Today in My History

2000:  Rosie vs. the Giants
Here Comes the Sun
Suicidal Squirrels
Same Time Next Year
Glass Half Empty
More Puppy Burps
I Hate Ned
Deja Vu All Over Again
2008:   Gimme Some "Poop Freeze," Please
2009:   Long Day's Journey Into Night   
2010:   A Quarter of a Century
Back to School
2012: The Pellet with the Poison
2013: Sunday Stealing
2014: Remembering Clotheslines
2015: Can't Get Away from 'em

2016: Exciting Discovery
2017: I Hate it, Hate it, Hate It
2018  Sunday Stealing
2019: The Ride Home
2020: Sleep
The Violet

Books Read in 2022
 Updated 7/8
"Memory of an Elephant"
Alex Lasker
(book #32 in 2022)

My family

Bev's 65 x 365

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Cast (updated 7/21)

Some Background Links:
The Philosophy of Juice & Crackers
The story of Delicate Pooh
The story of the Piņata Group
Pumpkin pies
Who IS this Gilbert person?

mail to Walt / mail to Bev


15 July 2022

There are times when the internet is a really special place to be.

The other day I posted this photo of my godfather, Fred West on the page where I was talking about scanning photos.

I had several comments about the photo, including a discussion of whether  this was  1909 or 1934  (it was 09).  But one comment, from a woman named Lauren O'Leary was very special.  Her first comment was

Is that Fred G West? His mother was Bridget Doyle West? She was my 2nd great aunt (my great grandfather was James D Doyle.)

I realized that she and I were related.

Bridget Doyle West and James D. Doyle were brother and sister but Bridget was almost 20 years older.

I'm terrible at figuring out that makes us related, but we are related.  Whoda thunk that posting a picture like this would unearth a relative?

And then there was the article I posted about my grandmother's brother and his messy divorce proceedings.

A woman named Noreen Driggers Snyder checked out the story in a newspaper account she belongs to and she found all sorts of articles about this case, giving more information about the case and she sent them to me.  As it is with the internet, I can't now find where she sent them.  Not to my gmail account or to my Facebook account.  I've written to ask her  to remind me where she sent them.  The additional details were fun to read, but the most fun was learning that Leo Legler's attorney was my godmother's husband, Gus Fourtner, a district attorney in San Francisco.  One of the articles stated that the judge didn't find reason for either Leo or his wife to be divorced and wouldn't allow the divorce, but something else she found listed his wife as divorced, so I guess they did eventually divorce, but nothing about who got custody of their daughter.

Now I find all this information very exciting (though I suspect nobody else reading this does) but also very depressing because there is nobody who cares enough about this famiy to share this information with.  How I would love to tell my mother.  It took such a long time to explain it all to Walt and by the time I got finished he had lost interest.  That's the problem with growing old...all of your childhood relatives and friends die and there is nobody with whom you can share those memories.

I remember my cousin Peach and I were kind of separated for many years...she wasn't interested in staying in touch with me...but at one point we had to get together and she and her husband came to dinner.  It was like having my childhood open up again.  We talked and talked and talked...and re-established our friendship.  But now that she's gone, and my mother is gone, there is nobody left who is part of my growing up years and that is lonely.  But I suspect a lot of people feel that way when they get to my age.

It is so cool being with Walt and his siblings because they have such vivid childhood memories and talk about them all the time.  I have the memories, but nobody to share them with.


Walt, his siblings, and Marta

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