“Aunt Irene Riley Birthday… almost here”

It sure is good to be able to remember … Birthdays – – of the  rich and famous “RILEY”  FAMILY – – whether they are here – – and – –  or where ever…  they may be.

“How is this PHOTO of the “RILEY’s” – – in the lap of luxury   in the 1960’s – –  – – that is “IRENE”… herself – –  on the left and “BILL” on the right – –  there is “company” as we can see some  ‘shoes’  of someone on the sofa – – and between the “NEWS of  the DAY”  on the  new  “TV” and the “newspaper” – – what an exciting  – – “LIFE for RILEY” – – or what would you expect?”

NOW… let us compare the above PHOTO – – to the PHOTO  below – – this could be from the very same “MOVIE” – — “my oh my…o” – – WOULD these be the very same people?

That is …”AUNT IRENE” on the left – – with… her  little apron on as she is still on “KITCHEN DUTY” – – they may have had the first course – – and are making room for dessert – – (one thing that I know for sure – – Aunt Irene could out cook and bake anyone – – she did know all about having the food just right – – oh well – – may as well – – just say so here – – when she prepared anything  – – it was the BEST) – – I know – – – –  that there was never a complaint – – everyone always wanted more of all the “GOOD EATS” – – as they were TERRIFIC!

This must have been the “RILEY” theme – – “BILL”… himself – – always sitting on the right side – – that way  there was never a question about… “who dun it” when something was ever out of place – – there is something about that “old saying” – – “A place for everything… and everything in its place” – – adds up to not having any  discouraging words. That is one way to be HAPPY – – forever!


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“Bill Gates said to Pass This ON”

“If you feel … that ‘others’   may need to also read this and learn something – – and or have  the opportunity to help – – some one not quite up-to-date on  information  – – that they missed – – since they were not in  ‘school’  that day – – make sure that they get this – – and ask  them… to – –  PASS IT ON.”

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Bill Gates gave a speech at a High School about eleven things they did not and will not learn in school. 
He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world. 

Rule 1:  Life is not fair – get used to it!

Rule 2:  The world doesn’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something 
BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3:  You will NOT make $60,000+ a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4:  If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. 

Rule 5:  Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping. They called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it’snot your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7:  Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now.  They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8:  Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT.  In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. 

*This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9:  Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers  are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. (Do that on your own time.)

Rule 10:  Television is NOT real life. In real life, people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11:  Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one. 

If you can read this…thank a Teacher. 
If you can read this in English…thank a Soldier! 
Now…think about this and smile if you agree and please pass this on….

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“POST This SIGN” – “Right THERE”


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“You know… where… Right there where you need a SIGN”

“If you do not know …  that which…  you need to KNOW – – – just sit back and start  using that “thing” that you use for a “HAT RACK” – – –   massage those old dusty “brain cells” – – until the marbles start  rolling around  – – and adding up to some good signals.”



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“Celebrating Aunt Irene’s Birthday – – even at the St.Louis ZOO”

“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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“BIRTHDAY for Aunt Irene Brady Riley – coming soon”

Have to find PHOTOS of “Aunt Irene BRADY RILEY” for a remembrance of  her “BIRTHDAY” – – as she always remembered…  to send cards to everyone in the FAMILY – – even to each and every  “NEW ADDITION” as they came along.  It does make one feel good to receive a  “BIRTHDAY  Greeting CARD” – – and since “Aunt Irene”  is no longer here on EARTH – – perhaps this message… on the computer can transcend into the “realm” of those places  – – for each of us  – – into  the everlasting Eternity – that which…  we all look forward to going and with great expectations.

“Marie Brady and big sister, Irene”

“How do you like this PHOTO – – young girls – MARIE BRADY is thirteen years old and standing on the right – – and  she  looks  like a real  “BAKER” of good desserts in her “BAKER’s HAT” – – makes young  “Marie”  look real MOM 13 001cute.”  The year for this

photo is 1913 – – and standing on the left side of this photo  – – is MARIE”s older sister, IRENE.

In the “BRADY FAMILY” – – there    was a relative that enjoyed betting on the horses – – I can not remember if he was still in IRELAND or not –  but just before “IRENE” was to be born – – this relative made a terrific WIN at the RACE-TRACK – – and so … since he was so “LUCKY” – – Mr. and Mrs. Brady decided to name the new baby girl – – that “LUCKY WINNING HORSE NAME”  – – you guessed it – – it was IRENE!

So… in case anyone was wondering why our “AUNT IRENE RILEY”  was so “LUCKY” – – now you know, too!

Also… in this photo the “LADY” in the middle – – is a cousin and this is where Marie and Irene are for the weekend – – guess they are helping her and the children could be her’s and or even some other relative visiting – – these details I do not know?

This PHOTO is  of  “IRENE  BRADY-RILEY”  – – now married to  “William B. RILEY”  – – and   “IRENE”  is img030 standing on the left. In the center is an IRISH cousin – – even to-day – –  I would recognize her voice – –  as she had a very fresh and strong “IRISH BROGUE” –  and … I did like listening to the way she would talk with us  kids…as we did visit at their home quite often … when  I was very young.

On the right side on this photo – – is “MARIE BRADY” – – and not as yet married – – as she was designated to be the care taker of the parents when the time would  come – something different  in this family – – as even Bishop Burns from the HOLY NAME CHURCH came to the “BRADY HOME” – to persuade the family to let her become a NUN in the Catholic Church.

Years much later…my  “Aunt IRENE”  would tell me … that I was to go into the Convent – – to be a NUN – – since my MOTHER was not allowed to go to the CONVENT – -but – – as circumstances were – – I felt  –  that it was my duty to stay with my MOTHER and help her – – I just did not have a strong feeling to be a NUN.

In LIFE… there is a “PLAN”  for each of us – – the only thing is – – we just do not know exactly what the “PLAN” is – – and with our free choice to do things in LIFE – – there is the possibility  – that we could take the wrong road.

Tomorrow… we will find photos  – that show what is going on in the “BRADY FAMILY – “FOLK TALE or SAGA” – – every FAMILY has stories – – that are forgotten – – just because no one took the time to write anything down – and or did not care much about their FAMILY – – but – – I like my FAMILY – – and I think everyone should have some records of their own  basic roots – – where they came from – -where were they – – what did they do – – and what about the next generation – – who will know – if  at least someone – – does not take the TIME to record some events with photos???    DV

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“What Do YOU… WANT” – – “For REAL”


On this day of your life

 I believe God wants you to know…

…that there’s no abiding success without commitment.
Anthony Robbins said that, and he was right.
Commitment is the key to achievement.
How committed are you to your future, to your goals,
to your relationship, to your self?
Do you want to be healthier, or do you just say you do?
Do you want to be happier, or do you just say you do?
Do you want to be nicer, or do you just say you do?
Do you want to be more patient, or do you just say you do?
Do you want to be lighter, or do you just say you do?
What do you really want…and who are you kidding about that?


Love, your Friend …  
“AFTER all is said and DONE –  WHAT DO YOU really WANT”

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