First Grade and the Philco Radio

Excerpt from “We Didn’t Get Fat and We Did Have Fun.” In the first grade, I had trouble understanding what this school stuff was all about. Sylvia Gardner was the star of the class. She was always the first to shoot up her hands with the right answer. Old Sylvia tried to help me, but…


Movies of the Thirties

In the thirties, the most fun was going to the movies. We were lucky to have sound — which just came in a few years before — and it made everything seem real. One of our first movies was “Public Enemy” starring James Cagney, who smashed a grapefruit on his girlfriend’s face. Then came Johnny…

Senior Stories

First Trip to the Barbershop

If you’ve written a novel or non-fiction book, you know that writing is just the first challenge. With publishers not even accepting unsolicited manuscripts, it’s tougher than ever to get published. Thanks to an aspiring novelist and Suddenly Senior reader, Ken Hodge of Vancouver WA, the idea for a Suddenly Senior Writers Showcase was born….


A Mock Wedding

Excerpt from “WE DIDN’T GET FAT AND WE DID HAVE FUN” – Boyhood Tales From The Thirties, which Ken hopes to get published. There was a girl named Sarah Whittaker who lived a couple of blocks north of my house. We had the same birthday, so we had some birthday parties together. For this reason,…


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