Friends, Family, and Fun

Ruthie, Dave, and Birdie in a chorus line. Bob and Mimi waiting for the photographer to say “Smile.”


Random Ideas & Various Important People:

The Origin of the Alphabet ...
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To answer what a soddie is, yes, it's made of squares/oblongs of sod cut out of the earth, and has ...
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In the picture, Birdie (Elizabeth Havener) is standing behind Dad, and I’m sitting on his right, at the end of ...
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Blessings and hugs to all my friends. ` In the process of moving, I discovered the funeral bulletin of DELPHINE ...
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Do you know that our mother was not allowed to read a novel on Sunday? We were allowed to read or ...
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My big brother, Bob, took me fishing, helped build a tree house, and rode me around on his Harley. Bob ...
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An email from Frank E. Rose. August 30, 2020 Obituary: Bob Parks To those who loved Robert Lee Parks, my ...
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Soon after Pearl Harbor, Robert Parks, my 14-year-old brother, wrote from our home in Racine, Wisconsin, to our Uncle, Merrill Douglas ...
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My sister was in our McPherson neighbor's kitchen watching her clean a chicken. When the innards went in a separate ...
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“We’ve got to do something about that old sister.” It would be several years before the Gaithers sang about it, ...
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When we first moved to Spring Arbor, we lived at the corner of Matthews Road and M-60, and dad had ...
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My dad sat at the kitchen table with me after supper and listened to the Lone Ranger. We didn’t have ...
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My father sang with this Free Methodist quartet. They traveled to churches in many parts of the nation and -- if ...
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Dad chuckled to me about the good church member who told him he should not milk his cows on Sunday ...
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by Bob Mitchell When I was a little kid, my parents had to educate me because I called the guy ...
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I figured if I stood on tiptoe and reached really, really high, I could carve my dad's initials up where ...
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by Donna Caddell RE - Dub-Yar Very interesting but all Greek to me. My father, Donald D. Woods and grandfather, Guy ...
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My grandfather Ingram played shinny (Field hockey with a tin can and sticks, named after the part of our anatomy ...
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"A man without eyes saw plums on a tree. He neither took plums nor left plums. Now how could that ...
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The only picture I can find of my grandfather shows him saluting my bride. I like it, but this is ...
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My Grandmother, Elma Fine Ingram, baked mouth-watering cookies and recited poetry. At our 1972 Ingram reunion, someone asked Grandma if ...
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The picture is not my grandmother. Sorry. I can't find one of her. But this story is really about my ...
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Early in January 1954, Mr. Guy Priest came to our house with a box of surprises. Usually I saw Mr. Priest ...
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Mimi made a shirt for each of us five siblings to wear to the meal after Mother's funeral. Four of ...
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My sister, Mimi, died Thursday, March 30, 2017, from an incurable lung disease. Last fall she told us she was dying, ...
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Sod House
Our neighbors had a sod house. You know, in 1940 we had no running water and no electricity in Nebraska ...
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A picture in our family scrapbook showed three-year-old Mimi -- beautiful in bangs -- perched on her little stool in ...
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Can you see a rectangular box of 24 thin Hershey candy bars in your mind? I could see it in my ...
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On one of Mama's visits, she made a chocolate layer cake, all round and lovely and covered with fudge icing ...
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This story is especially for my sister, Birdie, on her 83rd birthday. In 1967, my mom’s 60th birthday present was ...
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Mother read Kipling, and she took requests. How many times did I ask for “the story of the great war ...
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(This post first appeared on the blog of my friend, Kathy McKinsey.) Birdie—my one remaining sibling—phoned. She had read to ...
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Mother gave one of her classic lines in 1967. Her 60th birthday present was a visit to us in Jeremie, ...
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On the phone the other day, my big brother told me two stories from McPherson, Kansas, before my time. Quick ...
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I peeled last year's scotch tape off the dark blue paper and unfolded it to show the white stars. After ...
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The day we left Jimmy, my elephant followed me. That day in May we all walked out of the house on ...
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Every day a little boy named Jimmy came to our house. We dug holes in the sand and ran through ...
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People told me poor people are poor because they are lazy, backward, and looking for handouts. Then I stopped to ...
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After Thanksgiving, fresh inches of snow fell every few days in Spring Arbor, Michigan, so most afternoons a couple dozen ...
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Delphine ` Laugh… Mirth in your voice And I will always rejoice In the love that you lived In who ...
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I miss my baby sister. The Lord blessed Ruthie with a wonderful husband, Doug Voller, and sons, Kirk, Kam, and ...
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You are the most wonderful thing that's happened to me in years.   ...
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To see all Water Fairy’s drawings in full size – Click here. (This link has changed. Maybe I can find a ...
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Xiao Shuang teaches these Kinder Kuties in Kunming ...
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