“Coming up -NATIONAL RETRO DAY -On February 27”

Just have to post an old PHOTO that could be sixty years ago,  when  it was taken – at the bowling alley – do people still go BOWLING?

That terrific little bowler is my sister “KAREN” – and the Photographer is  my youngest brother, “Tommy” –  and the people back then – may or may not have wanted someone taking PHOTOS – while some  “BOWLERS” were there – just may cause them to not get that ball to land where they want it – or just blind them – and cause them not to be able to see too well – with bright lights flashing?

This was one of those evenings when we also went to the “Ice  skating rink one block south of Delmar   on   DeBaliviere Avenue” – as this area had so much to do and see – and we were there – just for a real good time!

It just seems to me – that back in those days – we had so much more FUN – no one had those hand-held  items in their hands – that,  they have to keep looking at – and do not have real time to talk and have FUN – since they just may miss some “very unimportant” message!

We had more FUN to talk and enjoy being with “LIVE” People and Friends –  and the TIME did not fly by – so fast – that the day was over before we wanted – as with  today  – TIME fly’s by – and before you know it – it is the next day – you do not feel like you have  accomplished,  all that you should,   and or had intended to do – like we did  in the good old days!

“Three Cheers for yesterday” at least we have good memories  – and that is what adds up – to having even better times in the future – as we remember and   try to do more faster – just to keep up  with all of  our “LOVE to Do THINGS”  just making  many  more  of those good times and memories  – for future reference!    D.V.

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“More of National LOVE Your Pet Day on 02/20/2019”

Sure glad that,  I did not cut off , the DATE of  June 1960 –  from this PHOTO –  as you can see this  is our “Easter Gift Chicken”  and,  is NOW sharing the food dish  of  our elder boy, “TOM’s”  favorite dog, “MISSY” –  – – (and, I just can not remember the dog;s name.  Some where is a previous story – where,  we will read more about this PHOTO!)

This next PHOTO is a clipping,  from  a “Facebook” article – that I feel is the way so many of our young people feel – that have enlisted in the Service for AMERICA – as in the last PHOTO on this page, we have our “TOM Aldrich”  with his  “War Dog, Shane”  – when he enlisted – and the black dog in the above PHOTO  was “TOM;s” before he joined the Army at the age of eighteen.  This next PHOTO  is that same “CHICKEN” – the “EASTER GIFT”  – while still a member of the household – living inside – and  “Little Lee” trying to get the poor scared chicken to eat – by bringing food to her  – even if  it meant  –  trying to catch the chicken  under  the television – a  nice  and small  space of safety,  for the chicken.  

This next PHOTO is “TOM Aldrich” while he was stationed in Korea and with his “WAR DOG, SHANE” – as  “TOM” was  so good at the working and training of dogs – before and even after leaving the service – as some people just have those extra special communication skills with  the living and working with the animals, that they LOVE! 

So, on the –  20th of February, 2019 – be sure to enjoy all of the activities taking place in Saint Louis, Missouri – the NATIONAL – LOVE YOUR PET DAY!  D.V.   

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“Mary Maxwell”

As we are  all,  “getting older”  – we do need to remember – too –   that in our getting  “older” – we do not have a TIME to practice – as “the getting older thing” – just seems to sneak up,  on us all.

Just remember to share this  post,  with your friends and those that you know, that  have some of the  “getting older”  family members – that just may  need,  a good word to cheer them along their way!

“Belated  –  BIRTHDAY GREETING –  TOM McClarren”


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“Eve Karen McClarren Scott 73rd BIRTHDAY – TODAY”

Lots of old memories of sister, Karen.

This is the day that  “EVE KAREN” was born – – and her identical twin sister, “Kathleen” only survived a week – – after birth… due to a crushed lung. Each “baby” weighed eight and a half pounds.  That is just too much “baby” to be carrying for  a small frame woman … only five foot tall.

This is “EVE KAREN” age seven (7) and with big bother,  “DENNY, Jr.”  on his GRADUATION  DAY – – celebrating with the all day PICNIC at the German St. Vincent’s Home.

“Here we all are on a “Visiting Sunday Afternoon” – – that is DADDY holding baby “EVE KAREN” – and then … TOMMY, and DENNY, Jr., in the center and MARY ELLEN – – and we are standing in the “Apple Orchard” some of the best green apples…for making “APPLE BUTTER” which we had on the  “HOME” made bread – – everyday.

“Do we look HAPPY – – to be all together – – or what?”

And this last PHOTO is of “EVE KAREN” and her husband “JIM SCOTT” on vacation in “Hawaii”  – – and they are in a Jewelry Shop  – – and with the wonderful smile on her face – – “KAREN” just received some very nice  jewelry  – – and when you receive diamonds  – – –  you really do smile “BIG” for the camera. 

Just could not believe it – – when JIM called me – – to tell me KAREN died just two weeks before her “Fiftieth BIRTHDAY” – – today she would have been “71” – – 

So… here is  to seeing you – – again someday – – DENNY JR., is up there with you, KAREN  – – and…  save a spot for all of  us to be together – – on “CLOUD NINE” – – as I have posted  “PHOTOS”   of DENNY… on his very  ‘own’  “CLOUD NINE” – –  that is a very  “HIGHLY RATED” CLOUD  – – to be on … when you like to float on by – –  – and watch over all the rest of the FAMILY.


“Remembering our BABY-SISTER… EVE KAREN McClarren”

This PHOTO of  “KAREN ” – – with  big brother, “DENNY”  on the left in the photo – – and  big brother  “TOMMY”  on the right.   I am taking this PHOTO – – on a very  COLD  day – –  for a “visit”  with  our little  sister “KAREN” – – had to go to the “Civil Courts Building” in the downtown  Saint LOUIS area – – as you  can  tell by looking at the background – – You know right where this area is.


