Memories of Growing Up in New Jersey

A collection of memories from growing up in New Jersey:


Waking Up — Realizing that I was alive and separate from my environment

Estaugh Avenue — Where I spent the first years of my life in the late 1960's

The Playground — Remembering the day I completely lost myself in time

Mountwell — The woods at the end of my street in Haddonfield

Journaling — Realizing the value of re-reading what I'd written

Road Dreams — Dreaming of travel while growing up in Haddonfield, NJ

The Orchard — Working at a apple and peach orchard in high school

Less is More — Sometimes the best thing is to stop trying so hard

EdSamm's — Working at a machine shop in high school

College — How I went about deciding where I would go to college

Westbound — Pondering on my deep desire to travel


We all have places that only exist in memory. People, places, and things are all decaying and passing away. The moment into which we were born feels so solid and permanent when we are young, but then we look back and see that it was deteriorating before our eyes.

These memories are special to me because they are mine, and preserving them makes them neither more or less real, any more than it can bring back those that are gone.