A Library Book for a Birthday Present

In 1904, my great-great-grandfather (Max) mailed my great-great-grandmother (Rose) a birthday present. He was traveling at the time, and my family is fortunate enough to have his letters to her from that time. In his letter, he told her that he’d given her a library book.On its surface, that seems…

Reading on a Noisy Fire Escape

The first time my roommates and I toured our apartment, the fire escape caught my eye. Just off the living room, the narrow steel platform is a lovely perch from which to view the noisy northern Manhattan avenue we’ve recently begun calling home. I like sitting out here, among the…