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Midwife & Mortician

It was the turning of the night.
Just past the darkest hour, when it seemed she always woke.
It was not necessary to summon the courage to set foot to the wooden floor and go to check the clock above the fireplace to know the time. 542 more words


The life and times of Mahota Walker Salerno

The week before her fourth birthday, Mahota began stealing out of her room in the middle of the night to sneak to the barn and ride her horse bareback. 234 more words


Overview of the Great Depression

Originally posted at AlexMerced.com

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Step 1 – Andrew Mellon, who is the Treasury Secretary, advocates tax and spending cuts under Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge; freeing up capital allows the economy to begin growing. 336 more words


A Wedding Is Announced

Eighty two years ago today Helen and Chum married in Manhattan. Vows were exchanged at the “Little Church Around the Corner,” on East 29th and 5th Avenue. 28 more words

River Of January

An Open Letter to Presidential Candidates

I would like the Presidential Candidates on both sides to take some time and think about the history of this great country. In my 64 years, this is the sorriest bunch of candidates I’ve ever seen and I lived through the Eisenhower era. 849 more words