“It is Cold Outside…Warmup with Music”










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Stephen Foster Memorial Day on January 13th commemorates the music of the man who composed hundreds of America’s first popular songs.

Born in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania on July 4, 1826, Stephen Foster became known as America’s First Composer. His catchy tunes based on minstrel songs are still known today.

Despite Foster’s exclusive music contract with Firth, Pond, and Company, when he died at the age of 37, he was penniless. While his songs were wildly popular, the lack of copyright protection and alcoholism left him with nothing of value to show for his work.

During his short life, Foster wrote over 200 songs. His best-known compositions include “Oh! Susanna,” “Camptown Races,” “Old Folks at Home,” “My Old Kentucky Home,” “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair,” “Old Black Joe,” and “Beautiful Dreamer”  and are still very popular today.  

Foster died on January 13, 1864, at the age of 37.

HOW TO OBSERVE #StephenFosterMemorialDay

Read about the life of Stephen Foster or watch a documentary. Listen to some of his music. You might be surprised to learn how familiar some of it is. How many of them do you already know? Check out our suggestions below:

  • Doo-dah! by Ken Emerson
  • Beautiful Dreamer: The Life of Stephen Collins Foster by Ellen Hunter Ulken
  • Read about the African American influence on Stephen Foster’s music.

Use #StephenFosterMemorialDay to post on social media.


Stephen Foster Memorial Day is a United States Federal Observance Day according to Title 36 of the United States Code. It was made law in November of 1966 and was first celebrated in 1967.

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“BABY Photos” “One Generation to Another Generation”

“Now… Start Counting Your Blessings… instead of sheep…”

…and this the latest  addition to our family … little Miss Ruby, herself”


and… in this next Photo is little Miss Alyssa when she was a small child… looking after her brand new little baby sister, our little  Miss Jaime…


and…. in this PHOTO… which I took of our brand new baby, Al… as he looks as if he  is talking to big brother, Lee… 

These Photos of big Sister and big Brother looking after the newest person added to the family is really something for them to try to comprehend… something so new and different… wondering as to just exactly… how can,  “I” take real good and loving care for this new member of my family”

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and… This next PHOTO is our baby Al in the arms of his Daddy, Sr. and baby Al is getting his first taste of Flying and seeing that Flying in the “Air” is so much FUN… just as soon as Al could… he received his Flying license and continues to Fly… in the beautiful Blue Sky above.


and…  In the beginning … such a long time ago… this little  girl that you see on the foot steps … just getting ready to go walking with her Mommy…. is “Me Ellen” herself and my favorite words at that time were, “I’m doing!”

Looking at this old photo…I sure look as if … I am ready to do some real tough and ruff work for a living…I sure have the strength and muscles to work all day and night… if I have too… to get it done!

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and…. This next PHOTO  is of my MOTHER when she was just a very young baby.

As you can see when the family had Photos taken over a hundred years ago … the person had to be dressed properly in the studio and it  did have to look nice. This Photo of MOM was evidently taken care of  and of good quality, since MOM was the thirteenth child  in the “BRADY” family.

“Isn’t wonderful how so many things of real importance in a FAMILY are preserved  and taken care of… just so that these important items in and of the family may be handed down from  one member in the family to the next member that will take of all of  those things of  special value… in this family and pass on down to the next generation!”

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“Little Marie Brady”   1900

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“For All the Family and Friends…TODAY”

“Sending all the best of  terrific wishes to all those…  I know and or friends with… that have a “BIRTHDAY” today…  and all  of the other extra  special days  of this month of January… the first month and start of this New Year… the BIG  New Year of all  New Beginnings… 2021″


“Sending Blessings and Wishes… for much Happiness  for One and All !”    D.V.

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“Why WE All Love Our FAMILY Today”

Psalm 139

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This page is from a very old Bible  – Psalm 139  is really suited for this week of January, 2021… since this week is  for us,  to celebrate LIFE and FAMILY .

It seems that most people living today,  just have no idea at all, that each and every human LIFE  was preordained, by our Creator and that…there are no accidents of   a LIFE, as to when each and every child should be allowed to be born.

