“Brother Denny was a World Wide Traveler”

Brother Denny …    will be celebrating his BIRTHDAY January 24th, and since he is now in Heaven… just thought that this would be a good Photo of our younger brother, since this was taken a few years ago.

When one is traveling around the world… there is the need to take a bath.

Well… when you are going to a new city and or country… one should check the accommodations …

In Alaska…do they really think… that this size of a bathtub is adequate for all sizes of men?

Denny is posing in the bathtub in our hotel room in Anchorage.  Tom just had to take the photo.  

A good laugh was had by all.

Looks like the best LAUGHING was done by brother, Denny, himself

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“Denny’s Birthday will be HERE…real soon”

“Greetings and BIRTHDAY Wishes to…

DENNY McClarren, Jr.”

When you take time to remember someone – WHAT is the “one” the “one” most remarkable…  “thing”  –  that,  you will always remember with LOVE?

DEN & ME 001

         “Just the best smile ever!”

Just looking at this PHOTO… reminds me to let everyone  –   focus on taking as many PHOTOS as is possible  –  and at all stages of LIFE.  

You may be  young and ask, “Why take so many PHOTOS?”  “Why would someone want too!?

There will come a day… when,  you are older and grey – and   you  would like to show your children and grand-children  what you looked like,  when you were young.

 When you are seen older looking  – with  some white and or grey hair  –  maybe even a little on the “bent over on the back  side”  due to operations – and you no longer move in a hurry –  and all  that you can say,  “There will come a day when you, too  –  will look and feel like I do, NOW!”

“BUT”…WHEN,  you can sit down with the youngsters –  and pull out a couple of boxes, and or  maybe an  old “PHOTO Albums” –   NOW,  just take the time for a real,  “Show and Tell” session –  telling all about  you, “yourself”  and all of the wonders in your world, that you were doing. The questions will be many…what was the occasion… who is that and is it someone we should know… where are they now… is it possible that we can visit them???

Something even better…  leave a “legacy” of these old and remarkable  PHOTOS adding  the best of  all, a story that they never heard before, because it is your “True Life” … who is in the photo and what they are doing and if at all possible – if there is a way to get in touch with them  – with  all of the latest of information  –  you never know – you just may have an eager historian in the FAMILY.

In the above PHOTO… my brother DENNY McClarren  came home for “Thanksgiving Holiday leave” – I had just  brought home…  a large ham – and,  just to see if it was  the very best of  hams – straight from “Krey Packing Company”  in North Saint Louis – as I was working there, then –  just had to try a couple of slices – and that,  is what I have in my hands.

But… with the excitement of the HOLIDAY SEASON – just had to give DENNY a complete up-date,  of so much  good news –  and  as I  could talk and eat  – DENNY must be thinking –  that with all of this chatter – he is not  getting a chance,  to put a word in –  so the best thing to do,  is just “SMILE” and  his “SMILE” with his beautiful red hair… looking so good –  just lets me carry on and on!

So, this is another  PHOTO –  that I am so happy to have… as it always brings back the good ole days – when the whole wide  world was on track.

LOVE DENNY –  up and on his favorite “CLOUD 9!” 


NOW, when you leave EARTH – be sure to pick a nice fluffy “CLOUD” – and travel the easy street way – just sit back and enjoy all the LOVE and FUN of being in HEAVEN!    D.V.

 Just have the very best… “HAPPY BIRTHDAY , ever and forever…to my younger brother,  “DENNY”  himself!” 

xoxo  xoxo   xoxo



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“Celebrating Birthdays in JANUARY is So Wonderful”

Rejoice and Be Glad!

So far in  this …  January, 2022… we have been “Rejoicing and being  so very Glad” …  just to be alive and to be all  together celebrating the extra special   “Birthdays” of  our family members who  are  so “LUCKY” to celebrate a “BIRTHDAY” on the very same day … the ninth of January  … daughter and father… Alyssa  and Al Aldrich!

Every day, that  we have – to be  alive  and with our families and “Loved Ones” – is a definite gift from our Almighty Yahweh,  and we need to give HIM  “Thanks” for these wonderful blessings!

From reading the “Bible” – I had seen and understand that it is most important,  to be grateful and remember to give thanks, which means so very much –  where in reading in the Bible… that which even “Yahshua” had to point out to those living then, only because…  it is so easy to take the gifts… and never ever think to return a “Thank you” to the gift-giver.

Each day,  that I can get out of bed, is truly a blessing. I give thanks that – this is that day…  for me to ask the “Almighty” to show me His will, that which…  I should be doing with those gifts, that He has given to me…  to use for His greater glory!

Everything is His and so as…  I have been paying more attention to all the beauty and wonderful things – that He has given me to share with others, who are more in need and need to be remembered, is truly a Blessing!

