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This is long. Sorry.  But it's a lecture I gave last month at the University of Michigan.

 

A beautiful Easter Sunday here in Cambridge, with yellow tulips in bloom in my front yard. I remember childhood Easters in Pennsylvania  and the frustration of having to wear a coat, covering up the new dress that I would wear to Sunday School. New clothes were a big deal then. Twice a year we would take a trip to Harrisburg---I think only about 18 miles, but it seemed a huge excursion---my sister, mother, and I, (it was a ritual that my sister and I held our breath while we drove across the bridge that crossed the Susquhanna River)  and go to a big department store to get new clothes.  Following the shopping we would go to the park in front of the capital building, and feed the pigeons with peanuts from a vendor with a cart. Everything seemed adventurous and exciting back in those days when kids were not overloaded with advetures and excitement.  

I am always aware when I start to fall into "in my day..." tales of simpler times, and how I rolled my eyes in feigned boredom as an adolescent when my mother did the same thing. How I treasure her stories now! Some years ago, in a book called The Silent Boy, which is set in a small Pennsylvania town in the early 1900s, I used some of those childhood stories of my mother's. She was gone by the time I wrote that book (which is illustrated with old photographs, including some of her).

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My mother's aunt, my Great Aunt Mary, was a photographer in the early twentieth century and left some remarkable photographs, including this one from 1910.

Happy Easter.


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Kate Monday, 29 November 1999

I'm so sorry for your loss.

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mtabb Monday, 29 November 1999

Thinking of you today - thank you for being so real and sharing your soul with your readers. I am so sorry for your loss.

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debrennersmith Monday, 29 November 1999

Our family recently suffered loss. Our hearts are heavy. As your think of your dear one, I hope you find a bit of comfort in your memories. I am so sorry to read of your loss. Know that your pain is real and your shared memories will live in your heart.

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Melissa Monday, 29 November 1999

The photo is beautiful and peaceful, as are your words. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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Katja Monday, 29 November 1999

Dear Lois,
I'm sad to hear about your loss. May his spirit shine on!

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Jilly Monday, 29 November 1999

I am so sorry to see this post as I come back to "check in" with you. My condolences are with you and your family. May he live on in the memories you share with your loved ones!

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