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memories at 923 oak pennsylvania
* pennsylvania *

meet mackenzie & taylor | 923 oak pennsylvania

By On August 5, 2015

Mackenzie, Dan & Sally’s daughter, emerges from upstairs this late Sunday morning, clad in a bright yellow t-shirt and comfy sweatpants, her long, dark blonde hair piled atop her head. Last night… Read More

923 oak | pennsylvania
* pennsylvania *

introducing 923 oak | pennsylvania

By On July 21, 2015

It’s a brisk, quiet Sunday morning in March, and I’m driving through a rural area of Eastern Pennsylvania, a couple hours west of New Jersey. A smattering of autumn-colored leaves cling to… Read More

923 oak in the news
* iowa *

923 oak in the news

By On October 15, 2014

The 923 Oak Project hit the wire in northwest Iowa. A reporter for this weekly newspaper came by to interview me during my visit with Dan and Faye. Driven by equal parts… Read More

jamie | 923 oak tennessee | the 923 oak project
* tennessee *

meet jamie | 923 oak tennessee: little boy blue

By On October 1, 2014

“My mother did absolutely the best she could – there’s no doubt about that. She was the best. I was just really angry. I was the troubled child; any gray hair probably… Read More

923 oak tennessee | the 923 oak project
* tennessee *

923 oak | tennessee: you must believe in spring

By On September 15, 2014

“My mother did absolutely the best she could – there’s no doubt about that. She was the best. I was just really angry. I was the troubled child; any gray hair probably… Read More

welcome to tennessee | the 923 oak project
* tennessee *

introducing 923 oak | tennessee

By On August 8, 2014

Jamie isn’t thrilled to be living at 923 Oak. He tells me this early in our conversation over a Bombay and Sapphire (his) and Chardonnay (mine) at Tenn16, East Nashville’s take on… Read More

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* tennessee *

welcome to nashville

By On June 25, 2014

March 2014 I am not my shiny, happy self right now. I’ve spent the past two weeks scouring the internet for names and phone numbers for every 923 Oak east of the… Read More

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* iowa *

meet faye and dan: 923 oak | iowa (50 years of bliss)

By On June 17, 2014

“Last time I was in San Francisco, gas was $.20 a gallon.” Dan is regaling me with his own “Tales of the City.” After volunteering for the service in the late 1950’s,… Read More

923 Oak Iowa: Sunday night supper | the 923 oak project
* iowa *

about faye and dan: 923 oak | iowa (faye and the fam)

By On June 2, 2014

“Our most memorable experiences are probably what we had with our kids,” Dan says, as Faye nods in agreement. Faye tells me about taking the boys on Ragbrai, a weeklong bike ride… Read More

dan, iowa | the 923 oak project
* iowa *

about dan and faye: 923 oak | iowa (dan and the farm)

By On May 20, 2014

“Danny’s dad’s dad was killed by a team of horses,” Faye tells me. That’s Dan’s grandfather. Dan’s grandmother died shortly after giving birth to her eighth child. Then, this heartbreak struck. Dan’s… Read More

923 Oak HQ | the 923 oak project
* new jersey *

god bless cindy

By On May 14, 2014

The romance of the road trip is over. There will be more open roads in my future, but for now, the work of The 923 Oak Project is mostly comprised of transcribing… Read More

almost twilight in iowa #923oak
* iowa *

about faye and dan: 923 oak | iowa (america, the polka and grumpy old men)

By On May 8, 2014

“All the ladies at coffee thought I was crazy. They couldn’t believe I was doing this.” “This” is talking with me. Faye is bustling around the brightly lit kitchen on this Sunday… Read More

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* arizona *

meet $w1fT: 923 oak | arizona

By On April 8, 2014

PARENTAL ADVISORY: the language that follows is unvarnished, harsh and potentially offensive to some readers. This alert is not just for people with young kids, but for my family, friends, and anyone… Read More

923 oak iowa | the 923 oak project
* iowa *

about dan and faye: 923 oak | iowa

By On April 4, 2014

“She got me when I was down.” Dan leans over the kitchen table, mischief sparkling in his blue eyes. He and I are sitting at the big oak table on the other… Read More

thomas' guitar | the 923 oak project
* arizona *

back in black

By On March 29, 2014

Remember Thomas from 923 Oak in Arizona? Remember his most treasured possession? (A guitar.) Do you remember WHERE it was? (A pawn shop.) It made me sad to know that his most… Read More