Saturday, March 21, 2009


The "Hopper Family" about 1938.
Jake, Jim (dad), Ralph,
Maude, Ollie, Daisy, Ann
Twins; Bill and Lilly, Jim and Molly, Twins; Ethel and Eiffel.

This is two of my dad's sister's and his
brother-n-law. I am not sure when
this was taken, guessing in the 1940's. Ann Hopper on the left and the couple facing us was Everett and Eiffel Hopper Dearman. They were married in 1928 and had two daughters, Anita and Betty. Ann married Van Roberts in 1938 and they had two children, Judy and Butch. Aunt Ann passed away this year at the age of 93...

Friday, March 20, 2009


My 19 year old grandson, Justin, won 2nd place for the design of the race car he is working on. The driver and owner of the race car is his room mate, Mike. Justin did the design work on the car and I think he did a great job. The judges must have thought so too...he took home second place! Do I have to say how "PROUD" I am of this young man of ours ;-)

Sunday, March 15, 2009


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:- Knowing when to come in out of the rain; why the early bird gets the worm; life isn't always fair;
and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-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, only worsened his condition.

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

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason. He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;
I Know My Rights
I Want It Now
Someone Else Is To Blame
I'm A Victim
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.
I read this on another blog and it was just to good to pass up...