I Love Lucy’s Jamestown Connections

I Love Lucy’s Jamestown Connections

When my grandparents were first married in 1968, they rented a forest green, two-story home on Highland Avenue in Jamestown, New York. Gramps had just returned from Vietnam, and he was bartending at his friend Sam's bar--called Pilly's Harbor--downtown. One evening, while he was having a few beers with friends, Lucille Ball--the Lucille Ball of [...]

Of Unusual & Heavenly Names

Of Unusual & Heavenly Names

Celestia is of Latin origin, meaning "heavenly," and evokes all things ethereal and otherworldly. It's a diminutive form of Celeste and, more notably, "celestial," the latter of which means "positioned in or relating to the sky or outer space," "belonging or relating to heaven" and "supremely good." My great-great-grandmother was a Celestia; she was born [...]

Maude’s Diary, 1948

Maude’s Diary, 1948

Maude's diary is 5 1/2 inches tall & 4 inches wide Maude Ora Merrill, the daughter of William Oliver Merrill and Frances Annabelle Nelson, was born in 1889 in Pomfret, New York. She and her older sisters--Celestia (b. 1881) and Amy (b. 1886)--were incredibly close (Maude was my great-grandmother's, Beatrice Maude Peterson's, namesake, after all), [...]