“We LOVE Pilots and Flying”

“We just LOVE to go FLYING” – Today may be a little overcast and just not exactly  what we all like – but we do like to be at the “Airport” and have the Plane  fueled and ready for a take off – just as soon as we get the “OKAY” – -we are ready to enjoy this day – and be with all of   “FRIENDS  FOR Flying”  club – and thee is no other place to be – than at the “Airport”  when there is an “Air Show” going on,  with all of the NEW and  BEST of “Pilot Talent”  available – – right NOW!

“Just LOVE our newest  Pilot to be – Baby Lex with his MOM, Alyssa – the best “Airline Hostess – and on duty  – twenty-four, seven!

This is Al and ready to do some FLYING –  looks like the weather agrees with Al – Fly and have some FUN – everyone is waiting for a free ride, up and   into  the  “Blue Sky” above.

This is Alyssa, and she is giving us that million dollar smile with her wonderful wave – and if you want to FLY with her TODAY – it will be up and away – as everyone is getting ready for a real smooth takeoff,NOW!

Time a wasting –  do not let this day slip by – – without heading to the “AIRPORT” –  all of the latest and greatest sights to behold,   right…NOW!

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“Let us all go to the Air Show, TODAY”

“Come Fly with ME!”



In hopes of all  our Pilots being able to be at the “Spirit of Saint Louis Airport”  and doing  what they like doing – – FLY .

This is my favorite  – my Great Grand-son LEX – and he just loves to be in control  up there  – doing the Flying!     

This is our best and favorite FLYER Al, himself  performing like only he can do,  and I would like to see more young people start the course to learn to FLY – – and be able to enjoy  Flying in their very own Airplane today,  tomorrow and  forever!  

 And, let us not forget,  that we need  our young people to learn to FLY, “Helicopters” – as you will never know  when you are young – but,  there could  just be that day when…   when you are working in a  “Corporate”  field – that to be able to FLY a Helicopter  – would bring you up that ladder of employment  success  – that will surpass  all of your dreams – making you just the most satisfied of all “PILOTS”  in the working market!

“Thanks be to the Almighty  for giving us Airplanes and the talent to learn to Fly them!”  D.V.

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“The 2018 Spirit of St. Louis Air Show”

Make your plans for Air Show – scheduled for October 13-14, 2018.

 Just have to post some PHOTOS from my memory bank – It is so wonderful for the young people to learn to Fly and to Fly as often as they can. To learn to Fly is what we should do, to help more young “PILOTS” become  available at all times and to promote  FLYING  to more,  with  wonderful   AIR SHOWS and  have one of the best of best hobbies  –  if only  we could all DREAM this  and  follow through – with becoming a PILOT.

The next best thing is have your  very own “Airplane” and being  able to FLY to all of the available “AIR SHOWS” – just to let others know – that this is a wonderful place to be – and with the family and friends enjoying  this activity – as much as we do!

Now this is what we all wish that we could do – and since we can not – the next best thing is to go to the “AIR SHOW” and watch the “PILOTS” show us how they do these wonderful twists and turns in the “AIR”  – always leaving us on the ground with the thoughts, “If only I could do that – sometime?”

“After watching this “Air Show”  – make yourself a promise to sign up – and learn to be a  “PILOT” and maybe be in the next “AIR SHOW” and let your own FAMILY and FRIENDS know that this is the best recreation  – and that your DREAMS did come true!” – –  You are now FLYING and enjoy every minute   being so close to HEAVEN!

“Thanks be to the Almighty – – for with these FLYING wings – we can go where ever we want – and when we want,  to be there –  we will be having more FUN!   D.V.

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“More Information and PHOTOS of Mom”

This first Photo is of Mom,  when she was first expecting me! 

 It is terrific that  some of the soldiers were coming back from the Philippines on trains from California to Saint Louis, and then my “Father to be”  also on that train – met up with a fellow soldier by the last name of  “Fleming” – cousin to  “MARIE Brady” – was telling “Denny McClarren” about a party for him and  his friends coming back  home – – and to come with him and meet his FAMILY.

