The children’s Grampa and Gramma have been to New York City many times before, and are familiar enough with the typical tourist sites.  So, for the grandparent’s most recent visit, the children and I planned a different NYC experience – a subway ride off the beaten track through Brooklyn, to Coney Island. In addition to the sandy beaches and small waves, what attracts 14 million …

Early Saturday morning, travel-journals in hand, the whole family hopped on a New Jersey Transit train from Penn Station, bound for Princeton Junction.  (Children travel free on weekends!)  An hour later, we were on the Dinky train from Princeton Junction to Princeton University – our final destination. And the University campus was breathtaking.  These Ivy League schools really know how to woo with …

Several years ago, our three-year-old E attended her first punk rock band concert on the Madison Square Park lawn.  The band was the Deedle Deedle Dees – apparently “America’s ultimate teaching band”.  I must say, it remains one of the highlights of my New York City experience!  We all danced to songs about ant-ranchers, a vegetarian tyrannosaurus rex, …

cherry blossoms high and low always make my mother glow as their perfume fills the air the sparkling petals fair a squirrel’s claws scrape up wood playing wind and waves with the dancing blooms following behind nature is very peaceful E penned her poetry, from her top bunk at home, the evening after our visit to see the ROOSEVELT ISLAND …