“As I Remember”

Now is the “TIME” to do it…

Every FAMILY  has one important thing that they usually do every SPRING and or in the  FALL!

Have you already guessed what it is that we did?

We would drive up to OHIO… that is where my FATHER is from  and his FAMILY wanted to see all of us  as we little KIDS were being born and as we were getting older.

The very first trip that my FAMILY took, was when I was about seven months old. My MOTHER told me about the trip  so many times… that I feel that it was just as she described to me. The back seat of the car was set up special, just for my comfort. The open area where you would put your feet is the area that my DAD put our suitcases and added some other items that they would need to change my diapers and extra baby stuff, but to level it so that the basket that I was to travel in… would sit still and level.

This basket that I was to travel in… is the very same  oval laundry basket that we had when I was older and every time that we would be doing laundry my MOM and I would reminisce about the traveling and how good of a baby I was  when traveling long distances.

When you are little I feel that it is good – if  – what you are doing  is making good memories that both you and your parents will  always remember  and really enjoy talking about  later … till the last day you are on this earth.

My MOTHER  would tell me that when they put me in the basket in the back seat of the car that … they had to really be ready to start the car and get it moving.  If they still had some packing of stuff  to put in the trunk or anything that would delay the car from getting on the road,  “I would sing out loud and clear  for the whole wide world to hear me!”

Seems that I just was not about to lay back and keep my mouth shut… either you get this  “show” going  or you will be hearing from “your back-seat driver”  and…  that was me!

When my MOTHER would tell me about the trips and  all  of what went on she sure enjoyed re-telling me all the stuff  that we did  on the way up to OHIO and  then back down to Saint Louis. That is why I feel it does one good, internally to remember the good times  that we have… as so many of us have enough bad times  but,  if we would  only remember more  of the good times…  maybe we would not have…  so  many bad times?

What I enjoyed most…  was hearing about  me!

I bet that there were times that they wished that I was not in that back seat, just from the way I know  that some kids act… when they are cooped up too long and where they  are not wanting to be?

Over all my Mother would say, that I was the “best baby” to travel with because for hundreds of miles of driving, they would not hear a peep from me. “BUT…  if we had to make a quick stop…  just the second that our  car stopped then,  I would scream so loud… there was nothing that I wanted  and nothing that I needed  but if they would start  the car…  moving… I went right back to sleep and I would sleep soundly until the next stop!”

“Keeping that car moving … that’s when I was in HEAVEN, I would travel without disturbing a soul!”

Since I have had my own children,  there has been  some times when I have heard of children that would be babies and under six months old… who just could not or would not sleep in peace for the new parents, that is and unless they  all got into  their car and drove around the block a couple of times…  just to get the new born baby to rest quietly and fall into a sound sleep!

Are you  “ALL” ready to take a long trip with the newborn baby?? “It will be FUN for all – I know!”    and…   “PROMISE!”

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“For KIDS interested in OUTER Space to Color”

Color  the Glory Spacecraft

and…  now all you need to do is to copy and color and hang  on the refrigerator for all to see…  or  the very best place of all would be…  in your bedroom for you to dream about… when you are going to sleep… and you want to dream of being on a secret mission … when you start working  at NASA.

and… Your next assignment might be to take a trip … on a special … Cassini Mission to Saturn… color  first…   and let your parents and friends know what your ideas are in your traveling  beyond EARTH… to discover “New Frontiers”  for  our American travelers.

…. and, NOW   after that  above…. Cassini Mission to Saturn…

This will be FUN to color by each and  everyone.


Color the Glory Launch Vehicle

“FIRST”… Just sit back and look this  picture over… give us all the secret details that you need to put into operation to get this “Launch” off… and  for it to be a complete success for all mankind!

Deep Impact Coloring Page…

When everything… out there in our great wide open spaces that are circling our Planet Earth… and for some unknown reason… something that we do not have any kind of controlling to help this situation… maybe something like you see in the above picture happens… and you are NOW the only one with the picture to color and post… as a notification  for all  of your family and friends to see… what a marvelous job you did in  posting the very best  of what happens… when it is “Curtin Time!”

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“Julius Caesar” “Beware the Ides of March”

Julius Caesar was a renowned general, politician and scholar in ancient Rome who conquered the vast region of Gaul and helped initiate the end of the Roman Republic when he became dictator of the Roman Empire. Despite his brilliant military prowess, his political skills and his popularity with Rome’s lower- and middle-class, his rule was cut short when opponents — threatened by his rising power — brutally assassinated him.

Early Life of Gaius Julius Caesar

Gaius Julius Caesar was born on or around July 13, 100 B.C., to his father, also named Gaius Julius Caesar, and his mother Aurelia Cotta. He was also the nephew of the famous Roman general Gaius Marius.

