Today on Mother’s Day I give thanks and gratitude for all Carol Kramer, a.k.a Mom and Grandma, has given to me and us all — and even to the magazine!
In On the Marketview Heights neighborhood from Julie Everitt; 40 years later still optimistic, you saw Carol’s porch. For about 40 years, Carol has entertained a hungry circle of her fans — some sadly passing as others have joined — at her Sunday Dinner, feasting over 1900 times on her unerringly healthful and delicious meals.
In The long vigil for peace on the corner of East and Goodman was a battered No Iraq War sign kept by my mother in the garage. I was never prouder when she and her friends held that sign more than ten years ago, twice at protest marches in Washington and once in New York.
In “In a clinic in Paiwas”— Thomas W. Harris (1925 – 1999) it was Carol who kept Tom’s poem on her wall all these years.
The “Clinic in Paiwas” picture is from one of her annual Christmas Eve soirées where Carol doles out gag gifts, games and toys bought from the Dollar Store. Guests are also asked to add their names and inscriptions to the Yule “Log.”
In The NY Times asks for help with a Jackie Robinson mystery. Well, Eugene Kramer was there. (Almost), Carol’s magnifying glass came in handy.
In Royals 4 – Mets 3. An opening day World Series rematch with Eugene Kramer, Carol took the picture of Nostradamus I and Nostradamus II in 1998.
She took the picture of my sister Leslie and myself outside a Narragansett, Rhode Island beach house circa 1998 found in “A Phone Call to Manhattan”
And Carol appears as mother of the bride in Audrey’s excellent adventure in Rochester
She gamely went into The Rockpile to photograph a veteran of the Crab Apple Wars of the 70s for “Memories of the Crab Apple Battles” and the ground breaking of the Brickyard Trail in Brighton.
Later, providing bandages when Audrey tended to the ghost of a fallen Yankee soldier at Gettysburg on the same spot in Visiting a Talker haunt: the brickyard trail with Leslie Frances and Audrey.
And more from her granddaughter Audrey and daughter Leslie in Audrey’s excellent adventure in Rochester.
Before Talker interviewed by Channel 8. Knowledgeable Cruz supporters back his Gold Standard, she appropriately panned the makeshift sign I had begun. Now (featured pic) giving the thumbs up to Athesia’s propaganda that surely marked the beginning of Cruz’ descent.
And a tease: Carol will appear in an upcoming article on the Strong Museum’s Monopoly Collection, including video from Audrey and I breaking the world’s record for the theoretically quickest Monopoly — using a German set no less!
From her porch, also donated some postcards brought home from the Necropoli at Tarquinia used in A natural history of sex magic from Dr. Eubie.
And the family portrait after Leslie solved the mystery of the ghosts on the Brickyard Trial.
Alas, Carol has never been enamored or amused by BG since BG’s first appearance in A Boy and his BG: a Love Story (visual poem). But BG loves MOM!