September 25, 2017


Carol and Clown

Or, the short title should read, “I may be smiling, but I was really mortified”. I think this photo was taken in either 1962 or 1963. It was taken at Southgate Market in Tumwater, Washington and if the clown is any of my schoolmate’s father or other male relative, I’m sorry, but I just found this photo ambush so embarrassing. I don’t even know what it was all for. You can see me holding my arms in “protection mode”. Here’s the thing I took away from this event. Just because I was young in age doesn’t mean I was immature. That said, I always became wary of anyone in costume who might want to invade “my space”. I think most clowns are embarrassing, probably because they have to act stupid in public.

I will say, I did enjoy the clownish antics of Emmett Kelly (Weary Willie) and Red Skelton (Freddy the Freeloader) though.

English: Red Skelton as Freddie the Freeloader...

English: Red Skelton as Freddie the Freeloader, Carol Sydes, Frank McHugh from Skelton’s 1959 television show. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

8 Places To Share Your Social Profile


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Let’s Get Social!

Depending on your intent, you might want to add your social profile to any or all of these sites. Some are well known, but if you’re just getting started online these links will make it easy for you to get your social presence “out there” initially. This is a random list and not presented by any personal preference.

Write Your Profile First!

 Write your profile first and keep it in a file on your computer for quick access so you can upload it with just a few keystrokes. You might want to add a paragraph for inclusion to personalize it for the site, or type of site, to which you are uploading it. What you upload to Facebook might not quite be the same as what you would like someone on a photo type site to know about you.

Facebook – Almost everyone online has a Facebook profile. I would caution that you only include just the information you are most comfortable in sharing with the whole world. As an added help, you might want to use Social Fixer to whichever browser you are using.

Twitter – If you are planning to just have a social presence on Twitter, there is probably not much need to have more than one account. If you want to keep your business and social lives separate though, then I would suggest at least two accounts. The way to have two accounts is simple, just create each one with a different email account that you own.

LinkedIn – Whether you are in business or not, LinkedIn is an excellent site in which to make like-minded friends and have the ability to gain authority and a trusted social presence through joining specific interest groups and/or giving and receiving endorsements. – has the ability to put all of your online presences in one location via badges for the other sites I’m listing. Kind of a central hub for your fans.

Google+ – If you have a blog, it’s great to have Google know that, and one of the best ways is through Google Authorship.

YouTube – Are you doing webinars, lectures, etc., or creating fun videos you would like to share? Having your profile on YouTube will make it so people can find them by looking for your ‘handle’, name, interest or topic.

Instagram – Wild about sharing your photos with the world? Adding Instagram to your smart device, or sharing through an account on your PC is also a way to catch and keep your reader’s interests. They can subscribe to your account and get updates as they choose.

Flickr – Flickr is another photo sharing site that can be used as a free member with limited uploads, or as a paid member for more flexibility. As a site that hosts your photos it’s good in that you can easily access all of them. The downside (to me) is that putting them all in one place online is like putting all your eggs in one basket. If their website goes down for any reason you are left with no way to get a photo you want. Personally, I have my photos in several places, but that’s just my personal preference.



I Remember Mama On Her Birthday

I read a saying today that essentially said that it matters not who your ancestors were but what you leave behind.  As a family genealogist, I might slightly dispute that first part, but as this is the anniversary of my mom’s 89th birthday today, I prefer to remember what she left behind.

From earliest days I remember my mother as affectionate and kind without being too smothering. She forgave many who wronged her and we learned through her to be more tolerant of others.

Mom lost her own mother when she was almost six years old. I don’t think she really remembered her mother other than through feelings and not memories. In doing our family research I wonder just what was going on with my Grandma Helen Moline. She and my grandpa Elvin (Al) married when they were quite young, but didn’t have their first child (my aunt Jeane) until 1920. That was around six years they were together without any children.

