Remembering “EVE KAREN” on her BIRTHDAY and Forever”


       “Eve Karen is a Natural…”Eve Karen 001

Like I was saying…nothing like celebrating someone’s BIRTHDAY for the whole week.

Evidently…we must have been enjoying ourselves so much… and in taking a few pictures… while  we were “bowling”  those that were in the area around where we were…must have thought that,  we thought we were special or very important… just to be doing all the silly stuff … that we were  way back in the day when we  were taking EVE KAREN McClarren  around, must have been just a little more than most people would do on a “HAPPY DAY” outing???

Sure was glad to have my brother, TOM McClarren along… as he was taking the PHOTOS… and if ever…  you are    having  “FUN” and a very good time… it will  sooner or later… all fade… from  the old “memory”   bank…but… if you have a couple of old PHOTOS  well… there is… then…  no  way  of ever forgetting!

Having lots of old PHOTOS… in a good place, that is accessible, since you will always  want to have a  beautiful  visual memory… because  for us old timers’ … good memories are what we always want to have  for sharing… and that is forever!

When celebrating and having lots of GOOD FUN…always have someone in charge of taking the PHOTOS…because someday…those PHOTOS will be worth millions in memories…  so for your “medicine”  today,  just  remember that I was the “ONE” to tell  you… and YOU can thank me later,  good memories are the LIFE in the “LIVING Journey”… that we are for sure  in our  traveling mode…NOW!

“Our little KAREN”was just like everyone else… watching “TOMMY” and admiring him… and listening to his every word. Tom has a persona that attract others… just like a “VIP”  and I’m guessing back in the day… as you can see…  little KAREN is  maybe one of the  very first to decide, that our  very young and good looking  “TOM” is “Mr. Wonderful, himself”!

Just having  lots of old PHOTOS that go back to some good old times,  that we all had  and shared… when we were young and sitting on top of the world … too young to know just exactly who would go where… and what in the world … if anything could  be achieved  …. that could make  for our memories  being so enjoyable… as well as being remembered!

 “Happy Birthday to Dear… “Eve Karen” and your identical twin sister, “KATHlEEN”… LOVE… from all the family!”

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“This is 1953… and in the SUMMERTIME!”

        “Every PHOTO…has a STORY”


Check this out…. it is in…the faces … look carefully  and check out,  “Tom on the cot!”

In the months of June and August – – German St. Vincent Orphanage  will celebrate on the second Sunday of those two months  with a very big PICNIC … there will be rides  including “Pony RIDES” for the children and FOOD…  all day including “Chicken Dinners”  and every kind of chance game and everyone feels LUCKY… and there are lots of WINNERS!

So… with all of that good stuff going on … why not go?

Since it did not look like…  we were all going…  that would be MOM on the swing… my little sister, Eve Karen  and  I am taking this PHOTO … so this  is why you see “THOMAS” on the cot…  in great pain and suffering…  and if you have good eyesight and this PHOTO…   has been enlarged … you can see  that TOM is not a cry baby… he would rather die… than to let you know that …  he had a serious accident on  my brand new “boy’s style  bike!”

Why do “GIRLS” have to have a “BOY’S” style bike… in case a boy  just  might  want to “take you”…  for a  ride  on your bike with the “handlebars?”

TOMMY wanted to go to the ST. Vincent’s PICNIC  as a lot of his friends would be there … and since I had a brand new “BIKE” he thought  that he should try it out… just  to  “SEE” what it will do… and  of course it would save TIME and BUS FARE  as there would be at least four (4)  BUS transfers to get there.

It is approximately six (6) miles from where we live in NORTH SAINT LOUISE to NORMANDY, Missouri! Just simply a piece of cake for a good looking and strong teenager …  no problem at all?

My brother “TOM” … should have been in…  “HOLLYWOOD” as he has everyone enjoying… everything…  wherever you are and whatever you are doing. He is the original “ENTERTAINER”. That is for as long as he is there…  the SHOW is on and everyone stays… till he lets you know the … SHOW is over!

