Eunice Boeve


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Our American Language posted 11-3-15

Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog posted 9-3-15

The Evil That Men Do posted 8/2/15

The Centering Corporation posted 6/2/15

A Holocaust Mother posted 4/30/15 Hilter's "Brave" Nazi soldiers Rounding up Women and Children posted 4/30/15

Our Mothers, Edith Boeve and Hazel Goyen posted 1-1-15

An Old Christmas Card posted 11/21/2014

A block from Jimmy's Life Quilt posted 9/3/14

Emily Morgan photo courtesy of the Kansas State Historical Society posted 8/9/14

Dr, Edith Eva Eger posted 7/11/14

Daisies are viewed by some as flowers, by others as weeds, depending on where you live. In Kansas, daisies can be tamed, in Montana, they are totally invasive, taking over fields and grazing lands. Posted 5/20/14

The top for this quilt was pieced by my grandmother and great aunts in Wyoming about 1915. My sister, Mabel, quilted it in Montana in 2003 (for me) and I have had it in my home in Kansas ever since. Someday it will go to my daughter, Kelly. Posted 4/22/14

Rosie the Riveter (She epitomized the women entering the work force in WWII) posted 3/17/14

The Fugates of Troublesome Creek posted 1/10/14

Orca Whales -- posted 11/13/13

Carmen Peone, Young Adult Author -- posted 10/5/13

Stealing Watermelons posted 8-15-13

Pet Crows - posted 7/25/13

The Next Big Thing - Books by Lee Rostadt and Janet Squires posted June 20, 2013

Robert Louis Stevenson "Some Fascinating Stories Concerning Life's End" posted 5/4/13

Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel posted April 7, 2013

Phillipsburg, Ks Photo by Shelia Roberts. posted Feb 28, 2013

Abraham Lincoln ---- posted 2/13/13

Emanciaption Proclamation posted 1-1-13

Santa in the window posted 12/7/12

Seth in "A Home For Us" artist Julie Peterson-Shea posted Nov. 7, 2012

"Betty Crocker" Ladies posted 10/8/12

My blue-eyed mother, Hazel E. Cline at 16 Posted 9-3-12

An Interview with Andrea Downing posted 7-31-12

In Cold Blood, a Kansas Murder Posted 7/1/12

Two Versions of an old Nursery Rhyme posted 6/4/12

Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart -- Posted 5/2/12

Boeve's Super Service Posted 4/3/12

Meg Justus, author of Repeating History Also see quick links on my Home page for Meg's website Posted 3/1/12

Boys of Baby Lager Camp playing chess, Photo by Ralph Morse, Life Magazine, posted 2/3/12

Hypnosis, once thought to be a sham, can be a vaulable tool to improve our lives. Posted Jan 2, 2012

Title: Atheists and Christmas ....... The painting of Jesus by Akiane Kramark age 8 posted Nov 30, 2011

Title: Autograph Books........Ron (my hus) then called Ronnie 8th grade 1945-46 - posted Nov 7, 2011

Title: Hobo Nickels........ carved by "Bo" George Washington Hughes - posted Oct. 2, 2011

The Buffalo Nickel

Title: Chief Standing Bear Posted 9/6/11

Title: Animal Meteorologists ........ Muffin age 6 posted 8/12/11

Title: The Sleep That is not a Sleep... Rip Van Winkle posted 7-4-11

Title: The Surviving/ Grieving Child - posted May 26, 2011

A Native American Tale posted April, 2011

Title: Embalming Bottles House - posted Mar. 29, 2011

Title: Memoirs and the "Now"in our lives - posted 2/21/11

Title: Even a Sparrow - My son, Ronnie, and the sparrow circa 1975 (note the dirt on Ronnie's chin) posted 1/27/11

Title: Women's suffrage Susanna M. Salter, age 27 Courtesy of the Kansas State Historical Society, posted 12/28/10

Title: Home on the Range - Brewster Higley's Cabin courtesy of the Kansas Sampler Foundation posted 10/7/10

