't phaze my Aunt Jenny

My experience with a book club
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... some people like to talk about books

More thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney
... and more "nicks"

Melrose Mirror readers
by Ed Boyd
... an invitation to Melrose Mirror readers.

Irish Night
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... 1950's style, as I remember it

Thoughts while shaving - #3
by Jim Tierney
... I told her to get with the program ...

Poetry and people
by Carol Nelson
... it's all about togetherness

A few of my dreams I am prompted to remember
by Ed Boyd
... what do you think these dreams mean?

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney
... with a few 'nicks' in the process

I wuz thinkin'
by Russ Priestley
... all the information is available

I Am an Olympic Junkie
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... this is my winter vacation

Sleepy
by Ed Boyd
... while I sing a song for thee.

I, cat whisperer
by Carol Nelson
... be mindful of animals lost, abandoned or temporarily homeless

The Gift of The Cacti
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... apologies to O. Henry

How will I get there?
by Eleanor Jenkins
... difficulties in getting there from here

I, cat whisperer
by Carol Nelson
... shhhh

The Milano Senior Center
by Ed Boyd
... Wow, it has been fourteen years.

Are we really that dumb?
by Jim Tierney
... many of us must be!

Spooked
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... frightened, scared

Just desserts
by Carol Nelson
... sweets to the sweet

A girl's crowning glory
Ann Robbins Talbot
... hair care has certainly changed

Coming of age
by John Averell
... rites of passage -- all cultures have them

Zeke meets Melrose
by Eleanor Jenkins

Do you dial your phone?
Eleanor Jenkins

Choices
by Carol Nelson
... "Cake or death?".. Eddy Izzard, Executive Transvestite and comedian -- 1990

A hope for a little advice
By Ed Boyd
... ideas about life, about human experiencing.

'Men are from Mars, women are from Venus'
Jim Tierney
... oh, so THAT’s why!!!…

Collage Making
by Carol Nelson
... collecting images

'My Dolls' Revisited
Ann Robbins Talbot
... yes, people are reading our writing

A hospital is no place for a sick person
by Jackie Wattenberg
... patience, the only answer

What happened to summer?
by Shirley Rabb
... swiftly fly the days

Visiting the library
by Carol Nelson
... what a great staff!

Don't rush me
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... I have hardly tasted summer

Bad luck
by Ed Boyd
... I seem to have a way of bringing on misfortune

Greeting cards
by Shirley Rabb
... time-consuming pleasure

Thoughts while shaving
by Jim Tierney
... can you relate?

Patriotic songs and why I like them
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... narrowed down to my four favorites

Golf is a way of life
by Ed Boyd
... incentive for us cripples to try again

Reality TV II
Carol Nelson
... the withdrawal

The little leather jacket
by Carol Nelson
... taking a chance

Reality TV
by Carol Nelson
... what is real?

Ten Warren St.
by Ed Boyd
... the exhilaration of youth

A quiet moment by the sea
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... a pause to reflect

Cell phones are so annoying...
by Bonnie L. Moore
... I could just scream!!!

Evolution
by Carol Nelson
... please.

Happy Birthday to me
Carol Nelson
... reaching 70

Adventures in sewing
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... I learned my limitations

Frank's death
by Ed Boyd
... my friend, you will be deeply missed.

Things we remember
by Silver Stringers
... memories of things no longer known by the current generation

Now I can reminisce
by Eleanor Jenkins
... so many things have changed

About writing
by Ed Boyd
... simply thoughts that popped into my head.

Moving on
by Eleanor Jenkins
... what goes around comes around

Chicken Little was right
by Carol Nelson
... the sky is falling

Cards Coming and Going
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... touching base at least once a year

Skating season
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... in Melrose, everybody skated

Seeking advice from others
by Ed Boyd
... look within

"The Sounds of Silence"
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... Simon and Garfunkel coined a great phrase

Turkey memories
by Eleanor Jenkins
... they don't make mothers like mine anymore

Reflections on my writings
from Regina Merrill
... the woods caused my heart to flutter.

