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October 5, 2007 [ More archived home pages here ]

The Bewitching Times

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Today's song is Cherry Hill Park by Billy Joe Royal, released in 1968.

The Spring and Summer seasons are past now, they won't return for many months. They may have been exciting periods, but now is a time to collect yourself.

October is a month of caution. The weather changes and begins to warn of the coming winter, just a couple months from now. Other signs and encounters should be approached with a certain amount of apprehension.

Then again, as new opportunities unexpectedly present themselves, maybe you should throw caution to the wind? Remember, nothing ventured--nothing gained!

Only in the future will hindsight prevail and let you know how you faired. And so it goes...


A very good friend of mine sent me her following thoughts for publication here.

What Happiness Means to Me
The love of my family. Being alive in this day and time. Being able to walk comfortably. Being able to talk to family without bitterness.

Prayers and getting answers to prayers in different ways.

Reading the scriptures. Ice hockey games. Baseball games in the summertime. Lemonade and Limeade in the summer. Snow cones, tastee-freeze ice cream-sundaes and cones. Homemade ice cream like Brusters. Jokes and Humor. Clambakes in New England, good southern BBQ, and Phily sandwiches made in Philly. Finding sea shells along the beach.

Flowers... especially honeysuckles, lilacs, magnolias, roses, and smelling them. The colors of Daisies, and Sunflowers and Forsythias.

Flowers, Cats. Dogs. Nice quilts. Being accepted for who I am.

Eating healthy. Listening to the katydids sing in the evening hours in the summertime. Learning new things. Kind people. People that have character and integrity and are not politically correct.

Meteor Showers in the Night Sky. The laughter of little children.

My own pillow. Walking with that special someone on the beach.

Curling up on a cold day with a book. Naps. Eating blue crabs, shrimp, lobster, and clams on vacation. Watching a sunset. Hugs and kisses from family members. Chocolate candy, especially Fannie Mae candy. Watching thunderstorms and lightening dance across the black sky. Keeping a journal. Finding a elusive ancestor. Shopping on the computer via the internet. Watching FoodTV Thanksgiving and Christmas cooking shows. Making scrapbook pages. Taking a great photo. A nice candlelight dinner out. Going to the public library for books. Watching birds. Charting the constellations in the night sky.

Remembering the magestic roar of Niagara Falls. Going to church and being able to worship freely. Seeing a rainbow. Silence at times.

Dreaming. Sunshine. Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations.

Losing weight. Watching my favorite old TV 60's & 70's television shows on TV. Grilled food. Pizza. Watching Dolphins swim in the ocean. Watching butterflies out our window light on the butterfly bush. A nice family movie. Sleeping in and getting breakfast in bed. A pretty yard and clean house. Planetariums. Flying a kite. Playing scrabble on a winter night. Vegetable soup in the wintertime. My favorite soup..New England Clam Chowder and Greek Lemon Soup. Watching a parade in a nice comfortable chair. Fireworks on the 4th of July along with hamburgers and hot dogs.

Sitting outside on nice days in the evening hours and thinking. Fresh garden veggies. Fresh peaches in season. Strawberries and blueberries forever. Limeade in the spring and summer. Hot chocolate in the fall and winter. Herbal tea when I get sick or need a respite from worries. Smelling homemade bread and soup for dinner in the winter. A good talk with a good friend. Fishing for blue crab. Viewing lighthouses. Cheesecake my favorite dessert.. Turkey and whole cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving. Greek almond cookies and Maw's Ham, fruit cake cookies and chex mix at Christmas. "Green Duck." Maw's Hershey's chocolate cake. My pecan tassies, brownies, pumpkin mousse, and trifles during the holidays. Being a woman.

My mother's Lamb and Greek Spagetti at Easter. Bavlava for dessert at Easter. Working on scrapbook pages on the computer. Watching my husband smile and holding hands with him. Kisses from our two dogs. Noticing dogs are happy with simple things like rawhides, stuffed and squeak toys. Watching fish swim in my hubby's Aquarium. A cool breeze on a hot summer night. Reading good books. Cooking nice meals for Sundays. New scrapbook supplies and punches. Fried catfish, hush puppies, and coleslaw at a seafood restaurant.

Cornbread with a pot of beans and onion. Granny M's Chow Chow. Pecans for special holiday cooking. Eating Feta Cheese and black olives. Mild banana peppers fried in olive oil and pickled.

Kosher pickles. Fried Chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, and cold watermelon on a summer or fall picnic. Drawing objects. Watercolor painting. My companion telling me He loves me more than... Laughter.

Pretty bows, jewelry and nice clothes. Casual "hangout" clothes. Photos and histories of different lands, places, and cultures. Geography. Biographies. Watching Warner Brothers Cartoons and Rocky and Bullwinkle and laughing at the one-line jokes.

