“”Dangling Participial “

“Dangling Participial” 

dan·gling par·ti·ci·ple
/ˌdaNGɡ(ə)liNG ˈpärdəsip(ə)l/


  1. a participle intended to modify a noun which is not actually present in the text.

When I was in the third and fourth grades,   and in the Orphanage – where two “GRADES” were in the same room  – you just may get  – an  over dose  of some of the same information – and sometimes,  it did help – to find a permanent place in your BRAIN!

Take the case of the “Dangling Participial”  – as there were some things,  that without  some  visual idea of – there was no way – that you could just put a few words together – and stick them in your “BRAIN” and think that they would make any kind of  sense – if and when the situation would occur – and you would  then,  be able to understand – and keep yourself  from making an error – in your speech and or in writing about something.

So, Sister Florence, our teacher wrote this sentence on the  “blackboard” for all to see and then write in your notebooks – and maybe remember for when you needed an example – so as to correct yourselves and always  be in the know  as to what  a “Dangling Participial”  would  do  and sound like – when incorrectly  “Dangling” in your sentence!

“I saw the Empire State Building walking down Main Street!”

“Did you really see, the ” Empire State Building” –  walking down Main Street?”

We all of course nearly died, laughing about that  sentence – so much so – that,  just to think  about  those words –  we saw, a mental picture of that situation – and we knew exactly,   what a “Dangling Participial”  was – and ever since then, in the  “1940’s” – I will never forget seeing that  “Empire State Building” walking down  Main Street!

“Do you “know”  or have a correct version – of how that sentence should read?”

“How do you like this?”

“While walking down, “MAIN STREET” – I saw the Empire State Building!”

There is just something about “words” and how we run them together –  and some times,  we can just sit back  – and laugh – at the jumbled mess – that, we can come up with!

“If you are not too confused, let me hear about some of  the long ago and far away learning lessons – that you think  – are worth while talking about?

“Our learning lessons from the PAST – are what we are today  – called the total and completed product – that makes us that perfect individual – that our FAMILY and FRIENDS –  just LOVE to hear from and about!”    D.V.

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“For Christmas, I had received a box of home-made “Cookies” that looked,  just like these (see PHOTO below)  –   they tasted so good that,   I had  to ask the party giving these to me – for the recipe – and they said that they would get it for me!”

“Well, I  did wait,  and was not going to ask again – so in checking out the wed site,  found this recipe and the PHOTO of the finished cookies – looks just like those that I received – so NOW,  all I have to do – is to make these and of course will use some other  “cookie-cutters” –  may be something,  for all and or any time of the year – but, what I will be looking for – and hoping for – is that these will taste as good and even better – as I am always looking for the perfect tasting cookie – that just makes “DREAMS” come true –  – remembering just how good a “COOKIE” tasted when I was just a small child and my “DAD” would bake  all kinds of sweet treats for us kids – and during those “WWII” years – DADDY would send boxes of his home-made cookies and candy to the men in the “SERVICE ” – as he had received  –  the same good treats from his MOTHER – way back and then!

“Good EATS are what we make –  so  good DREAMS come true on!”


Author: Jillee’s Mom


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the shortening and sugar together on medium-high speed until soft and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  4. Add the sour cream and vanilla and blend together until creamy.
  5. With the mixer on low speed, add in the dry ingredients (I add it 1/3 at a time) mixing just until incorporated and evenly mixed.
  7. Divide the dough into two portions. Roll out one section at a time. It’s easier to work with a smaller piece.
  8. Roll out with plenty of flour on your board to avoid sticking issues. But don’t work the dough TOO much or it will get tough. Also make sure to flour your ROLLING PIN and COOKIE CUTTERS as well.
  9. Once you have cut out as many shapes as will fit, scoop them off the board with a spatula and transfer to a cookie sheet. It helps if you nudge a little bit of flour under the cookie as you lift it off the board.
  10. Bake the cookies for between 10 and 12 minutes at 350 degrees.
  11. Allow the cookies to cool completely before frosting.


Powdered Sugar Frosting Recipe
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk.
  • food coloring (I usually use about 4 to 5 drops of just the regular kind you buy at the grocery store)
  1. Start with 2 tablespoons of milk and keep adding about a teaspoon at a time after that until the frosting is at just the right consistency. Not too thick, but not too runny.
  2. Spread on cookie


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“From, Daddy’s little GIRL”

 This is a terrific song,   for a “Daddy’s Girl” to hear – and to remember way back into  the 1940’s  – what it was like to be as a little GIRL! –   “That is Daddy’s Little Girl!”

