Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Who is that woman?

Here I am with my mother and father, but who is the woman on the left? Could that be my Aunt Boots? I would guess I am about six in this picture. Why was the car left open?

Enlargement of following picture

Does anyone recognize the woman in this picture?

On Playground Equipment

Halloween 1950

Here I am in my Halloween costume in 1950.

Around age 7

I don't know exactly when this picture was taken, but I would guess I am around seven years old.

At Keystone Lake

Here we are at Keystone Lake (about 10 miles west of Sand Springs). In this pecture you can see myself, my son Nick, and my wife Jan. This picture was taken on Oct. 8, 1987.

With ball

At 14 months

This photo was taken on May 13, 1949.

Made in the shade

This photo was taken on October 15, 1951 in Carbon Hill. With me is my cousin Don Nerren. We are drinking Coca Cola.

Defaced photo

I don't have any idea why this photo is marked over and broken in many places (see my knees). This is a photo of my cousin Don and myself.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Eating ice cream

I am on the left, and my cousin Don Nerren is on the right. This picture was taken in March 1952.

In Tupelo

Age 7 in Tupelo. We lived at 1527 Central Avenue.

Hammer in hand

This photo was taken on my seventh birthday.

Birthday party No. 8

From myself (in back with ice cream about to go into my mouth) going clockwise are Unknown, Pete McMurry, Jack Page, Jimmy Shirley, Dennis Shirley, Raymond ?, Unknown, and Paula.


The film for this shot was processed in April 1959, but the picture could have been taken earlier, perhaps in March. Judging from the cannon in the right side of the picture, I would say this picture was taken at a civil war battle ground, perhaps Shiloh. I know we visited Shiloh a couple times while we lived in Mississippi. Shilod is just 50 miles to the north of Tupelo. The age of each of us is recorded on the back of the photo: Paula, 9; Danny, 11; Jean, 37. Jean is my mother.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Piano day

Today was Monday and that means piano duet rehearsal time. This morning about ten minutes before our set rehearsal time, I got a call from Gail saying she would be a few minutes late. When she arrived she said that when she was on Lewis Avenue she saw a mother duck near a storm water drain. You need to know that Gail is a wildlife rescuer. She pulled over to check things out. She saw the mother duck hanging around a drain, and down in the drain were her baby ducklings. She went back to her house and got a piece of equipment and returned to the drain. She retreived some of the ducklings, but the mother had left.

When Gail arrived, we went over the ten pieces we had selected to play. We will be playing at the Wildwood Care Center this Saturday at 2 pm. We will be rehearsing again this Friday. And then on Sunday, we will be playing "Stars and Stripes Forever" at Church of the Restoration.

Due to the rainfall we have had lately, it was not necessary to water the garden tonight.

Fourth birthday

This picture was taken on my fourth birthday.

With Paula

Here I am in Carbon Hill in May of 1952. My sister is the one with the Mohawk haircut.

Splendor in the grass

Taken in June 1952.

With my sister Paula (11 months old)

This photo was taken in May 1952.

At high school in Carbon Hill

Taken in October 1950.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Strummin' on the old banjo

Sometime in 1950.

With Mother (2)

Dated Oct. 50

With Mother (1)

From the back: "Cecil took this picture and think she likes to take a sky picture as well as her sod. 50"

Grandfather and me

From the back: "Danny and PaPa ready for Sunday School. Sept. 51"

Busy day

With a congregation as small as that of Church of the Restoration, when one person is absent the absence is noticeable. Attendance today was at 8. Missing from the congregation today was Joy. However, she had a good reason to be absent. Some one had broken into her car and stolen a few items from it.

Today's message was delivered by Vanessa Adams-Harris, just back from the 2010 General Assembly which met in Minneapolis. She gave us a report on her experience there.

Following the service, I went to the TAM meeting at the Fontana Center. (For a report of what happened there, see the Tulsa Atheist Rendezvous blog.) After this meeting was over, I went to a nearby Wendy's for a bowl of chili. Then I went to the Price's house for drumming. Following drumming, I came home.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Seeing things differently

In front yard with neighbors

I don't remember these people.

In Papa's car; Sat., 17 March

Here I am checking out the pavement below.

With my Uncle Floyd

Uncle Floyd was my dad's younger brother.

Burning up the sidewalk

Inscription on back reads "The overalls he has on are the ones Daddy Ed gave him for his birthday last year. March 17 - Sat. 51"

In the driveway

Taken Sept. 1951.

June 1950

This picture was taken in June 1950.

Playing in the snow

Here I am having fun in the snow. This picture was taken February 1, 1951.

Friday, June 25, 2010

First Birthday

This is my first birthday. I took cake to be a hands-on experience, apparently. I wonder who fixed my hair that day?

Birthday No. 3

This picture was taken on March 8, 1951. My mother wrote on the back of this picture "This is his Easter Suit. It's yellow with a white shirt. That's Miss Annie in the background. Danny wasn't in the mood for picture taking that day."

Birthday No. 4

I guess Spring came early this year, since I am wearing shorts. My birthday is March 8. Note the underbite that I have. When I closed my mouth, my lower teeth closed over my upper teeth. When I was in elementary school my parents took me to an orthodontist, and I got braces.


This is an enlargement of a portion of the photo below. Notice how my left eye turns inward. I was a crosseyed kid. My parents took me to Oxford, MS where I had surgery on that eye. The surgery turned out well.

