“O key – Dokey”

“O Key – Dokey” is the answer, that  I received on the “telephone”  earlier today,  when I was talking to my son, Lee.

So, all day – I kept hearing those silly words working around in my head – just could not stop thinking – that I have not heard anyone say “O key – Dokey” in maybe 50 years  or more. No one,  that I know of – has ever answered me – when talking – with a “O key – Dokey” and in such a silly little ole sing-song way?

Since it has been so long,  just had to check it out on line – just to see if there was a song – and just exactly  what the words  still meant?  Never can tell, what “words” mean, today!  Seems that some of the old stuff,  that we thought was okay and funny,  a hundred years ago,  well – it has an entirely different meaning today.

After my search on-line, found the above song for “kids” that seems to be all-right, as children are singing it, or so it looks and sounds like, to me.

The words still float around in my brain, just  guessing  that they will for awhile.  Waiting to use these same old words,  when my son, Lee calls back.  Boy, “OH-Boy” – will he  ever be surprised!  So I’m guessing, we  will have to find out – how and why and or where he picked up these silly old words – from a hundred years back or so? Guess we will be laughing for a long time,  on the phone – sure glad that,  this is not way back  in those “good ole” days, that, I can remember  – when we talked a long time on the phone –   “toll calls”  ended up, costing the “caller” a pretty  dine or two!

Let me know – if you have some silly “old time” words, that we do not use?  Just  maybe,   they need to be revised and or used again – maybe just for effect!

“Silly is”  as   “old SILLY  does”  and  “that would be me.” “Fun and laughter is the name of the game!”  “How else can one keep  their self,  young – and try to be a little younger,  than they really are!”

“If you have small children around – play the above song, “HOKEY – COKEY”   but, do  say the  old words “O key – Dokey” – see if they will remember, later on.” 

When the children ask if they can do something, and you answer in a “sing-song” voice, “O key – Dokey”  and then you all,  will  start to laugh and continue having more “FUN” with more singing and dancing around,  just remember then,   that you are  making a terrific memory,  for all to remember, forever!

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National Airborne Day - August 16


National Airborne Day on August 16th honors the military’s airborne divisions of the Armed Forces.    

August 16, 1940, marks the date of the first official Army parachute jump at Ft. Benning, Georgia. The successful jump validated the innovative concept of inserting U.S. ground combat forces behind a battle line by parachute. These sky soldiers represent some of the most prestigious and expertly trained forces in the United States Army. 

In the U.S. Army currently, two airborne divisions operate. The 82nd Airborne Division out of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina began as an infantry division. During World War I, the 82nd Division activation on 25 August 1917 at Camp Gordon. In 1918, they earned the nickname All American for the composition of their division. Since the soldiers came not from all across the country, but several were immigrants, too. The 82nd Division represented all of America as few other divisions did at the time.

The second and still active airborne division had a short-lived beginning. During World War I, the 101st Airborne Division organized for a short while during World War I on 2 November 1918. However, the war ended shortly after. During World War II, the Screaming Eagles were activated on 16 August 1942 at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana. They currently make their home at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky.

Both units have served around the world in combat, peacekeeping, and humanitarian missions.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalAirborneDay

The United States military in all of its branches provide the most professional military men and women of the world. Thank a paratrooper and use #NationalAirborneDay to post on social media.


President George W. Bush proclaimed National Airborne Day on August 14, 2002. On August 3, 2009, the US Senate of the 111th Congress recognized National Airborne Day with Senate Resolution235.

“Learn to Fly – just as soon as possible – both of my sons, Al and Lee – LOVE to Fly!”

And,  my younger brother,  Tom McClarren – well he just likes to jump out of Airplanes –  because that is what he did when he was  a –  #1 Paratrooper  for our  A#1 Uncle Sam, in the 1950’s – and is now called, “Mr. Wonderful” – as he is so…”Wonderful” … with  so many stories!”

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“Food For Thought – Words To Grow With”

“We have 24 hours, 86,400 seconds, 168 hours in a week, 35000 decisions on average a day. You can choose how to spend your time, time is how you prioritize it.”

Since the day you have been born, crying has been a sign you are alive.” –Unknown

“You can’t go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending”- C.S. Lewis

“You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety”- Maslow

“The experiences in your life do not define you, the experiences you have are situational. Life is full of circumstances that affect you and that have a significant influence on you, but they do not define you. Our life experiences are not the conclusion to who we are or who we are capable of becoming. There is not a situation that can take your worth and value away. How you perceive life is influenced by the experiences you have, create the experiences to live the life you want. it’s the choices that we make every day that determine who we will become and how we live.” –Rachel Velishek

“You might be sad because you’ve been through a lot, but you should also be proud of yourself for being strong enough to make it through everything you’ve been through.” – unknown

“Your story matters” – Unknown

“You can rise up from anything. You can completely recreate yourself. Nothing is permanent. you’re not stuck. you have choices. you can think new thoughts. you can learn something new. you can create new habits. All that matters is that you decide today and never look back.” –Unknown

“Never be a prisoner of your past. it was just a lesson, not a life sentence. Just Because you may be feeling broken remember, a Kaleidoscope is also made from broken parts. When you look through it, you see something beautiful in return.” – Unknown.

