What’s in a Hat?

I was rearranging my closet shelves last week, making way for my winter sweaters when I spied Bernie’s Pan Am white hat in a plastic bag, on the top shelf. I used a broom handle to gently coax the hat down—my reminder of our Halcyon Days of Yore.  I buffed the black brim with oil, … Continue reading

Just in Time

by Sarajane Giere I’d been using the Greek Myths as part of my 6th grade reading program and was drawn to the intriguing country where these myths originated. In 1992, I asked my husband, Bernie and our long-time travel buddies, Sandi and Jim Knoch, if our next trip should be Greece. They loved the idea, … Continue reading

A Quip Remembered

While working on a memoir about my grandparents, John and Nannie Palmer, who married in 189I,  I found a quip I’d saved by Bill Moyers which seems apropos. “The past is no row of bare facts waiting to be memorized by school children. Nor does it stand in our back yard like an old picket … Continue reading

Mission Accomplished in Germany

Even though Bernie flew many Pan Am flights to Germany, the kids and I had never gone along as a family. It was June of 1987, and we thought it was about time to take our kids to meet their European relatives, the Giere’s, of Bremen, Germany. Bernie’s dad, Rudy, said he’d be delighted to … Continue reading


By: Mark Berent  In honor of all the pilots who’ve courted danger while flying for our country in past wars, I’m sharing with you this essay from the desk of my cousin Mark Berent, author and distinguished fighter pilot who flew over 1,000 combat hours during the Korean and Vietnam wars. Bernie wrote me about … Continue reading

Memorial Day Tribute

In Flanders Fields by Lt. Col. John McCrae  In Flanders Fields the poppies grow Between the crosses, row on row,  That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard among the guns below. We are the dead, short days ago We lived felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved … Continue reading

Sir Galahad in Disguise

Boarding the Delta plane to Florida gave me a sense of déjà vu, as the flight attendants greeted me with a cheery, “Welcome aboard.” I answered them in return and glanced into the cockpit. The captain and his first officer were preparing for takeoff, just as my late husband had done more than 30 years … Continue reading

Travels with Bernie

Come with me and read about my travels with Bernie… You’ve got to read it to believe it! Hawaii: A River’s Tale April 1991          I wasn’t a good swimmer and felt inept at handling a kayak, but it made no difference. My pilot could do both. “Let’s sign up for a kayaking tour,” Bernie said. … Continue reading

From the New World

After I finished my memoir, I took time to reflect on what I had written. My pilot and I were married for 52 years, during which time we experienced our share of adversities, each one compelling. We blazed trails through those new worlds—applying our love as a fixative to repair the difficulties and sustain the … Continue reading

Winter Surprises

Working for the airlines had its ups and downs as Bernie used to say. One winter night, when he was returning to JFK from a Pan Am flight, the bus dropped off the pilots and cabin crew to the terminal’s snow-covered crew parking lot. Yikes! Tracings of cars peeped out from under the high drifts, … Continue reading


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