“KAREN with  big brother, DENNY – – on his GRADUATION DAY”  “1953”  – – This PHOTO is taken in front of the “German St. Vincent Orphanage Gymnasium” – –  7401 Florissant Road, Normandy, Missouri –  we were in line to get on the “FERRIS WHEEL” – – one of the attractions on the grounds of the  “ORPHANAGE”  to attract lots of Visitors – – to and for this  Graduation-Picnic occasion”.

“If only this Photo would have been in color – – You could see the terrific  shade of  “RED HAIR”  and freckles that DENNY has.”


“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 the baby’s  NAME will 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 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 is “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 one of kids – – would run down and get a handful of  ‘apples’  for friends – -but…  for some of the kids – – they could not eat the green “apples”  they would  get… a good case of the “runs” to the bath-room.”

That “SAILOR” out-fit that  “TOMMY”  is wearing – – is the same  “out-fit” that  “DENNY” wore on his trip to “OHIO”  – – when he was  only “four years old”  – – wrote 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  – – and we  all have  lived  – –  long enough to tell about it!

“Just some of the 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 the bad times of  a  “WAR” and what  “AMERICANS” all did to help  our “COUNTRY”  WIN…  – – but we  “ALL”   just did what we could – – and always felt good – – for what we were able to do.!”         D.V. 


““Remembering my sister, Karen”


 –   On the 29th of January  1996  – makes  twenty-three  years since my sister, Karen died.  This was just two weeks before her  50th Birthday and almost  35 years married to her husband, Jim Scott. When one says that LIFE is too short –  must have also experienced  this same thing as someone in the family having everything going for them  – wonderful family  and home and taking vacations to Hawaii – no fear of very long distance flying – and health that was very good. One wonders what really happened?

Is it true that you could be a carrier of cancer and never know it? It would seem to me that there is something – that would call for further attention  –  in the yearly medical exams that one has  – that would surely show up some kind of tell-tale-sign, at least giving someone a small clue that something is brewing inside the body – so that  – we could  start getting better medical exams and  the best of  medical advice. What can be done when you and or a member of the family  – is told that –  they have pancreatic cancer?  The only thing my sister was told, that  – “there is nothing,  that can done – once it is detected?” “Eight to ten weeks and you are gone.”

As you can see in the above picture of Karen and her husband, Jim  – they are very “HAPPY” and having a very good time in “Hawaii!” –  ” I only wish that my sister,   Karen   could have lived  just a little longer?”  D.V.

“Karen” had an identical twin – her name was “Kathleen”  and she just lived a very short time – after being born – so we  do know, that she is in HEAVEN!

Malinda Kathleen Reese


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This Post is for Denise Stanley – remembering the good old days


“Family Visit to Missouri – check out the ZOO”

Some old PHOTOS of our visit to the Saint Luis Zoo in  our old home  town of   Saint Louis, Missouri – – with our Family – – when we came  up …  from Fort Lauderdale, Florida –  for a month  of  vacation …  in the summer of 1961.


On this visit to the “ZOO” we also  included our Aunt Irene Riley – – everybody loves to go to the ZOO – – especially the elders as long as there  are children – – because half the  FUN – – is to watch the young children  take in the large animals and to be able to hear each animal in their own environment – – communicate with their  own  surrounding animals – – just as if all of the animals know – –  exactly  – – what all of the other animals are saying.

In the PHOTO on the left –  Aunt Irene is wearing the blue/purple   on  white dress — the little boy up front with sword in hand  and cow-boy hat – – is my son, Lee Jr., – – and  the lady with  the  small child in her arms…   is my sister-in-law,  Cathy Stanley – – and the tallest boy with blue shirt  on  – – is Cathy’s oldest child and his name in Ralph  Stanley  — – and the younger children  – – that you see are also  Cathy’s.


One more PHOTO – – all of us – – and it looks like …  we all like to stand in the shade  to cool off… because it is always  HOT weather at the  “ZOO”  – and  we all  need to rest for awhile.


How do you like this… looks like the goat will eat – – even someone’s shirt – – that is Ralph Stanley.    Little Lee Jr., is giving the goat a pet or two – – he looks as if he is not too sure about being there in this  restricted  area…  but, is especially  set aside as the “Children’s Petting  Small  Animal Area” – – up close and able to get a real feel for the variety of small animals that are available…  for the children to visit  with   and  also see  in this special little area.

This was a FUN for the FAMILY visit  to the Saint Louis ZOO – – and with   these  old  PHOTOS  – – so  that – –   we will always be able to remember – – how we did look in 1961  – –  and to  be able  to keep  – – our  good memories…   up front and active.

“This summer… Aunt Irene may have been in her “75th” year – – we usually came  from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Missouri in July and Aunt Irene’s Birthday is in JULY – – so having FUN at the ZOO with all the kids – –  – well it was a lot of FUN and GOOD EATS – – along the way?”



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 “MICKEY” herself and the whole gang of us’ens *****   “WE ALL LOVE YOU!


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Nothing like having the best of all Birthdays – we are  NOW up to 79–80–81 – and you really are a  “79 er” – just like your old number “79”    as I’m guessing  you were  almost a hundred years ago!


“Happy Birthday – enjoy another piece of cake and some real good ice cream! – per Doctor’s orders – helps all  kinds of problems – when trying to make it – to the big “80” – we all LOVE you!”

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