Posts Tagged With: heritage

GRANDCHILDREN-INHERITED TRAITS.

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My sister Dawn’s celebration of life was held yesterday in Sunol, CA. population about 300.

DSC03512 (Copy) Dawnie’s youngest daughter, Debbie served as caretaker through those tough months before her death. She knew that Dawnie’s joy in life came mainly from her  family, particularly, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Her only son, Tom, pointed out the main events in her life, how she met their father, the birth of four children, facing death and divorce, working, working, working, while I mentally toted up her most obvious character traits. She was a hard worker, uncomplaining, and could be quite stoic. Never self-aggrandizing, nor prone to taking credit for her accomplishments. She was like a mother to her younger siblings.  She helped me through teenaged angst, convincing me of my worth, and beauty when I knew I was an ugly duckling. When her children were growing up, she proceeded to  mother and shelter all who came with-in need. Her children have those same traits.

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At a recent funeral I attended, I looked about and saw so much life in the room, and the same was true here. But, since she was my sister, I couldn’t dispel feelings of sadness for those missing faces and the heartache of loss, as well.  Her daughter’s Kim, and Penny, pre-deceased her, the most heartbreaking thing a parent can face. Kim’s son Ryan, his wife Cody and their children. Ryan claimed as a grandson Dawnie always told him he was perfect.

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The girls in Dawnie’s family from right to left. Kelly, Penny’s daughter. Kaitlyn, Kim’s daughter. Julie, Debbie’s daughter. Casey, Kim’s foster daughter.

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Dawnie’s niece, Christine Juliot and her son Seth, with his wife and kids.

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Dawnie’s other niece, Vickie Julliot.

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The Juliots are from Dawn’s husband’s side of the family.

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Debbie made sure there would be things for kids of all ages to do. The message here is clearly Grandchildren are our most important assets.

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CJ and grandpa.

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Margaret and Abby.

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Dawnie was an inveterate card player, scrabble and boggle champ and in her later years, a collector of eclectic jewelry. Plenty of all decorated the room. Everyone was invited to take a pin and earrings to wear for the event, which we did.

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I am wearing a Hershey’s kiss on my sweater and some gaudy gold balls on my ears from her collection.

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I tried to make sure I got a picture of everyone but I sprained three fingers in a fall yesterday and the fingers didn’t swell up until i drove home. So it has been slow going this morning and I’m just going to post pictures. and a link to the complete album at the end.

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Vermillion Ville, Lafayette, Louisiana

The motorhome is currently parked at VFW Post #9822 in Duson, Louisiana. We’ll depart later this morning.

Yesterday we drove the Bronco the about eight miles and spent four hours visiting Vermillion Ville in Lafayette, Louisiana. You can read all about this Cajun/Creole heritage and Folklife Park by clicking on their official website link…
http://www.bayouvermiliondistrict.org/

Here are some photos that I took…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

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After touring the grounds we enjoyed a delightful chicken and sausage gumbo for lunch. Then we attended a great Cajun Music jam session which I’ll tell you about soon.

Enjoying Acadian villages is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of Louisiana. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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Harlingen, Texas – Day 17

The motorhome is parked at Tropic Winds RV Resort and is scheduled to be here until January 10th.

Yesterday Mary and I took the Bronco the about one mile to the Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum. It’s an unusual museum because there are five museums at one location. Here’s their website link…
http://www.myharlingen.us/default.aspx?name=museum.home

You can read all about Harlingen, Texas by clicking this Wikipedia link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harlingen,_Texas

The cornerstone of the museums seem to center on Harlingen’s Centennial in 2010. The Arts and Historical Museums were closed because of exhibits rotations. The other three buildings are associated with the city’s creation in the early 1900’s.  The three buildings are the Lon C. Hill Home (first in Harlingen), the early Harlingen Hospital and the Paso Real Stagecoach Inn.

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

In the main lobby is a piano more than 160 years old…

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The Lon C. Hill Home…

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The Harlingen Hospital…

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The Paso Real Stagecoach Inn…

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Enjoying a wide variety of museums is another joy of the full-time RVing lifestyle!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of Texas. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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Erotic Heritage Museum In Las Vegas, Nevada

Jim says:

If you follow my Blog on a regular basis, you know that Mary and I are avid museum-goers. I’ve been in many a museum in my 49 years of RVing. This one was one of the most unusual and interesting I’ve experienced.

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Voted by ABC News as the 4th KINKIEST MUSEUM IN THE WORLD!

Voted the BEST MUSEUM by the Las Vegas Journal

Voted BEST PICK for “CULTURE AND BEST FIRST DATE” BY 944 Magazine

The Erotic Heritage Museum is the only non-profit of its kind that promotes sex education through the arts.

The Erotic Heritage Museum is dedicated to the belief that sexual pleasures are fun and natural aspects of the human experience, that such pleasure must be made available to all, and that our individual sexuality belongs to each of us.
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The museum presents this delicate topic in a professional and tasteful way. Here are three views of the lower of the two floors of the museum…

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Here are some other photos that I took at the museum…

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Here’s their official website link…
http://eroticheritage.org

Here’s a Wikipedia link about the museum…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erotic_Heritage_Museum

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/panamaorbust

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