Trumbull – Guion Christmas Card – 1954 – PASSPORT

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

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Emerging from Europe’s Dark Ages, Charlemagne’s death marked the emergence of the French and German nations. Here, at first, petty principalities for self-defense against marauding Norsemen, Huns, Tartars and other barbarous hordes, were headed by Duke, count, Bishop or Baron.

One such was an ancestor, Jean Guyon, created Baron in 1289, who from his big stone castle erected on top of Roche-Guyon, still overlooks the surrounding country through which the stately Seine winds its way northwest of Paris to the sea.

From this vantage point these early overlords kept a watchful eye over their subjects, protecting them from armed robber bands and acting as chief of police, judge, patron of church and monastery, and generally maintaining peace and order throughout their small domain.


As the centuries rolled by there gradually developed in Western Europe and ever growing battle between Church and State with the “common people” in between, exploited by both.

In France, a bitter…

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Special Picture # 296 – Christmas Dinner at the Trumbull House – All Together at Last – December, 1947

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

Finally, everyone is home from the war. Dan, Paulette and baby Arla arrived in late December, 1946. These are the pictures I have from the first Christmas Dinner when all the family is together. Arla is now a year and a half and has been joined by a little brother, Cedric. My twin brother Douglas and I are 6 weeks younger than Arla and have been joined by a baby brother also. His name is Gregory. Dave has married Eleanor Kintop. Other family members present include Aunt Helen (Peabody) Human, Aunt Anne (Peabody) Stanley and Aunt Dorothy Peabody.

Clockwise from center bottom: Baby Cedric, Paulette (Senechal) Guion, Aunt Helen (Peabody) Human, Elizabeth (Biss) (Guion) Zabel, Aunt Dorothy Peabody,Dave Guion, Eleanor (Kintop) Guion,) Raymond (Butch) Zabel, Jr., Marty Zabel, Cedric Duryee Guion.

Clockwise from left: Daniel Beck Guion, Cedric Duryee Guion, Raymond (Zeke) Zabel, Aunt Anne (Peabody) Stanley, empty chair…

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Tribute To Daniel Beck Guion – 10.27.1915 – 2.15.1997

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

Daniel Beck Guion, 2nd son of Alfred Duryee and Arla Mary (Peabody) Guion, was born in Mount Vernon, New York on October 27, 1915. The following is the story of his life  in pictures.

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Arla Mary (Peabody) Guion with Dan, 1916

ADG - holding Dan, Arla Peabody Guion with Lad in her lap - 1917

Alfred Duryee Guion holding Dan, Arla (Peabody) Guion with Lad

APG - Lad and Dan - Larchmont, NY - June, 1918

Lad and Dan in Larchmont Gardens, New York

Arla Mary Peabody Guion and children - Dan, Lad, Ced, Dick, and Biss at the Trumbull houseArla Mary (Peabody) Guion and children – Dan, Lad, Ced, Dick, and Biss at the Trumbull house, 1922


Dan (upper left) with siblings in Trumbull

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Dan (far left) with siblings on porch in Trumbull

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Dan, self-portrait

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DBG - Dan in Venezuela with peaked cap - alone - 1940

Dan in Venezuela, 1939

Biss - with Butch and family - 1940

Dan, 1940

Dan in white jacket in Alaska

Dan in Alaska, winter of 1940-41

Dan-uniform (2)

Dan, in France, 1945

Daniel & Paulette's wedding - 1945

Dan and Paulette’s wedding, Calais, France, 1945

Daniel Guion on the job in Venezuela - 1939

Dan in France, 1944-1946

Dan and Chiche - June, 1980

Dan and Paulette Guion, 1980

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My New Mug


Just one of my purchases at the Dibble Guest House Craft Fair.  This was a very local craft fair only a few streets away.  A very good assortment of work by various craft people. .  There were a lot of knitted and sewn items, leather works, ceramics, cards, food items, dried flowers, and more – all beautifully displayed.  I couldn’t resist.

On December 6, 2018

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On December 6, 2018, Finland has been independent for 101 years. Here is a card to greet your family members and your friends on Independence Day.

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If you want to add your greetings to the card, below is the card without text.

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You can easily add text by using the free PhotoScape software, which you can download from: The video below tells you how to do it.

You can find more my free postcards at: There is also the card which is in the video.

Remember the virus scanning …

PS Even though the video is in Finnish, you shouldn’t have any problems to understand how to use the free PhotoScape picture editor which you can download from the URL You find more of my free postcards in English and Finnish at

For the People of Karelia Something is Missing on Independent Day

Evakon laulu singing…

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After the Seattle Turkey Trot, 2018

IMG_4571  Trying to find my car which was parked somewhere – I was only vaguely familiar with the neighborhood and couldn’t remember exactly where I had parked the car in my rush to get to the start line and registration.

IMG_4570climbing the stairs


IMG_4567 The climb back up to the start (and the car) after walking the 5K to get to the finish.

IMG_4551  Good companions on the walk

IMG_4546 Still smiling on the walk – feeling cosy in my dragon hat (the closest I could get to a turkey)


IMG_4548 Approximately 1/3 of the way along.

IMG_4553 En route

I don’t seem to have a photo of the 7000 eager runners, trotters, walkers and dogs just before the start.  Another comment – it was a reasonable day for doing this caper.  I did it 4 years ago – a challenge then and a challenge this year but lots of fun and hopefully it will be a nice day next year and I can do it again.