There is a very special reason for all of us… that means each and everyone of us humans…  and the sooner we  start to figure out… just exactly that which we were created for and the walk of Life, that we should take… the what  we  are here for and learn to be content with  just exactly  where  we are… so much the better… then we can all  start to live in harmony!

Some time ago I had heard on a radio program that… “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”  So I had to find where that came from and found that in verse 14 of  Psalm  139.  

Once, that I had found this Psalm, and read it… there is just so much important information here… that  will answer so many questions…  that all of us have.

My hope is that anyone who has questions about their birth… please take the time to read  and re-read this Psalm, just to …  see if you can find those answers to most  of  the questions  that you and  your friends are asking – and  then you will be helping them, by  being able to tell them,  where they can find all of the correct  answers !

“Pass this  very good information on to all of your family and friends, as everyone will LOVE you – –  for…  your sincere LOVE of them!”          D.V.

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“Remember When We Could All Celebrate Together”


“Here is the Latest and Greatest!”



Here is the “LATEST and GREATEST”  –  – – “Alyssa at her BIRTHDAY PARTY” – – with a new gift – – and we know   –  these are the gadgets that  will make “Alyssa’s”  life easier   – –  and take a look at the plate of food!  

Now you know where to go, when you are celebrating  any occasion… just look again at that plate of food … sure makes everybody want to join in the  “FUN and GAMES!” 

“Is this a “HAPPY OCCASION”  … or not???  

“I sure hope  that “you” put a big amount  of “dough” on that  last bet!!!”

Just looking at Alyssa… you can see that she is really enjoying this party…  your best of “Parties”  start with your Family and Friends… and  it  sure  looks like… the main  ingredients are here and … we  all will mark this occasion down in our books … giving it  an  “A+ to the 9th power”   just hoping that we, all  will be around again next year… so that we, all  can do it again!!!

The best of things, in  LIFE are basically  “FREE” …  the Joy  and Happiness comes about  in  the having of  the  best “Family and Friends” … that LOVE you … and with you” … when-ever you  might decide to celebrate  any event, and  or celebrate any occasion, one may  first start…  with just talking about getting together  and that could just be, the first step   of  just one, or many communicating  on that new social train…   and before you know it, you are on the top step, of getting something  very  exciting   accomplished,  for all of  your FAMILY and FRIENDS … as well as… for yourself  and everyone who will help to make this   new  “get-to-gather” just the very best   and “FREE” – for all –   that you are  in communication –   with!!! 

“DO  IT  UP  RIGHT – “NOW”  –   ENJOY  IT   –   LATER!”


“Birthday Party for Al and Alyssa”


Yesterday, I invited everybody to come and join in the Party for   “Al and Alyssa” … there are a few others standing around, as I have lots of  their  pictures, too…  for the “SHOW and TELL” … so if you were not here, last night… mark your calendar for next year…  be  right here…  same time and station!

“How do you like that poster for  the “1904 World’s Fair” on the wall, that should tell you exactly where to meet for all of  our   “FUN and GAMES” … next   year!  

In my “BOOK”… I feel that everybody should celebrate their  “BIRTHDAY” for at least the whole week!   You  do need at least a  week’s time, to get adjusted   to being a year older!  

When I was having children, and that was a long… long  time ago, and I even remember my Mother saying that, “When you go to the hospital to have children, they  will keep you   there, three  weeks!” —

 “Keeping you and the new child, for three weeks… helps you to get adjusted to taking care of the  new baby… bonding  and getting to know each other and the main reason  is to celebrate this new child’s birth… because this is the best  new “EVENT”  taking place for the year!”

Getting together for “FAMILY” occasions is the most important thing that a person can do and every chance one gets to partake  in  a “joyous occasion”  to  help celebrate with family and friends is what we Americans… should  all  strive to do, and also  Vote to have “family get-to-gathers”  designated as the very most important  thing, that one  person and family can do for their country  and  for all man-kind! 

Just so you know, there were some very  “LUCKY  WINNERS” in our group!  

There must have been several  in our group, that were born under some   “LUCKY STARS” …  and you know what happens…  when you have “LUCKY” people standing right next to you…  some of that   “GOOD LUCK”   stuff … rubs off and on to you …     “WOW”  –   “LETS ALL   –  do it again!”      D.V.

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