old country music

I have syrus, no  commercials, on my TV, listening to Old Country while working, I forgot how really good some of those old songs are, so relevant to life.  If you can find it:

THING CALLED LOVE BY Johnny Cash, it came off the 16 greatest hits on Syrus. If you are in love, it is a really nice song.


Back to the garden for a moment. I told you that we had a big garden that ran along the back of our house, we must of had 6 to 10 rows of corn and on Labor Day weekend we had a family corn roast. My father built a brick fire place on the right side of the garden(it’s still there today) and our family and relatives would put corn on one of those long forks, after taking the corn husks off the corn, and roast it over the fire. Very Delicious, if you haven’t tried it you should. 

The corn roast first started out small, my brother, myself, mother and father and perhaps a relative or two, by the time my father got too old to have the corn roast at their house our family had grown to 45 or so, we set up tables outside and had hot dogs, hamburgers and such plus of course desert. But that’s another story.

On the right side of the garden my grandmother had planted a tulip garden. It must have been at least 10 x 15 if not longer. It was beautiful in the spring, the rest of the year I can’t remember what it was used for. My mother continued to take care of it until she had too many children and had no time to garden.  There was also a big flower garden on the side of the house that my grandmother had also started.(by the way, this was my father’s mother and it was her house. My mother moved in when she married my father and by then my grandmother must have been in her late 60’s  which was old in those days. She had 8 kids by the way.) The garden was beautiful and my mother tended that until she got too busy. I know that I used to help her weed, but I think she used the garden as an excuse to get away from house work and get outside.  In my memory I can see the flowers and the most beautiful ones were the bleeding hearts, a plant that had actual little hearts growing on it.

About the barn:, when it was torn down, I must have been fairly young, but I remember my brother and I helping to pull out the old rusty nails with hammers. I expect that my father put us out of the way, and we probably didn’t do much but we certainly thought we were helping.  Can you imagine today letting kids pull out rusty nails? (and yes, we had our tetanus  shorts and we were very healthy) The old barn boards must have been shared with the helpers, but I remember lots of them stored(without nails) under the shed for use when needed. The nails that were still good were kept and used again also. 

My most fun memory with the old boards is when my brother and I decided to build a cabin in the side yard near the back. The other side from the flower garden. I have a photo of my brother on the roof and we did a pretty good job. I think we must of been 8 and 10 or 10 and 12 by then, we thought it was pretty cool.  I don’t remember tearing it down, but I expect we had to at some point. because there is a lilac tree planted there now.  When I find the photos, I will post some of them.


I came across this in a Sunday Church bulletin that I had saved in my bible.

“BE PROUD OF BEING CATHOLIC:  (Excerpts of an article written by Sam Miller, prominent Cleveland JEWISH businessman: “………….Why would newspapers carry on a vendetta on one of the most important institutions that we have today in the United States, namely the Catholic Church? 

1. Did you know-the Catholic Church educates 2.6 million students everyday at the cost to our Church of 10 billion dollars, and a savings on the other hand to the American taxpayer of 18 billion dollars. Our graduates go on to graduate studies at the rate of 92%, all at a cost to us. To the rest of the Americans it’s free.

2. The Church has 230 colleges and universities in the U.S. with an enrollment of 700,000 students.

3. The Catholic Church has a non-profit hospital system of 637 hospitals, which account for hospital treatment of 1 out of every 5 people-not just Catholics-in the United States today. “

Do you realize what will  happen if the Church refuses to provide abortion pills and contraceptives as ordered by the HHS mandate? Some Bishops say they will go to jail before including those services in their health insurance programs for employees. Because our schools and hospitals provide education and services for everyone, not just Catholics, The Church does not qualify for the narrow exclusion in the plan.  Do you really think Obama wants to have a legacy of being the first president to jail Catholic Bishops?






I have decided to write about my life and memories.  If it all works out maybe I can write a book since I lived a rather exciting life in a very exciting time.

My first memory is working with my father, in the garden. We had a large garden behind our house that ran all the way across the back yard. I suppose you could call it a Victory Garden since it was during and after the 2nd WW. However, there had been a garden growing behind our house for many years. The house used to be a farm when my father was young and I am not sure how much land they actually had to farm but by the time I came  along I would guess it was a house lot and a half with a fence around the back, maybe half an acre.  When I was young, there was a big old 2 story barn attached too the shed in back of the house. We could see the barn from the kitchen window. Us kids were told not to go in the barn because it was unsafe.  Sometime when I was quite young, there was an earthquake that went thru Skowhegan. I believe it was when my brother and I were young. My parents hurried us to the doorway to the outside because that is the safest place during an earthquake. After we went back inside and looked at the old barn it was still swaying back and forth and that is when my father decided to tear it down.

Now back to the garden.  My father worked in the shoe shop when I was young and when he got home from work, we had supper(that’s what you call the 5PM meal in the old days in Maine). After that during the summer we had to go out and work in the garden.  He must have done most of the work but I thought it was fun to be working with my father.  That is one of the great memories I have growing up.  My mother used to send us kids out to pick fresh beans, etc. so she could wash and cook them for dinner(at 12 noon).  We always had fresh vegetables in the summer and home canned vegetables in the winter. We had a root cellar where they kept the vegies that lasted all winter. They buried squash, turnips, potatoes, etc. in sand and we had them fresh all winter.  Talk about organic..no GMO’s there. Oh, I have to mention it while I think of it. We didn’t know we were poor, and there were no food stamps and we could not take from the Govt. in those days, we had to make it on our own with help of family and friends.  Anyway, have you ever had dandelions for a vegetable? Kind of bitter but not bad with butter. My mother went out during dandelion season, before the flowers came out on them, a dug them up, cut off the roots, and they were the vegetable we had that day with out meal.  I know my grandmother used to make dandelion wine out of them, but when we came along she was old and we needed the vegetables. Very healthy I expect.


I love this one,

“If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.  It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” 

This seems to apply to many of our Congress and our current President, apparently nothing changes from Lincoln’s time to ours.


………………..”We don’t preach only the death of Jesus. We preach the death-resurrection-ascension of Jesus. Those who preach only gloom and doom have missed the point. They’re like these two disciples on the road to Emmaus BEFORE they learned about the Resurrection and its implications for us and for all creation.  There are times of sadness in life..and suffering too. And death. But not pessimism.  Sometimes I need to check the ‘gloom-and-doom factor’ in my life. Spend some quiet time with the Holy Spirit.”