“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?

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



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“TIME waits for No ONE – Not even ME”


       Are you missing something?

When I was a little girl, and that’s been a long time ago, it seemed to me that “TIME” just stood still. I can remember sitting on benches with some of my little friends, and we were talking about – “How long do we have to wait for supper?”  We also were saying, “The clock just is not moving – how do ‘we’ get the clock to move faster?”

It was as if we did something or could,  even try to do something that –  TIME –  would move faster and we could have something to do? When you are little, and I’m guessing this goes for all little “SMART TIKES” – that’s the class of  “SMARTIES”  and or maybe even  –  know-it-all –  smarty-pants –  wiseacre , and the NUNS’ would call us a   “saucebox”   – just because,   they thought that we thought,   we were in  a higher class of smart people – and we had to get the world to move faster – because, we were wasting too much “TIME”  just sitting around, sometimes!

So now, I’m putting my foot  down on the “BRAKES” of time – we need to slow down “TIME” – it’s going too fast – I cannot keep up,  with what I need to get done  in one (24) hour day! I find myself complaining about things that are not getting done, especially since I am either too slow or the day  goes by  too fast!

There is so much that I have to do  – that I want to read, and if I take time to just sit and read – the day is shot – all gone?  And, I have a whole list of stuff, which just has to wait for another day – hopefully a longer day or a faster me?  In  my reading of  something,  that just seem to be exactly  that which, I needed to read –  it is inspiring  me to stop complaining,  about what I cannot change,  and think about the blessings that I have received, and ask blessings  for  everybody and every thing that is requiring more time,  than what I can give at that time! In other words  – I have to realize,  that as one gets older, one must also learn to slow down.

Today, we are on a very fast  journey, which is turning into a  “rat race” – and this older  “body”   that is being used today –  has already used up the best of its energy a long time ago. So, my change for doing a better job,   which is really needed  – I am “blessing” everyone around –   as I go through the day –   I’m  finding…  that by “blessing” everyone that I meet each day on my daily rounds – I feel like I have more energy and strength to get more done each lovely day  –  even more so…  than in the past.

The mouth can help you – and in this world “TODAY”  – this is what you might also like to try –  I just “LOVE” blessing everyone as I go – You know that…  “what you say – –  is what you get back” – and getting all those “BLESSINGS”  back,  as you are giving them out – is the best part of this  day by day journey!”

“Thanks be to the Almighty for being so generous with all   of  HIS  Blessings!”   D.V.

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“More Information regarding our THANKSGIVING Day”


     “Thanksgiving with Grandma!”

“Over the river and through the woods,  to Grandmother’s House we go…”   That is what I will be hearing, as everyone comes to Grandma’s  (my house)  for the  Thanksgiving Feast!

When I was a little girl,  and we were on our way to “Ohio” to see  our  “Grandma”   my Dad’s MOTHER, Leah –  we always sang  –  that is what children  will do,  when they are happy, and having  FUN – while traveling a long distance in an automobile.  As,  small kids,  and as the oldest  – my memories were that, we were always  happy!

Today, as old as I am, we are a family that likes singing and playing various musical instruments. I believe all children should learn to play some musical instrument, if at all possible, and have an  adult,   that will enjoy  being with the children to teach the children to sing  –  taking  all the time as available and as  early as possible  to start  the singing  with “gusto” – so that this becomes something that the children want to enjoy doing!  It’s so good,   and  the best part is that, you will always remember,  those  good times,  as your very best of all your memories.

My Mother,  was positioned on a swivel type  piano stool  (still have the photo)  and she would sing, for the entertainment  of those at the  FAMILY gathering – and it sure was good that  “little MARIE”  had a good voice and was able to remember so many songs – and songs that they all liked.   Remember,  she was the 13th child in the  “Brady”  family,  and some of her older brothers –  were already married!  “Mom”  looks like she is scared  –  but she sang,  she had a very  beautiful, good and sweet voice.  That was  before radio and “TV”  days  – the days “when” families  celebrated  the Holidays  – together,  each member of  the family contributed  something  to the occasion  –  where  merriment excelled!

