This is a true story of a young girl growing up in a small coal mining town in Pennsylvania in the late 1930â€™s. She describes humorous and heartfelt events, some tragic, that impacted the lives of her family and their neighbors. Her dream to live in New York City was realized as she relates unusual and sometimes startling incidents. This story also reveals a scintillating adventure in Cuba, as well as a harrowing episode being marooned in a snowstorm. The authorâ€™s tenacity, coupled with a love of music and art, led to an interesting and lucrative career while meeting and drawing famous people and celebrities.