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Under Renovation!

by Jean McGavinJean McGavin 28 Sep 2017 18:48

Stay tuned for our new look! Within the next few weeks, Story Chip will have a new look! We know Story Chip needs a little sprucing up, a little modernization. We are on it and can't wait to unveil our new look. Check back in to see our progress! Thanks for your continued support!

Playtime in Perry, Iowa

by Jean McGavinJean McGavin 26 Jul 2017 15:41

When we were little, my sisters and brother had a big sandbox in the backyard. We used to play “Store” together, and would steal items from my Mom’s garden such as utilizing her rhubarb leaves as filet mignon, and cut the stalks to look like peppermint candies. She never seemed to notice or get upset with us!

Reunions are Important if you have Memories

by Lee McGavinLee McGavin 20 Jul 2017 18:26

I am stunned. I never thought I would live long enough to see this day. When I left high school, I was on the wrong side of every statistical indicator. I still believe that pretzels and porter are basic food groups that are enhanced by a dark cigar. Kale is a weed that can be controlled if sprayed regularly. A checkup is something I do for my computer. None the less, in the same year that my oldest grandson graduates from high school, I received an invitation to the 50th reunion of my graduating class. It just never occurred to me that I would live this long.

How "The War" Affected Our Family

by Jean McGavinJean McGavin 20 Jul 2017 04:45

There were always two brass shells from World War I that decorated our dining room buffet. These were brought from France by my father as a souvenir from my father’s service in World War I.

A Special Friend

by Jean McGavinJean McGavin 17 Jul 2017 21:11

My childhood summers were spent in a magical place on Long Island called Westhampton. The beach was the principle attraction and swimming in the Atlantic Ocean ran a close second. Our summer home was about 6 miles away and I easily traveled this distance on a bicycle twice a day, plus a little farther to visit with my friends. Among this group was a special friend, Tibby. Her younger sister couldn’t pronounce her given name, Elizabeth, and called her Tibby. From then on she was called “Tibby”.

Professors Who Influenced My Life

by Jean McGavinJean McGavin 17 Jul 2017 20:52

Prior to World War II, I attended a small Methodist college which was largely liberal arts. This college had a mandatory ROTC from which I was called into active service in November 1942.

Favorite Foods Of Younger Days

by Jean McGavinJean McGavin 17 Jul 2017 20:43

I guess I was a little different as far as my favorite foods and treats went as a child. My mother had studied dietetics and was also an excellent cook so my favorite dishes were some of her specials like lamb croquettes and apple tapioca. I also loved a bowl of spinach topped with hard boiled egg. My grandmother who lived with us, had a stomach problem and we used to order acidophilus from the milkman. It was expensive and came as a very smooth cultured buttermilk. I loved it and was allowed small portions once in a great while. It was for Grandma so it became a very special treat for me. I told you I was different.

Smells That Evoke Memories

by Jean McGavinJean McGavin 17 Jul 2017 20:38

As we approached our house for lunch — we could smell the aroma of fresh baked bread and cinnamon rolls!! Mom had baked again — what a lovely smell!! We would immediately start eating those delicious rolls with butter.