Title: My sister's Dog - "Sadie" Posted 7/22/2010

Title: Comanche posted 6/28/10

Title: Moses Stocking - Mari Sandoz, 1896-1966 Library of Congress photo, posted 5/14/10

Title: Providence Spring, posted April 18, 2010

Title: Mary Fields - photo courtesy Wedsworth Library, Cascade, MT posted Mar. 17, 2010

Title: The Orphan Trains Photo courtesy of the National Orphan Train Complex, Concordia, KS - posted Feb. 21, 2010

Title: A Nez Perce Heroine -Lewis and Clark: Posted Jan. 2010

Title: Our Immigrant Ancestors - The SS Zaandam: Posted Dec. 29, 2009

Title: The Lowly Pencil - Some pencil pushers: Bro Larry (circled) & class 1946-47, Libby, Mt : posted Dec 7, 2009

Title: The Old Time Cowboy - Me with my Cowboy Daddy Posted Nov. 14, 2009

Title: Did you know? - A Hubble photo of the stars in the universe posted Oct 14, 2009

Title: The Year Without a Summer - Mary Shelley painting by Rothwell 1800-1868 Posted Sept 30, 2009

Title: Early Day Hunting Stories - posted Aug 28, 2009 - Buffaloed by Fairlee Winfield

Title: The Legend of Bad Medicine ( Mountain in the background) July 29, 2009 post

Title: Ally and the Wolves - My granddaughter, Ally, and me with a wolf pup Ally and the Wolves, July 10 , 2009 post

Title: Old Glory The Number Thirteen - July 2 post

Title: Geo Caching - Daughters Kandy and Kathy and son-in-law, Tom, on a geo cache hunt Posted June 23 post

Title: The Free Enterprise Radon Health Mine - Location Boulder, MT May 29, 2009 post

Title: A Trip to Kentucky - (Kandy's cat) March 2009 post

Title: Margaret Borland, Texas Rancher - (Borland's Tombstone, Victoria, TX) posted March 2009

Blog Archives are located below row of pictures on the left. Date of each blog is listed below the picture that corresponds with the story.

Our American Language

November 3, 2015

Tags: Thomas Jefferson, cow catcher, goat, dooryards, Philip Gonzalas

My friend who lived many years in England wondered at an expression I used one day. I said I was flying low, meaning I was really, really busy. To her that meant I was a male and my pants were unzipped. Whoa! I’ve quit using that particular expression. I read in an old article that bluff, meaning the edge of a high piece of land, or cliff, was once an unknown word in England in that particular sense. You could bluff someone with a poker hand, but don’t stand there on the bluff, overlooking the land below.
Thomas Jefferson was said to have first used the verb belittle, thus creating a barrage of belittling accusations, including the London Review who trounced on him for the use of a word they said he should be ashamed to use and beseeched him not to do any further damage to the mother tongue. (more…)

It Isn't Easy Being Green (Or Loving Everyone)

September 3, 2015

Tags: Jim Henson, Kermit the frog, The Muppets, Linda Ellis, The Dash, Catherine the Great, Volga Germans, Volga River, The Black Sea

When Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets , died at 53, he requested a happy funeral, with songs and laughter, and dance. And so it was. The thousands who filled the cathedral were given colorful butterflies on metal stems, to flutter and wave at different times throughout the upbeat service. Harry Belafonte called Henson a great artist, “But,” he added, “greater than his artistry was his humanity.” And his humanity and great capacity for love was reflected in his work and perhaps in the words his wife, Jane, (they were separated, but remained good friends) spoke at the service as she stood with their five children beside her. “He stayed with us long enough to give us certainly all we need, if we’re strong enough to carry on.” Jane died at age 78 of cancer. Jim Henson’s own words were read at his memorial service. They were: “Please watch out for each other and love and forgive everybody. It’s a good life, enjoy it.” (more…)


