The magic Hallmark house

The magic Hallmark house

I have considered the house on the corner of Frances and Drew magical ever since my classmate Max lived there with his 17 brothers and sisters, his mother Marie, a professional softball player who pitched in the 1942 World Series Women’s Softball tournament and his dad Carl, who worked for the FBI under J. Edgar [...]

Playing footsie with Connie the Cookie Lady

Playing footsie with Connie the Cookie Lady

My friend Connie the Cookie Lady announced her retirement a few months ago. "I'm not knitting any more Christmas stockings," she said quite decisively as she sat on her front porch, a spry 94-year old surveying the neighborhood from her lawn chair throne. "Makes sense to me," I replied. "You've knitted 1,352 more than I [...]