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My grandfather Bernard Geraghty Sr. escorts my mother, Catherine Philomena Geraghty, up the aisle at Most Precious Blood Parish in Astoria, Queens, in June 1944 for her wedding to Francis Callan. Although Grandpa Geraghty looks like a holy terror here, he was a genial and beloved figure in our family. When I was young, my mother would repeat to me the stories he had told her as a little girl. Once I got to high school, I read a short story whose style and tone immediately brought the "Grandpa stories" to mind. It was "Araby," by James Joyce.
Glacier Point, on the south wall of California's Yosemite Valley at an elevation of 7,214 feet, 3,200 feet above Curry Village, offers superb views of Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, Vernal Falls, Nevada Falls and Clouds Rest.
Wawona Tree was a famous giant sequoia that stood in Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park. It had a height of 227 feet (69 m) and was 90 ft (27 m) in circumference. A tunnel was cut through the tree in 1881. (Sign says road was cut 1875.) The Wawona Tree fell in 1969 under an estimated two ton load of snow on its crown. The giant sequoia is estimated to have been 2,300 years old.