Caesar traced his bloodline to the origins of Rome and claimed to be a descendant of the goddess Venus through the Trojan prince Aeneas and his son Iulus. Despite his allegedly noble heritage, however, Caesar’s family was not wealthy or particularly influential in Roman politics.


Did you know? Unlike in the Shakespeare play, Caesar’s last words were not “Et tu, Brute?” (“And you, Brutus?”). Instead they were reported as “You, too, my child?”

After his father died suddenly in 85 B.C., Caesar became head of his family at age 16 — right in the middle of a civil war between his uncle Marius and the Roman ruler Lucius Cornelius Sulla. In 84 B.C., he married Cornelia, the daughter of an ally of Marius. Caesar and Cornelia had one child, a daughter named Julia.

In 82 B.C., Sulla won the civil war and ordered Caesar to divorce Cornelia. Caesar refused and went into hiding. His family intervened and convinced Sulla to spare Caesar’s life; however, Sulla stripped Caesar of his inheritance.

Despite the reprieve, Caesar left Rome, joined the army and earned the prestigious Civic Crown for his courage at the Siege of Mytilene in 80 B.C. After Sulla’s death in 78 B.C., Caesar returned to Rome and became a successful prosecutor widely known for his oratory skills

Pirates Capture Caesar

In 75 B.C., as he crossed the Aegean Sea in route to Rhodes to study philosophy and oratory, murderous pirates captured Caesar. Reportedly, Caesar acted more like a domineering leader with the pirates than their captive.

After his ransom was paid, the pirates let him go. But Caesar hired a private fleet to hunt them down and had the pirates crucified for their crimes.

Political Rise

Caesar soon began his political career in earnest. He became military tribune and then quaestor of a Roman province in 69 B.C., the same year his wife Cornelia died. In 67 B.C., he married Pompeia, a granddaughter of Sulla and relative of Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the Great), with whom he formed an important alliance.

In 65 B.C., Caesar became aedile — an important Roman magistrate — and produced lavish games in the Circus Maximus which endeared him to the public but threw him heavily into debt. Two years later, he was elected Pontifex Maximus.

Caesar divorced Pompeia in 62 B.C. after a politician incited a major scandal by disguising himself as a woman and making his way into a sacred women’s festival hosted by Pompeia.

The First Triumvirate

One year later, Caesar became governor of Spain. A series of successful military and political maneuvers, along with the support of Pompey and Marcus Licinius Crassus (known as the richest man in Rome), helped Caesar get elected as senior Roman consul in 59 B.C.

Caesar, Crassus and Pompey soon formed an informal alliance (strengthened by the marriage of Caesar’s daughter Julia to Pompey) known as the First Triumvirate. The union terrified the Roman Senate who knew that a partnership between three such powerful men would prove unstoppable. They were right, and the triumvirate soon controlled Rome.

Caesar in Gaul

Caesar was appointed governor of the vast region of Gaul (north-central Europe) in 58 B.C., where he commanded a large army. During the subsequent Gallic Wars, Caesar conducted a series of brilliant campaigns to conquer and stabilize the region, earning a reputation as a formidable and ruthless military leader.

Caesar built a bridge across the Rhine River into Germanic territories and crossed the English Channel into Britain. But his great successes in the region caused Pompey to resent him and complicated the already-strained relationship between Pompey and Crassus.

As Caesar conquered Gaul, the political situation in Rome became increasingly volatile, with Pompey its lone consul. After the deaths of Pompey’s wife (and Caesar’s daughter) Julia in 54 B.C. and Crassus in 53 B.C., Pompey aligned with Caesar’s opponents and ordered him to give up his army and return to Rome.

Caesar refused and, in a bold and decisive maneuver, directed his army to cross the Rubicon River into Italy, triggering a civil war between his supporters and those of Pompey. Caesar and his armies pursued Pompey to Spain, Greece and, finally, Egypt.

Julius Caesar and Cleopatra

Hoping to prevent Caesar from invading Egypt, the child pharaoh Ptolemy VIII had Pompey killed on September 28, 48 B.C. When Caesar entered Egypt, Ptolemy gifted him Pompey’s severed head.

Caesar soon found himself in the middle of a civil war between Ptolemy and his Egyptian co-regent Cleopatra. Caesar became her lover and partnered with her to overthrow Ptolemy and make her ruler of Egypt. The pair never married but their long-term affair produced a son, Ptolemy XV Caesar, known as Caesarion.


Caesar spent the next few years wiping out his enemies and what remained of Pompey’s supporters in the Middle East, Africa and Spain.