“It doesn’t matter what you’re looking at; it’s what you see.”

“Your story is unique and so, so different…and not worthy of comparison.” -Unknown.

“We are built from our mistakes that we have made, mistakes are opportunities to learn. 99% of people can’t see past hardship, they see that as a time to pack up, to leave, give up. Be the 1% who sees differently, who recognizes the opportunity. Believe in yourself to be different. If you want something bad enough, be uncomfortable, what hurts in the present moment is the same exact thing that will transform your life down the road.”

“What you say is the person that you want to be, what you do is the person you truly are. What you choose to focus on influences success. If you focus on your past, on what is not working for you will cause frustration. Focus on what you have right now, focus on what you are grateful for. If you want to thrive then focus on you, control your own thoughts. Believe in yourself, believe that tomorrow will be better than today. Ask for wisdom to help, don’t ask for things to be easier, and ask to get better. What happens does not control your life. What you decide to do with what happens controls your life. Your choices control your life. Your decisions. Your actions. You are the one who decides if you are going to quit at the first struggle, you decide if you won’t.”

“We have to let go of the life we have planned to accept the one that is waiting for us.” -Unknown

“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.” -Albert Camus

“With the realization of one’s own potential and self confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.” -Dalai Lama

“The only guarantee you will ever have is this exact moment, the past is a lesson, the future is not guaranteed, the future is motivation, but the present…that is your gift. Appreciate what you have received.”

“For every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything that comes their way.”

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. in our response lies our growth and our freedom.” –Viktor Frankl

“You’re far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way. If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” -Unknown

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves” -Viktor Frankl

“Staying the same is a comfortable choice. People become comfortable in their own misery. Those who don’t implement the right change at the right time are at risk of failure”-Unknown

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything”-George Bernard Shaw

“A person will only change when they are motivated for change, cannot change what they will not accept, need to accept to identify the problem to be repaired.”

“When we choose to take the time to stop and see things from a different perspective, it can add value and opportunity.” –Unknown

“Doing your best does not mean working yourself to the point of a mental break down.” -Unknown

“You can admire someone else’s beauty without questioning your own.” -Unknown

“Think about what you’re thinking about when your effort is low. Most likely when your effort is low you are focusing on the obligation. When you focus on the opportunity your effort will be high.”

“You don’t have to be interesting. you have to be interested.” -John Gottman

“Admit when you’re wrong. Shut up when you’re right.” -John Gottman

“How you make others feel about themselves says a lot about you.” –Unknown

“Some people, some jobs, some situations are only rehearsals for the real thing. Everything worth having takes time and practice.” -Unknown

“People and things do not upset us, rather we upset ourselves by believing that they can upset us”-Albert Ellis

“When a toxic person can no longer control you, they will try to control how others see you. The misinformation will feel unfair, but stay above it, trusting that other people will eventually see the truth just like you did.” –Unknown

“Sometimes your circle decreases in size, but increases in value.” -Unknown

“The only people who get upset about you setting boundaries are the ones who were benefiting from you having none.” -TobyMac #speaklife

“Always pray to have eyes that see the best in people, a heart that forgives the worst, a mind that forgets the bad, and soul that never loses faith.”.-Unknown

“Sometimes in life the most uncomfortable discussions are the ones that are the most important to have. Our children are capable of making mistakes just like we are. In fact, allowing them to make mistakes and learn the lessons that come with them will help them grow as individuals. Choose to speak truth to your children, it will teach resilience. When I speak truth I model that sometimes life is tough, we may hurt, but we communicate, we process, we feel, we cope, and we move forward.”

“When a person chooses to embrace forgiveness, they choose to live a life in spite of past hurt and pain. Letting go is not giving up. Letting go is not quitting…letting go simply means that you are aware that in order to experience anything new, better, or different you have to first let go. Know that time does not heal, that feeling bad is okay, that some things cannot be fixed. Not all wounds are meant to heal. Some wounds are meant to be remembered, the scars are lessons learned, tragedy we overcame, and hope for the future. It is okay to not be okay. It is okay to be just fine. It is okay to have a bad day. It is okay to have a great day and let the world know just how great it is. It is okay to acknowledge the good, bad, and indifferent.”

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind” -Dr. Seuss

“Take time each day to be alone with yourself, take the time to navigate your thoughts, explore your feelings. If you learn to love yourself just know you’ll never be alone and you will always love the company you’re with. You can’t pour from an empty cup. you need to take care of yourself first, so that you can take care of others.”

