Category Archives: From boyhood to manhood

My Week as Mayor of Lincoln Park

My Week as Mayor of Lincoln Park By Richard Mabey Jr. February eighth of 1971 was a day that would forever change my life. From that point on, my life would never be the same. For it was on that … Continue reading

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My Days as Troop Quartermaster

My Days as Troop Quartermaster By Richard Mabey Jr. In February of 1967, I became the Quartermaster of Boy Scout Troop 170. I was 13 years old and in the eighth grade. Becoming the Troop Quartermaster, was a big step … Continue reading

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O’ Sacred Bridge, Yet To Be Found

O’ Sacred Bridge, Yet To Be Found By Richard James Mabey Jr. There is a calling that every man hears at some point in his life. It is a gentle whisper. It is more gentle than a summer breeze. It … Continue reading

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Reflections of Madeline Avenue

This picture was taken on March 24th of 1958. I was four years old. It was the old clever trick of taking a picture of Dad, as he took a picture of me! Reflections of Madeline Avenue By Richard James … Continue reading

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The Old Clubhouse

The Old Clubhouse By Richard James Mabey Jr. O’ if the clock could just go back in time, when Mad magazine was but a quarter, and comic books were just a dime, and Kool-Aid packets read “just add water.”   … Continue reading

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The Gentle Call of Home

My old home on Madeline Avenue shown on the right hand side of this picture. The Gentle Call of Home By Richard James Mabey Jr. The gentle call of home has been whispering unto my heart this past week or … Continue reading

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To Debbie Brown, Wherever She May Be

To Debbie Brown, Wherever She May Be By Richard Mabey Jr. I wrote this poem when I was 20 years old in the Summer of 1974. I was living in Spartanburg, South Carolina in the famous Spartan Villa Apartments. I … Continue reading

Posted in 1974, Broken Heart, Debbie Brown, Destiny, Friendship, From boyhood to manhood, Happy Birthday!, Journey to Truth, Love Poems, Love Story, Moving On, Romance, Sherman College of Chiropractic, Spartan Villa Apartments, Spartanburg, Wisdom | 3 Comments

Reflections of Walking Distance

Reflections of Walking Distance By Richard Mabey Jr. I don’t think that there is any other half-hour of television broadcasting that has affected me as deeply as the Twilight Zone episode entitled, “Walking Distance.” It stars Gig Young, who portrays … Continue reading

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To Climb A Mountain

A rare photo of my climb up Steinhauser Mountain. To Climb A Mountain By Richard Mabey Jr. In the early summer of 1966, I had completed the seventh grade. I was 12 years old. I had just spent one entire … Continue reading

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Remembering Lisa, Chapter 3

Dear old Boonton High School. The very setting for this true-life story Remembering Lisa, Chapter 3 By Richard Mabey Jr. There comes in the life of each and every one us, a hurt. A hurt so deep that time cannot … Continue reading

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