“Sister Alvira’s Birthday is on Halloween”

“Happy Birthday to Sister Alvira”

Do you know anyone that has a BIRTHDAY on Halloween?

Sister Mary Alvira is the NUN sitting on the left of this photo… enjoying an ice cream cone on the  “Anniversary” Sunday  Celebration taking place at the German St. Vincent’s Orphan Home. 

That would be at 7401 Florissant Road, Normandy, Missouri 63121 – in the Saint Louis County  – North – not to hard to find.

The Nun sitting in the center is Sister M. Celestine and she worked on the “Girl’s-side”  that Dining Room and on the right side  of the above Photo, is Sister M. Luitroud and her working  assignment was in the Laundry.

When I  saw this photo in the Newspaper, I just had to cut it out – since you never did get to see the NUNS eating  in public, as their uniforms, before this one you  now see,  did include a large white bow that ties up close and under the chin – and to eat in public, really would  be taking a chance on food getting onto the uniform and that just would not look very  good at all.

Now,  that I think about it, that just might be  why this new version of their uniform was made. 

The Nuns were usually…  all so very nice and thin and perhaps they did not  get any  extra  – in between meals and or snacks?

Well, when you are my FRIEND, like Sister Alvira,   and  I KNOW YOUR  BIRTHDAY –  it will always be a very extra  special day… that is implanted,  into my brain – a day, that  I will never ever forget!

So, I have this little card with a nice verse on it – something,  that I guess we should always  give a thought or two about – because we are all here on Earth… and for a  very short time – and then, one day we will all be together…  for all Eternity!

Reading the above message  over a couple of times, does make you think about being with your loved ones,  here on Earth and then… comes  that  final day,  that your  NAME is called, when we  are to start to leave here – and even though some  of our family and friends have gone on ahead  of us  – we all – one day shall  always  be…  all and forever  after…. together.

If only most of us would think about  that time, a time  of getting to meet our family and friends again – maybe we would remember –  that our memories are always with us – and it sure would be good to carry a large bag of  terrifically superb memories –  than an old empty sack – that only makes us sad!

“Have to leave a good message to all,  and to Sister Alvira – that we are thinking of you,  as we did long ago,  when we were all here on EARTH and we were…  all the best of FRIENDS – and someday soon –  we just never know when,  that happy day will be –  that  we will all be celebrating our being together – making  so many more new…  and the HAPPIEST  of Memories in Heaven!”   …..  D.V.

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“What to DO On October 31st, Halloween”


Halloween – October 31

On October 31st, Halloween brings out the ghouls and goblins, creatures, and strange folk. They come creeping about the neighborhood seeking favors over trickery.

People of all ages look forward to Halloween traditions. While dressing up and baking, we carve up glowing pumpkins. Children breathing life into storybook characters, practicing their trick or treat. In twos and threes, they traipse through the neighborhood, collecting their bounty in pillow sacks. A ghost, a pirate, a robot or Dorothy, and Toto. No matter their age, they come to the door. They knock or ring. Here and there, a screech or a boo!

The crisp air and autumn colors set the mood. Seasonings fill our senses with a taste of autumn. We set forth on an adventure and finish with a warm apple cider around a flickering fire.


Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related “guising”). While many attend costume parties, bob for apples, and light bonfires, others look forward to counting trick or treaters. Houses are decorated with sprays of fall leaves, scarecrows, and pumpkins carved into jack-o-lanterns. Attractions include visiting a haunted house, playing pranks, telling scary stories and watching horror films.

However, trick or treating has also changed. In the United States, some organizations around the country offer trick or treat events for children to come dressed up and collect candy in a safe environment.They may also offer Halloween parties for children to attend, too.

In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remains popular. Although, in other locations, these solemn customs are less pronounced in favor of a more commercialized and secularized celebration.

Because many Western Christian denominations encourage, although no longer require, abstinence from meat on All Hallows’ Eve, the tradition of eating certain vegetarian foods for this vigil day developed, including the consumption of apples, colcannon, cider, potato pancakes, and soul cakes.

For the safest Halloween trick or treating tips, be sure to check out the Centers for Disease Control guidelines. Get your spook on and use #Halloween to post on social media.

Oh and folks, there are spooktacular deals to be found on October 31st, too! Be sure to check out the Celebration Deals page to find all the goodies!


The observance dates back to an ancient pagan harvest festival marking the end of summer and beckoning the beginning of winter. Seasons overlapped during Samhain (pronounced sah-win), and revelers believed the worlds of the living and the dead crossed. To interact with the spirits, the living would wear costumes and light, bright bonfires to help protect them.