. and just  a memory – Daddy and me – at eight months of   age …another…  of Daddy and me…

ant this  at may be two years of age – taken with DADDY in the back yard of  my Aunt Irene Brady Riley in North Saint Louis.

Nothing like the good old days,  to remember all of the good times    we had as a FAMILY –  no matter where we were  – only wish that,  they could have lasted longer – and maybe  even forever!  D.V.

“Happy Birthday DADDY – from your little GIRL, ME!” “Me Ellen”

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“Happy Birthday to a For Ever Friend”



“Sometimes when I think back – – back to the 1940’s – – and the school kids at St. Vincent’s  – –  getting autographs of everyone that I liked and thought I would keep in touch with – –  just NOW have to think – – that LIFE can be amazing – – that we were able to stay in touch – – over the years – –   and for this “FRIENDSHIP” – – just have to give the ALMIGHTY YAHWEH  – – the thanks  – – because  – –  I never thought that I would live this long – – and also have a wonderful LIFE… BLESSED with good FRIENDS, too!”

“You have always been terrific and wonderful  “FRIEND” – – and I am wishing  you another  “HAPPY BIRTHDAY Rayetta”  – – and many more!”




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“Remembering “DENNY” and His First “SOLO” Trip”

 “DENNY McClarren, Jr., makes first long distance TRIP – alone”

News-Paper clipping of my brother, DENNY McClarren, Jr. travels to OHIO from St.Louis – all by himself –  and was wearing a “NAVY Sailor ” outfit –  just like his DADDY! –  WWII  when every family was making sacrifices — for the good of all  AMERICANS!


                                         “Those were the Days”

Just talking  with someone about the  WWII  years  and things happening that the young people    –  today  – know nothing about!   During those years  we had  “Air-Raids”  –  signal  – lights searching the sky for  “enemy planes ”  – “Blackouts” and sirens  blowing!    With the lights out,  in the house, my brothers and I went out side to the corner of the block – no buses running  – no automobiles  – no traffic of any kind – it was like the world stood still!  This was a good time for me to practice my  cart-wheels and somersaults  – the intersection made a good  “stage”   for us three children to enjoy  having lots fun!

My Daddy, had already put in three (3) two-year stints in the Army, but now he was being  ‘called  up’   for the Navy – to work in the ship-yards – doing welding work. I wanted to go with him to California, but I had the “mumps”  – my brothers were now well , and I couldn’t go anywhere.

Tommy  was the “Lucky” one,  to  get  to go to California with DADDY  and  then our Grandparents in Ohio wanted Denny to come up and stay with them on their farm!    So,  when  all the arrangements were made –   Denny would be wearing his little  ‘Navy’ outfit  which really looked good on him  – he looked very Patriotic   –  specially with the  “WAR’  going on!

Denny, a little 4 year old , chubby lad ,  wore a well marked identification tag –   around his neck  with instructions to all of  the bus station operators and  drivers  – concerning his destination to  Circleville, OHIO  –  a Greyhound  route direct to Columbus –  then transferred to Circleville OH.    Denny   arrived  well and happy  on Tuesday at  ‘Noon’  after Mom and I  were at the station Monday evening – putting him on the bus.

The  Newspaper Reporter  –  stated,   “Denny  made  the long distance travel record….  all by himself! ”   How could you not notice a cute “Lad” full of Freckles and  “RED” hair? “Everyone  just fell in LOVE with “LITTLE DENNY Jr.!”

“Special Thanks to our CREATOR – for helping all of the AMERICAN people that were trying to do the best they could do – and,  all for the WAR EFFORT – and  in “HIS” protecting all those that worn  a “NAVY” outfit – even when they were just  a little child,  being only four years old!”

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“Best of TIMES – and WWII made us stronger”

Just looking at this old PHOTO of 1942 – and what we did – we did it because we LOVE  our CREATOR – our Country, AMERICA  – and  learning to LIVE  and LEARN new LESSONS every day – HOW could we have had it any better?

ME & Tom 001

This is our baby in the family, little Tommy,  and big sister, Mary Ellen.



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