Denny McClarren was going to his home in “OHIO” but,  there would be a lay over giving him time to take in a “PARTY” for returning soldiers  in the ‘North Saint Louis’ area, and there is the beginning road work for a romance leading to marriage,  and only the “Almighty Creator” knew what  –  was to follow. 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     If only they made cameras that would be perfectly focused in,  on the extra special  subject, my MOM to be,  – – way back  and then,  in the 1930’s?

If  –  “Marie” did mot have to be the one child in the “Brady Family” to have to be the “Care-taker” of the older “PARENTS” –  since they did not have  that “Social Security”  thing,  set up way back then – maybe we would have had the chance to get to know our MOTHER when she was much younger? But of course, we do not have that choice to make,  as we  have been “thought of ” – way before the ‘world’  was a reality – – and we are only the “creatures” – and never  have been,  the “CREATOR” of this universe.  Everything had been in  a special  plan of the Creator and only by the “CREATOR”  as we read in the BIBLE “Psalm 139”.

So, I am very  well pleased,  with the way everything has been and is going according to a plan and we just need to learn to be content with what we have and have received – and to do our part to help to make everything better for our neighbor as our self – and without complaining. “Who in the world likes to hear constantly,  from a big complainer – any way?”

There was an old sayin so long ago – – forgot who started promoting it – – but it goes like this, “The LORD helps those that help themselves” – – and of course most people took that the wrong way – –  but,  if you give a thought or two about it – – it means that if you  can help some one along the road to Eternity –   – instead of only doing for yourself – – you will be receiving so much more help in your own needs – – because – – when someone is only receiving and never giving – his empty hand will cause such “backache” – – that there is no healthy  LIFE for  such a stingy one.

“In giving,  we receive  more Blessings from our CREATOR – – and that is what is most important  for us – – on this trip to our Eternal Reward!”     D.V.

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“Marie, the Guardian of the Family”

Every FAMILY has different rules – – and what will work for one Family,  may not be what another Family will agree to doing.

On the right is Marie Brady and neighbor friend,  Martha  Hoffman sitting nest to her and on the nest set of steps by himself, Thomas F. Brady – -Marie’s  father. In the very early 1900’s  those front steps that they are sitting, were scrubbed every week – – regular as clock work – and as you can see – they enjoyed sitting on these nice and clean steps – – what more could you ask for – to be out doors an enjoy talking with neighbors and keeping  as “COOL” as you will get during  that hot Summer weather.

This Photo has to have been taken,  before 1927, as that is the year that Mr. Brady died. The reason to mention that, is that Marie was the care-taker of her parents since all of the rest of the FAMILY was married and moved away, only to come home on the weekend when old Mrs. Brady would prepared a very large dinner for all of the children with spouse to enjoy. Jim Brady and wife were living in Texas and Phillip Brady  not married was living in Chicago  due some riff he had with his Father.

 This is my Grandma Brady sitting on  her back porch with their   “canary”  getting some fresh air and SUNSHINE. They always had a bird and my Mother had one also,  for the longest time – – and I still have their  keep safe “bird-bath” – which meant so much to all of the “Brady’s” –  and I did use it for our Bird in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

This is a very good profile shot of  “Anne Brady” and the same profile for  “Aunt Irene” and most of the Family that picked up the British  genes.


 So, on this Photo we see all of them enjoying  the good ole days  – a well deserved rest after a long hard and hot day of work. Each day of the week there were always the same chores to be done – the clothes to be washed on Monday – no fancy wash machines and then every thing hung outside on the clothes line, Tuesday everything that was washed had to now be ironed, even down to the last handkerchief. They may not have had electric irons – – can not remember for sure – – because I have seen some old irons that were used as “door-stops”  so that was a job that could last a couple of days.

Regular house-cleaning  follow by Friday and Saturday  “BAKING”  bread, cakes and pies and all of their favorites to last the week. Mr Brady never ate any baked goods from a “BAKERY” would only eat that which  his wife would bake! Everything was  baked from scratch,   and I still have some of their old recipes.