Birthday No. 5

Here I am on my fifth birthday.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Pictures and evening hours

I came across a set of three pictures taken in the little white house we first lived in at Nettleton, MS. I posted the first one of the set earlier. It shows me sitting in a wash tub. The second picture shows me from the rear standing in the wash tub completely naked. I was going to post that picture, but my wife stopped me. She said I could get into trouble by posting it. I don't think she is right, but she was so upset by my attempt to post it that I dropped the attempt. Showing a one-year old's naked butt on a blog is not illegal, but there was no convincing her.

The third picture shows full frontal nudity. I know if she will not let me show my bare butt, she is not going to let me show my ding-dong. I was going to cover that part anyway, just to be on the safe side. But I am so disappointed by her intervention that I will move on to other pictures. Rats!

At 6:30 we went to Te Kei's for a meeting of the local Move On chapter. There were about 18 of us there. We ate a meal and then broke into three groups of about six each. We have tentative plans to gather signatures calling for a reversal (through legislation) of the Supreme Court ruling in the Citizens United case. This is the ruling which cleared the way for corporations to make unlimited donations to political candidates. We will be getting together again in a few days.

Here I am in a washtub at about the age of one year and a few months.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Cages at Atwood's

I got an e-mail from Gail regarding our upcoming performance at Wildwood Care Center. She suggested several songs we might play including:
Yankee Doodle Variations
Alexandar's Ragtime Band
It's Grand Old Flag
Stars and Stripes Forever
Easy Street Blues
Wade in the Water
I'll Wait For You
Castle House Rag
I suggested we add:
Champaigne Rag
Rag-Weed Rag
Washington Post March
Black Hawk Waltz
I don't know how much time they will allot for us to play. That will most likely be the determining factor.

We have three gigs lined up for the near future: Wildwood on July 3, Church of the Restoration on July 4, Church of the Restoration on August 1.

We went to WalMart this afternoon to get three more tomato cages, but they were all sold out. We went to Atwood's and bought the tomato cages there. They were the 54" variety and we found it difficult getting them into the car. We had Luke with us. We ended up driving with a back window down and part of the cages hanging out the window. Back home I placed the cages in the ground and watered my garden.

I will try to get back to posting pictures tomorrow.

Weeding the garden

I spent a good bit of time this morning weeding my garden. I just strolled out to take a look and then decided that I needed to pull some weeds. I got started and just kept on going. I also transplanted the last tomato plant and the pepper plant into the ground. This morning I mixed up some plant food in water and used that water on my topsy turvy tomato plant. The plant has now grown up to the top of the container. I may have to move the whole kit and caboodle to another location soon.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Another hot day

It was another really hot day today in Oklahoma. We went grocery shopping late in the morning and got back home around 1:30 pm. In addition to the groceries, we bought a new mailbox and a new garden hose.

I finished posting the pictures I got from my mother this evening. However, I have even more pictures to post from another source. I even found some pictures taken at the first little white house we lived in at Nettleton. I found a couple of pictures which I thought were long lost. My parents thought it would make a nice picture to have me standing in a washtub with a bar of soap in my hand. I was as naked as a jaybird -- full frontal nudity (at about age 1). I am thinking I should not post that picture in toto. Not that I am ashamed of my body, but some eager law-enforcement person might be waiting to make a name for himself. So if you want to see that picture, you will have to visit me here in my home.

To my right in this picture is my birthday cake. The cake was in the shape of a log. This picture was taken in March 1955 at age seven.

Age 8

This picture was taken at our house in Tupelo. We moved to Tupelo in 1955.

Riding the Jockeycycle

Close up

At age 7

I have no idea where this picture was taken.

Monday, June 21, 2010

This photo was taken on May 13, 1951 in Nettleton, Mississippi. The man and woman in the picture are Rubel and Mary Black. The photo was taken next to the Edwards' house. In the background is the Frisco main line. Mary Black was one of the daughters of John and Eula Edwards.

Birthday cake at 4

This photo has been manipulated to increase the contrast. Judging from the number of candles on the cake, I would say this was my fourth birthday. As sometimes happens, I blinked right as the shutter was released.

Standing tall

Here I am dressed nicely. Notice the curl on my forehead. The date on the back of this picture reads October 24, 1951.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Alabama snow

On the sled going clockwise are Jackie, Linda, Dale, and myself. I do not know who the adult is.

Alabama snow

This photo was taken February 1, 1951. I can be seen wearing cowboy boots on the left side in front. Next to me is Dale. Behind me is Jackie, and next to Jackie is Linda and her dog.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

June HAT meeting

The June HAT meeting was held this afternoon at the Genealogy Center, starting at 2 pm. There were 16 people present for the meeting. Details of the meeting will be posted later on the HAT blog. After the meeting adjourned, we took Barbara Frey back to her apartment. Then we returned home. J phoned Nick to see if Ayla wanted to spend the night here. The answer was a definite YES. We drove over to Nick's and got Ayla and returned home with her.

In a few minutes we left for Braum's where I had a grilled chicken sandwich, fries, and a Dr. Pepper. J and Ayla got their meal of choice.

After eating, we returned home where I began posting pictures from many years ago.

Touchdown in the laundry

Photo taken in 1951.

Easter Sunday, 1951

This photo was taken on Easter Sunday, 1951.