On the Lay-Away Plan
by Carol Nelson
... everything old is new again

Don't count your chickens too fast
by Ed Boyd
... think it over before you leap

Trick or Treat Revisited
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... Halloween was an innocent holiday in the forties

The magic of music
Eleanor Jenkins
... from 78's to Ipods

Harvest moon over Cottage Street
by Joanne Olsen Imbracsio
... an essay: Thoughts on a quiet night

Open mike at the Beebe
by Carol Nelson
... I remember, from September: ten minutes, open forum

Screw-ups, make-overs and other local news
Observations from Editor Don Norris
... breaking non-news on the home front -- October 2008

Sobriquets
by Ed Boyd
... the kids named the clubs

The runaway
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... did you ever try running away from home?

What to do in a heat wave
by Eleanor Jenkins
... notes from my grandfather's diary the summer of 1910

New beginnings - part two
by Joanne Olsen Imbracsio
... age is only a number

Screw-ups, make-overs and other local news
from the SilverStringers
... breaking non-news on the home front -- September 2008

Flying home in a B-25
by Steve Johnson
... while posing as a USAF major

Don't linger
by Ed Boyd
... the best American short story writer, Raymond Carver

The power of lightning
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... spectacular and dangerous

A day at B.U.
by Carol Nelson
... notes from a lecture

Screw-ups, make-overs and other local news
from the SilverStringers
... Mirror generates new tete-a-tete hotline--August 2008

Thoughts on various notes I have made
by Ed Boyd
... things I don't want to forget.

The Tilley Hat
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... a hat to keep forever

Of ants and men
by Carol Nelson
... where are we going?

Summer time and living ain't exactly easy
by Eleanor Jenkins
... down-home word pictures from the 1930s ...

Whispering Ed
by Ed Boyd
... you have saved my world!

A Drill Team, circa 1950
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... marching is a learned skill

The Twenty Footer
by Ed Boyd
... I'll bet "Jock" Connolly knows

The Twenty Footer
by Ed Boyd
...I'll bet "Jock" Connaly knows.

Beginnings
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... thoughts while sitting in the Logan Express waiting room

The coming of spring in Melrose
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... the woods were our playground in the forties

Historical Society ponders digital records
from Don Norris
... how can you put an attic of relics on a CD?

The fourth grade play
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... why do certain events get stuck in the memory bank?

Love at first sight
by Carol Nelson
... '70s memories

Melrose-Wakefield Hospital surgical day treatment
by Ed Boyd
... the most responsive staff anywhere.

A new holiday
by Jerry Norton
... let's hear it for Millard Fillmore

Giggle, giggle, I love you, Honey
by Grace Allspach
... but try to stay in tune, will you please?

A presidential person
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... February makes us think of Presidents

New beginnings
by Joanne Olsen Imbracsio
... thoughts on curve balls and turntables

Turning away-turning toward
by Ed Boyd
... I still miss my friend, Joe

Was it something I said?
by Carol Nelson
... nobody likes a smartypants

On history, faces from the past and present
from the SilverStringers
... two-year project is nearing 12th anniversary

Effigy: A lesson in love and retribution
from Regina Merrill
... unless he needed the oil changed in his new Thunderbird.

Oh, what's happening to me?
by Ed Boyd
... what can happen next?

Swimming to victory
by Carol Nelson
... in my element

The ingathering
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... each year we get ready to survive the elements

The real thing
by Carol Nelson
... "Is it the real turtle soup or merely the mock?" Cole Porter lyrics

Dealing lightly with cataracts
by Don Norris
... dastardly shadows disappear, and all is color again

An adventure at Belle Air Marsh
by Ed Boyd
... a look at things from many perspectives.

When cheerleading meant leading cheers
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... how times do change

Old ladies
by Carol Nelson
... What are the rules for women?

A day's journey back in time
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... a wonderful trip especially in the fall ...

Migration
by Carol Nelson
... consider the birds

An enduring friendship in Melrose
by Arthur H. Whitman
... remembering buddies from the '30s and '40s

A story of Martha
by Ed Boyd
... Martha didn't know she was surrounded.

"Close, but no cigar."
by Arthur H. Whitman
... Melrose had three stations on the Boston & Maine Railway.

The whales of July 12th
Words and photos by Ann Robbins Talbot
... where to take your summer guests

Thoughts from a hospital
by John Averell
... seventeen days in stir

What did you say?
by Eleanor Jenkins
... one may need to adjust to hearing again

Putin at the beach
by Carol Nelson
... the eyes of the beholder

July 4, 1942
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... a child's eye view ...

