Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories

Few things both frightened and delighted us as children more than a well-told ghost story. Whether sitting around a campfire in the middle of nowhere, or simply shrouded under a blanket in our bedrooms, friends and trusty flashlight at our side, these well-spun tales of evil spirits and apparitions are a childhood tradition that dates back centuries, and one that continues to live each time a group of kids gather in the dark. Continue reading...

Fireworks

Fireworks

As the celebration of Independence Day draws near, we take a look at one of the oldest traditions of the holiday, fireworks. An iconic part of every Fourth of July celebration, they have accompanied the festivities since the earliest days of this country’s history. Every year, enormous public displays draw millions of families around the country to watch the sky awash in colorful explosions. It's the American way. Continue reading...

Treehouses

Tree Houses

From a young age, most kids have this insatiable desire to build small dwellings for themselves, a place to imagine and play, maybe even escape that annoying younger sibling for a few precious moments. Couch forts were fine during cold winters, but as we headed into the summer months, we ventured outdoors to build our shelters - such as that big ol' tree in the backyard. Continue reading...

Tempera Paint

Tempera Paint

Let’s face it - art can be a messy ordeal. Budding Picasso or not, mom wasn’t going to be too thrilled if those new school clothes were ruined in art class. Luckily for teachers, custodians and parents everywhere, there was the magical medium of Tempera paint, ready to assist the future little Rembrandts as they painted vivid blue skies, majestic trees, and wild animals aplenty. Continue reading...

Yearbooks

Yearbooks

Few publications can conjure up as many memories as a high school yearbook. Dare to pull a dusty copy from your bookshelf and you are almost assured to spend a few hours of reminiscence. Each flip of the page brings the era back as if it were yesterday, making these very magical books indeed. Continue reading...

Playing Hooky

Playing Hooky

It’s a beautiful day outside. The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and the prospect of spending such a glorious day holed up in a classroom just doesn’t seem right. And so, you decide to “make other arrangements.” That’s right, we’re talking about playing hooky, that time-honored childhood ritual of finding something better to do, alone or with friends, and desperately hoping you don't get caught. Continue reading...

Rainy Days

Rainy Days

It’s safe to assume that an adult wrote those words. Granted, kids tend to have a love/hate relation with precipitation, mostly because they aren’t allowed to do what they desire – to run gleefully through a downpour, stomping puddles and splashing all who dare stand too close. Everything is slippery, mud is plentiful and clothes are expendable. If only they could get their parents to agree. Continue reading...

Shopping Malls

Shopping Malls

The shopping malls of yesteryear were the hub of their respective communities. For adults, they offered a one-stop shopping experience that would reign until big box stores and the internet arrived. For teens, the experience was entirely social - a place to meet friends, find a love interest, or simply bestow their allowance upon the well-stocked arcade. Continue reading...