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Seeing the past

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on Sunday, 15 June 2008 in Uncategorized

I spent yesterday afternoon on the island where i lived when I was 15, 16, and 17 years old...  It was a very hot day- and I was going on from there to dinner and the theater -  so I didn't want to have a camera dangling around my neck; but I wish I had been able to take better pictures.  This is just a snapshot with my cell phone, of the house where I lived....but what you can't see is that from the windows in the back of the house, you looked out to the water of New York Harbor, and beyond it to the skyline of Manhattan, a 7-minute boat ride (one I took each morning to school) away.

It was an incredible place to live and it was very nostalgic, being back there.  It is now a national park, open to the public in summer, free boat rides over, and bike rentals available on the island.  People were picnicking on what had once been my front lawn. ( In the 50's, when I lived there, no non-authorized people were allowed on the island. We who lived there had special passes that we carried and had to show to the military police  when we went back and forth.)

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Blake Monday, 29 November 1999

Lois, that must've been scary!
I'd hate to have a fire at a nearby home, or even mine!!!

Kelsey Monday, 29 November 1999

Fires are so scary and it is amazing the how quick and intense the damage is. I hope everyone is alright and that they have good support systems to help while they put things back together.

Ashley Monday, 29 November 1999

Wow Lois I'm Just a middle school kid reading your book "The Giver" and your life seems so exiting and this fire story... I've faced a very similar situation.
(P.S My ELA Teacher has met you)

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