An old-fashioned cure for "Obesity"
by Lora Crouss
... whoever heard of that!

The razing of St. Joseph's
by Ed Boyd
... my early years were gone

The Soundtrack of My Life
Ann Robbins Talbot
... there is something so important about songs...

Seven minutes at Main and Foster
by Don Norris
... living in a special suburbia

Earth Day, 2007
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... did you miss Earth Day on April 22nd?

From times past
by Ed Boyd
... the unvarnished reality

Some writings from sixty years ago
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... a twelve year old writes from the past

Observations of Melrose, Mass.
by Bill Jodrey

Cecil
by Ed Boyd
... the best friend I ever had

Two Great Ladies of Melrose - circa 1950
by Ann Robbins Talbot
Remembering after fifty years...

Reading the past
by Carol Nelson
... I don't know much about mythology

Kris Koch hits TV's big time again
from the Melrose Free Press
... scores with beer commercial in "SpotBowl"

About valentines and love
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... my long struggle with Valentine's Day

Eating for love
from Lilia Dianderas
... Happy Valentine's Day

February, 2007
by Carol Nelson
... remembering the roses

A Luddite's lament
by Dorothy O'Connor
... email: anal, awful, imposing, mostly unwanted

An infinite space?
by Len Dalton
... can you imagine, duplicates out there

Let's have another cup o' coffee
by Eleanor Jenkins
... memories of a special brew

An invitation to comment on our writing
by SilverStringers
... most of us write stories because we can't help ourselves

Jim Driscoll with Dr. Ed Boyd: a dialogue
by Ed Boyd
... a charter member reflects on ten years as a SilverStringer.

Notable quotes
by Carol Nelson
... what a funny dream

Please stay tuned
by Carol Nelson
... how soon we forget

What do you clip?
by Eleanor Jenkins
... going through a box of newspaper clippings and what I found.

Infinite space?
by Len Dalton
... cerebral calisthenics in space physics

A blue bootie
by Ed Boyd
... the emergency room doctor said fracture.

Drawing as the path to writing
by Ed Boyd
... following the path from drawing will lead to writing

Browsing
Ed Boyd
This is about wandering through Harvard Square in deep thought.

Punishment
by Ed Boyd
... a story about Henry taking candy from Sister's jar.

Puishment
Ed Boyd
This is a memory of being in the 4th grade and Henry was put in the corner for taking candy from Sister's jar.

Punishment
Ed Boyd
This is a recollection about punishment when a 4th grader.

A different trip on the Auto Train
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... a sequel to a Mirror article in the May, 2006 edition

Life has a way
by Dorothy O'Connor
... and now the laugh is on us

A glorious transition to Spring
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... an annual lift to our spirits

Memories
by Frank Callahan

Does any one know how to "upper"?
ejenkins
I remember a Holiday tradition that my brother always seemed to enjoy in our neighborhood of Fishtown in the city of neighborhoods, Philadelphia.

Bunnies, chickies, chocolate eggs just don't make it
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... why Easter is special to me

Progress -- Making room for more Melrosians
from the SilverStringers

Why am I getting so much mail?
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... suddenly the volume of my incoming mail has doubled

'Why don't you believe me?'
by Russ Priestley
... some reasons why you should

I'm not a Republican
Margery Carter

Good love gone bad
by Carol Nelson
... sob... sob...

Neighbors, relatives rally
from Jim Driscoll
... Love and support in the holiday season

The Christmas that almost wasn't
by John Averell
... after a long summer

Remembering Christmas, 2005
by Natalie Thomson
... seven decades makes a difference

Holidays: You can't go back ...
Thoughts from Stringer Shirley Rabb
... Are times really changing?

We agreed, get small stuff ...
from Don Norris, SilverStringer
... the cost of Christmas was out of sight

Grizzly bear
by Frank O'Callahan

Voices from the past
by Ed Boyd
... the voice I knew was Jim Blake, voices are everlasting

Bye, bye birdie
Arnold Koch
... at least we don't have to worry about the Bruins, Celtics or Red Sox

Halloween -- a good time to meet neighbors
Eleanor Jenkins
... but it's just not the same

Mother and Hallowe'en
by Marion Celani Gianino
... Humorous stories about my mother.

