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Neddy’s Palaver


I posted this at  AlphaInventions.com blog. I cannot understand how it works, but it does.

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My Slow Blogging


Well, it seems that I am always ahead of the trend. I started this “slow-blogging” thingy back on 4 September 2007, my sixty-sixth birthday. And my blogging has only gotten slower and slower, ;). Now they are saying this is therapy, I see. But, … does anyone read it, other than me? Probably not, but then, who cares? Not me. It is my legacy to the world that never cared about me.

Down with fast food and fast blogs. Good Advice. Blogging At a Snail’s Pace.

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Goodbye Route 66


It’s official. Today I have finished my journey along life’s Route 66. All of those adventures of the past year are now but “Vanishing Memories” of bye-gone days. Now I need a new quest to somewhere.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EDNA! “I was so much older then; I’m younger than that now.”

My Back Pages by Bob Dylan

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I think it is really cool that my telephone provider, Cox Communications, has begun sending my telephone voice mails to me in emails. When I first began receiving the emails telling me to click or download, I was afraid to do so, thinking they were some sort of malware. I finally investigated and opened one and found it to be wonderfully convenient.

When I play the message in my Internet Gmail account, it even opens up in its own dedicated Google audio player. If I play it on my computer it opens in iTunes, which is a bit of an inconvenience as I have to remember to delete it from iTunes. Then I am fearful of deleting my music by mistake. I haven’t figured how to get it to automatically open in Windows Media Player; I am just remembering to always play those voice messages from my Internet account.

I find it much more convenient to listen to my telephone voice mail this way, then having to dial in and listen. It is especially convenient when we are travelling as we don’t have to call home to listen to see if there are any messages for us. They show up on my laptop, and my iPod Touch – which of course I never travel without. They are my constant companions.

Thank you Cox Communications. Will wonders never cease on this Highway of Discovery – Route 66?

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Red Hat Hard Hats


A Picture from Edna

Last summer, before I began my journey along Route 66, our Red Hat group was given a tour of the “under construction” Fairfax County courthouse by one of our own DARling Dames who is the project engineer. For that event, the husband of DARling Dame Mary, Bill Wells, sent along two custom-made red hard hats, to make some of us appear extra stylish in the photographs.

A year later finds Bill and Mary Wells having spent almost the entire summer in hospital trying to get Bill recovered from an abdominal wound caused when a feeding tube was inserted into the small intestine during a medical procedure.

Yesterday was a wonderful day of accomplishment for Bill, as he was finally removed from the ventilator and is now breathing on his own. It is also a day of gratitude to God for His help in answer to all the prayers that were offered for Bill. Here is the Caring Bridge web site where we have been able to follow Bill and Mary’s travails: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/billwells

The image, Red Hat Hard Hats, was originally uploaded by barneykin. It is posted here from Barneykin’s flickr account.

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A Picture from Edna

Highway 66 led me to Salt Lake City, Utah in August. I have been there a number of times before in the distant past.

Mormon pioneers began building this granite Salt Lake City temple in 1853. It was completed in 1893 and has become a beautiful symbol of Mormonism. That is why I was surprised that the Salt Lake City powers-that-be allowed a tall, totally utilitarian modern office building to overwhelm the once stately temple and the grounds of Temple Square. I was even more surprised to learn that the uninspiring newer building was the Mormon Church’s own office building. Maybe if I had taken the tour offered of the “Church Office Building” I would have a different attitude. However, I doubt that my impression of it would change much. The Chrysler Building it isn’t.

The image, Salt Lake City, was originally uploaded by barneykin. It is posted here from Barneykin’s flickr account.

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A Picture from Edna

We were in Tremonton, Utah and saw signs to Promontory Summit – thirty miles. It sounded like an enticing drive for two visitors from the East, remembering history of the Wild West. Those old-timers could not possibly have planned to have the transcontinental tracks meet at the top of a mountain. If they had planned it, they would have preferred the level land of the Salt Lake Basin below that spreads for miles and miles.

However, after blasting through solid rock mountains, at times only eighteen inches a day, they met here at the peak of this mountain, and the rest is history. It was an unbelievable race between two rail companies and an incredible accomplishment for those early Americans. These are replicas of the original engines that met. We saw a wonderful reenactment of the original “Golden Spike Ceremony” on 2 August 2008.

The image, Promontory Summit , Utah , was originally uploaded by barneykin. It is posted here from Barneykin’s flickr account.

