Friday, August 17, 2018

GARBAGE CONTAINER LIDS ARE FASTENED DOWN IN PARIS

Chris, Roberta, and friends in front of L'Opera Paris

In the late 90's Chris and I were in Paris during one of his business trips.  Being the anti-litter bug person that I am, I looked for a garbage can somewhere on the street to throw away wrappers from sandwiches we had eaten. There were garbage cans on the street but the lids were fastened down.  We thought that there must have been bomb threats which were dealt with by stopping the use of garbage cans.  


Napoleon's Tomb

We saw soldiers in the airport in Rome carrying automatic weapons.  It dawned on us that this world is now a more dangerous place. 

Thus the U.S. Congress deadlock on our immigration policies.  Many would like to immigrate to the U.S. as our country is safer from threats than many.  The problem is that we are fearful of illegal immigration.  In my opinion the solution would be to have more legal entries and more judges to vet the people wishing to come in.  How difficult would it be to build the wall, open Ellis Island, or in some other way increase entry points and hire judges?  


Eiffel Tower
Here is a 23 minute speech by Steve Russell, Congressman from Oklahoma.  He explains what our Founders intended for our immigration policy.  Click on the link to watch the video.

https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4736693/rep-steve-russell-gave-speech-history-immigration-us


Thursday, August 9, 2018

YANKEES IN BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI

1982-- no people on the beach with us in Biloxi.  We found out later that the locals did not swim in the Gulf as it is polluted.  Both kids broke out in a rash from contact dermatitus. We stuck to the swimming pool at our apartment complex after that.


We left Seattle in June of 1982 for Mississippi.  Chris would attend a 5 month school after he reenlisted in the Air National Guard.  On our way through Hornbrook we dropped off our dog and cat for Grandma and Grandpa to care for while we were gone.

Wayne came through Biloxi on his way either to or from Africa.  He helped Jes with his swimming lessons. Heather took this one.

Chris took this one.
We did some sightseeing.  Here is one of the mansions we visited.

My high school classmate and her family came to visit us all the way from Florida.

The kids played on the playground equipment at Keesler.

We visited New Orleans.

I tried a mint julep.  I was surprised that it wasn't green.

Chris was NCO class leader.  He was in charge of having the room cleaned.

Chris was an honor graduate.

As a direct descendant of veterans who fought on the side of the north, in the Civil War, I was a militant yankee.  The war was over-- the south lost--get over it, was my thinking.  But when we moved to Biloxi, (pronounced biluxi), in 1982, I began to feel some suspicion from some neighbors who were not in the military. (One neighbor caught herself saying that "he swears just like a Yankee.")  Apparently Yankees were not very good people in the minds of these southerners.  How could this have been carried down through the generations?  Oh right, I was the same way.  (Grandpa said we were Scotch, Irish, Dutch, and Yankee, and mostly Yankee.)

So what are our rights?  Is it the right of the Union to force the southern states to give up slavery?  Is it the right of the southern states to build monuments of Confederate War heros?  We are told in Mark 8:34 "And (Jesus) calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it."

So, as Christians we must ask this question--Is this spreading the gospel and making disciples?  Well, with slavery abolished there was more freedom to teach the gospel to all.  Confederate statues are just a reminder of what not to do.  One city council member in Richmond, VA said that plaques could be placed by each confederate statue explaining what happened so that we will not repeat the bloodshed.  

Are you still fighting the Civil War?

Monday, July 30, 2018

THREE FOURTHS OF A CENTURY OLD

Burbank, California 1948.  Turning five.

I don't feel a day over 102 having arrived at the three fourths of a century mark yesterday.  Some do not like to even mention that they have a birthday.  Others may even call a birthday party a "reunion." I have always loved to celebrate my birthday.  I don't know why. It may be genetic.  I was born in July so I was never privileged to have a party at school.  Many times all my friends would be out of town on my birthday or our family would be traveling cross country.  But in my later years I have had several friends and relatives to make an effort to remember me with a card or a party! 


 My favorite cake from my folks.  I love to dance.

1995 turning 52
1997 Moms in Touch 
2004 Moms in Touch
Moms in Touch
2008 Moms in Touch
Moms in touch party
Cousins turning 65
Chris, Heather, and Jes organized a "surprise" birthday party for me at MBYC

Getting older
2013 Chris arranged a pizza party for my 70th at church
Cake by Jessica


Cake by Sammy

For this birthday my family put together a picnic.  It is great to have a birthday in July because most likely the weather will be nice!




Proverbs 16:31 Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.




Monday, July 23, 2018

FIVE LIES OF RACISM



In June of 1961 I was graduated from Groveton High School in Alexandria, VA.  In the fall of 1961 Groveton admitted the first black student, Rayfield Barber.  He was interviewed at the 1996 GHS reunion.  He had a good experience at Groveton. Click on the You Tube above to hear the 5 minute interview.

My parents set the example for our family--we treated everyone with respect.  When my youngest brother, Wayne, wanted his black friend to join his Cub Scout troop at Calvary Presbyterian his friend was not permitted to join.  I believe my dad quit that troop and joined another one where Wayne's friend was accepted.  Today Calvary is integrated.  See the picture below.



Below is a link to a video of a talk by Peter Hubbard, pastor of North Hills Church in Greenville, SC.  I thought he explained racism and a Christian approach very well.  My parents would agree with him.  The talk is about 40 minutes long. Click on the link to view.

https://northhillschurch.com/sermon/5-lies-of-racism/

Friday, July 20, 2018

JULY 20, 1969

Photo by Chris Brown

Where were you on July 20, 1969?  It was on a Sunday.  Many of you had not been born.  But if you are old enough to remember that day maybe you will remember Neil Armstrong walking on the moon.  

Friday, July 13, 2018

THE LAST TIME I SAW HORNBROOK

Aunt Evelyn, Aunt Ruth, Jay, Charles and Kathy, Chris, Dorothy
Cottonwood Lodge 2004

As I recall, I may be wrong, the last time I visited Hornbrook was in the summer of 2004.  My dad had passed away in March of 2003, and somehow we ended up with his share of R-Ranch.  We must have paid the $500.00 maintenance fee for that year.

I e-mailed all of our friends and relatives to meet us at R-Ranch for one last time.  


1986 Cottenwood Lodge

Last week there was a huge fire and Hornbrook was evacuated.  My niece Sarah posted pictures on Facebook.  Cottonwood Lodge is a complete loss. They say it looks like a war zone.

Cottonwood Lodge 2018

Here is a news report:


I'm glad we were able to spend one last time there.  I will add more pictures as I find them.


Grace, Ruth, Ev, Klamath River


Jes and Wayne 1982

Kenny 1983

1984 Brad, Kenny, Ev, Grace, Jes

Free fishing for kids


Jennifer at the Cottonwood Lodge wading pool



Jay toted the "New Moon" from the east coast to Spokane and then to R Ranch.  It lives there now.

Davy, Pudgy, Grandma


Cousins Jes, Aurora, Laurie in Yreka 1988


Evy

Guest accomodations

Heather feeding the neighbors chickens


Diana, Mike, Grace, Dave



Grandpa ready for lunch at the Grange 

I think this is the bunk house



2004 John, Bobbi, Jim, Carmen, Jay