“No one can change your life except for you. Don’t ever let anyone step all over you
Just open your heart and your mind…Don’t you know things can change? Things will go your way If you hold on for one more day…You could sustain…You’ve got no one to blame for your unhappiness
Don’t you think it’s worth your time to change?” -Wilson Phillips

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National Leathercraft Day - August 15


National Leathercraft Day on August 15th honors the rich heritage, artistry, and skill of leathercrafting. 

The versatility of leather has proven to be artistic and utilitarian since ancient times. In the hands of a skilled craftsperson, leather can be transformed into many items. From hard-working saddles and stylish boots to supple clothing or beautiful artwork, the options are endless. Perfected over time, specialty techniques and designs give mankind a durable material. And today, leather continues to be as fashionable as ever. 

The day recognizes the dedication and creativity of leather workers. Passionately, their inspiration comes alive through their designs and time-honored traditions. When a leatherworker designs a piece, expect outstanding quality and skill. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLeathercraftDay

Take a leathercrafting class to create your own cherished pieces that will become family heirlooms. Appreciate the leatherwork around you from luxurious upholstery to classic clothing, taking note of the finest details from the stitching to the smoothly burnished edges. Find the piece you’ve been seeking. Wear the durable, superb quality of leather.

Share your preferred leather styles and stitches. Do you have a favorite leather piece? Use #NationalLeathercraftDay to share on social media.


Tandy Leather logo
Tandy Leather created National Leathercraft Day on August 15, 2018, to recognize the art of leathercrafting and to encourage everyone to become interested in the craft.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Leathercraft Day to be observed annually on August 15.

About Tandy Leather

Founded in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1919, Tandy has become synonymous with leather and leather crafting. A century later, the company, sitting headquartered in Fort Worth, lives by its mission statement “to teach and inspire the art of leather crafting one person, one class, one neighborhood, one community at a time.”

For more information, go to www.tandyleather.com.

In the following PHOTOS are some of the boys at the German St. Vincent Orphanage – and as you can see – they are learning to make several different items that can be sold and or raffled off,  on the PICNIC Days  in the months of JUNE and AUGUST.

– but – When my brothers Denny and Tommy made something with their very own hands,  our Parents and our Aunt Irene,  would buy their  hand-made items – to keep for ever! 

In fact – I still have some of those items – as I am the keeper and saver of stuff – that did one day belong to the family – and this goes back to the 1940’s!

Just so you know – that is “Sister Michael” that is working with the boys – and she did like my two brothers – in fact they kept in touch with her, after leaving the Orphanage.


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“Are YOU – Old Enough To Remember”

NATIONAL V-J DAY – August 14 – 15 – Unofficial Observances

National VJ Day - August 14

NATIONAL V-J DAY (Victory over Japan Day)

National V-J Day on August 14th commemorates the day in 1945 when news broke around the world the Imperial Government of Japan would surrender ending a long a grueling world war. In Europe, the date was August 15 due to the time zone, but regardless the celebrations that broke out were no less zealous.

Since 1939, the entire world had been enduring the strife of war. The first rumblings began in 1937 but by the end of 1941, the United States would join the war they had vowed remain out of. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japan on December 7th, 1941, the United States declared war and fully supported all fronts.

Throughout the war effort, military personnel and civilians stood together to make the next 4 years a united front. Victory in Japan and the rest of the globe was a final goal.


Learn about the war in the Pacific. Tour Pearl Harbor or read accounts of the efforts. Use #VJDay to share on social media.


In the United States, President Harry S. Truman announced it in a press conference at the White House later that day.  The peace treaty was officially signed on September 2, 1945.  A year later on August 2nd, Truman signed a proclamation declaring August 14, 1946, as Victory Day.

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“Today is the 13th and MOM was 13 on this PHOTO”

1913 Marie Brady age 13!

Marie Brady on the right – standing.MOM 13 001Irene Brady,   Mae Lauth,  and  Marie Brady are standing and sitting on left  is Jimmie Brady (adopted) and  the  little  boy is not known to me. 

 The eldest brother, James D. Brady and his wife adopted little “Jimmie” as a baby,   and  while they are visiting FAMILY in Missouri, have a real good  “baby-sitter, Marie.” 

In the above PHOTO – the ladies all have some fancy caps on their heads – so a wild guess – they were all working in the kitchen – making some kind of a good meal – for all of the FAMILY to enjoy. That is what I remember my MOM telling me – that when all the FAMILY would gather – they had a feast – so many and they all enjoyed eating the best  of foods!

In so many of  the pictures  that I have, there  are a good many of  “little Jimmie”   as they  did  live in Missouri  with a place to stay – as they did believe in traveling  as family from here would go to their place in El Paso, Texas.   Always   work and family  invitations requiring many trips  to come up from Texas for “FAMILY” get-to-gathers – and  vise versa.

Long before they moved to Texas,   James  D. Brady, the eldest in the “BRADY FAMILY”  had an important position with the  “Swift Packing Company,”  which required that  Jim  and  his family would  move to  that big STATE of   Texas.

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