In 46 B.C. he was made dictator of Rome for ten years, outraging his political opponents and setting the stage for the eventual end of the Roman Republic. Caesar began making several drastic reforms to benefit Rome’s lower- and middle-class, including:

  • regulating the distribution of subsidized grain
  • increasing the size of the Senate to represent more people
  • reducing government debt
  • supporting military veterans
  • granting Roman citizenship to people in Rome’s far-flung territories
  • reforming the Roman tax codes
  • creating the Julian calendar

Julius Caesar Quotes

Many people still consider Caesar a great leader with keen insights into human nature. Over the centuries, many of his words have become famous quotes, such as:

  • “I came, I saw, I conquered.”
  • “Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion.”
  • “The die has been cast.”
  • “If I fail, it is only because I have too much pride and ambition.”
  • “In the end, it is impossible to become what others believe you are.”
  • “As a rule, men worry more about what they can’t see than about what they can.”
  • “No one is so brave that he is not disturbed by something unexpected.”
  • “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.”
  • “There are no tricks in plain and simple faith.”
  • “Which death is preferable to every other? The unexpected.”


Caesar declared himself dictator for life in 44 B.C. However, his crusade for absolute power didn’t go over well with many Roman politicians. Fearing he would become king, a group of senators conspired to end his life.

On the Ides of March (March 15, 44 B.C.), the senators, led by Gaius Cassius Longinus, Decimus Junius Brutus Albinus and Marcus Junius Brutus, stabbed Caesar 23 times, ending both his reign and his life as he fell bleeding onto the Senate floor at the feet of a statue of Pompey.

Caesar’s assassination at age 55 made him a martyr and incited a cycle of civil wars resulting in the downfall of the Roman Republic and the rise to power of his grandnephew and heir Gaius Octavius (Octavian) — later known as Augustus Caesar — to emperor of the Roman Empire.

Play: ‘The Tragedy of Julius Caesar’

In 1599, William Shakespeare wrote The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, a play based on Caesar’s life. Set in 44 B.C., it tells the story of a Roman politician named Brutus who plots with others to assassinate Caesar. It also portrays Caesar’s brutal murder and the aftermath.

The play is thought to have made its debut in 1599 at the Globe Theater in London and continues to mesmerize audiences to this day, inspiring songs, novels, films, television shows and even comedy acts. It has also provided many well-known quotes — attributed to Shakespeare, not Caesar — including:

  • “Et tu, Brute?”
  • “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.”
  • “The fault dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves.”
  • “Beware the Ides of March.”
  • “Death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.”

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“It’s National Tell A Fairy Tale Day!”



On February 26, have a happily ever after kind of day. It’s National Tell A Fairy Tale Day!

What were once oral histories, myths, and legends retold around the fire or by traveling storytellers, have been written down and become known the world over as fairy tales.

The origins of most fairy tales were unseemly and would not be approved or rated as appropriate for children by the Association of Fairy Tales by today’s standards. Most were told as a way to make children behave, teach a lesson or pass the time much like ghost stories around a campfire today.

Many of the stories have some basis in truth. For example, some believe the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is inspired by the real-life of Margarete von Waldeck, the daughter of the 16th century Count of Waldeck. The area of Germany where the family lived was known for mining. Some of the tunnels were so tight they had to use children – or small people such as dwarfs – to work the mines.

Margarete’s beauty is well documented, and she had a stepmother who sent her away. She fell in love with a prince but mysteriously died before she could have her happily ever after.

As the stories evolved, they took on a more magical quality with fictional characters such as fairies, giants, mermaids and gnomes, and sometimes gruesome story plots.

Toes cut off to fit into a slipper, a wooden boy killing his cricket or instead of kissing that frog prince his head must be cut off, but those are the unrated versions.

The brothers Grimm collected and published some of the more well-known tales we are familiar with today. Jakob and his brother Wilhelm together set out on a quest to preserve these tales at a time in history when a tradition of oral storytelling was fading. In 1812, they published their first volume of stories titled Household Tales.  Their stories had a darker quality and were clearly meant for an adult audience.

Rumpelstiltskin is one of the tales they collected. There were several versions, and the little man went by many names in different parts of Europe. From Trit-a-trot in Ireland to Whuppity Stoorie in Scotland, Rumplestiltskin was one difficult man to identify.

While some storytellers have a long and sometimes ancient history such as Aesop (The Fox and the GooseThe Ant and the Grasshopper), others are more recent like the Grimm brothers.

Hans Christian Andersen, first published in 1829, brought to us written versions of the Princess and the PeaThe Ugly DucklingThe Little Mermaid and many more. Where Grimm’s tales could take on a darker cast and unmistakably written with adults in mind, Andersen’s stories are sweet and warm.


