Skip Van Lenten: Personal Stories

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Everyone has a story, and a favorite memory. I have a lot of them, mostly about growing up in New Jersey in the 50’s and 60’s, and a few drawn from later years and different places, like an inspiring war vet in "Welcome Home,” a hometown Memorial Day celebration in "The Parade," and a beautiful relationship between a man and a dog in "A Dog Story." I hope you enjoy reading and sharing them, and if you would like to get in touch, you can message me below. A phone number is not required.


About Skip

The stories published here were written over several years, and occasionally  posted on my Facebook page (social links are below).  Most of them are about growing up in New Jersey in the 50's, when Bergen County could still be considered a rural area across the river from New York City. It was a different time and a different feeling, and I hope I have been able to convey what it was like.

Since retiring in 2014, I have also devoted a lot of my time to painting. I am fortunate to be able to spend a good portion of my summers in the Adirondacks where there are endless opportunities to paint outdoors and enjoy the beautiful countryside at the same time. To visit my painting site, please go to

Bergen County, New Jersey. 

About Skip


  • Bergen County, New Jersey, United States