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“Boys of Summer” series: swinging the bat


Here is another photo taken

from other side of the fence

where parents, siblings

and grandparents 

“Root, root, root

for the home team. . .”

This is my grandie,

Micah, who has no fears

nor trepidations. He is my

“Little Shadow” and yet,

never hides in the shadows.

Thank goodness for confidence

and bravura, as well as daring,

but genuine caring, gamesmanship!


“Take Me Out to the Ball Game”

was a “Tin Pan Alley”  

~ 1908 ~

song first written by

Jack Norworth


Albert Von Tilzer.

You may find an actual 1908

recording of this now 

considered iconic,

Traditional baseball song,

online sung by

Edward Meeker.

“Boys of Summer” series: Jackie Robinson, at City Art Center


Happy Fourth of July!

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What better way to celebrate 

Freedom than to acknowledge 

Celebrating Diversity and


In this first week of July, 2017

I will mention different 

baseball terms and musical

references, but this post is a 

Major League “local connection.”

Branch Rickey, who was

Coach and Teacher 

at OWU, in the “Autumn

of his Years” and 

ending his fine lifetime

of achievements here.

Branch Rickey pushed to include

Jackie Robinson in  Brooklyn Dodgers,

“breaking the color line.”

I saw the film, “42,” which was 

based on the baseball giant,

 Jackie Robinson.

He was born on January 31, 1919.

A lifetime ago.

Yet, unfortunately, still an

ongoing source of debate,

strife and struggle. 

It’s been over 70 years since Jackie

played baseball for the Major League

for the very first time on,


Jackie’s previous experience was

playing for Negro League baseball team.

I had walked past the building

named after Branch Rickey,

here on nearby OWU campus

as well as having been inside

for years. Little did I know “Branch”

was a first name of the man who

is considered the one who

“discovered Jackie.”

You may laugh at this!

When the grand opening of the

film brought the connection to

my attention; I “saw the light.”

I was thrilled to go to old-fashioned

Strand Theatre to watch the film.

Family members of both Jackie

and Branch came from afar,

to show support and embrace

this noteworthy film.

The review may be found on my

blog with my “first impressions,”

if you look at tags on the right side

of my “full view” page on blog.

Here are some special free tickets 

everyone who attended movie received:

“Play Ball:

Branch Rickey 

~ & ~

Jackie Robinson.”

What did I see in 

“an exhibit of memorabilia and art?”

Here are just a few examples and you 

may see copies or originals in 

traveling exhibits, museums,

special famous baseball locations

around the country, Brooklyn, NY. 

or at the John F.Kennedy 

Presidential Library:

~ baseball cards, I liked the Bond

Bread major league cards best.

~ replica of his #42 jersey.

~ signed baseball by Jackie.

~ Summer of 1955, World Series banner.

~ antique baseball programs.

Copy of special letter exchange between

Jackie R. and Senator JFK, Jr. 

More details:

JFK, Jr initiated the typed letter

exchange by writing to Jackie.

It was to wish him well, glad

to have met him (dated July 1, 1960).

He explained some of what he stood

for, in respects to running for

President and upcoming convention.

Jackie replied (July 6, 1960) by humbly

giving then Senator Kennedy 

a piece of sound advice.

He suggested how to show his sincerity 

when he looks at each person

as he speaks to them,

“You must be able to look them squarely

in the eye.”

He even expressed concern when 

JFK spoke with him, he did not do

this simple act of acceptance to him.

Jackie concluded his letter to say

some may feel he should not

be part of the movement 

(“To protest”)

since he had already 

benefitted from the

ability to have his

position on the team.

He said, “. . .until the most

underprivileged has it made,

none of us can rest.”


This was a truly memorable

experience to have seen both

families in public, their choice to

visit my small town and share their lives.

I am up at Lake Erie with my Mom,

hanging out with Randy and

going to the parade, along

with sharing a picnic.

Consider a dramatist, screenwriter

and playwright’s words:

“For every man who lives without

Freedom the rest of us must 

face the guilt.”

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Let freedom ring!

Those around the world,

Have a wonderful weekend.

My summer reading arrived


If you have written a book, 

I have an autumn vacation 

so don’t despair. . .

I’ll be ordering more

books to read!

This group is going to be read

and one has had a review,

so it will be re-read 

out loud to my 

sweet Mom.