Century oak tumbles
from the SilverStringer phototeam

Our two ducklings and F.D.R.
by Marion Celani Gianino
... accidentally stepped on one of little Pinky's legs, crushing it severely

Seventy Septembers
by Ann Robbins Talbot
... I have seen seventy Septembers, but...

Return to Revere Beach
by Carol Nelson
... the joy of being young

I Love Snow
by Jackie Wattenberg
... A fantasy world for leprechauns and small creatures
... we dreamed of a White Easter

The passing parade on the Parkway
by Marie Salamanca
... I'm freezing - why aren't they?

Wrong number
on Mother's Day

by Natalie Thomson
... who was it?

Time marches on
by Frank O'Callaghan
... or should I say gallops?

Right or wrong?
by John Averell
... how can I know?

Who is my neighbor?
by John Averell
... helping the needy

Gettin' older?
Collectin' more 'stuff'?

by Don Norris

Christmas wasn't Christmas
by Kay McCarte
...without a little extra

Best Christmas? Uncle Carl's saddle gun
by Don Norris
... flying backwards, flat on my backside ...

Construction time: Two grand for "Expressions"
From the Photo Team
... if they'd only pay us our worth ...

Library gets new flagpole
from the SilverStringers
... Pembroke people respond to mayor's hint...

Let's have a few words
by Russ Priestley
... with many meanings

Quilting is my hobby
 from Jane Richardson Bond
 ... even husbands can get involved

Oh brother!
by Jerry Norton
 ... recollections of a scamp

A quilting bee to remember
by Marie Salamanca
 ... warm hands and hearts at work in Melrose

Joe Smith winner Boston Athletic Association 1941
from Isabel Smith
 ... and Yonkers NY Marathon National Championship

Memorial Day
by Jerry Norton
 ... personal memories

Flying again
by Marie Moreland
 ... short flying experiences.

The swan
by John Averell
 ... a walk in Woods Hole

It finally came to me
by Bob Ross
 ... wondered what happened

Ashes to ashes
by Jerry Norton
 ... and dust in the air

Sister Isabel Goineau - Memories of Beebe Estate
from Sister Isabel Goineau, S.H.C.J
 ... Mrs. Beebe was a very kind lady

Taking the cure
by Ed Boyd
 ... score one for John

Escape
by Ed Boyd
 ... well-fed cat

Presidents' day party
by Ella Letterie
 ... a patriotic blast

What would the world be without  music
by Hattie Hoit Richardson
 ... an essay by my grandmother, submitted by John Averell

Fonetic spelling
by Russ Priestley
 ... that's rite, fonetic spelling

Discovering America -- in Melrose, Massachusetts
by Eleanor Jenkins 
... finds Stringers' story in Philadelphia Inquirer 

Doodle-without-thought by Shirley
by Natalie Thomson
 ... what do you see in these pictures?

What do you do when your car goes to the shop?
by Bob Ross
 ... a good question

Yikes, it's
   a bulldog

by Kay McCarte
 

Adjusting to algid weather
by Bob Ross
 ... its really cold out there!

What's in? A name 
by Russ Priestley
 ... don't call me late for breakfast

A new generation of drivers
 Bob Ross
 ... no consideration for others

Kielbasi for the holidays
by Natalie Thomson
 ... Easter and Christmas

Resolution - for 2005
Kay McCarte
 ... Let's see if I keep it

New Years resolutions
by Shirley Rabb
 ... it's that time again

My MRI
by Bob Ross
 ... Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) -  you can't move

Dad-gum it, I ain't THAT old ...
by  Don Norris
 ... it's downright uncomfortable ...

Resolutions 2004
Bob Ross
... If we could only keep them.

Yikes! It's a fly!
from Stringer Don Norris

Neighbors lend a helping hand
from Don Norris
 ... insight on Melrose folks, at Christmas

My wife's operation, November, 2003
by Bob Ross
 ... what a surprise

Geologist needs help in Melrose
from Jim Moore, geologist
 ... hangover from Ice Age

The doctor knows best -- or does he?
Marie Salamanca
 ... Uncle Clement didn't always follow his doctor's orders

More than I need to know
by Russ Priestley
 ... thanks to computers

The Odors of October
Marie Salamanca
 ... homemade wine, vinegar and tomato sauce 

Beginnings
Steve Johnson
 ... from Melrose to Malden and back 

Lennie's-On-The-Turnpike
by Steve Johnson
 ... a place to remember and Woody Herman honked

Melrose in early spring
by David Moreland
 ... with a winter hangover

Autumn in
 New England

Kay McCarte

It's not your usual RMV
by Roseanne Greene
... Miracles of miracles, you wouldn't believe!