Was Helen working and not willing to give up her job (she was sometimes employed as a vocalist for funerals), or they just waited to have children until Al’s income was more steady? From 1929 until 1933 my mother and her sisters didn’t have a female roll model in their lives. In 1933 grandpa married his second wife Lillian (Eppy) Epstein and at that point she became the person who would mold my mother into a lady.

Eppy was a stickler for manners and etiquette because she was raised that way, or so I assume. My mother relaxed a bit around home, but out in public we had to have our public manners on display at all times. Nothing wrong with that! No talking with your mouth full; no elbows on the table; no reaching across the table or chewing with your mouth open. She always said it sounded like a cow pulling it’s foot out of the mud.

Mom was a Girl Scout and so when we were living in rural Tumwater she taught us how to light a campfire and keep it going. We roasted potatoes in the fire and snatched branches from the apple trees to roast marshmallows. We would go for walks and she would show us where the hazelnut bushes were in the woods so we could bring home those prickly covered delicacies to dry and have later as a snack. We picked wild blackberries (the small ones, not the Himalayan kind) and sometimes the small red huckleberries for pie or just to munch.

Mom loved to play cards and games, and almost every winter we had a jigsaw puzzle going on the kitchen table. That was great because then we could eat in the living room! The trouble with that was that sometimes my dad would stroll through the kitchen and grab one of the pieces so that at the end we were looking all over the floor for the missing piece. He would finally own up to the theft and we all would have a good laugh at his legerdemain.

We would all read books, and some of my favorites were the Reader’s Digest condensed books. That was where my world was expanded beyond the walls of the house. Mom and I both read Mrs. Mike, a story of a young woman who married a Canadian Mountie and lived in the wilds of Canada.

So many memories of Mom….learning to cook from her, learning how to iron correctly, being curious about the world we lived in. She and dad both taught us about economics and what drove the economy. Dad was a carpenter and his work was quite often seasonal. We had lean times and those of plenty. We appreciated it all and learned life lessons that would stay with us always.

Mom was not only my mother but we were friends. She would reprimand me when I was being intolerant, and praise me when I tried my best to succeed. She was always on my side, but not afraid to tell me when I was being a toad. In fact, that was her nickname for me…”Toad”.

I’ve written 700+ words about Mom and it just barely describes the woman she was. I miss her every day and hope that I too have passed along her lessons to my son, and in turn, he might pass some along to our grandkids.

[intlink id=”1651″ type=”post”]Sentimental Sunday: Joan Moline Yates 1923- 2001[/intlink]

100 Years Ago In West Plains Missouri

In the last two days I have thoroughly enjoyed the book “West Plains Missouri…As I Knew It” by Robert Neathery and told to Marideth Sisco (1994).  It was the first time I had ever really gotten a “feel” for the town in which so many of my families lived and originated.

Robert mostly describes his own life growing up in West Plains and his own family, but he did mention a few of my family members, one of which was Pauline Smith Pond.  As it turns out, she also wrote a book entitled “Teacher, You’re Almost a Lady”.  Pauline, along with my other cousins were some of the earliest of my family to join the Ozark Springs DAR Society in West Plains.

Robert Neathery was in the telephone and radio business (and several other endeavors) and he tells some interesting stories of bringing electricity to the city, life before the air conditioner and refrigeration, and power outages.  As time went by and new conveniences were introduced, it didn’t matter if you needed help in Brandsville or West Plains, Robert knew how everything worked and even how to fix it!

If you are at all interested in West Plains, Missouri history you might find Robert Neathery’s book very interesting.  He describes the West Plains dance hall explosion and what caused it; local characters like his uncle who would rather do yard work for the government than put in an actual day’s work at the radio station even though he was a partner; or why the peach trees down by Brandsville eventually failed.


West Plains as I knew it / by Bob Neathery ; as told to Marideth Sisco

Surnames of my families that lived in Howell County: MORRISON, YATES, PENTECOST, SMITH, BREEDLOVE, WRIGHT, KELSEY, DAWSON, and HOLMES.

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