Similar celebrations honoring the dead took place in Roman traditions, which were gradually blended and soon replaced the Celtic ceremonies.  However, All Martyrs Day established by Pope Boniface IV in 609 A.D. was eventually moved by Pope Gregory III to November 1. Later, it became known as All Saint’s Day. The eve of this celebration became known as All Hallows Eve or Halloween.

Through the Colonial era in America, Halloween celebrations were considered taboo due to religious beliefs. By the Victorian era, though, Haloween traditions featured fall festivals, parties, and foods involving communities and neighborhoods.

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“Ready for TAKE OFF…Flying forever MORE”



Fly high in Heaven, G-Dad, & watch over us 🌠

Grandpa Al Aldrich 1/9/62 – 8/7/22

Al Aldrich, 60, departed from this life on Sunday August 7, 2022. His legacy lives on through his children, Alan Aldrich, Alyssa (and Andy) Leverenz, Jaime (and Tyler) Cardwell, and grandchildren, Lex and Ruby Leverenz.

He was preceded in death by his father, Detective Lee Aldrich Sr. His beloved mother, Ellen Aldrich, lives on, along with his older brother, Lee Jr. (and Darlene) Aldrich.

He was born on January 9, 1962 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was born to fly.

He became a pilot at age 16, flying both airplanes and helicopters.

He went on to work as an aerospace engineer.

He was also the CEO of Aerocad and owner of Bowling Green Airport.

Aviation was among his greatest passions, as well as music. He was a multi-instrumentalist musician, guitarist, pianist, singer and songwriter.

Anyone who knew Big Al … knows he was a man with big dreams, a generous heart and a remarkable sense of humor.

He was a self-published author, connoisseur of film and rock n roll, plus an epic storyteller. He pushed the limits of his creativity and accomplished everything he put his mind to.

He inspired those he met throughout his journey on Earth, and was a good friend to many.

He was surrounded by family… as he cleared for takeoff, making his grand departure…  from this world.

“He now flies with the angels.”

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“It is always a most wonderful day to fly with  just our……

…….   “A #1 PILOT AL ALDRICH,   himself”……….

and that is  for… Today … Tomorrow… and Always!

“See you in the Blue Skies Above””

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“Hurry UP, and Come Back Real Soon”

That’s right… that is ME!”

… and that is “King AL” as usual … he is leaving for the Airport.

I am guessing,  that when most people leave a house… they just say their “Goodbyes” in side the house… as they are also thinking  of that  which… they have planned to do… and or to take care of …  and of  course … all  that they have planned to do … when they get to where… they are going.

But… for some reason or the other… I am not like everybody else,  and  just like to do things, my way… as  I have never done things…  like a copycat.

I like to be different and do things… that I like to do… my way.

Have to make that statement… only, because…  I am the oldest and a first child,  in our family.

When you are a first child in the family… you are told how to do things… so that… they are NOW… to be done correctly, and so… if that is the way you were told, and you now know… just exactly that correct way… that things are to done…  for… NOW and forever… you have been told,  and the message was made, as clear as day… as sometimes that  “correction rod” may have been used…

All early learning comes with different ways of making a point to those … very young children… that  are not … always paying strict  attention…  to the full amount of information … as it is given, at all times… therefore…  this is the way …you will do them, only and because “YOU”  can…  be told in a hurry … in and when things…  are not done correctly!

So it goes… with the coming and going of family … friends and all other visitors to a home…

Sometimes we are so busy, and not paying full attention to what is going on… and then… there are things… that we had in mind to say,  and or to do… but, with the leaving of someone… we are now… forgetting maybe something….  so very important … and it may just come to mind… too late… so therefore … I do like to go out… to the vehicle, with the person leaving  or persons…

Just because … something so very important, may have  just pop up and is remembered … to say, and or to do… and before the ones that are leaving… it is possible … that I will have forgotten and never remember again… by the time, that they will return.

So… I do like to go out with those… that are leaving and wave  and use my arms … in such a way … as if I am the local traffic cop directing them…  out of our driveway,  and on into the street… just as if there are all kinds of cars and  heavy traffic… for all of  those leaving… to watch out for… but…  most importantly …all the way and what I am saying…  is  coming from… that  someone that…   LOVES YOU…

AND…  I will be waiting patiently… for your happy return… just as soon as possible, and  so glad that… you were able to get all of your most important and  necessary  errands… all done in the best and safest way… while you were out on  all of those  busy roads… with all kinds of heavy traffic!