After Mr. Brady died, Marie and her Mother still lived together – still doing all that they had done in the past, and Marie was still obligated to staying at home taking care of her MOTHER,  and as her Mother was getting too old to do all of  her own  baking and making the large meals for the family to come over and enjoy – a small change was made.

On Sundays, one of the brothers and wife would come over and take the “MOTHER to their home and they  were  to enjoy a good time. Every time that Mrs. Brady was to be taken out, she would have Marie give  to her $50.00,  and she put it in her purse. After several months of this going on,  Marie did not put the $50.00 in her Mother’s purse this one time – – just to see what would happen.

“WOW!” They brought the MOTHER back home so fast and the Mother was upset – – that she did not have any money to give them – -but that was the idea of this!  Did they want their MOTHER – or did they just  want the money,  that she would be bringing to them? So when the air cooled down – – everybody knew how they stood – –  just  simply connivers for as long as they could get by with it. Naturally    ” Marie” was now the enemy – since she held the purse strings.

That is the way it is – – in some Families – – lessons to be  taught and  then learn the correct way of living with your own Family!

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“Still Remembering Mama”

 This is one PHOTO that I had found of my “MOTHER” – It was hidden in a closet! 

 When I came home from the Orphanage, I was still in the habit  of  doing different chores each and every day – and,  for hours at a time. So, in my opinion that is, I thought that I should start doing some of the  things that I had done – – and that was cleaning out  areas that  look like no one had done anything about for years.

Since  having worked for “Sister Seraphine” for several different times – and,  I did like her – and,  she was in charge of the  “girl’s Clothing”  area on the third floor – -I was always nosy and like to go through the boxes of stuff in closets. So, that is where I began. I checked out everything  hanging on hangers, to see what there was – if anything was,  what I would wear –  and,  what if anything my MOTHER did not want any more –  because – there was a  ‘second -hand dealer’   in the near-by neighborhood – – and things that my “Aunt Irene Riley” would give me – – that were not what I could use – that was the place to take them –  turning the stuff  into money.

In the apartment building where my  “AUNT Irene”  lived – there was a woman that did “shoe-modelling” and she gave to my  “AUNT” some of the sample shoes she thought I would like –  they were “high-heels”  and my MOTHER thought,  “that they were  not  correct for a teenager to wear” –  so they were new and I took them to the “second-hand dealer” –   and he paid me a nice price for them,  I felt  that I had made a good friend and a ‘good buyer’  of  junk!

It is amazing the stuff you will find in a closet –  especially one that  no one ever  cleans out –  the stuff is put in, and just as fast,  forgotten – getting older – and no one will ever think to look at or for anything – except me – I just LOVE  going through a closet and looking for what I consider highly valuable –  to me,  or to sell!

When I had started going through the boxes and stuff on the upper shelves –  stuff that no one had looked at for years – I was in HEAVEN finding things that no one remembered and things that belonged to me as a “baby”  like the “Snow White Doll” still in the original box  – as it came out when the “Movie”  was first released and maybe someday would be worth lots of money – but, too good to just be played with,  and destroyed!

The “PHOTO”  above that was  carefully wrapped up in the original papers from the  Photographer –   just there and nothing else. So, this I had to take and show my MOM – and wanted to know if I could hang it up?   “NO!”   “I do not like that PHOTO,  just put it back!”   – Well,  I did as I was told,  and put extra wrapping paper around it –   as I wanted to be able to remember where this was –   in hopes that maybe some day, “Mom”  would change her mind, and I could hang it up!  That never happened,  but years later when I had all of these PHOTOS of the ‘ancestors’  – I decided to frame the PHOTO and NOW have it hanging in my   bed-room,  and I LOVE the PHOTO –   as it does look terrific in my ‘book,’    as I see it, my MOM was a very beautiful woman,  inside and out, as so many of her Friends have told me, so many wonderful things, that I did not know,  from her younger days!

“Happy Birthday, MOM – – I know that in HEAVEN,  You can celebrate,  all week long –  so have  FUN!”    D.V.

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