Eunice Boeve

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Abraham Lincoln meeting Grace Bedell Posted 4/12/17

Dancing in the Rain posted 1-31-17

Hate/Prejudice Posted 1/3/17

The Angel Behind "It's a Wonderful Life" posted 11/30/16

"A Poll" - Which Would You Rather Be? Posted Nov 9, 2016

Fiorello LaGuardia posted Oct 4, 2016

The Hostage's Daughter (The Church of the Locked Door, part II) posted 9-4-16

The Church of the Locked Door posted 8-6-16

Coach Lou Little posted 7-3-16

Temple Grandin: The woman who helped make the world a kinder, gentler place posted 6-6-16

The Better Angels of Our Nature posted 4-28-2016

William Allen White Posted 3/3/16

There Was a Beaver Once posted 2/5/16

Swaddling clothes.... Posted 12/28/15

The Santa Claus of the Plains Posted 12-2-15

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

American Sniper, the movie, and Ben posted 2/28/15

Illustration for the Newspaper in Education Story, In the Shadow of Evil. Artist: Julie Peterson-Shea .... blog posted 2/1/15

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

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Stealing Watermelons posted 8-15-13

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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 http://mmjustus.blogspot.com/ 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

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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

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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

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Title: My friend, Angela - A descendant of slaves who settled Niccodemus, Kansas April 10, 2009 post (photo by Carol Yoho)

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Dancing in the Rain

January 31, 2017

Tags: Gilda Radner, Jodi Picoult, Mickey Mouse, Berkley University, grizzly bears

Some of us take life too seriously and fill the hours of our days with worry, fear, envy, and other doubts that color our vision of self. We imagine others have it better, are smarter, more talented, and we endure, as Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet’s Soliloquy, “the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to.” Which is of course very true, for there are many, many things to worry about as there always have been and always will be. But some of us can laugh, even in the face of death. The actress, Gilda Radner, one of the original cast of Saturday night Live, was stricken with ovarian cancer and died at age 43. She wrote a poem about her ordeal which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine two years before her death. “Doctors are whippersnappers in ironed white coats who spy up your rectums and look down your throats; And press you and poke you with sterilized tools and stab at solutions that pacify fools. I used to revere them and do what they said, ‘till I learned what they learned on was already dead.”
Some pranksters stole a 7-foot statue of a grizzly bear from California’s Berkley University and two years later sent a letter, apparently written by the bear, that he thought it would be best if he came back, for noting the decline in Berkley’s ranking among other universities, if he was gone any longer, it might soon become a Junior college.
There was once a young kids basketball coach who, at half-time, while the other coach was drawing plays on a chalk board for his kids, got out a grease pencil and drew mustaches on his players. The kids on the apposing team couldn’t help but look at those fake mustaches and grin and sort of lose focus, and they lost the ball game. But, I bet the silliness was more fun than the game, anyway.
Mickey Mouse celebrated a day-long party at his debut Nov. 18, 1928 at the Colony Theatre in New York in “Steamboat Willie” the first cartoon to have sound synchronized with the pictures. Disney archivist, David Smith, was quoted as saying, “People looked up to this mouse because they saw that he had so many of the same foibles that they had and was striving to get ahead just like them.” So perhaps in laughing at Mickey’s antics, they could laugh some at their own. (My words not David Smith’s.)
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I am reading Second Glance by Jodi Picoult, or trying to. I have always liked her books, but this one doesn’t hold my interest as her others have. I guess it sort of fits this blog post, too. At times, even the most talented, the smartest, the prettiest fail and it will serve them best, if they can learn to dance in the rain.

Comments

  1. January 31, 2017 4:01 PM EST
    It's true we take ourselves far too seriously, Eunie. I try to find humor in everything--rather difficult at the moment, but then this blog isn't meant for politics ;-) OH MY, i see one of my captcha below is in Russian. I wonder what that can mean...
    - Andrea Downing
  2. January 31, 2017 7:52 PM EST
    Ha! Ha! That captcha about being in Russian made me laugh.
    - Eunice Boeve
  3. February 3, 2017 1:00 PM EST
    A good reminder, Eunie, not to take ourselves too seriously. It is difficult right now, though, as Andie points out. Thanks for the laughs.
    - Julie Weston
  4. February 3, 2017 5:32 PM EST
    Thanks, Julie.
    - Eunice Boeve
  5. February 11, 2017 8:17 PM EST
    One of my gifts from God-the ability to laugh at myself and to find humor in life when I need it!!
    - Joyce Boeve
  6. February 11, 2017 10:09 PM EST
    The world would be a far better place if we could all laugh at ourselves.
    - Eunice Boeve
  7. April 11, 2017 12:08 PM EDT
    I enjoyed the post, Eunice, especially Gilda's poem. I've dealt with a lot of cancer in the family over the last couple of years and it really seemed to strike home that who they learned on were already dead. That wasn't my only takeaway from the post. When you see what's going on in the world it does make you realize that you shouldn't angst over things that really aren't all that important. I admire people who can smile, even laugh, in the face of adversity.
    - Linda S.
  8. April 11, 2017 12:29 PM EDT
    We humans do complain a lot about things that don't matter, but often when the way grows hard with hills of adversity to climb, we same humans will fly our true colors. Thanks for your comment, Linda.
    - Eunice Boeve