Monday, February 3, 2014

A "little" snow in Colorado

Betsy sent an email to Clellie, Jim and Gus (me) with a photo of the
most recent snowfall at their home in Carbondale, Colo. Whew! Now that's snow!

They had gotten 26" of snow in 24 hours, and then the next day another 12" fell.

Betsy and Pat will be moving to Paonia, Colo. to be close to their daughter, Ellie, and her husband, Mark, and their children, Sam (9) and Emma Kate (7).

I visited them in September, when I was driving a friend's car from Woodstock, Ill. to Woodbine, Calif. I hope to get back west this summer on my motorcycle.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

New Year 2014 (from Clellie)

Another year has come and gone.  I spent two months of the spring in the hospital.  I managed to work hard and get my strength back.  I’ve got 83 years behind me.

Bryan and Danielle had a beautiful outdoor wedding at Bethel Farms, where Bryan works.  Timmy, Jim, Jennifer and Blaine were in the wedding party.  Ellie and Lexie were the flower girls and were so cute.  Bryan and Danielle bought a nice house on two wooded acres in Arcadia.

Dave sold his house and bought a house on Venice Island, a few blocks from the beach.  He did a complete remodeling job and put in a pool.  He gave his refrigerator, washer and dryer to Bryan.  They were in good shape. Dave just wanted new ones.

Simon James Thawley was born April 22. His parents are Matt and Christy and grandparents are Tom and Sandy. Sandy and Tom came to visit in July. Michael, Kathrin, and Jennifer have all visited. Brother Gus came in August and in November.

Joan did her 60 mile walk for 3 days in Tampa for cancer. Zach is now 16 and Joan is happy that he can drive and do some of the errands. Amy had her 14th birthday and had 20 girls over for the evening with 9 of them spending the night.

Kim and Tony are proud. Elspeth, our drama actress. competed against 16 schools. She did a monologue and placed Superior, which pays her way to the State Convention. Her part time job at Cold Stone Ice Creamery gave her a plaque for customer service employee of the year. Emily has a part time job at Chick-Filet and got 3 promotions and 2 raises in 3 months and is now a trainer for new employees. Luke is growing fast and doing well in school. He recently won his spelling bee.

Tod, Billy, and Jessie are doing fine. Tod gave a sermon on Charity and sang a solo at church. Tod takes me to the Brew Crew every Wednesday for coffee with friends.

Tim and Pat are staying very busy with Jim & Jen's kids, Ellie (4) and Aubrey (1). Timmy's daughter, Lexie (3) stays every other weekend. They get to see Blaine regular. Blaine is in the 6th grade and still makes straight A's. They feel truly blessed to have their children and four grandchildren close by.

The family continues to be busy, but they still have time to come and help me as well take me to dinner once in a while. Dave took me shopping one day and then came and wrapped all the Christmas presents. I am lucky he moved to Florida when he retired a few years ago.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Dan Philpott - up, up and away...

Dan Philpott, eldest of brother Jim's three children, was recently appointed Director of the Notre Dame Center for Civil and Human Rights.

You can read the full announcement on the website of the University of Notre Dame here (or just read it below).

Three cheers to Dan!

Published December 16 by Notre Dame.

Daniel Philpott, professor of political science and peace studies, has been appointed director of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights, effective Jan. 1.
“Professor Philpott brings an ambitious vision for building the CCHR into a leading center for impactful research to his new role,” said J. Nicholas Entrikin, vice president and associate provost for internationalization. “He is a highly accomplished scholar who will support and enhance the center’s position as a beacon for civil and human rights, guided by the tenets of Catholic social teaching.”
A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 2001, Philpott is a scholar of international relations, political philosophy and peace studies whose research concerns religion and reconciliation in politics. He is the author of numerous articles and books on these subjects including, most recently, “Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation,” which proposes concrete ethical guidelines to societies emerging from authoritarianism, civil war and genocide.
In addition to directing a research program on religion and reconciliation for Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Philpott travels widely in pursuit of his scholarly interests. Between 2000 and 2006, he regularly visited Kashmir as an associate of the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, and he regularly visits Uganda and the Great Lakes region of Africa to train political and religious leaders in reconciliation under the auspices of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network.
The Center for Civil and Human Rights, established 40 years ago by Notre Dame’s president emeritus Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., is a leader in advanced teaching and research in international human rights law and the education of human rights lawyers from all parts of the world.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

The best of Clellie's sewing machines

Here's Clellie hard at work with her new sewing machine.

This machine will do everything except make coffee! I think Clellie has five sewing machines. Or is it just four?

This one is really cool. The pattern is read by its computer. Basically, you put in the thread and the cloth and then sit there and watch it sew.

Oops, am I spoiling the secret?

Gus's stocking

When do you suppose Mom made our stockings?

Think she made them before our first Christmas? If she did, then mine was made in 1939, 74 years ago.

And, yes, it has the right name on it. "Frank" is my given name, after Dad. But I'm not a Junior, because our middle names are different. Mine is Richey, after a favorite uncle (well, husband of an aunt), Clint Richey, who was Thelma's husband.

Dad's middle name was Roosevelt, although he would never tell anyone, because they'd think "FDR", rather than Teddy Roosevelt (1858-1919), the Rough Rider and POTUS (1901-1909). Dad was born November 12, 1900.

Why was I called "Gus"? I didn't know until I was in my forties (maybe 1984?). A friend, also with a February birthday, and I were enjoying a late birthday dinner, and she asked how I got the name "Gus". I didn't know, and she asked whether I could ask my parents. It was a little late for that, since Mom had died in 1960 and Dad in 1962. She asked who else would know.

A-ha, my sister Clellie! So we called her. It was about 12:30AM in Denver - 2:30AM in Florida!

We woke up Clellie with "Hi, Clellie, it's Gus."



"Gus who?"

"Gus Philpott. You know, your brother..."

heh-heh. She told us that Mom had nicknamed me Gus. When Mom was pregnant with me, I'd kick, and Mom would say, "Down, Gus." Clellie thought maybe there had been a stablehand at Missouri Stables named Gus.

Anyway, Dad insisted that my legal name be Frank, and that's what ended up on my stocking.

The Ultimate Re-Gift

Way back in 1951, my older sister, Clellie, gave me a money envelope containing $1 for Christmas. Hey, back then, a dollar was worth something!

Unbeknownst to her, I saved it, and the next year I gave it back to her. And then she saved it and gave it back to me. Every year, without a break, it has gone back and forth.

And, sure enough, I got it for Christmas this year, in 2013. That makes 62 years the money envelope has gone back and forth.

Thanks, Clellie. I love you.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Dad's birthday - Nov 12

I meant to post this on Dad's birthday, which was last Tuesday. He was born on November 12, 1900. Wow! 113 years ago.

I wonder, did I ever call him "Dad"? What did you call him? I called him "Pop".

I think often about the Halloween parade at Flynn Park School in 5th Grade. That would have been in 1949. He and I went to the farm to pick up a horse, so that I could ride it in the school parade. Pop tried soooo hard to load the horse in the trailer that morning, and the horse just would not go in.

So I didn't get to ride in the parade, but I've always appreciated Pop's efforts. And thinking back to those days, I am wondering if I would have been wearing the old six-gun in a holster, playing the role of cowboy to the hilt. No one would have batted an eye at that time about a kid on a horse in a school parade with a real gun.

Just imagine that today. Geez, they'd call out the S.W.A.T. team and haul everyone off to the pokey.