“Making each DAY the BEST DAY with GOOD WORDS”

Every day you wake up – – is the BEST of all DAYS – – because  “YOU” are here to do  that which you have a burning desire to do! All night long  “YOU” were in a DREAM WORLD – – and maybe there were some things you wanted to clear  out of your system – – and then just maybe you were thinking of all the special things that you will do – – when YOU wake up?

 The above poster  just seems to spell out what a DAY may  have in store for each of us – – just something to think about – – and to never be discouraged by what may or may not have happened – – as we think about things as they happen — we can always decide that “TODAY” is the best “DAY”   – – and will always be remembered as such!

Daily Inspirations

This  short article by  “Shakespeare”  certainly has a moth full of good words to think about. The main thought that caught my eye was, “LOVE, Before  You Quit”  as being so important. How can anyone LIVE a LIFE  – – without having some LOVE to share? When we are born – – LOVE was there – -As we grow LOVE just has to be there, too!

Every step we take in LIFE to do anything and every thing – – if there is no LOVE – – I do believe we pulled the  curtain down …    on our LIFE!

38 Amazing Motivational And Inspirational QuotesEveryone has a long list of what “MONEY will BUY” – – but have you ever thought to make a “LIST” of what money will not buy? Just thought that “LOVE”  at the bottom of the list – – kind of stands out.  “Would that be because we do put a price on “LOVE” and that is why the world is  on an up-side down  whirl-wind  collision course  – – and no one wants to think about – – what will be happening very soon?     D.V.

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“Calling our FRIENDS with a STRONG VOICE”

“When I think back to when it was the “good ole days” for us young kids – – just so many things to do and to be a part of doing good for the community – – and all without a “cell phone” and never used the “home telephone” which more than likely was at least   “a two-party”  telephone – – meaning that someone in the neighborhood would  share  that line – – and if you were on the  “phone” – – there would always be the possibility that  – that neighbor could listen in on your conversations – – even chime in – – and or at least always knew more about your personal business than you would want them to know!

      *****”Tele Communications”*****

In the  1940s, we had the best, most reliable, “communications” system going!   As a  “kid” a very young girl then, got up early, dressed and ready to play or work (work was having to help my brothers get ready) all  before I even got outside, I could hear; “O ooh Mary Ellen can you come out and play,  Today?”  This was in a sing/song  dragged out  repetition, by my friend,  “Alice Thomas”, standing on the sidewalk , in front of our  house in North Saint Louis.  My Mother  would  immediately tell me to kindly let “Alice” know that I would be out soon as every neighbor –  knew who and what was going on – – and where we would be going.

Alice lived at the other end of the  block and across the street, walked to my house, and when I get outside, we are going to walk a couple more blocks and both of us will  start calling,  on more friends, walking and walking  until enough   of our friends are together to play games  or go and watch whatever  if something  “NEW”  was going on within miles of where we  all lived.

How do you like our, “communication system”  when we “call you” everybody on the block knows  “us” and “you” and what ever we are going to do, and where we will be!  Now, if   your   “parents” do not like your “friends”  you  just can’t go out today – and  that message is  ‘sung right back’   out the window back to  them and who ever else is listening!   Let me “tele” you something “we grew up with all that “fresh air,  out doors and exercise.”

When I stop to think about the area we traveled – – from and around “Fairgrounds Park” and to and  back further than the “O’Fallon Park” – playing and walking for miles – -never tiring and probably not even eating anything – – someone might have a few pennies and we would stop a a “Confectionery” store and buy “penny candy” and get a whole bag full to share – – which would increase us to being a very best friend to all – – “WOW” what a day we would have!

Just thinking of he exercise – – and being outside in the “SUNSHINE” – the VITAMINS to and for our skin and the entire  body – – the “fresh Air” – – as very  few  families would being using automobiles – – as you needed a “Ration Coupon” for purchase  of a gallon of  fuel – since fuel was needed for the  – – the WAR effort – WWII  –  and  we were all doing without so much – – just so we would bring the WAR to an early end!

All of the “KIDS” in the neighborhood did their part – – and had FUN doing so – – we were growing stronger – – doing something  worth while – – improving our bodies and minds – – there was no “television”  to cause us to waste our time and grow fat and lazy! We were always on the move – – “Communicating as we gather together and always on the go!”

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“From Generation to Next Generation”

It is wonderful to be able to  develop some activities that you can pass on – – from one generation to the next generation – – and with the important  point for all – – to enjoy having FUN – – lots of FUN while doing so.

In the “AIR” flying or when just resting between  Airports  stops – – having a  luxurious rest  where all can  just enjoy taking time for a “prize of a PHOTO”  like this on – –  well… this is the best of FUN!

“Everyone wants to go FLYING with JILL and Alyssa and Jaime – –  because  this is the best of all FUN TIMES!” 

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, outdoorWe can not forget to start having the younger generation get on board as soon as possible – – as once you start early – – you will have going FLYING in the blood …forever!

“With such enthusiasm – with Alyssa and son, Lex – – I feel that I should hurry up and join them in the next  Flight – – up and away – – for all  of the FUN that comes with “Playing in the Sun”   with those you LOVE!”

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“Nothing like CHRISTMAS in JULY”

This “JULY” seems to be just a little on the extra HOT side — just could be that I am older and as we get older –  we feel some things more than we did when we were younger – – guess maybe our skin is getting too thin – – or not enough of the correct VITAMINS – something… so with some PHOTOS of “HAPPY  TIMES” and even one taken in DECEMBER – – should bring on a “COLD” wave!

How’s this for  “Aunt Irene” – since her BIRTHDAY was yesterday, the 17th of JULY – –  this is her son,  “Bernard Riley” and was killed when only ten (10) years of age. 

