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Jeffery Cohen

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 […]

Flowers for Mom

By Jeffery Cohen

Flowers for Mom

My mother loved flowers. Flowers of every shape and kind and color and scent. I think it must have been something passed down from her mother who kept her small yard fully adorned with blossoms. Each time we visited my grandparents’ home, the first thing my mother would do was to take me by the […]

Let My Garden Grow

By Jeffery Cohen

Let My Garden Grow

Gardening was a part of my life. The piece of mind I gained by communing with nature was cheaper than therapy. The serenity I felt by being at one with Mother Earth was better than meditating. The exercise I got from lifting and stretching with a shovel and a rake was as beneficial as any […]

Oh, Wilderness!

By Jeffery Cohen

Oh, Wilderness!

Because I played a little tennis, fished once in a while and barbecued in the park, my wife had me pegged as the outdoors type. As a city girl, she thought anyone who mowed their own lawn was an adventure seeker. For our first vacation, I proposed a little camping trip at a nice family […]

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