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“Is LIFE Better Today, Than Yester… day”

Inflation, circa 1957

This has been circulating via email. The following were some comments made in the year 1957:

(1) “I’ll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, its going to be impossible to buy a weeks groceries for $20.00.”

(2) “Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won’t be  long when $5,000 will only buy a used one.”

(3) “If cigarettes keep going up in price, I’m going to quit. A quarter a pack is ridiculous.”

(4) “Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime just to mail a letter?”

(5) “If they raise the minimum wage to $1, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.”

(6) “When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 29 cents a gallon? Guess we’d be better off leaving the car in the garage.”

(7) “Kids today are impossible. Those ducktail hair cuts make it impossible to stay groomed. Next thing you know, boys will be wearing their hair as long as the girls;”

(8) “I’m afraid to send my kids to the movies any more. Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying damn in “Gone With The Wind”, it seems every new movie has either hell or damn in it.”

(9) “Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $75,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn’t surprise me if someday that they will be making more than the President.”

(10) “I never thought I’d see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They are even making electric typewriters now”

(11) “It’s too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.”

(12) “It won’t be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.”

(13) “I’m just afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.”

(14) “Thank goodness I won’t live to see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to Congress.”

(15) “The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.”

(16) “I guess taking a vacation is out of the question now days. It costs nearly $15.00 a night to stay in a hotel.”

(17) “No one can afford to be sick any more, $35.00 a day in the hospital is too rich for my blood.”


Amusing . . .

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“Navy Day on October 27th”


NAVY DAY – October 27

Navy Day on October 27th salutes all of the military personnel who have

 served, both past and present, in the United States Navy.

The United States Navy (USN) is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. The U.S. Navy currently stands as the largest, most powerful navy in the world, with the highest combined battle fleet tonnage. The service engages over 340,000 personnel on active duty and more than 71,000 in the Navy Reserve. 

Navy History

Throughout the Revolutionary War, the Navy’s importance grew. Today, the United States maintains 40 naval bases across the country, including the world’s largest Naval Station Norfolk, in Norfolk, Virginia.

Below the sea, submarines became a part of the Navy during World War II. While experiments began in the late 1800s and during the Civil War, they did not join a large part of the Navy inventory until World War II. At that point, subs became necessary for surveillance and rescue, even though they were also armed.

With the advent of the airplane, the Navy became vital stations for the Airforce as well. As a result, the Navy modified ships into floating landing strips. Today, joint Naval and Airbases such as Pearl Harbor-Hickam provided necessary fleets of the sea and air defense.

Theodore Roosevelt and the Navy

Between 1922 and 1972, the Navy celebrated its birthday on October 27th in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt’s birth. He elevated the U.S. Navy to a premier fighting force. During his term as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, he built up the power and strength of the U.S. Navy. Roosevelt’s pursuit of the naval aircraft advanced the U.S. Navy. As president, Roosevelt was the first president to submerge in a submarine and also the first to fly. His support of the Navy led the former Secretary of the Navy, John F. Lehman, to say, Theodore Roosevelt, “was one of the architects of our modern Navy.


Recognize Naval service members and their dedication to their country. Visit a Naval museum to learn more about the Navy’s history. Discover more about naval training, the types of ships in our fleets, and where they sail around the world. Use #NavyDay to post on social media.


The Navy League of the United States organized the first Navy Day in 1922, choosing October 27th to honor the birth of President Theodore Roosevelt.

Navy Day received particular attention from President Warren Harding. Harding wrote to the Secretary of the Navy Edwin Denby:

“Thank you for your note which brings assurance of the notable success which seems certain to attend the celebration of Navy Day on Friday, October 27, in commemoration of past and present services of the Navy. From our earliest national beginnings, the Navy has always been and deserved to be an object of special pride to the American people. Its record is indeed one to inspire such sentiments, and I am very sure that such a commemoration as is planned will be a timely reminder.”

In 1949, the Department of Defense Secretary Louis A. Johnson directed the United States Navy’s participation on Armed Forces Day in May. Although, as a civilian organization, the Navy League was not affected by this directive and continued to organize Navy Day celebrations as before.

Then, in the 1970s the “birthday” of the Continental Navy was found to be October 13, 1775. CNO Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt worked with the Navy League to define October 13th as the new date of Navy Day. However, Navy Day in the United States remains primarily recognized as October 27th.

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My son, LEE G. ALDRICH Jr.

When you are in the NAVY,  you just LOVE to hear: “NOW HEAR THIS!”  And  also: “ALL HANDS ON DECK!”

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