My MOTHER had told me that everyone just loved little, “Bernie” he was always so happy and  kind and smart – – and so good looking as you can see on this PHOTO – – and this PHOTO that I have, always  hung on the wall at “Aunt Irene’s” home.
 This PHOTO at my home on “Cherbourg” should cool us off – – almost wish we had some snow blow in – – just to reduce some of the heat wave here in Missouri.

That is “Aunt Irene”  with my son,  Lee Aldrich jr., on   the floor and Al Aldrich sitting on her lap  “CHRISTMAS  DAY” – – must be some kind of a “Walkie-talkie” system that they are trying out – – have no idea if that was a good gift or not???
 Now this is a very good PHOTO of “Aunt Irene” taken in the late 1950’s … as this is my brother,  TOM’s and his wife Rose’s “WEDDING DAY” and a party to celebrate. 

From the left is brother, DENNY and his wife, JUDY – and next is our “AUNT IRENE” and her sister, MARIE – – and the “Groom, TOM, himself. – – Congratulations to them as they are still alive and married all these many years.

“Happy Birthday Aunt Irene!”

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“Aunt Irene’s BIRTH-DATE and TIMELINE”

Just have to start off … with  that which… I feel was Aunt Irene’s  finest HOUR in LIFE – – the birth of her son, Bernie. This old PHOTO which I feel “LUCKY”  to have  – – and so glad that ‘It’  was one that was not lost in the moves from  moving to several other locations. “Little Bernard Riley” was  the LOVE and JOY to  “William B. and Irene C. Riley!”

This is “Irene” and her Mother, Mrs. Thomas F. Brady and would be taken at least ten years  later – – as little “BERNIE” was killed by a drunken driver at the age of ten (10) – – which really was devastating  – – there are no words to describe  how things were after that.

“Years have gone by – – and finally  “MARIE BRADY”  a much younger  sister to “IRENE” gets married and “Grandma Anne E. Brady” is still living  and Aunt Irene  and her husband, Bill –  have moved to Ashland Avenue,  Saint Louis and live in the downstairs flat – – and this is where I am seen in the arms of Aunt Irene in her backyard!”

“Time just seems to “Fly” when you  are having  “FUN” – –  and since Aunt Irene lived here across the “Fairgrounds Park” from us – – it was easy for us to visit  and visit often – as so many of the cousins of the  “SMART and BRADY Families” lived with just a few short miles of each other – – in most cases – – just a real nice walking distance  and there you were… visiting!”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Photos in color indicate that “TIME” has really gone by – –  as these two PHOTOS of  “Aunt Irene” were taken when I was married and living in Florida.  Aunt Irene came down to visit for a week or two – – and part of the time with us we took her to the “RACE TRACK at Hialeah” and we had a nice meal in he “CLUB HOUSE” – – as I do not like to  take a chance and bet – – I prefer a nice meal and  to watch  others – – spending money they do not have – – in HOPES of winning MONEY – –  that  they  will never happen to win  – –  at something you most likely know nothing about – –  as  for those that need the money the mostest – -also loose the most! 

Trying to remember what was happening in this time frame – – my guess for these two PHOTOS would be in the year of 1965 as there were lots of things going on in the  1960’s – – trips back and forth to Missouri and Florida – – then births and deaths –  and  then complete moves from one place to another – –   sure glad that I was young enough to be able to do all that – as  now it  seems to be – –  more than just one person could or would be able to do. Thanks be to the Almighty for giving me the  extra strength to do and be where I was suppose to be – –  when and where   I was needed to be of a help!     D.V.

“Happy Birthday   Aunt Irene – – and enjoy the Heavenly realm with all of he FAMILY!”

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“To Aunt Irene from TOMMY”



The Back Nine – Fabulous!

This is one of the best emails we’ve read in a while:  no politics, no sex, and no “axes to grind”. 

We now want to share it with my other “older friends” who, like me, are also on the Back Nine!





You know… time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.


But, here it is… the back nine of my life and it catches me by surprise… How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go?


I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that I was only on the first hole and the back nine was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.


But, here it is… my friends are retired and getting gray… they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me… but, I see the great change. Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant… but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d become.


Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore… it’s mandatory! Cause if I don’t on my own free will… I just fall asleep where I sit!


And so… now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!! But, at least I know, that though I’m on the back nine, and I’m not sure how long it will last… this I know, that when it’s over on this earth… it’s over. A new adventure will begin! Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn’t done… things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I’m happy to have done. It’s all in a lifetime.


So, if you’re not on the back nine yet… let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don’t put things off too long!! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether you’re on the back nine or not!


You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life…. so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember… and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!


“Life” is a gift to you.    The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.  LIVE IT WELL!   ENJOY TODAY!   DO SOMETHING FUN! BE HAPPY!   HAVE A GREAT DAY!

Remember “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.   LIVE HAPPY IN 2017!




~Your kids are becoming you…… but your grandchildren are perfect!


~Going out is good… Coming home is better!


~You forget names…. But it’s OK because some people forgot they even knew you!!!


~You realize you’re never going to be really good at anything like golf.


~The things you used to care to do, you aren’t as interested in anymore, but you really don’t care that you aren’t as interested.


~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV ‘ON’ than in bed. It’s called “pre-sleep”.


~You miss the days when everything worked with just an “ON” and “OFF” switch..


~You tend to use more 4 letter words … “what?”…”when?”… ???


~You notice everything they sell in stores is “sleeveless”?!!!


~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.


~Everybody whispers.


~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet….

2 of which you will never wear.


~~~But Old is good in some things: Old Songs,

Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!


Stay well, “OLD FRIEND!”    Send this on to other “Old Friends!” and let them laugh in AGREEMENT!!

It’s Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.

Thank you.


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