How to Tell a Great Story:

  • Engage your audience. Children like to participate. Have them quack every time the Ugly Duckling is mentioned, or make the motions of climbing Jack’s beanstalk.
  • Use repetition. Repeated stanzas, syllables or movements will keep the kids engaged. It not only helps them to remember the story but sets them up for the next round of the repeated phrase or stanza.
  • Give your characters a voice. Nobody likes a monotone storyteller. Buehler, Buehler, Buehler. No, not even children like the monotone. Varying your voice for each character and inflecting excitement, sadness and disappointment will create drama and stimulate the imaginations of the little minds listening to you.
  • Ask questions as you go. It’s an excellent way to keep your story flowing and to gauge the children’s listening skills.
  • Find out if someone has a story of their own. You might be in the presence of a great storyteller!

Share your favorite fairy tale with friends and family.  Try relating them from memory as this has long been a tradition.  Visit a library or local bookstore for storytime.   Use #TellAFairyTaleDay to post on social media.


Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or the origin of National Tell A Fairy Tale Day.

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“Today we remember Yesterday’s’ Family and Friends”

1954 – “Looking for more “CHAMPS!”1954 Champs 001

Tom McClarren celebrates a second year with the  German St. Vincent Parochial School Champs! Ron Holtman is in this picture and  is the team’s coach. 

A complete   Sports Program…  for  both Boys and Girls  is a must in “my book”  for all  of the schools to have and to encourage  all children  in all grades  as there are so many good things each child learns and in some cases leads to the perfect careers  for them as well as and  maybe bringing up   many more  good new coaches to continue  all of the games  with a look forward   for  better health and maybe even  a well deserved career with wealth?

“That is a real Victory in LIFE… to work  with young boys and girls and to see their superb accomplishments… that were made with your guidance and training.

Family and friends… do you see someone you recognize? Check out both photos.

“Where are all the CHAMPS – Today?”1953 Champs 001

Denny and Tom McClarren are on German St. Vincent  Parochial School Team of “Champs!” 

Ron Holtman is the Team Manager and a man who knows how to work with boys to bring out their best qualities both off and on the team. Everyone you talk to and with… will  give the “thumbs-up”  for an excellent job… done  so well by  Coach Ron!

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“Remembering Classmates from the 1940’s School Days”

Remembering “Stella”

February 11th reminded me of the Conformation  Name  “Bernadette”   that I took… after seeing the old but very good movie, ‘Song of Bernadette.’ 

In the mid 1940’s  and  when in the 3rd or 4th grade, my friend, “Stella M. Santoyo” a classmate… took the name, “Bernadette” when we were  to be confirmed.

When  it was time for  “Conformation” which would take  place in the early months of a year… and we were both  in the German St. Vincent’s Orphanage,  and also  in the same Grade… all the children that had not been confirmed… were told to think about taking a “Saint’s Name”… and  make it a “NAME” that would have meaning to you.

In the beginning  of the year… there are several  “HOLIDAYS”  to be  celebrated and generally in celebration… a movie would be shown in the auditorium for all the Nuns and Children. You have to remember that in those days… there was no  “Television” as people went to the MOVIE Theater… which was really a big thing to do … back then!

On  this one occasion, the movie “Song of Bernadette” was shown. At that time my friend Stella,  a classmate and I  having watch  this movie … really found a real meaning in this particular  movie  and about  the  true  life story of Bernadette – we just decided that we had to take that name, “Bernadette.”

Everyone to be confirmed would be reading about the different names of the “Saints”  and just trying to find out  as much as possible to see if  some  “SAINT’s name” and their  personal story would be something to try focusing  on…  a name that would  have some  meaning  for direction in and on our own lives …  AND … for all of  our  Life!

We also… that is  Stella and I … were very good friends, still remember her birth date of June 6th, and her  “I.D.”number was #90 and my number was #91.  We both dressed as  “Indian maidens” in a parade we were in,  and if any prizes were to be given out… we  surely would have been “Top Winners”. 

We were both good friends of  “Sister Seraphine” and since she liked us so well, Stella and I got the first choice to pick from all the new hats for Easter.  Some good and  wonderful benefactor who should surely have  received lots of extra prayers of  “Thanks” … for their wonderful donation to the Home!

I saw the movie, “Song of Bernadette”  again,  not too long ago and I really think more people should see it. Every chance that I get or know that it will be on Television, today… I make sure that  I will see this  old movie…  as it is just one of the  long ago “1940” era… and  a for sure golden oldie’s!

If ever … I see  or hear about this old movie coming up for a   “re run”… there  I  will be with…  the old days… gone by good  times… and  as always  just taking myself back… into the “Grade SCHOOL  DAYS”  … and there I am reminiscing  with fond memories…  just  remembering  just how good we all had it… way back an when!    D.V.

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