Monthly Archives: May 2013


There are many meaningful ways to observe and learn about Memorial Day, and to honor those who have died in our nation’s service as well as tragedies.  Many Americans visit memorials and cemeteries, placing flowers and U.S. flags on the graves of fallen soldiers.  For most Americans, Memorial Day means barbecues, boating, fishing, and other relaxing activities with friends and family during a welcomed three-day weekend.  In 1971, Congress passed the National Holiday Act, which moved Memorial Day to the last Monday in May.

I want to send my thoughts and prayers to everyone in regards to this year’s Marathon in Boston.  I myself will never understand how any kind of hurtfulness could even enter into a person’s mind.  As I heard the President say “ Boston is a tough and resilient town and that Americans will stand by us every single step of the way”.

shoesCNN PRODUCER NOTE     photogomz spotted this pair of running shoes at the makeshift memorial in Boston. He shot this image in color and changed it to black and white to illustrate the message.

Whenever there is tragedy, you always seem to remember exactly where you were at the time of the incident.  Back when 9/11 happened, I was actually on Hanscom Air Force Base as a contractor and after hearing the first plane run into the Trade Center, I thought, wow how did that happen?  I thought it was some kind of a freak accident.  Then I heard that another plane did the same thing within minutes and my mind couldn’t even fathom what was actually happening in New York.

The atmosphere changed in a split second.  Very shortly Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta became a part of my life.  I believe the base was now on Charlie and it could move up to Delta. The next thing I knew, I had a Lieutenant come up to my desk very firmly and military-like and barked “Ma’Am, you are dismissed”.  Being a contractor, this was not in my normal every day life but I knew it was time for me to go home to my family.

So I left immediately and my home was about 25 minutes away.  When I arrived on my street, a number of people were outside talking so I joined them.  All of a sudden, a fighter jet flew right over our neighborhood.  I found out later that all planes were grounded and somehow this fighter jet found a plane that had to be forced down!

9/11 was unforgettable and so was our 2013 Boston Marathon.  Appreciation for First Responders, our military, policemen, etc. is so important.  After Boston Mayor, Tom Menino said that we captured the terrorist, I was happy to hear that Watertown residents poured out of their homes and lined the streets to cheer police vehicles as they rolled away from the scene.

In closing, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance.  Take a few moments to reflect and remember our deceased relatives, friends, and all the brave people who have given their lives for our country.

About the Author:  Linda Dube is a Real Estate Agent at RE/MAX Legacy with over 11 years of experience.  You can contact Linda directly through her website at




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Collecting Postcards

Many years ago, when eBay was in its early years, I began a new hobby…..collecting postcards.  I can’t exactly remember how I got started, but once I saw some examples of what I could buy and found out that you could learn much about your area’s history through postcards, I was hooked.  In the beginning, I was not very selective in my purchases and ended up with some nice cards, but they had no meaning or connection to me.  Then I decided to focus my interests to areas of familiarity such as my home town of Stoneham, my parents home towns of Malden and Everett, and a few other specific areas or themes.

Soon I was learning about the things that influenced the postcard’s value – quality, age, rarity, used or unused, and print or real photo type.  Mostly I was looking for familiar tie-ins, such as the Observatory Tower in Stoneham where I played as a young boy, or the trolley that ran into Stoneham Center up until the late 40’s.

Since I was also collecting postcards from the Malden area, I assembled 5 postcards that had significance to my father, had them professionally mounted and framed and then gave it to my father as a gift.  The postcards chosen were Malden Square the year he was born, the local fire station in his neighborhood, the Malden depot (eventually owned by his brother as a function hall), Malden Reservoir where he fished as a boy, and Malden Hospital where his 3 children were born.

Postcards are a way to connect with people all over the world.  I had been collecting postcards from the Kennebunk Beach,  Maine area and found myself always bidding against the same individual.  It turns out he was from Kentucky and his family were good friends with my in-laws in Kennebunk Beach.  He even gave me a few postcards that I didn’t have.

Today I still check out the postcards on eBay but have not been adding much to my collection.  Things have changed a bit as there are more “buy it now” auctions, which has taken the fun out of the bidding and the competing process.   Sometimes visiting a flea market or an antique store will result in some lucky finds.  In the end, have fun and learn as you go.  It will result in hours of enjoyment.

I have included scans of some of my favorite postcards…perhaps you’ll recognize these Stoneham locations:


About the author: Roland Spadafora is a broker/owner of RE/MAX Legacy and has been collecting postcards for over 15 years. You can learn more about him on his website