“Father’s Day – June 16th, 2019 – Be remembered”


“One More FATHER’s DAY this month of JUNE”

Nothing like celebrating  “FATHER’S DAY” one more SUNDAY in JUNE,  especially  and since it means that you are going to be with  your “Grand-Son, Lex” the “A #1 GRAND-SON”  and winner of the “BEST OF BABIES’  ever, extra special  Award!

 When it comes to holding a baby, you want some strong arms  that can rock baby gently and with a song that makes baby feel like he is floating on a cloud, “Cloud 9” with no cares and no worries,  since “Big Daddy Gramps” is  on full time duty, as “BABY, Lex” get his  resting time!

“To My DADDY…from Alyssa”

When I ran across this “Father’s Day Card” and from “little Alyssa”  some years ago,  everyone knows that if something lands in my “hands”  it will be saved,  forever!

For  “Father’s DAY” this  JUNE 15th, 2019,  I am posting for “FATHERS” everywhere,  if you did not receive a card, consider this card ; as a just for YOU, too!

 When I read these words on this card, when I found it among lots of old mail and cards, just thought that  these words were so nice for a  “FATHER”  to read  and know,  that his child  “LOVES him”  and also thinks that these words apply to him and his children, today!


…   Left inside of card message….

and  “Right”  on the inside of card, with real words of LOVE  – written  straight from the heart…

The best part of  a card,  for whatever the occasion, is the personal message that is added,   and in the sender’s own handwriting, that really tells the story of LOVE,  better than any  “store” printed words,  even if they come from the best of the  “card companies” …   It is the message from the  “HEART of the SENDER” that  makes the card, worth millions!

“And of course,  these messages and writings   are  from ME, and as I say,  in  “MY BOOK”   which means to the world,  if  YOU do not agree,  that  is your prerogative!”

“May the Almighty Yahweh,  Creator that gave to us,  “FATHERS and Mothers”  the good children that they receive, continue always,  to BLESS each of HIS creations,  on this special  “FATHERS’ DAY” with extra special BLESSINGS!”     D.V. 

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“Strawberry Shortcake”


Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Total Prep: 25 minutes
Servings: 4-6 


1 cup flour
3 + 2 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
zest of 1 lemon
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries in sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 400° F. Mix flour, three tablespoons of sugar, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Add oil, milk, and lemon zest. Drop by spoonfuls onto a baking sheet making six cakes. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until just golden brown.

In a separate bowl, whisk cold heavy whipping cream, remaining sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form. 

Divide each cake in half and layer strawberries and whipped cream between slices. Serve immediately. 

“Do not forget to invite me over – –  to taste – when you have made this “Strawberry Shortcake” – so… good for you and Delicious, too!”

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“…that our FLAG was still there…”


“Celebrate and Sing – OUR National Anthem TODAY”



Written by Francis Scott Key, the “Star Spangled Banner” is the national anthem of the United States of America.  National Anthem Day commemorates the day our nation adopted “The Star Spangled Banner” as our National Anthem.

The story behind “The Star Spangled Banner” is as moving as the anthem itself. While an attorney, Key was serving in the Georgetown Light Field Artillery during the War of 1812. In 1814 his negotiation skills as a lawyer were called upon to release Dr. William Beane who was a prisoner on the British naval ship, Tonnant. Early in September Key traveled to Baltimore in the company of Colonel John Skinner to begin negotiations.

Key and Skinner secured Beane’s release, but since the British navy had begun attacking Baltimore, the trio had to wait at sea to return to Georgetown.

Fort McHenry is built on a peninsula of the Patapsco River, and the city of Baltimore is just across the Northwest Branch. In 1814, the population of Baltimore was roughly 50,000 people, hardly the metropolis it is today. The country itself was still young, and often families of soldiers lived nearby and provided support to their soldiers.

The British navy abandoned Baltimore and turned their full attention on Fort McHenry on September 13. As the 190-pound shells began to shake the fort, mother nature brought a storm of her own. Thunder and rain pelted the shore along with the bombs and shells. Throughout the night, parents, wives, and children in their homes could hear and feel the bomb blasts across the way. There were reports of the explosions being felt as far away as Philadelphia. It was a long night of fear, worry and providing comfort to one another.

At sea, Key had a similar night. Being a religious man, one who believed the war could have been avoided, he watched the bombs bursting in air over the water and steadily pummeling Fort McHenry. It was undoubtedly a sight to behold.

For 25 hours the star-shaped fort manned by approximately 1,000 American soldiers endured over 1,500 cannon shots. The Fort answered with their own with almost no effect.

In the early morning of September 14th, after Major George Armistead’s troops stopped the British landing party in a blaze of gunfire, the major ordered the oversized American flag raised in all its glory over Fort McHenry. Sewn a few months before by Mary Pickersgill and her daughter, the enormous banner replaced the storm flag which had flown during battle.

As Key waited at sea for dawn to break and smoke to clear, imagine the inspiring sight in the silence of the morning to see his country’s flag fully unfurled against the breaking of the day and the fort standing firm. 

Key was so moved by the experience he immediately began penning the lyrics to a song which were later published by his brother-in-law as a poem titled “Defence of Fort M’Henry.”


Sing the Star Spangled Banner.  Did you know there are three more verses to the original song? As a challenge, try learning them all.


Nearly 117 years passed after Key penned “Defence of Fort M’Henry” before it became the national anthem of the United States of America.  “Hail Columbia” and “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” held honorary places as patriotic songs. But, the United States didn’t have an officially declared anthem until a congressional resolution, signed by President Herbert Hoover, until “The Star Spangled Banner” became the national anthem of the United States of America on March 3rd, 1931.

