>> Thursday, January 29, 2009
>> Sunday, January 25, 2009
We stayed at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, which has EVERYTHING you need for a break from mundane....
The resort is exactly like a city indoors..... probably like what they do in Vegas, but I wouldn't know.
>> Thursday, January 22, 2009
This week we're out of the pantry and into the closet, my place to store most of my keepsakes.
I never knew my uncle because Billy, her firstborn, was killed in Korea just a few days before his two-year enlistment expired. He was 21.
When the three children were very young, my grandparents were poor and uneducated. When Betty Jean was around two years old she came down with some childhood illness, and it was all Leroy and Ethel could do to have one of them get her to the hospital for care. Leroy was finally able to take her but couldn't stay because he had to be back at work.
Tann was a highly respected director of an orphanage in Memphis, Tenn., who used her position to oversee more than 30 years of baby-stealing, baby-selling, and abuse.
While she is credited with popularizing the worthy undertaking of adoption, she corrupted the mission by arranging adoptions for profit to the rich, the famous, and the unfit to parent.
These children came to her after being seen by "spotters" who either targeted babies ripe for abduction or located desperate single women seeking a better future for their child. She was involved in more than 1000 adoptions in New York.
Many of the birth certificates she provided as part of the adoption process were altered, and she was the chief force behind the legislation that sealed these records. Tann and her cohorts convinced the powers that be that her stolen and kidnapped children, as well as all other legally or illegally adopted children, should be forevermore barred from accessing the simple facts of their birth that most people take for granted.
After my grandmother died, I found among her things a yellowed ziploc bag with her baby girl's birth certificate, dated April 9, 1931, and this little silk and satin coat and wool hat:
My grandmother kept up with this tiny collection for decades; I'll preserve it for as long as I can.
>> Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Yes, I know. I've been catching some grief lately about my lack of blogging - and a complaint that I've been boring even when I did blog. (That sweet comment was from my 'worst-blogger-ever-and-never-comments neighbor'; thanks Sharon!).
Okay, all you northern peeps out there that thought you had the market on snow:
Look what was coming down this morning in our neck of the woods:
And look and the coverage by the time it had stopped!!!!
I got out while I could and stocked up on supplies. We should be okay! :)
>> Thursday, January 15, 2009
>> Friday, January 9, 2009
>> Thursday, January 8, 2009
This week's TIMHT has me back to 'ordinary' stuff around the house.
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>> Wednesday, January 7, 2009
>> Tuesday, January 6, 2009
>> Thursday, January 1, 2009
I especially remembered this song! Couldn't wait to get it on my ipod.
Recognize the 'lead singer'?
I also got season one of HAZEL on DVD. Yeah!!
And the most used gift: a beautiful, fleece-lined, quilted heating pad cover that Jessica made for me. I have the heating pad out all winter, and there's nothing as cozy as curling up under a blanket, with the heating pad behind you, watching some great old sitcoms or movies. Now the heating pad isn't ugly and medicinal-looking; it is softer and warmer and pretty.
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