Andy Morrison in Arlington, VA, 1967

by FenderbenderFenderbender 17 Apr 2017 11:45

Andy Morrison in Arlington, VA, 1967
I lived in Arlington, VA in the Summer of 1967, having just graduated from High School. I was dating a "Navy Brat" girl at the time. My girlfriend's younger brother was hanging out with a guy named Andy Morrison, also a navy brat.
The first time that "Light My Fire" played on the radio while Andy and I were in the same place, Andy proudly stated that "that's my brother singing; he lives in California". My reaction was that Andy might be a bullsh—er, or it might be true, but it really wasn't a big deal to me.
Years later, my younger sister said that a guy named Andy Morrison tried to hit on her at the local swimming pool (in 1967) with the pickup line "my brother is Jim Morrison, lead singer for the Doors". Her reaction was also to suspect that the guy might be a pathological liar, and she was definitely not impressed!
Of course, the biographers of Jim Morrison do place the Admiral Steve Morrison family in Arlington VA in 1967, so it appears that our Andy Morrison was the genuine article!
A group of us (mostly navy brats) went swimming in a reservoir in western Fairfax County that summer. It must have been a weekday, because we were consuming large quantities of beer without getting caught. Andy Morrison got the bright idea that he was going to slide down the algae-covered spillway of the concrete reservoir dam. I think I remember the spillway being about fifteen to twenty feet high, terminating in a concrete trough. I tried to warn Andy that there might be exposed rebar or sharp rock at the bottom, but he went anyway, suffering minor abrasions on the center of his back, because he wasn't wearing a t-shirt. After that, the rest of us took turns sliding down the spillway numerous times, without getting injured or caught!
In those days, Northern Virginia teenagers generally raised hell while drinking beer; other recreational drugs had not become common, at least among my acquaintances.
I would rate the 1967 Northern Virginia Andy Morrison as a little bit wilder than the average navy brat, but a generally nice and fairly normal guy.
Addendum: This was once posted to a Doors Fan messageboard. It appeared and was quickly taken down! I suspect Doors fans did not like the suggestion that Andy Morrison might seem to be a normal teenager.

New Haven Scalper

by Ralphf52Ralphf52 06 Apr 2017 21:16

You guys like off beat sports stories. And cop stories, right. (This takes place after several black men were killed by police and civil rioting was happening.)Let me tell you one that happened to Jack and I last week.

Jaga Kelestarian Alam, Enam Desa di Malang Nyatakan Deklarasi Bersama

by Agung RizkiAgung Rizki 13 Mar 2017 08:40

1. Desa Gajah Rejo, Ngabab, Ngroto, Karang Sari, Wonokerto dan Sumber Agung sepakat menjaga kelestarian alam di Malang.

Visits to New York During the Depression

by Jean McGavinJean McGavin 01 Feb 2017 16:21

When I was a little girl living in the New York suburbs, my favorite treat was going with my father into the City. This was during the thirties. It was exciting as I held tight to my father’s hand, taking in all the sights, smells, and sounds of bustling New York. We would visit his office at Snyder and Black, an advertising company where I was given a large block of white paper for future drawings. Later we would go to Brentano’s or Scribner where I could choose a book to take home. They had paperback books even then and I had fun browsing. It was hard to leave.

Holocaust Remembrance Day

by Jean McGavinJean McGavin 27 Jan 2017 06:04

January 27th is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Share your story or a story of your loved ones. Help us keep these stories a vital piece of history.

Holocaust Remembrance Day

by Jean McGavinJean McGavin 27 Jan 2017 06:03

January 27th is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Share your story or a story of your loved ones. Help us keep these stories a vital piece of history.

Politics

by Jean McGavinJean McGavin 19 Jan 2017 05:15

Politics

Inauguration

by Jean McGavinJean McGavin 19 Jan 2017 04:48

If you are heading to Inaugural events or to the Women’s Marches around the country, we want to know your stories. Tell us why you went, what did you see, what was it like. We want to know your hopes and your fears for this next political era. This is your place to add your voice to the national dialog.

Inaugural and Women's Marches 2017

by Jean McGavinJean McGavin 19 Jan 2017 04:47

If you are heading to Inaugural events or to the Women’s Marches around the country, we want to know your stories. Tell us why you went, what did you see, what was it like. We want to know your hopes and your fears for this next political era. This is your place to add your voice to the national dialog.

The Airship

by Jean McGavinJean McGavin 19 Jan 2017 04:40

The airship is lighter than an aircraft with an engine that moves through the air. The main body of a typical airship is a huge cigar shaped balloon filled with a lighter than air gas. This air, normally hydrogen, raises the craft and keeps it afloat.

Summers

by Jean McGavinJean McGavin 16 Jan 2017 05:51

From the age of 7 until I was 16 and had a driver’s license, my transportation was relegated to a bicycle. At 12, I was given an “English” bike, which was larger and lighter than my balloon-tired one, and had gears! Now progressing up hills or against the wind was a much easier chore.

Summer Camp

by Jean McGavinJean McGavin 16 Jan 2017 05:19

At the age of 9 I was sent to a boy’s camp in Raymond, Maine. It was an exciting experience. As a younger brother I wore a lot of hand-me-downs from my 2 year older brother. This camp required a complete Camp Hawthorn wardrobe. That in itself was a great joy.

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