*Historical note: The spelling of  “defence” in the original title of Key’s song is correct for the period.

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“Another Happy Father’s Day, to “MY” DADDY”

     “From, Daddy’s little GIRL”

 This is a terrific song,   for a “Daddy’s Girl” to hear – and to remember way back into  the 1940’s  – what it was like to be as a little GIRL! –   “That is Daddy’s Little Girl!”

…  and just  a memory –  of  “Daddy and me” – 

“I just LOVE this profile shot of  “DADDY” – and that  “HAT” – it gets a big “WOW” –  – just does wonders for the profile.”

“Daddy had  just completed three (3) – two (2) year stints in the Army  stationed in the  “Philippines” – as he is  in terrific shape,  even after having been wounded.”   Seems that I remembered,  my Mother saying that  “DADDY” reminded her of a Movie Star that she liked – I am guessing that the Movie Star’s name was, “George Raft.”    ***  “What do you think?”


And,  this   PHOTO  of “DADDY”  and “ME”   maybe at  two years of age – taken with “DADDY”  is  in the back yard of  my  “Aunt Irene Brady Riley”  in North Saint Louis on Ashland near the “Fair Grounds Park” – everybody and every thing,  that one would need,  all so close  and sometimes even in walking distance!

Nothing like the good old days,  to remember all of the good times    we  all had, as a FAMILY –  no matter where we were  – only  NOW wishing that,   that those days and years,  “wishfully  thinking”   they could have lasted,   just a little longer – and maybe  even a day lasting,  forever!      D.V


“Happy   “Father’s Day DADDY”  – from your little GIRL, ME!”     “Me Ellen” xoxo

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“Father’s Day is coming SUNDAY the 16th”

 “Just Remembering DADDY”   “DADDY and DAUGHTER”

This first PHOTO of DADDY and  DAUGHTER (me) is when I was eight months. Since I do not have the photo handy,  can not write the whole list of stuff ,  that my MOTHER wrote on the back side, as to what I could do and say, which is  a good thing for parents to do  because, without a written record, who would remember everything that a first child  is learning  and then, is also able to do.

  • Should I run across the “PHOTO” above, I will add those wonderful things  that my MOTHER  did take the time to make a note of   especially for me  as I am one of those  “types”  with inquiring minds , sometimes people get sick of my questions, but how then, does one learn, if they can not ask  more than enough  “QUESTIONS” so as to be well informed.
  • “What television series is that,  where the investigator always comes back,  just after taking a few steps to leave,  and he says, “I just have, ONE MORE QUESTION?”              **********        **********
  • This is JUNE 12th, 2019  and I have the answer, to pass on   to one and all,  so and since ‘no one’ sent  to me an answer,  will have to save this “PRIZE”  for another time, so the  wonderful  “STAR of Colombo” is the  man in the very old   “Rain Coat”  the one and only  “PETER Fault”   himself. “Good Luck,   till  next time!”
  • “Every one has my “number”  for doing that exact thing,  when they think,  that I have turn to leave, and  then, with a quick step back,”  I will ask,  “Just one more thing!”

“Do I look like,  I  am pushing  the old  age of  ‘two’  in the above photo?  WELL, that is  my DADDY,  holding “ME”   and we are in the back yard of my  “AUNT  Irene RILEY”  on ASHLAND  Avenue, in Saint Louis.  We would visit  Aunt Irene,  as it was only a quick  run through the FAIRGROUNDS  PARK, a very  short drive, no matter, how fast my DAD would drive!

This was a “BIG DAY”  for me. It is JUNE 8th, 1952, and I have graduated from the eighth grade!   “WOW”

That is DADDY, DENNY, SR. standing on my right side, and on the  left of me  is my younger brother DENNY, Jr.,  who is in the seventh grade , and next year   he  will be graduating from the eighth grade.  Isn’t it wonderful, to have a child of yours,  graduating each year,  after so many years of the same thing, you finally know the general routine and  can almost,  do it in your sleep.

After living a fairly,  long time,  it is  the the good memories that you have and if you also have old photographs to jog the old marbles floating around in the old brain well, “It is a wonderful WORLD, after  all  is said and done!”

“Thanks to the ALMIGHTY ,  for all the wondrous things,  that ‘YOU’ have provided me with,  I am grateful and thankful  for each and every day,  LIFE is every thing and more,  some times, we just forget to give THANKS!”      DV

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“Healthy Shepherd’s Pie” “Just for DAD”


Planning a  very good meal?  Try this healthier spin on the classic Shepherd’s Pie! This recipe is lighter and has less fat and more fiber. Have a  Happy  Father’s  Day with a meal fit for a KING!


1½ pounds lean ground beef (90% lean or higher)
2 large carrots, peeled and shredded (about 2 cups)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
One 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
One 14½-ounce can all-natural tomato soup
1½ cups shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 cups mashed potatoes
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly oil or coat a 9 x 13-inch baking pan or dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Place a large Dutch oven or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef, carrots, garlic powder, and onion powder and cook, breaking up the large pieces, until the meat is no longer pink and the carrots are tender, about 5 minutes. Drain excess fat.
  3. Stir in the beans, tomato soup, cheese, and corn. Simmer until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Arrange the meat mixture evenly in the prepared pan. Spread the mashed potatoes evenly on top, and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake until the meat mixture starts to bubble and the potatoes are heated through, about 15 minutes. Turn the oven to broil and broil until the top turns golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition Information (per serving):

Serving size: 1 slice Serves 8

Calories: 370; Total Fat: 10; Saturated Fat: 5g; Sodium: 520mg; Total Carbohydrates: 41g; Protein: 7g.

Source: eatright.org

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