August 2, 2015

Tags: James Baldwin, Shakespeare, The Garden of Eden, Julius Caesar, racists, homophobics, religious zealots, heart transplants, Charles Martin, when Crickets Cry

Two quotes by James Baldwin, we might all do well to ponder: “People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned.” And the same thought, but in other words: It’s a terrible and inexorable law that one cannot deny the humanity of another without diminishing one’s own.
Sometimes it seems to me that “we” are becoming more critical, nastier in our view of others, and meaner in spirit than we used to be. Actually, though, I know that’s not true. (more…)

The Centering Corporation

June 2, 2015

Tags: Down Syndrome, Rainbow Rowell, Amanda Hodgkinson, 22 Britannia Road, WWII, k-9 officer, mounted policeman, horses

For years I’ve saved a story from a newsletter put out by the Centering Corporation of Omaha. Today, I ran across it again and it seemed to me now to be a good fit for this month’s blog. This is the story, paraphrased and reduced to fit my blog space, but hopefully has captured the essence of the words of the original writer listed on the story as Rainbow Rowell, a columnist for the Omaha World Herald. The Story: The boy was born in 1967 with Down Syndrome, (more…)

A Holocaust Mother

April 30, 2015

Tags: Nazi, Hilter, Holocaust; mothers; WWII

Abraham Lincoln has been quoted as saying, "All that I am I owe to my saintly mother." If mothers really understood the influence they have on their children, the world would either produce better mothers, or children would one day cease to exist. If mothers really knew, it could scare a good lot of them out of having children. And if that happened, it would cause a trend to be set and eventually, every woman would climb on board the "No baby Express" and that would be the end of humans.
Well, maybe not. But really my kids and many others would have had a better mother, if we'd only known. But as it is, most of us are pretty good mothers, for we love our children, generally, although not always, more than ourselves, and love, it is said, covers a multitude of sins.
This story is about one mother's love, a love as pure as the rarest of diamonds, a love perhaps equal in this sense to God's love. (more…)

American Sniper, the movie, and Ben

February 28, 2015

Tags: Chris Kyle, The American Sniper, Gun Safety, Borderline Personalities, Stop Walking on Egg Shells, Paul T. Mason, Randi Kreger

I saw American Sniper the other day and I thought it was a good movie. I would not call it outstanding, but interesting and it held my attention. I knew it wasn’t going to be pretty considering the subject matter. Some abhorred the violence in the film, but violence (more…)

Quantrill's Raid on Lawrence, Kansas

February 1, 2015

Tags: William Quantrill, Quantrill's Raid, The Confederacy

Five years ago, I wrote my first chapter story for kids for a program called Newspapers in Education. All of the five stories I've written for the program are historical fiction set in Kansas. The story currently being featured, is about a boy with the pony express. But I want to write in this (more…)

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2015

Tags: New Years, old sayings, Shakespeare's Julius Caeser, Eben Alexander, NDE, Proof of Heaven

2015... a fresh new year, like a fresh layer of snow before we trample it with footsteps, car tires, our dog's paw prints and yellow stains :-) , sled runners, and, depending on where and how we live, the various other prints that mark our snowy landscapes--if we have snowy landscapes. Some of us (more…)

1933 Germany (I didn't realize)

November 19, 2014

Tags: Hilter, Germany, Pre-WWII, 1933, French francs, German marks, black sharecroppers

My friend has two undated letters from Germany (translated into English) written to family members about 1933. The Depression in America had also hit Germany and to top it off, Hitler was raising his ugly head. The writers, Lina and Carl, describe the deplorable living conditions of the common German and at the end of (more…)

Life Quilt V

September 3, 2014

Tags: quilts, funerals, Mortuary Management, failures, Pearl S. Buck

I’m ending this blog about life quilts with a story about a man named Jimmy. If judged by the world’s standards, I suppose one would call Jimmy a failure. He never had a real job, just an odd job now and then. He had no family, never married. He had no (more…)