My niece Rachel is quite the stylish young lady. Today, she and I talked about her holiday ensemble. (If you can’t see the player embedded above, listen on Soundcloud.)
From last weekend’s Tar and Feather Party at Wigle Whiskey: Toonseum had carton characters on poster board so you could be your favorite feathered friend. My nephew chose Big Bird.
Yesterday at a barbeque with family and friends, we made a new friend.
As I was getting ready to head out for the evening tonight, I noticed that the water pressure in my house was much lower than usual. With temps in the single digits and lower, I quickly guessed the problem. This pipe had been in my garage. When I found it, the water was coming out […]
Yesterday for the Steelers-Chargers game, my two-year-old niece wore her Steelers cheerleader outfit. We said the Steelers needed her support and she should give them a cheer. She started shouting sounds. “Ah! Oof! Whoa! Ack! Yeah!” We all stared. After a minute, my brother realized that she was imitating us — those were the sounds […]
I’ve been scrambling to wrap up projects for work before the holidays and the end of the year. My apologies for the light posting here as a result. Here’s one of the things I did: It’s a short promotional video I created as part of Butler Downtown, a revitalization effort for my town. Each month, […]
Letters from my grandfather to his parents, originally uploaded by cynthiacloskey. I have in front of me a letter in my grandfather’s handwriting, postmarked July 18, 1944. It begins like this: Dear Folks, There is not much time now. Just one week from to-morrow, Tuesday, I report. I entend (sic) to quit work on Wednesday […]
Grandmom Gallagher as a little girl, originally uploaded by cynthiacloskey. In my mother’s family, certain photos are highly prized. One is "the hat photo" that I posted Saturday; another is this picture of my grandmother as a little girl. I think of this photo on days like today, when all the trees and bushes are […]
Ruth and Joe Gallagher, originally uploaded by cynthiacloskey. My grandfather passed away this morning. I wasn’t close to him; he was not noticeably guarded, but he was what one might call a private person, not given to outbursts or sharing. He was a kind person though, and very religious. He was also an enthusiastic bridge […]
Paper clips in the doll house, originally uploaded by cynthiacloskey. My niece, being my parents’ first grandchild, is regularly showered with gifts and has a lot of toys. She has puzzles; toy musical instruments; a doll house with Mommy and Daddy and Baby and little furniture for them to live with; Thomas the Tank Engine; […]