March 1st, 2006


More memories

A little picture of the love of my youth. That's me, sometime between end of 8th grade and end of 9th grade, holding my cat, Maynard. She was the longest-lasting of my childhood cats. Got her about sixth grade, and she moved with us to Linton when I graduated from high school. A year and a half later, she disappeared (as cats are wont to do), though she just did have a chance to meet collinsmom. So we had her about eight years in all.

Maynard was a very sociable cat. We lived a dozen or so blocks from school, and every school day, she would walk the children from our house to the end of the block, one little group after another. When school let out, she would reverse the process, escorting each group from the far street corner to our own, over and over.

My very first Merit Badge in Scouts was Pets. Maynard was my subject, and Dr. L.O. Fish, our vet (appropriate name) was my counselor. BTW, Maynard got her name from the character Maynard G. Krebs, the work-averse beatnik played by Bob Denver on the Dobie Gillis show. One of the black patches on her calico coat was right on her chin, like the goatee worn by the TV character. (At that early kitten stage, we didn't know she was a girl kitty.)

Maynard Maynard

compass rose

O East is East and West is West

I have many LJ friends who are Catholic (Roman or Anglo-) or Orthodox. I try to refrain from criticizing their beliefs or practices. In fact, so far as the Orthodox Churches go, I don't believe I've ever said they were flat wrong about anything. Nevertheless, this post may be perceived as a criticism by either or both groups.
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Happy Birthday to You

Today is Somebody's birthday. Isn't she beautiful? Age-wise, she is now playing with a full deck. Which means she is much smarter than when she fell for me. Luckily, it's too late for her to correct her mistake.

April 1973 April 1973

Engaged one month. We are both 19 in this picture.
Young parents, c. 1976 Young parents, c. 1976

I look scruffy, but Deanne is gorgeous. Our son is not very sure whether he's happy or not.


*Yes, that's siege in the second photo. But just you wait, stryck! Your time's a-comin'.