Let the Musings begin...

Gilded and Glorious History at The Frick Mansion
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Quick! Who knows about the infamous Henry Clay Frick and his involvement in the notorious Homestead Strike of 1892? Okay, forget about that sad turn of events and think instead on the refined side of this man who made his first million by age …... Read More

Travels in Western New York, Home of the Finger Lakes
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Or is it Upstate New York? As a Pennsylvanian, I’ve long puzzled over what “upstate” means. Yes, I know I could Google the answer, but I’d rather hear from my NY friends what term is correct. At any rate, I traveled to the region …... Read More

Is it really “suffering” consequences? 
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I have made more than one mistake in my life. Some with minor consequences, some with larger consequences. There was a doozy when I was a kid. Maybe eight or so. A cousin had a two wheeler for sale and I wanted it. The …... Read More

The Value of Teaching Kids Solitaire. With Real Cards.
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Growing up, we had multiple decks of Bicycle Playing cards. Each kid had a pack and there were a couple decks set aside for our parents (you know how kids bend cards!). We waged fierce Rummy battles (Mom was highly competitive and showed us …... Read More

Charleston, South Carolina – a Wonderful, Walkable City
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What is it about Charleston, South Carolina that makes a visitor feel at home? It’s more than The Battery, more than the tourists, more than the colorful, majestic, historic houses. Maybe it could be the open welcoming of the people. We spent two nights …... Read More