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Home, A Way from Home

By Jeffery Cohen

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As the final diploma was handed out and commencement drew to a close, I found myself shaking hands with college friends I would probably never see again. We were all headed off in different directions, down untraveled roads, ready to begin a new life. The only problem was, my road was a one way street that led back […]

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 “Happpppyyy New Year!” It isn’t just some sort of traditional holiday exclamation. It’s a declaration of hope – a chance to begin a fresh new year with a clean slate. Oh sure, there are fluted glasses of champagne, boxes of noisemakers, funny party hats. And through the storm of confetti and the downpour of streamers, after all of […]

Oh, Christmas Tree

By Jeffery Cohen

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While we cleared the table of the Thanksgiving Day dishes, scores of small empty lots around town were being transformed into tiny makeshift pine forests. Strings of white bulbs stretched overhead mapping out their perimeters as lumber-jacketed men unloaded bundles of freshly cut Canadian and Frazier firs from trucks, then untied and lined them up in orderly […]

That Very First House

By Jeffery Cohen

That Very First House

In 1952, my folks happened to be out for a weekend drive and wandered into a brand new neighborhood of tract houses–lines of pastel colored, cookie cutter homes, one more adorable than the one next door. They decided, on a whim, to tour the model home. My mother fell in love. There was an automatic […]

An Anniversary Waltz

By Jeffery Cohen

Bill and Rosey lived next door to my grandmother on Freese Avenue in Pennsylvania. They lived without money, without friends, without things. All they had was each other. Bill was a hometown boy, only leaving for the year he spent in the army during World War II. The high school football star’s once statuesque physique […]

Giving Thanks, Then and Now

As a child, I would watch the last few gold and orange leaves fall from the trees. The cool days of November warned us of a coming winter. Instead of mourning the passing of the sweet warmth of summer, we turned our thoughts to fall. As we happily dived into waist-high mounds of raked up […]

Almost Playing the Trumpet

From the time I can remember, I was in love with the trumpet. I had seen Louis Armstrong on TV, listened to my mother play Harry James records on the Hi-Fi and had decided I, too, could play the trumpet…if I had one. How hard could it be? It only had three valves! It sure […]

A Cat’s Tale

By Jeffery Cohen

A Cat's Tale

My father was an animal lover, and though we lived in the suburbs, that didn’t stop my dad from collecting quite a menagerie. We raised sweet singing golden canaries, a coop of cooing homing pigeons, a waddling duck, and even a raccoon that rode around on my brother’s shoulder after my brother adopted him from […]

Lessons Learned South of the Border

I’ve always been fascinated with the lure of exotic lands and the mystery of foreign cultures. – the foods, the customs, the history. When I plan a vacation, instead of being satisfied with sunning on a beach or lying around the pool, I search for special places that I can learn something from. That’s what […]

Giving Back, Getting Back

By Jeffery Cohen

Giving Back, Getting Back

“What about this one?” I asked my wife as I pulled a Douglas fir away from the wooden rack it was resting against and shook off the ice crystals that coated its branches. “Looks good to me,” she answered. So I tied the tree onto the top of the car and headed for home. As […]

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