Dancing, the 60's dances, Tap Dancing, Polkas, and Ballroom dancing on TV. Animal Planet, The Discover Channel, The National Geographic Channel, PBS, on TV. Oldies radio music of the late 50's, 60's, and 70's. Seeing proper respect for the American flag by it's citizens. I love a protest march, and civil disobedience when necessary., peace symbols, and beads, but not the hippie lifestyle. Fudge..all kinds and sorts. Spices and herbs and cooking with them. Vegetable and herb gardens. Smelling bacon cook in the morning for breakfast. Hash browns and French Toast. Oatmeal, chopped pecans and apples for breakfast. Peppermint Ice cream at Christmas, Mint Chocolate Chip Ice cream on New Year's eve, and Sweet Potato Pie with whipped cream for Thanksgiving.

A cold salad during the summer for dinner. Good fluffy biscuits.

Books and reading them. Crocheting. Apple cider and apple brown betty. Maw's Tennessee stacked apple cake. Pancakes and sausage for breakfast Christmas day. Singing Christmas carols. Thanksgiving decorations. Decorating the outside with lights for Christmas.

People and truckers who drive safely and are courteous.

Amusement parks for kids to have fun in. Going to zoos and museums. Seeing the space shuttle launch on TV- every time it goes up it gives me hope for mankind. Photos of my nieces and nephews. Old Indian legends and customs. A good cry once in a while. Forgiveness from Heaven and forgiving others. Old movies like "Gone with the Wind" and "Dancing With Wolves." Clean comedy done well like the old "I Love Lucy" shows., Red Skelton and Jerry Clower. Hugging my dogs and knowing they love me regardless of how I look or feel . Good teachers who care. Snow falling on Christmas eve and New Year's eve. New England and the smoky mountains in the fall.

Crab trees, Red bud trees, and Bradford trees blossoming in the spring and Maple trees in the fall. Azaleas in the springtime in the south.

Seeing the Rocky Mountains in 1973. Hearing my hubby sing in the shower. Watching the neighborhood kids grow up and kids who still play in treehouses and on swing sets. Watching a videotape my Dad took showing "snow on a rose." Popcorn, pretzels, nuts, "goobers", raisinets,milk duds and all those things kids bought at the movies years ago. Marshall Field's downtown store in Chicago at Christmas. Christmas carols played in South Chicago at Christmas years ago. Having good legs to run when as a kid I was in danger.

Sharing a bedroom with my sister (now that I can look back and laugh). Fighting for my little brother Billy when I was in 8th grade and he was in 6th grade. I am happy to say that I sent those two boys home packing to their fathers who then whipped them for letting a girl beat them up. They got me angry at them for being bullies and picking on my only brother. I'm happy that I have grown a bit since those days.

I'm happy my brother stuck up for me when we were kids.

I'm happy to have lived in South Chicago as a kid. I learned to be tough and fair and learned to be in school with a lot of different kids from different countries and backgrounds. I'm happy I have A.D.H.D. I get to view the world differently then most.

I'm happy that I got a plastic human body anatomy model toy one Christmas to put together, a telescope and piano to play on, and a nice Sears bike to ride, ice skates to skate on in the winter.

I'm glad for a sister that when I call her she is always happy to hear from me, and who always sent me birthday cards even when I didn't send her any when we were grown and married. And for a nice brother in law who took family photos and cared about me when I was in the hospital and is a good husband to my sister.

I'm glad for the peace that forgiveness brings now that I am older and can appreciate this. I'm happy to be able to forgive and be forgiven for my many imperfections. Happiness comes from knowing we all have stuff to overcome everyone who has ever lived on this planet, except the good Lord who died to save us all. Happiness comes in obeying the 10 commandments and living them. I've seen what not living them does to people, and that is not happiness.

I'm glad I have a Maw in law who listens to me, and I'm glad to see her and visit with her too. We may not agree on some things, but she cares about her family and that is important to me.

And finally I am glad that I still miss visiting with my parents more.

I'm happy having family memories when so many don't. They are still more precious then gold. They are the real treasures of my life. I'm happy cause I believe the following:

  • Nobody messes with my family.. and I still believe that.
  • My happiness comes from knowing that I can persevere regard less what comes up. I'm happy to be thankful and living. And very happy to have had loving grandparents that I still miss; and letters from a Grandmother I can read from time to time who was more like my sister then my grandmother, and a Grandpa I still miss.
  • And regardless of how life treats us Families are still forever, problems, nuts and all.. I can't imagine being in Heaven without my family. God bless them all and teach us all.
  • And lastly, I'm happy and at peace finally realizing I have parents who love and care about me. I would be happy if everyone in this world had a father and mother who cared, taught correct principles and took care of their children. It's taken me 55 years of living to say all of this but I wanted to put this down on paper before I got too old remember anymore.


My sister-in-law, Rita, sent me these key findings...

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a tin, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright colloured lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a van - loose - was always exciting and great fun.

We drank water from the garden hose or tap and NOT from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle or can and NO ONE actually died from this.

We ate cakes, white bread and real butter and drank cordial with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because......


We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, No video games at all, No 99 channels, No cable, No DVD movies or surround sound.

No mobile phones, No text messaging, No personal computers, No Internet or Internet chat rooms..........

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We played with worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

Made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we didn't poke out anyones eye.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

Local teams had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all!

And you are one of them!


You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good. And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with your eyes shut holding a pair of scissors, doesn't it?!


Shhhh! Here are some early Black Friday ads.


Yeah, these folks might make easy targets.


I love reading about this stuff.


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