I do not know if everyone has noticed that around the “Birth Date” of a family member or friend, that if I can find some pictures, from the date of their “Birth” and any occasion in which they can be seen, those are the pictures, that I try to post – and that’s just … so we can all re-enjoy those “Good Times” we all enjoyed –  so many times before!

All of the silly stuff, which I think of, now, is because when I was in the “ORPHAN HOME” – very few “Orphans” celebrated a birthday.

Some kids had parents, but the parents never, ever showed up for a visit with their own kids. They did not even send a “Birthday Card” … and no gifts were  sent!

I personally think that – that is really  very hard for any kid to take, “Orphan” or a child living at home… with their very own parents!

I was old enough to remember  all the birthday parties we had at our home  with  our parents  and relatives and what fun they were.

My Aunt Irene Riley was a terrific baker, and she would usually do the honors with a home baked cake. She would also  come  out to the “Orphan HOME” on our birthdays  and or bring the cake to us on “Visiting Sunday” and my parents would also  be along to enjoy.


So,  on this coming January 24th,  it … is my brother, above photo… Denny McClarren’s – 83rd birthday – and I sure do hope, that …  I  will find something  very exciting for “DENNY’S  SHOW and Tell”  day!        D.V.

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“Baked Oatmeal, Starting the Day Off Right”

Recipe of the Day

Baked Oatmeal

Baked Oatmeal
Prep:    10 minutes
Cook:  45 minutes
Total Prep: 55 minutes
Servings: 6


2 cups steel-cut oats (not instant)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup walnuts or pecans (divided)
1/2 cup raisins or dates
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, well beaten
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 cups chopped fruit – such as apples, peaches, pears, persimmons, apricots, blueberries, or bananas work well


Preheat the oven to 325°. Prepare a 9-inch baking dish by greasing the sides and bottom.

Spread the two cups of fruit evenly along the bottom of the baking dish.

In a medium bowl, mix the dry ingredients and 1/2 of the nuts together. Once mixed, add melted butter. Stir until ingredients are mixed well.

In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, and vanilla together until combined.

Combine dry ingredients with wet ingredients. Mix thoroughly.

Pour over the fruit in the baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining nuts over the top of the mixture.

Bake in 325° oven for 40-45 minutes until golden brown and the oatmeal is set.

Serve hot or let cool and refrigerate covered overnight. Reheat, covered with aluminum foil at 325°F.

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“On the JOB from 9 to 5”


Working 9 to 5, what a way to make a living

Barely gettin’ by, it’s all taking and no giving

They just use your mind and they never give you credit

It’s enough to drive you crazy if you let it 

  9 to 5, for service and devotion

You would think that I would deserve a fair promotion

Want to move ahead but the boss won’t seem to let me

I swear sometimes that man is out to get me



You can do it… If you will… but try to do what you can….

Here is a real LIFE story … of rags to riches…

“We… all, just got… to do it”

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“Coach Joe Kennedy Behind the Scenes Special | First Liberty Live!”

Supreme Court To Review Case Of High School Football Coach Fired For Postgame Prayers

As First Liberty gets ready to return to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in defense of Coach Joe Kennedy, we take a look back on the story of this historic case in the first episode of our Coach Kennedy Oral Argument Special.

Hear Coach Joe’s own words as he reflects what the last 5 years have been like since he last stepped on the high school football field in Bremerton, WA where a mere 15-second, silent prayer on the 50 yard-line sparked the fight of his life.

Learn how important his time as a coach was to him, the impact it made on his student’s lives – and why he’s not giving up on this fight.

➞ SIGN the letter of support to STAND WITH JOE as he fights for his right to pray on the football field: https://firstliberty.org/teamkennedy/

➞ LEARN Coach Kennedy’s game plan for success as he presses on through the judicial swamp: https://firstliberty.org/kennedy-play…

➞ GIVE to help Coach Joe win victory by keeping the foremost legal experts in the nation on his side: https://firstliberty.org/donation/tea…

Learn more at https://firstliberty.org/coach-joe


This man saved my life, great mentor, great coach


We lack too many good, male role models.
Please continue to fight for him.
We need more of God in our lives.
He is fighting ONCE AGAIN for our freedoms!


Thank You Sir!!🙋‍♀️💜✝️🙏
Get this man back on the field.
This is the kind of positive influence kids need so badly!
Another 1st Amendment battle,
Lord willing you and America win.
Where else but Western Washington??!!
Where this guy can’t pray in the middle of a football field at the end of a game but drug addicts can move about downtown Seattle, and if they are arrested, are back out on the street the same day.
Or, if you want to start a fire in a dumpster in the middle of the city, go for it. Want to go on a full night of rioting? No problem!!
If you want to take over a 6 block area and create your own country, why not?!!
But praying in the middle of a football field, not during school hours, and after the game….. No dice, man. Not in this town.
And we wonder why our country is in the current state it is in……. It’s not rocket surgery.
People are only worried about their rights with zero attention to responsibility.
And our fine government is all but too happy to help them out in that manner……

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