The Brady Family had a large “piano” and our “Aunt Irene”  to be – did learn to play the piano – and there were the standard songs,  that all of the “BRADY’s” would  sing together – as they gathered around this piano.  From those days until  today – a certain amount of musical ability runs in the FAMILY – and,  I am certainly glad,  that I had my sons take piano lessons – as they were learning to read those notes and play the different instruments – that  – ‘music’  also opens up those extra special brain cells – that help increase in the learning of more  courses of study,  than the average child – that receives no music lessons. So,  I am for all children,  to learn  “MUSIC”  and to go as far as they like –  as  it will  be a terrific help,  to that person – all their life long!

Just in case,  you missed the “POST” with my favorite song for this time of the year,  here it is again!


“Added this  little extra piece of good information – that,  maybe you did not know – but,  NOW – you will feel more informed about,  the  Thanksgiving DAY!”      D.V.

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Making my first Christmas Gift”



Learning to Make Something

On Mondays, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, instead of going back to  classes at school, we assembled at the tables in the playroom,  this was for the “Girls” only! Each girl had an assigned seat,  and  on each Monday, you were sitting ready to receive  your  bundle of  “Handiwork”  to  work on. Each of us  girls  were  taught by the  “Nun in charge, Sister M. Colombo.”  You would learn to do embroidery work, and also learn to crochet, and she would  soon find out what was best for each girl to do – without wasting time and materials!

Since, I had not done any of this fancy stitching, had to start with a plain white cloth with  a lot of  “xxx’s”  on it, and  was told  and shown, how  to pull the threaded needle up and down across the area . Then told to turn the hoop and start where I had left off,  and make an “X” a completed  “Cross-stitch.” – “WOW was this ever exciting – as I was only “eight” years old!”

Now that I think about it – I did make quite a few squares of material with  Cross-stitch. Whatever the design, I did not really take notice, ( I was only eight years old) but.  I’m sure, with enough squares completed, if they are joined together,  you could easily have a small quilt?

My eyes  were surveying  what the  older Girls were making, and how fast their fingers and hands were going –  those fingers were moving, like they had a mind of their own!

Now that I think about it – this is a very good age to start teaching your young girls how to use a needle and start to stitch a few squares to make something – if only for the little girl’s doll house – or even for a girl friend’s  little doll  house. The reason for saying this is – that at this time of the year – we all do not have enough money to buy all kinds of  gifts – for friends and family –  some things that,  they do not  even want – and may never ever use – but,  my idea is for a gift that will last forever –  and that would be something amazing,  because your hand-made gift,   it was made especially – just for them.

Which reminds me, since I was learning to do these “Cross-stitches” – I thought that I would make something just for my “MOM” –  a small “Hand-Towel”  that had  been stamped on the one end, with  a design of something  – that was just filled with  these little “XXX’s”  – and since that is what I knew how to do – that is what I did,  with just the right colors of thread to make it look beautiful.

All of  the free “PLAY” time that I had – I would be sitting there and making my little stitches just as I was taught. It was in September that we were taught this part of needle-work,   and now,  when I started my project,  it was November and December – as I knew that,  my brothers,  Denny and Tommy and I would be going to our own HOME for a couple of weeks to celebrate   “CHRISTMAS”  with our parents – and I just had to have something for a nice gift,   something that I had made – and something that they would like –  just knowing all  of   that,  I had taken my free time to think of them all the while,  that I  was making this “Hand-Towel” gift.

It is highly possible that, if I were to  take  the time to search,  through some old stuff that did belong to my “MOTHER”  – it is possible that,  that little hand towel would be found  –   as I  do remember seeing it around for years when my MOTHER was alive – she liked it  – and I liked the memory of my MOTHER  keeping the little “treasure” for all those  many years –  just as if –   it were worth a MILLION!

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