Out of the past
by Marjorie Burgess
 ... a gentle form of insanity

On Top Of Things
by Natalie Thomson
 ... weekly Wednesday meeting

Problems We Face
 As We Age

by Marjorie Burgess
... trials and tribulations of celebrating too many birthdays.

How I Became An Equestrian
Russ Priestley
...it went with the territory.

Looking Forward to Spring
by Bill Jodrey
... balmy days of spring suggest a change in our lives 

Conversation Overheard 
at the End of an 
Editorial Meeting

Virginia Hanley
... A senior moment

A Lost Soul or to be old
Marjorie Burgess
... a senior moment

Human Spirits
Bill Jodrey
... the circle must be closed 

What Are Human Beings?
Bill Jodrey
... the promise of a distant future

The Wanderer
Bill Jodrey
... hope springs eternal

Rocks of Life
Bob Ross
... Small things dont count!

Bookends
Marjorie Burgess
... after forty-five years, no communication ...

Reminiscences
by Bill Jodrey
... a stray thought when the moon was full

Wonderful People
Faith Renshaw
... Musings on kind actions 

My Meandering Thoughts
Marjorie Burgess
... a moment of stream-of-consciousness thinking

Another Productive Year Ending 
Bob Ross
... Lots of hard work, but worth it.

Once a mother?
Leonard Peterson
... A thin slice of life, a 90 year-old mom

How to avoid Red Sox disappointment
Russ Priestley
... Here is the solution... 

Halloween in the country
by Bob Ross
... City folks miss a lot

This Memory is a Keeper
Virginia Hanley
... sharing a brief moment at the shopping center

A Lot of Hot Air
Bill Jodrey
... seven blowouts in 20 miles

Words
Russ Priestley
... some mental gymnastics

The Mystery of Spelling
Marjorie Burgess
... complicated by pronunciation

The Saga of "Sweet Thing"
Mary MacDougall
... Fond Remembrances Of A Blue Jay

Phillips Chicken House 
Ella Letterie
... The art of buying chickens 60 years ago

Memories Are Wonderful Things 
Bob Ross
... How things change as we get older

The Cap 
Russ Priestley
... Thus was born the cap with visor.

A Musing 
Russ Priestley
...Clearing some thoughts in my mind 

3:00 A.M. Thoughts, Part III
Virginia Hanley
... more thoughts that rose to the surface of my mind in the middle of the night

Bread - The Staff of Life
Marjorie Burgess
... and the taste of it was like wafers made of honey

Food for Deep Thought
Marjorie Burgess
... which is stronger, love or hate?

A Fragment of My Life
Marjorie Burgess
... a successful day

BE a Pro, NOT an Anti
Len Dalton
... We can't all be a total loss! Brighten up. Life is good.

Searching for a Name
Russ Priestley
... meandering through the telephone directory

Thoughts
Bill Jodrey
... Philosophical Musings

What Do I Dream of When I Daydream? 
by Bill Jodrey
... wistful, hopeful musings

More 3 A.M. Thoughts
by Virginia Hanley

How often have your heard ...
by Jackie Wattenberg
...Words and Phrases whose Sincerity Might be Questioned.

The Insect
by Marjorie Burgess
... Influenced by the reading of Virginia Woolf's essay, The Death of a Moth

A Thought on Music
By Len Dalton
... developing a second gift ...

3 A.M. Thoughts
by Virginia Hanley
... Questions and thoughts that rise to the surface of your brain in the dark hours of the night

Health Trends
Nick DiLoreto
...it has been predicted that by the year 2000, the health industry will reach two trillion dollars.

The "Ayes" Have It
Faith Renshaw

JFK and the Republican Mayor
Donald R. Norris

The Lord Is My Shepherd ....
Roseanne Greene

Hello, 911? ....
Marjorie Burgess
... an encounter with the fuzz...

Food for Thought
Jackie Wattenberg
... and a month's supply of sugar!

Eternity in a Capsule
Bill Jodrey
"... and one by one, in seven steps, beings were created..."

Naming a Child
Russell Priestley
... a snapshot of parenthood.


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