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Neva Barb camping abt 1953

Mother says: Since the 2nd anniversary of Mother’s death is this Sunday, I thought I would send some photos to you all as we remember who she was.

In this photo I think you really get the sense of how simple our lives were then…notice the "huge" cooler, the empty milk bottle on the table, the single pan where dishes were washed, bottoms cleaned, and we girls were given "sponge baths" at night.

Look at how padded and safe and multifunctional the baby chair is. I do see it had a belt to keep toddlers from jumping out.

And there leaning on the trailer is the card table we used when extra family came…it cost all of $3.95 and actually had a top that was a paper-board of some kind.

Then there is the board leaning against the window; I’m guessing that was to keep it closed.

And Daddy improvised more lights (of course) on the trailer by installing old tail lights up on the rounded front corner.

And there under Mother’s watchful eyes is little blond Barbara Ann busy as usual.

One strap has fallen off her shoulder and she’ll probably be taking everything off before long. She liked to be "au naturel".

fathers day 2005

my father taught me to listen
to look people right in their eyes
to try your hardest to know what they’re saying
in spite of their words or their lies

my father taught me to work
that a full day grants a good rest
to mean to do well when doing one’s job
to concentrate on doing one’s best

my father taught me to care for my wife
by the way that he cares for his own
she’s his most prized asset
his most wonderful joy
he knows that he’s got her on loan

my father taught me to do things on purpose
to plan and to mean to make good
to draw out and measure and measure again
get the most of one piece of wood

and my father taught me when i don’t do all this
to get up and try it again
and since my god goes with me that my life is bigger
than all of the sum of my sin


(and not always)
it is better to just get away
to intentionally put foot to path
or key to hole
or car to highway

and sometimes
(but not always)
it is the wisest course of action
to quietly slip away with only a kind word
of reassurance that
all will be well in the future, but
right now a trip is required

and sometimes
(but not always)
it is better to go be in public
and just allow a moment’s rest
to come and hold your brain

you see sometimes
(but not always)
it must be true that simply
slipping away from the place you are currently at
is likely a very good idea



it is just too tempting

to kick a hornet’s nest