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Magic Margot Shoebox is a collection point for all that I hold dear - and that's a lot. My recent inspiration is Don Floyd's new blog thecaptainandthomasine.

The original title of my blog "Chihuahuas for Change" popped into my head two years ago when I was looking for a place to "store" all the information I accumulated on Sarah Palin. I've since dumped that information as others have done a far better job researching and accumulating.

Life is about change and since I have darling Libby the chihuahua the title seems to still be fresh.


One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.

"Nullius in verba" Take no one's word for it.
Do your own research.

Success if going from one failure to the next with enthusiasm. Winston Churchill




I told you this is a shoebox and we all know that we simply put stuff into a shoebox in no particular order. That's how things are going to appear here. When something whaps me over the head you will be the first to know.

Right now, I want to tell you about my favorite blog in the whole wide world - Margaret and Helen. Hope you go read their post called "I can see November" - while there note their statistics. A grandson set this site up and it's been around the world several times. Margaret and Helen have been friends for over sixty years and counting.

Don Floyd and I have been friends for more than thirty years and counting. We first became pen pals in the late 70's. We are cousins and share a passion for genealogy. My major project this year was helping Don get his book "The Captain and Thomasine" published. Will give you more details in later post.

Friday, August 16, 2013


71st TRIP AROUND THE SUN  -  July 16, 2013
When I was a child, before television, I listened to a radio program called “No School Today” that used a song called “Teddy Bear’s Picnic” as a theme song. This was a special birthday.  I was serenaded by the “kidlets” with “Teddy Bear’s Picnic”.  Earlier in the year I recalled the song and looked it up and found several renditions sending the cutest to the McDermotts.  They remembered and rehearsed it as a surprise What fun!
The past year has been very interesting; The McDermott’s returned from Okinawa in March; Kelly was born July 11; and on the same day Mark found a job in Washington D.C. Shannon celebrated her 11th birthday while at our home this year in St. Pete.  I asked her if it was the best birthday ever and her reply was that this year was the second best.  Her 10th birthday was the best ever since that was the day her father learned about his new position and their move to Washington D.C.
The special treat this year was the arrival of the “kidlets” for a month long visit and their participation in the sailing program at the SPYC.  In between sailing lessons they learned to spin fiber to their great delight.
The McDermotts have lived in their new home for almost a year.  I haven’t visited, but don’t feel the need to be there as I know every inch from seeing pictures when they were considering buying and seeing pictures since they moved in.  I don’t do stairs as easily as before and the only full bath is upstairs.  However, I am so happy for them.
My best accomplishment this year was introducing the “kidlets” to Wagner in particular “The Ring Cycle”.  I was fortunate to find a book written for children detailing the complete story.  I read it to Shannon, Brigid and Molly and they loved it.  I also showed them a bit of the Met’s most recent production.  They were simply enchanted with the story.  As they mature this will be a treasure that will only get deeper and more significant.
My second best accomplishment was getting a large portion of the coral reef project to a permanent home at Great Explorations.

I have a gnawing sadness for our country.  So much could be accomplished if it were not for the stubborn Republican Party that is determined to thwart the President no matter what the cost.  We continue in two ill thought out wars that drain our treasury.  We barely escaped a financial meltdown and nothing is being done about global warming.  I regret the mess we are leaving for our kidlets to clean up.  The possibilities for the future could be so bright with our wonderful technology if only we could get past our age old hostilities.  And, don’t even get me started on religion.  The Bible is a bunch of Fairy Tales written by ignorant old men. The Jews invented guilt and Catholics perfected it.  I am tired of living. Perhaps this will be my last trip around the sun.

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