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Last week, fire gutted the Century Inn in Scenery Hill, Washington County, Pennsylvania. Built between 1788 and 1794, it was still serving great country cooking three years ago when I…

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            My father, Gordon T. Kinder, Jr., was born on May 13, 95 years ago.            The picture accompanying this post was taken in June 1942.  My father in…

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            Every evening before her sons’ bedtime, my mother read to us.  She also read to us while nursing my youngest brother of the moment.  Even after I was…

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            How Dickensian was your boarding school?  That this question, hotly debated between ages 13 and 18, persists in my peers’ seventh decade says much about their schools’ capacity…

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            Nine months and four days after we turned our Vermont home over to our contractor, Gary Daden, we returned to our gutted-and-rehabbed house.            We’re in, but into…

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