Tom made it out to the PICNIC – safe and sound – but in TIME… TOM was showing all  of the different ways to ride a bike  and as “LUCK” would have it…  there was a soft  gravel side road …just off  of  the main road and as  in one of the turns… in this particular stunt called for… well…  “TOM and BIKE” went flying down the side area and TOM… landing on his arm… and the gravel did an unmerciful job on himself…  embedding into the arm… he had “PAIN” out of this world but… he would not let on…to the crowd…  that he was suffering! “To the High Heavens”

Nothing to do… but to cover the arm as well as he could with the sleeve of his shirt and  make excuses… starts to ride the bike home… with the PAIN  just so bad…  he did not know if he would  even make it??

When TOM arrived HOME … I could tell that something was wrong… but  Tom was no longer into FUN and GAMES…  his situation was  that  he had PAIN so bad… he did not want to upset MOM…  so nosy ME… I had to see what the arm looked like??  

This was a situation for the HOSPITAL… in my books  and that is where we all had to go with TOM …  that gravel was   stuck  into the skin…  so nice and tight…  I would  not be surprised to know…  that there is still some stuck in his arm!

In those days there was only the “CITY HOSPITAL” that I knew of for emergencies… but  on the next day,  as you see in the above PHOTO…  we are all worn out.

We all had to take “TOM”  to the Hospital … going on the “BUS” … there was so much that needed to done… that we had to find resting places here and there… while the nurses and doctors worked on TOM!

The previous night at the HOSPITAL…was enough for a LIFETIME.  So…  as you can see TOM is taking it easy in the backyard…  just resting and probably hoping…  that we all will forget!  (- but not me…  the photo is a very good reminder -)

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“My Little Sisters Eve Karen and Kathleen… Remembered”

“This is with MOM and the three of us… February 1946 … as our baby sister,  “EVE KAREN  Francisca McClarren” was born on the 16th, and when “MOM and DAD” took our sister to the  “HOLY NAME CHURCH” to be baptized  and  were asked what  is the baby’s  NAME  to be… he was told  – – “EVE KAREN” – – the Priest said … “there is not a   “SAINT EVE KAREN” …  DO you have a DOG?” 

“I  need a  “SAINT’s  NAME.”  So as not to hold up the ceremony…  MOM  remembered that… “Francisca CABRINI”  was in the NEWS…  as just having been canonized a  “SAINT”  … so that is  “HOW”   our little  sister “KAREN” received her  long and full name.

This was an “IRISH PRIEST” and his “IRISH brogue” was so strong…  you could  hardly  understand  what he was saying, as the word “DOG” really sounded like “DOGUE!”

“This  next photo  is  of “KAREN” with DADDY, and of course the three of  us  – DENNY – ME  –  TOMMY –  in the area where the “APPLE”  trees were growing,  and every so often… when the trees were full of good apples…  one of  the kids  would run down and get a handful of  ‘apples’  for  their friends… but…  for some of the kids, there was a problem… they could not eat the green “apples”  they would  immediately get… a good case of the “runs” to the bathroom.”

That “SAILOR” outfit that  “TOMMY”  is wearing… is the same  “outfit” that  “DENNY” wore on his trip to “OHIO” …  when he was  only “four years old”   and I did  write about that trip a couple weeks earlier, and posted the news-paper clipping along   giving all of the particulars of the   long “trip”  that little  “DENNY”  took … all by himself, when “DADDY” had to go to  “CALIFORNIA”  to work on the  “NAVY SHIPS”   during WWII  just some the exciting things that the  “McClarren”  children did during those “hard” times  right here in AMERICA,  and we  have all have  lived …  long enough to tell about it!

