Barndomsminnen fran Grangshammar: The Life of Gulli Ingegerd Kula

Reprinted below with the permission of Gulli Kula’s daughter Judy, and her son, Lars.   December 15, 1983 Preface   One year ago, I became a candidate for degree at the Harvard extension. One of the requirements is that you have to take to English composition courses within one year. That is my primary reason […]

Fahim Issa Qubain

There’s a four-year old photograph of Fahim Qubain floating around on the Internet. He’s standing in a crowd in the rain at a college graduation, with the look of a proud and happy parent on his face. The picture, taken by a Palestinian, is captioned, ” the 84 year old legend.” Fahim Issa Qubain died […]

Labrador 1974

In June 1974, six young sailors left Maine for Greenland, via Nova Scotia, St. Pierre and Miquelon, Newfoundland and Labrador on a 48-foot wooden sailboat. Ice migration from the Arctic was very late that summer.  Icebergs and their calving remnants (“growlers”) crowded the coastline. The group never reached Godthab, but they scratched cultures and histories […]

Rafting the Mississippi-Up the Creek 1972

In September, 1972, a group of young friends from New England built a thirty-eight foot raft in Paducah, Kentucky and then traveled for twenty-one days and nearly one thousand miles on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans, Louisiana. Excerpts from a forthcoming memoir chronicle the experience: September 16, 1972. Departed Paducah, Kentucky. Rain. […]

The Babe Ruth Baseball

My father was born and raised in Pennington, New Jersey, and he lived there from 1923-1943.  As a kid, he was a big fan of horses and baseball. His mother was originally from Boston, where he spent his summers and went to Red Sox games at Fenway Park. His father, my grandfather, was a tough […]