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My Facebook


Journeying along the Highway 66, I’ve heard much clamor about this “Facebook” thingy. Well, not wanting to fall behind the rest of the civilized world, while I’m speeding along Route 66, I opened an account to discover it for myself. I was able to connect with a few friends and the wife of long lost cousin in England, however, I am finding that using Facebook is much more difficult than blogging, such as here at WordPress.com or at Blogger. Plus, I find the advertising distracting and much of it a bit distasteful. It’s nice to have no advertising here at WordPress.

While I’ve had no trouble at all getting my PODs from VODPOD posted here (see on the right), at Facebook it was quite different. Facebook has a VODPOD application, and after one jumps through all the hoops, it won’t display what one programs in. Very frustrating!

I am frustratingly FINISHED with trying to use Facebook’s VODPOD application. Apparently it only works if one has only ONE pod. I have seven and there was no way to get the pod I wanted to show. So, I created an entirely new VODPOD account with only one pod, uploaded my videos to it, and VODPOD at Facebook will still only show the unwanted POD from my “old” VODPOD account, even though I am signed into VODPOD with my new account and new password.

The POD at VODPOD that I wanted to share is already posted here at this blog on the right hand side. I tell you, I see no reason to bother with that Facebook thingy, if you already have a blog, unless you are seeking new Internet friends. Of course, I can only display one POD here at my “Vanishing Memories” blog, but at least I can specify which one to display, unlike at Facebook.

If you want to connect with me at Facebook, the link is here on the right too. If you would like to see my POD at VODPOD of Appalachian Music and Dance, here it is: http://neddy.vodpod.com/ .

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A Picture from Edna

In July of this year, Captain Cliff and I found ourselves travelling along that “Highway 66” heading down to Aquia, Virginia as I wanted to try and find the Old Concord Cemetery. Now don’t anyone tell me that you cannot get there from Highway 66, as I did it. I found the old burying ground, however there were no visible names on the ancient markers. On the way home, I stopped at the Crucifix Monument to snap some pictures and learn a bit of local history about the area of Virginia that my forebears settled in the 1630s. They were cousins to the BRENTS.

In the early seventeenth century, the Catholic BRENT family had left Gloucestershire, England for the New World, where they settled in Maryland.  When the BRENTS were colonizing Maryland, Colonel Giles BRENT had done as did John ROLFE of Virginia who had married an Indian princess at Jamestown. BRENT’s bride was a 12-year-old student or ward of his spinster sister Margaret BRENT, who was operating a school for the Piscataway children. When Giles BRENT claimed almost all the land of the Maryland Colony due to his marriage to the Piscataway chief’s daughter, he got himself, and his BRENT sisters, into a dangerous situation with the Lord Baltimore government. The BRENTS were forced to cross the river and live in Virginia.

Colonel Giles BRENT and his spinster sisters, Mary and Margaret BRENT, Catholics all, were allowed safety in Protestant English Virginia, whereas in Catholic Maryland, Colonel BRENT was in grave danger of losing his life. They settled at the Colony of BRENTON, at Aquia, Virginia, in the mid 1600s.  This was the first Catholic settlement in English Virginia.

Margaret BRENT was America’s first suffragette, but few have ever heard of her. She was an outstanding, accomplished women. She acted as Lord Baltimore’s attorney, and in fact was probably running the government of the colony. She was able to own property, because she never married, and she even demanded the right to vote. It was denied of course, but the Marylanders did bestow upon her the title of “Gentleman” Margaret BRENT. After the move to Virginia, she seemed never quite so powerful, probably because of her “out of favor” Catholic religion.

The bronze plaque pictured is at the Crucifix Monument on the east side of Jefferson Davis Highway, at Telegraph Road, in Aquia, Virginia.

The image, First Catholics in Virginia, was originally uploaded by barneykin. It is posted here from Barneykin’s flickr account.

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An Aquia Creek Welcome

Only A Paper Dog
Captain Cliff and I took a leisurely drive along the back roads of Stafford County. One thing I will not soon forget were the dogs. Dogs, Dogs Everywhere! Big Dogs. Barking Dogs. Car chasing dogs. This was the least scary dog of all, as he was only a “Paper Dog.”

The image, An Aquia Creek Welcome, was originally uploaded by barneykin. It is posted here from Barneykin’s flickr account.

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