A Story About Sleepaway Camp and Finding Confidence

By Every Family's Got One Guest Writer -- Neil Kramer When I was eight years old, I attended my first year of Camp Kinder-Ring, a sleepaway camp in upstate New York. Our first breakfast of the summer was served in a wood-framed dining room, where bunkmates sat together at large oval tables. The waiters, 16-year-old campers, served us soggy scrabbled eggs and individual boxes of Kellogg’s cereals, my favorite being Sugar Pops. In the center of each table was... an aqua blue plastic pitcher which held the watered-down orange juice. “Can you pass the juith?” I asked another bunk [...]

2018-06-29T10:46:15-04:00July 11, 2018|2 Comments

A Story About Miscarriage and New Beginnings

By Every Family's Got One Guest Writer -- Kathy Radigan   “Well that’s it, I’ve finally flipped,” was all I could think of as I spent the 45-minute commute into my office obsessing over the fact that we didn’t have enough life insurance on my husband. I couldn’t understand why I was obsessing on this, considering that our family was Joe, me, and our cat. Obviously, it was time to take my fertility doctor up on her offer to give me some referrals to a therapist familiar with infertility issues. It finally happened, I’ve slipped into the abyss. The past [...]

2019-11-18T12:22:04-05:00July 4, 2018|3 Comments

A Story About Receiving First Holy Communion

By Every Family's Got One Guest Writer -- Keith Gottschalk I officially received my First Holy Communion on April 17, 1971. I unofficially received it a few months earlier. And my mother damn near killed my dad over it. First, my mom was a cradle Catholic and a Polish Catholic... which, like many other ethnic Catholic groups, has a whole lot of lore and custom surrounding them. For Polish Catholics, a deep, reverential respect for Catholic tradition and a fanatical devotion to the Pope are hallmarks of their tradition. And butter in the shape of a lamb blessed by [...]

2018-06-29T17:48:00-04:00June 27, 2018|Comments Off on A Story About Receiving First Holy Communion

A Story About Food Shopping

By Every Family's Got One Founder -- Barbara Herel We called it Food Shopping. Not “shopping for groceries” or “going to the grocery store.” It was Food Shopping. And it wasn’t for the faint of heart. My dad, my two brothers and I went Food Shopping every two weeks. My mom worked evenings at EAB (European American Bank, now Citibank) and was lucky enough to miss out on the happening. She and Dad passed the parenting baton precisely at 4:30 PM – when he walked through the door after work and she walked out. [Once when Dad was late, Mom [...]

2019-11-18T12:25:10-05:00June 20, 2018|3 Comments

OPEN CALL AUDITIONS! For the staged-reading performance of EVERY FAMILY’S GOT ONE

From Every Family's Got One Founder - Barbara Herel  OPEN CALL FOR AUDITIONS BEGINS TODAY AND ENDS ON SUNDAY, JULY 15.    Every Family's Got One storytelling show is on:  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11 AT 7 PM. AT THE CINEMA ARTS THEATER IN HUNTINGTON, NY We’re looking for your go-to story about growing up in your family, or raising a family, or deciding not to have a family, or having problems starting a family, or your work family, or … you get the idea. A story that's hilarious, or tragic, or surprising, or awe-inspiring. Yes, THAT family story. HERE’S HOW [...]

2019-11-18T12:33:32-05:00June 13, 2018|8 Comments

A Story About Joy, Singing and Self

By Every Family's Got One Guest Writer -- Ann Imig I never learned to play an instrument. My parents bought me lessons in both piano and violin, and I had no lasting interest nor talent for either. Instead, singing became my instrument of choice; I sung constantly, I sang passionately, I sang well. That said... no matter how deftly 8-year-old me belted the full score of Annie while gazing out the backseat window, there were only so many “Tomorrows” my family could abide on a given day. My Facts of Life TV theme refrain did not provide an ersatz “hi [...]

2018-06-07T09:12:36-04:00June 6, 2018|2 Comments
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