Archive for the ‘friendship’ Category

Sending Love Your Way Every Day of the Year – Even Halloween!

October 15th, 2016 1 comment

 This is a sign that Tim and I use as we wave goodbye. Alice has started signing it, and little Juliana is learning.

 It says it all, “I Love You.”



Thanks to Nima McFatridge for sharing the picture.

Encouragement from Schoolmarm Family

October 12th, 2015 2 comments

Another vote of confidence came from a Schoolmarm follower:  Thanks for letting me know you are out there, you are greatly appreciated!  

Dear Mary,

Just wanted you to know that I check in on your blog every day.  Always find something interesting.  Keep up the good work.


Alice Glass

Friendship in Action

August 6th, 2015 Comments off

Wilma King

Wilma King was a friend of mine. Over the years we kept in touch through visits and telephone calls. She passed away recently. My thoughts and prayers are with their son Tom, and his wife Cari.

Charles King, her dear husband and educator, was my earliest and most important mentor. Without Mr. King I probably would never have gone to college, thus never taught in Germany, never met Bill, never had Timothy, never lived in California, etc. That one decision changed my life forever, in many ways.

Although the Kings lived far from me they continued to have an interest in my life, and I in theirs. When she heard I was going to have a baby Wilma knitted this sweet sweater for him, her name tag is sewn in. Forty years later it is still in good shape. So when the weather gets cooler Tim’s Juliana will be able to wear it, and when she is older I will tell her about the Kings and how they influenced Grandma’s life . . . come to think of it . . . hers too!

I think Charles and Wilma would be pleased.



July 5th, 2015 Comments off

Rudy HagoodOur good friend and Bible instructor, Rudy Hagood, has accepted a position as executive pastor  in San Diego.  That means of course that he won’t continue as instructor of our Bible study group.

I teased him by saying it was just like a guy, to come along, make us fall in love, and then leave.  He just grinned that big grin, gave me a bear hug and promised to keep in touch. 

May God continue to bless you Rudy!

Bonnie Buck at Garvan Woodland Gardens

March 17th, 2015 Comments off

Bonnie is a vivacious woman with a happy smile and a great spirit of fun.  I have memories of her that go back to 5th grade.  She is making her 70’s look good, and that is always a pleasure to see.

She posed for this picture at the Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, Arkansas,  beautifully framed with the natural surroundings.  It won’t be long until spring is here and the gardens will be as beautiful as the day Bonnie visited.

Thanks Bonnie for introducing me to a treasure for the state of Arkansas and all who visit there.

What a Sight! The Grand Canyon.

October 18th, 2014 Comments off

Jody No Rim GC

Friend from college days, Jody, enjoying the amazing view at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon!  She’s got a firm grip on Bergen to keep him from straying too far.  He’s excited with the fantastic view too!

October 18th, 2014 Comments off


Yakety Yak

September 25th, 2014 Comments off

Remember when it was so expensive to talk long distance ? How we rushed to keep the calls to three minutes?

Photo 138Now we have unlimited minutes and we can talk to our heart’s content.  We really don’t have a good excuse for not keeping in touch these days, do we?

Emails are fast and easy, texting is gr8 whn a wrd r 2 wil do. Then there is  Facebook, Twitter, smoke signals, and of course  . . .  a letter in an envelope.

Considering all the options  . . .  I  choose hearing that unique voice on the other end of the line.  I love  hearing the laughter, that individual sound, that auditory picture of that special person that stays with me long after the call has been made.

Even if we have am unlimited number of minutes, dear hearts, we aren’t assured an unlimited number of days.

Hi, it’s good to hear your voice.  I’ve missed you.”

Remembering a Friend

September 21st, 2014 8 comments

I have kept the obituary in my high school yearbook for 23 years.  Each time I open it, the obit is there for me to remember the girl I knew when we were teenagers in Pocahontas, Arkansas.  A woman who, in our eyes,  left us too soon at the age of 48.  I am talking about LaCretia Wadene James, daughter of Wade and Vera James, sister of Mike and Teresa, mother of Tamara, Brent, and Angela.

img580To be honest, it is hard to relate to the mature person described in the clipping from the Pocahontas Star Herald, because we, her peers, never knew that Wadene was capable of accomplishing so much.  She simply caught us off guard with her brilliant smile, her wonderful laugh, and sparkling eyes.

Who would have thought that the cheerleader next to me  would someday establish and run aimg576 high-tech consulting firm?

Who would have guessed that one of the girls in our Girls Ensemble would one day be the vice-president of a semiconductor test equipment manufacturer, and  serve in senior corporate training and development positions?

Who would have foreseen her receiving an American Society of Training and Development Achievement Award?

Who would have dreamed that the girl, who could be wonderfully silly and playful, had the depth of character and intellect to earn Master’s Degrees in both psychology and management? That she would serve on the Board of Directors of the International Strategic Planning and Management Organization; and that she would extend her business acumen to start her own clothing design firm, named LaCretia James International?  We didn’t dream, but obviously, she did.

I am thrilled to know that her boundless energy lead her to become an avid skier, hiker, Japan enthusiast, pilot and an early participant and leader in Outward Bound Executive Program.

It makes me happy to know that she lived life to the fullest and  was admired by her friends in Palo Alto, California,  for her “instinctive warmth and gracious manner, and by her colleagues as a highly successful electronics industry executive and entrepreneur.”

The teenage Wadene I knew  was a bright, affectionate, fun-loving girl, who made me feel that she truly cared for me.  Sounds as if she made many others feel the same way.

A short life, an adventuresome life, a vibrant life.  A life to remember, my dear friend, Wadene

Update on the Rosales Brothers

June 24th, 2014 Comments off

The Rosales Brothers are doing well after Erick donated part of his liver to Oscar just  Thursday.  Their mother, Maria, tells me they are out of ICU and are walking.  She is relieved the surgery is over but naturally concerned for her two sons. 

Once again we give thanks to God for what he has done and continue asking Him to give Oscar and Erick a complete recovery.  We pray also for Maria and the rest of the family.  This has been a very stressful time for all who know and love the boys.  May God Bless them all.


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