Category Archives: History

Good Writing

I’m reading essays by journalist, Pete Hamill, a favorite writer of mine.  If I had picked up, Piecework, earlier, it would have led my latest reading list. Compiled in 1996, I recall reading this collection then, but his writing has … Continue reading

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Susannah’s 2017-2018 Fall, Winter Reading List

I’ve done a lot of reading these hot, summer months, my new passion being… TRUE CRIME. Who knew Agatha Christie, with a shot of America’s Most Wanted, bubbled through my bloodstream.  I should have been tipped off by my O.J. … Continue reading

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STOP TWEETING DONALD!

Friends of mine invited me to Sagamore Hill to visit Teddy, as in Roosevelt, but alas, declined, due to my recent health issue.  But boy, if there was ever a time I need to talk to him, it’s now. This … Continue reading

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September 11, 2017

I was asked, why do I insist on celebrating this day. First of all, celebrating is certainly, not the right word.  One doesn’t celebrate the saddest day New York City has ever had. But yes, we remember. I’ve been thinking … Continue reading

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Did You Know?

The expression…your name is mud, some say, came from Dr. Samuel Mudd, who was convicted and jailed in 1865, for setting John Wilkes Booth’s broken leg, after he shot and killed Abraham Lincoln.  Though pardoned by President Andrew Johnson, released … Continue reading

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Notes From The Carlyle – August, 2017

 I can’t believe it’s September. Summer, where did you go? I thought, before I put all my white away, I’d wear it, one more time to Bemelmans, to give it its seasonal sendoff. I know.  You would think I’d be … Continue reading

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Charlottesville, Virginia August 12, 2017

When General George Edward Pickett (1825-1875)  led his doomed division in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 3, 1865 on the last day of this famous battle famously known as Pickett’s Charge, mounted majestically on his horse, he hollered… Up men to your … Continue reading

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First Family History

I picked up a book called, First Families (2005), by Bonnie Angelo, that’s filled with fascinating facts of the men, along with their wives and children, who’ve lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.    I loved knowing Teddy Roosevelt, my favorite president, … Continue reading

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John McCain…Eternal Hero

As I sat in a cafe reading in the New York Times that Arizona Senator, John McCain, is suffering from aggressive brain cancer, I began to cry. A teenage boy seated near me asked what was wrong. My first impulse … Continue reading

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Independence Day…2017

 The 4th of July makes me think of many things. Cookouts at my Auntie Ida’s, chicken sizzling on the grill. A trash can filled with ice cold Coca-Colas, my mother’s famous potato salad served in a bright green bowl. White … Continue reading

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