Lake Erie

is my summer 

destination on the

West side, circling 

Huntington Beach,

Bay Village, Ohio,

then heading out to 

North Ridgeville,

spending time with my artist 

brother, Randy. No Rich and

Susan, since they’ll be in France

and I am their pet sitter and 

“lounger extroadinaire!”

I will wear sunscreen, 

tinted sunglasses 

with high UV 400.

I’ll be ready and eager 

to read a sampling of my

dear blogging friends!

Here are the books in

alphabetical order by title:

* “Doll God,” poetry written 

by Luanne Castle.


“Getting to Mr. Right,”

by Carol Balawyder.


“Orion’s Gift,”

by Anneli Purchase.


“Second Chance Romance,”

by Jill Weatherholt.


“The Right Wrong Man,”

by Pamela S. Wight.


“The Unraveling of Lady Fury,”

by Shehanne Moore.

“The Viking and the Courtesan,”

by Shehanne Moore.


Thursday’s Doors ~ Janes’ House, closer view


My grandies call this a “mansion”

where they picture candlelabra,

thanks to, “Beauty and the Beast”

well-liked character, “Lumiere.”

They think “fancy” places

have flowers in vases and they

ponder aloud, “Every big house

must have a back twisty stairs

and front door leading to a huge

staircase with place to hold onto.”

“Do you mean a stair railing?” I ask.

Shrugging shoulders and, “Can’t 

you answer this?” Incredulous

looks on grandchildren’s faces.

They are picturing Belle 

descending this staircase.

Another detail they add, as I 

open all windows and park

in the barn’s driveway ~

“Wait! Do they have a guard?”

Hmmm. . . hoping not, as I

don’t see any signs of dogs

nor guard house. I walk over a

richly thick carpet of grass and

love the idea of this house being here

so long ago. Something to preserve

history and the small town of

Delaware, Ohio’s roots from

“Stratford on the Whetstone.”

(A milling community built 

along the Whetstone tributary

of the Olentangy River.)

I particularly like the “balcony” with

a rod iron railing above the formal

white door. There’s something

so warm and welcoming in the

brick, whitewashed and worn.

It manages to allow passers-by

 to feel a sense of coziness. Some

imagining the open curtained

windows showing friendliness,

with multiple children’s noses

pressed to windowpanes.

We talked about the fireplace 

and how important this would be

in the olden days to warm the house.

Also, wondering how soon they had

indoor plumbing. . . I introduced

their minds to chamber pots. 

No shuddering displayed; 

just curious questions, adding,

“Hendrix is potty training!”

Hope you found this

mansion, displaying some

fascinating historical features

found in the Federal period,

to  be “charming.”

Is this an example of 

your dream house?

I could see this as a destination

beautiful bed and breakfast.

Here’s a blogger,

Norm Frampton,

who had the graciousness 

to allow door enthusiasts 

to gather around,

attaching their links to his blog:


Come visit my area and I will 

assure you of many more 

interesting doors and

history “galore!”

Thursday’s Doors ~ side view of The Barn at Stratford, post #4


Pretty brick designs on

antique stoned walls,

sides of the large red barn.

I had never gotten out of my car,

passing this large, well-kept barn

at least once or twice monthly

for over thirty years. The “back road”

on our family’s way Home.

The black shuttered attic vent

is decorated with red painted frame

and has a semi-circular brick arch.

Although no doors here, more than

enough found on the first published

Thursday’s Doors today whose 

Host, Norm Frampton, is found here:


Hope you enjoy discovering the

Joy of doors and their photographers.

The Barn design ~ Stratford on the Whetstone, post #3



Thank you for checking out

this barn design used for our

Delaware County Historical Society,

~ Delaware, Ohio ~

Please check out other posts 

today but no need for comments.

I posted an invaluable link on

each of the other posts.

Thursday’s Doors ~ close up of The Barn at Stratford, post #2


The old stone bricks, 

red doors with white door frames

and black stripe and hinges,

along with the typical 

split barn doors.

Please check out 

Norm Frampton’s

blog where other doors with links

will possibly lead you into or

through door frames to

other worlds or 

countries at:


Hope you have fun picturing 

horses with their curious

faces peering out and 

wondering if someone

may drop by with

an apple or fresh hay.

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