Skip Van Lenten: Personal Stories


Everyone has a story, and a favorite memory. I have a bunch of them. Most of the stories here are about growing up in the 50's and 60's, and later adventures in "Welcome Home,” "The Parade," "A Dog Story," and others. I hope you enjoy reading them, and please feel free to share them. If you message me below, the phone number is not required.



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

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