The Way It Was: A Boyhood Memoir 1934-1948

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AuthorHouse, Jun 30, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 180 pages
This book is a memoir of my boyhood, the 14 years between 1934 and 1948, Memory is the way we allow the past to live in the present. But the past is not experienced in a vacuum. Memories have locations in a particular time and particular places. Th is brief memoir is attempt to share my boyhood as shaped by the Great Depression of the 1930s and the World War II years of the 1940s. In the writing of these pages it became evident to me that indeed the experiences of my childhood have greatly shaped the person I am today. It is hoped that this modest memoir may at once be an enjoyable read as well as encourage the reader to recall his or her own childhood days and reflect upon how that time may have shaped their lives.
 

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Contents

A TIMELINE
1
PARENTS
7
SIBLINGS
23
PLAYLAND
28
PLAYMATES
35
THE APARTMENT
42
THE NEIGHBORS AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD
50
AUNTS AND UNCLES
60
THE WAR YEARS
91
CHRISTMAS GIFTS
100
THE ENTREPRENEUR
105
MY MUSE
114
58 WOODLAND AVENUE
126
MY SPIRT JOURNEY
137
Epilogue
162
ACKNOWLEGEMENTS
164

SCHOOL DAYS
69

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Donald H. Brown is a retired United Methodist Pastor. Growing up in Allendale, N. J. in the 1930’s and 1940’s, Don knew what it was like to grow up in “small town USA”. In this brief memoir, he writes of how the closing years of the Great Depression and World War II years provided the milieu in which his boyhood was shaped and experienced In addition to his vocation as a clergyman, Don’s drawing and painting have been an ongoing avocation of his. The tension between his call to ministry and his love of art is a persistent theme thoughout his memoir. Don, and his wife Gail, have 4 children and 12 grandchildren, for whom this memoir was written. He currently resides in his home town of Allendale, N. J..

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