Summer Time Writings by Anthony Buccino

Ah, end of school and the living is easy, especially if you're a kid in the 1950s and 1960s and there are plenty of other baby boomer kids in the neighborhood. There was always something to do and trouble to get into until the streetlights came on and it was time to go in. Here, enjoy a glimpse at those long-ago summers as recalled by author Anthony Buccino.

Belleville NJ, 1960s, 88 Gless Avenue, Belleville NJ © A Buccino

Scouts Hike Over Mountain
In Search of Nudist Camp

After breakfast our troop packed up and followed Hiney, our Explorer, past the swamp end of Wildcat Lake, over the mountain in search of the nudist camp.

The Crib - Camp Mohican, Blairstown NJ - Boy Scouts summeer camp

Ten Best Things About Summer

We wait all winter  and spring for it to arrive and when it does we never know what to do first? Kick off our shoes and run barefoot? Sharpen the streamers on our two-wheeler ... or something else?

Here are the 10 best things about summer. Don't be shy about sharing your 10-best things about your summer.

Beach goers - public domain photo

Chasing the Mosquito Man

For all the DDT sprayed on us kids on our bikes, the killer fog never dulled our senses or killed mosquitoes. One always managed to squirm through a tiny hole in the screen and spend the night buzzing your ear.

Summer Peaches and Tomato Gardens

Watering the garden was a chore best completed before sunset. After sunset, starving squadrons of Jersey mosquitoes searched ravenously for the warm-blooded.

Ghosts of Birthdays Past by Anthony Buccino

The Longest Day for a Birthday

Dad's cousin who was to be best man at his wedding had been left for dead by Germans during the Normandy Invasion. And the neighborhood kids and me played Army all summer long.

Memories of Brookdale Soda, pride of the Garden State

Lately, as my adulthood approaches, I've flavored Kola flavor. It's not cola, or un-cola, it's Kola! And I think it tastes best with lots of ice in a tall glass.

Brookdale Soda ad, captured by Bobby Cole

Waiting for Jerry the Ice Cream Man

Hot summer nights on our dead end street were full of mosquitoes, fireflies, kids playing Sputnik, and an  interminable wait for Jerry the ice cream man.

Mow, Mow, Mow Your Lawn Forever and a Day

Droning machinery and the fumes of gasoline mixed in the ‘perfect,’  hah!, proportion to the special lawn mower motor oil set the steering handle to vibrate almost all the feeling out of my hands as I struggled across the green.

Lawn Labors Lightened

In the time it takes my 6-year-old computer to grunt and grumble through its download, I could go out, buy a few bags of topsoil, bring them home, spread them around, wash up and water the lawn, too.

How to Mow A Lawn

© A Buccino 2013, all rights reserved. Window air conditioner, 10k BTU, don't make them like this anymore

Time Again to Move the Window Air Conditioners

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Camp Mohican, Blairstown, N.J., Scouts search for nudist camp

Wildcat Lake Is Now Catfish Pond

One ingredient in Bug Juice was water from Wildcat Lake, Camp Mohican, another was genuine bugs from under genuine Appalachian Trail rocks, and the last was lots and lots of sugar to help keep all us campers excited about being away from home for two weeks.

Jersey Shore Envy

This whole beach thing, changing, badges, outside shower, was alien to me. I might as well have been from Wisconsin for all the time this Jersey boy had spent down the shore.

That gal, laughed at my jokes, her smile moved me, Oh Ashtabula

A Summer Thing

Perhaps our story will become a Lifetime channel movie. We met, lost contact, lived our lives and then one day look up at the random table at the nursing home and see each other again.

My cousins scared me out of sleeping over with Boogie Man tales

I squeezed into my cousin's single bed. I got the wall - otherwise I’d fall out. And in spite of this precaution, the household was awakened in the midnight hours by a big crash and lots of wailing when I fell on the floor.

Fountain of Youth Under the Pipeline

Four decades later, I return to the pipeline. The dragon's tail is less pronounced, and full-grown trees hide the view of homes on Sycamore.

Zamboni, our chocolate Labrador retriever, likes long walks over short distances

Skip the morning walk on a scorching summer Saturday

No need to feel guilty about not working out in the summer heat. Instead, find a cool spot in front of your computer and READ about walking and running. It's almost the same thing.

Rainy Day Children of the Summer

Kids in my old neighborhood found fun things to entertain us during a summer storm from watching the sidewalk steam away its heat to dodging raindrops to call one another out to play.

It's April in New Jersey, keep the snow blower handy

Fishing with a Labrador Retriever, Johnboat, worm, and bobber

The fact is, it is hard to pull a fat, wet, struggling dog into a twelve foot boat without falling in. I got her in every time without taking the big dunking...

Retrieving Labrador Days by Anthony Buccino

Retrieving Labrador Days - dog tales in prose and verse

Weekly World News says Barbie used to catch fish!

It's not where you fish, it's the Barbie bait you use

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