Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Easter, And The Story Of The Picture

With Easter approaching, I wanted to share a story and picture that means so much to me. 

It was 1958, my mother was going home to Belgium, for the first time since coming to the US in 1946.  She was so excited to finally see her family, after being apart for 12 years.  She had worked and saved as much money as possible, to make this trip.  She got her wardrobe lined up, nice clothing to look good, and then, she borrowed some clothing from her friend, "Corky".  She wanted to look good so that her family would see that she had prospered in her new land.

After visiting her parents, she went to Paris, France, to visit her brother, who owned a fruit and vegetable market, that was in direct view of the Eiffel Tower.  There were shops and restaurants with tables outside, on the sidewalks, to take in the view of the Eiffel Tower.  Artist were set up at numerous locations and would draw your pictue.  She did that and I still have that drawing of her.   She also bought a very unusual picture of Jesus, "St. Veronica's Handkerchief"/"Jesus Christus", by Gabriel von Max (born in 1840, died 1915).

She returned home and we stayed up all night talking and looking at pictures, especially the "St. Veronica's Handkerchief".  She hung it in the hallway and everyday, after school, I would come home and look at that picture.  If you look at it for a few seconds, Jesus' eyes will be closed, then open, then closed again.  One day, I came home and the picture was GONE!!  I asked her where she put the picture and she told me her friend, "Corky", had liked it so much and my mother gave it to her.  At that moment, I thought I would NEVER see it again.

A few years ago I found a copy of the "St. Veronica's Handerchief".  It is not the one my mother had, but it looks the same.  Look at his eyes and see if you can see his eyes open and close.

Toujours Moi,

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Nanotechnologies--What Is This?--A MUST READ!!

WOW!!  This actually 'blew me away'!  Nanotechnologies?  What is this?  Read this article and then, you be the judge.  It's EVERYWHERE!!  It's in our food, cosmetics, clothing, toothpaste, medicine capsules, and on and on..........   It destroys DNA and chromosomes.  Here's the link:

God Bless Us All

Toujours Moi,

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Obituary For Common Sense

Obituary For Common Sense

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as when to come in out of the rain, the early bird gets the worm, life isn't always fair.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. His condition was worsened by reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job they themselves failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. His health declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer aspirin, sun lotion or a band aid to a student, but could not inform the parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live, as churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when people lost the right to defend themselves from burglars in their own homes -- when burglars were able to sue them for assault. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live after a woman spilled a little hot coffee on her lap, and was awarded a huge settlement from the restaurant that served it to her.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is survived by three stepbrothers; I Know my Rights, Someone Else is to Blame, and I'm a Victim.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

Author unknown

Toujours Moi,


Friday, March 19, 2010

'Readin, 'Ritin', and 'Rithmetic

After readin' this news article, I got to thinkin' that our ancestors got along with: 'Readin', 'Ritin', and 'Rithmetic.  What is happening to America?  Everything is so complicated.

Here's the story, and God Bless Our Teachers and Students........

Toujours Moi,


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Remembering The 1925 Great Tri-State Tornado

85 years ago, on March 18th, 1925, the tornado formed about 1pm near Ellington, Reynolds Co., Missouri, and dissipated at 4:19pm, near Petersburgh, Gibson Co., Indiana.

The F5 tornado stayed on the ground for over 219 miles, it was about 1 mile wide and almost 1 mile high. There was no funnel, due to the tornado being so close to the ground. Winds probably exceeded 300mph.

My dad's family had just moved back to Mt. Vernon, Posey Co., Indiana, the year before, after living in the Missouri/Arkansas area for 24 years. Griffin is north of Mt. Vernon, by a few miles and Griffin was completely destroyed. 69 people died and 85 farms were devastated.

Three states were involved in the longest tornado in the history of the world: Southeastern Missouri, through Southern Illinois, and into Southwestern Indiana, which are all states that I am doing genealogy on. Estimated total number of deaths was 695, with 2027 injuries.

Another good link is the Princeton, Gibson Co., Indiana website:

Toujours Moi,


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Lutheran Church Cemetery

Here I am, standing in the Lutheran Church Cemetery, in Bardstown, Nelson County, Kentucky. This cemetery and a church (church blew away in a tornado about 1945) was donated by my 4th great grandfather and his wife.
It is a very small cemetery and is surrounded by new homes being built. My next step is to get a list of all of the people that are buried here. So, another trip to Bardstown is on my list of 'things and places' I need to do.
I know the Nelson County Library has lots of information, but, I do love to go to Bardstown. It is such a small town, but so attractive, with lots of history and the "My Old Kentucky Train Ride" is THE BEST!!!
More information will be added soon about the cemetery.
Toujours Moi, Claudette