This goes out to all you camp swim class drop-outs

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I admit that I learned to swim when I was 50. Yes, I had gone to numerous day and overnight camps during my youth, each summer entering the programs already apprehensive about swimming classes where it wasn’t “free swim” but, gasp, swimming lessons. After all those years, I never “graduated” out of the beginner’s class. Never. Did you hear me? NEVER! Kicking? Okay. Arms rotating in the water? Okay. Head underwater? No way! I had my eyes closed tight not able to see anything and that’s as far as it went. Deep water over my head so I couldn’t stand up?  I’d rather jump off a mountain — with my eyes wide open.

Don’t miss ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ at The Palace Theatre through May 12

read more…: Don’t miss ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ at The Palace Theatre through May 12

If you’re like me, you had the album Tapestry vertically lined up on a shelf, perhaps arranged alphabetically if you were a bit OCD and maybe even on a shelf created with several cement blocks. Maybe your parents even had a copy. Some considered it a ground-breaking generational crossover album.

Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation

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I remember some years ago when the media celebrated New Jersey’s Kathleen Casey-Kirschling, who was considered to be the nation’s first baby boomer, when she was expected to formally apply for Social Security benefits in anticipation of her 62nd birthday on January 1, 2008.

My life in a Photo Automat: 4 different poses for 25¢

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Do you remember dropping a quarter into the machine and you and your friends cramming into one of these photobooths? Do you still have those photo strips hanging around in a box in the basement? Or perhaps you were at a holiday party recently where they had a “photo booth” where you donned props, and the results were sent right to your Facebook or email?

Down on the couch: While sick, I watched all 62 episodes of ‘Breaking Bad’

read more…: Down on the couch: While sick, I watched all 62 episodes of ‘Breaking Bad’

Growing up, I don’t ever recall either of my parents becoming sick enough from seasonal afflictions (flu, cold, etc.) to take time from being a parent and employee to spend a week in bed or on the couch slowly recuperating, sipping tea, and watching the test pattern on television.

Report Cards: Then and now

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For some reason, I still have all my report cards. Why? Not sure. But back in the day, in Philadelphia at least, report cards were printed, and the teachers had to fill in the “As” and “B’s” and actually write (using cursive) their comments for parents. I chose this particular report card to share to demonstrate what was being evaluated back in the day as well as to examine my fourth-grade teacher’s comments (You’ll note I wrote in my own penciled comments in the blank Third Report area.