“Just some of the  good ole memories of our little sister, EVE KAREN”  just good to have a few  old  PHOTOS,  for a “BACK-up” … otherwise  no one would believe…  half of  the good old days…  when we were  in those bad and hard times of  a  “WAR” and what  “AMERICANS”  that is all  of us did to help  our “COUNTRY”  WIN… but, we  “ALL”   just did what we could  and always felt good in our hearts,  for  just doing our  small part  in UNITY…  which ended up being a great and positive effort … for in the end.. we were BLESS from above …. for whatever small contribution… that we were able to do.!”         D.V

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“Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to Everyone…TODAY”

VALENTINE’S DAY – February 14


Valentine’s Day began as St. Valentine’s Day, a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus.  February 14th first became associated with romantic love during the High Middle Ages as the tradition of courtly love was then flourishing. During 18th century England, this day evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery and sending Valentine cards.    

Ancient History

Mixed opinions prevail regarding who or what was celebrated in mid-February. Some point to martyred saints by the name of Valentine or Valentinus. The most popular story tells of the saint who defied a decree by Emperor Claudius II who outlawed marriage for young men because he believed single men made better soldiers. St. Valentine, preferring young lovers to be wed than have them sneaking around (or believing in the power of love), would marry them in secret. However, it may have been another Valentine who performed the marriages. Either way, at least two of them were beheaded for their actions.

Another possible origin for Valentine’s Day takes us back to a pagan festival called Lupercalia. As a way to discourage participation in the fertility festival, the Christian church placed St. Valentine’s Day in the middle of February.

Modern Celebrations

Since the Renaissance, we’ve been exchanging Valentine’s cards. These handmade missives of romance grew into a more commercial venture by the Victorian era. Today, school children exchange Valentine greetings, too. They prepare for the day by making unique boxes to receive their many hearts, cupids, and pun-filled rhymes. 

Chocolates and candy have also become a part of the celebration. While couples tend to be the focus of the day, singles celebrate being single, too. Friends take each other out or reject the overall notion of Valentine’s Day. Dinner and a movie, candlelight, and flowers also fit the bill for couples. It’s one of the busiest days of the year for florists.

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Credit is traditionally given to Pope Gelasius for declaring February 14th as Saint Valentine’s Day around the year 496 to separate the church from the Roman celebration of Lupercalia, an ancient pagan fertility festival which occurred on February 15th.

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“A BIG Happy Birthday to Mr. Wonderful”

When you ring a doorbell… do you always receive a “WONDERFUL” wellcome like  this?

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This is my little brother “TOMMY” and would  you believe… that he  is NOW … the big “80” years of age! The whole wide world would be a real  and truly happy place… if all of us would answer their doorbell with   such a wonderful big smile with  a big welcome to his home as he does… as he is well admired…  as his smile says marvelous things… just to let you know he is glad to see you… and he loves to share the LOVE  he has … for everyone!

Since everyone thinks my little brother, TOMMY is wonderful and some have “Mr. Wonderful” embroidered on shirts for him… he still continues to live up to being that wonderful person… that we all like and admired.

“Mr. Wonderful” celebrates  today … just the day before Valentine’s Day… his 80th Birthday as  to be a wonderful person… someone we all LOVE and are so happy to   be related to and or even a good friend … and with his BIRTHDAY   on the thirteenth of February… no wonder we celebrate “Valentine’s Day on the fourteenth as there is so much LOVE  to share with the most wonderful friends  that we  all have… but especially since my brother TOMMY shares the LOVE of being  “WONDERFUL” all year long?

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY to TOMMY… just happens to be born on Lucky “13”… which makes for you to be… Mr. Wonderful, too!”

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“Music is good when YOU are YOUNG”

If only the Government would see to it … that each home where there are children… would receive a piano … for the very young children would have a chance to see if they have some talent  with playing the piano or in some cases another musical instrument … children would be learning and having FUN and maybe later even able to work in a musical field… instead of not having something good to do with their free time… and waste good learning time… on foolish activities that could lead into getting into trouble.






No matter how old and or just starting at a very young age – MUSIC is GOOD MEDICINE… always and forever!

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