Just because I came across them, here are s few photos to add some history to my life sharing here on the blog:

 

Jimmy Mike, little sister, Sissy, and mom - 1947

Jimmy Mike, little sister, Sissy, and mom - 1947

From the family photo album of 1947, here is “Jimmy Mike” as I was known then at the age of four, with my little sister, “Sissy” and our mother, Grace.  Sissy was killed the next year in front of our apartment, crossing the street (Senior Street, New Brunswick, NJ).  The grief our mother went through led to our moving to Australia for several years, where dad worked in the ceramics industry just outside of Sydney.  That was a wonderful growing experience for me, learning how to swim, taught by an Aborigine at the town pool; playing with kangaroos, pets of the neighbor across the street; raising silk worms; enjoying the life of a young boy in a really adventurous country “down under” – and before you ask, yes, we returned in 1951 back to New Brunswick, NJ, the city where I was born.

 

 

And in this graduation photo from 1960, you see the young boy who would later return to that same high school, in New Brunswick, NJ, to teach besides the same nuns (Sisters of Charity) who had been his teachers just a few years before (see “Mr. Gleason” at the blackboard teaching mathematics (Algebra, Geometry), later in the Woodbridge school system at JFK  High School in Iselin, NJ.

Life has always been a “good life” for me, one that I still very much enjoy these many years later, now retired, living in southern New Jersey.

Jim at year of graduation from St. Peter's High School (1960)

Jim at year of graduation from St. Peter's High School (1960)

 

"Mister Gleason" at the blackboard (1968)

"Mister Gleason" at the blackboard (1968)

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