A Yankee born in Michigan who graduated from Boys Town, Nebraska, came down south to Mississippi to live and deer hunt, was
soon given the nickname of ~ TWO DOGS TALL!
Photo credit: Patrick Kavanagh

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me!

Thought I would put up a younger picture of me today since it's my "70" birthday!  I was in the Army ROTC at Boys Town, in Omaha, NE, when this was taken.  I can't believe I made it to "70" and so happy to be here.  Looking forward to celebrating my special day and hope to be around for the next one!

Looking back to 1942 first...

Nylon parachutes * Controlled atomic fission reaction by U.S. scientist * Nuclear reactor * Kellogg's Raisin Bran * Sunbeam bread * Stars And Stripes publication of WWII * Bazooka rocket gun * Tubeless tires - by BF Goodrich * Flight of U.S. jet - Bell P-59 fighter

Year in Review

Mr. Rushmore completed * Draft age lowered from 21 to 18 * Japanese forced U.S. troops to walk "Batann Death March" of 85 miles in six days * Daylight Saving War Time, price freeze, rationing, and ban on sale of needed items went into effect in U.S. * Gen. MacArthur vowed, "I shall return" * U.S. victory at Midway turned tide - Japan's first major defeat of WWII * More then 500,000 U.S. troops were serving overseas * Legion of Merit medal aurthorized by Congress * Bob Hope completed a tour of 100 army camps * German U-boats began harassing shipping on U.S. east coast.


The Moom is Down by Steinbeck published * Selective Service declared the movie4s to be an essential activity and permitted draft boards to defer movie personnel * Aaron Copland composed Rodeo * Walt Disney's Bambi was released * Abbott and Costello were popular

Movies and Music

Best Actor & Actress...James Cagney & Greer Garson * Top Movies - Mrs. Miniver (best), Holiday Inn, Woman of the Year, Pride of the Yankees * Top Tunes... We'll Meet Again, That Old Black Magic, Serenade in Blue, Tangerine, Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree, Skylark

My Birthday Cake - Devil's Food with Cream Cheese Icing.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Dead Buck Near Deer Stand

My son Greg called last night to see if I wanted to ride up to the deer camp to get his chairs from his stand and was happy to spend some quality time with him. We left real early since we were going to try to beat a storm that was headed our way. After we got to the stand, I saw a nice buck laying nearby and about that time I said, there's a deer, Greg turned around and saw it.  We surmised that it may have come from another camp and fell over dead near his stand.  He took a picture of it with his camera phone and reported it at camp.  After we got back to the house, after getting drenching wet, Greg laid it down on the front walkway so Marian could take a picture of it.  Greg is going to do a European mount on the deer.  At least the buck will make my son a nice trophy and will have an unusual story behind it to tell.

More Paintings

A Pastel Countryside

A Walk Through The Woods

Ranchos Shadow of New Mexico

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Senior Center Painting

Early Morning Swamp

I go down to the Senior Center every Tuesday afternoon to paint.  Above is my latest painting that I'm very proud of.  I get a lot of advice from other painters when I go to class which helps me when I'm home painting in my bedroom.  I have found that painting is very relaxing and I appreciate my daughter, Karen, and my son-in-law, Ron, who owns Artisans in Santa Fe, NM, for supplying me with all the paintings materials that I need so I can continue to enjoy the art of painting.  

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