It’s All Relative

One of our sons has made his home in Singapore. It is a far cry from Seattle. But I just learned that he spent his recent birthday making the 14 hour flight to London. My head is spinning. Of course, it is his daughter’s birthday on the 28th Ishould remember that – her birth in Hong Kong was the reason for my last big trip – Dublin to Hong Kong in May 2010. May is a busy month for birthdays in our family.

Spring flowers for a May birthday

Army Life – Lad’s First Letter Home (2) – Training Continues – May 17, 1942

Army life.

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

Lad’s first letter home to his father and the rest of the family continues with Lad’s detailed training activities at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland, where he is part of an Ordnance Battalion.

Lad - 1943

Alfred Peabody Guion (Lad)


Due to the issue of rifles last night, I did not have time to complete this letter. And it looks as though I may not have time to finish it tonight. We are to have a lecture at 8 PM and that is only a short time distant. If anyone tells you that we are busy, just let it pass as an understatement. Boy, from 5:45 until 9:00, with the exception of about 30 minutes at noon and 1½ hours in the evening, we do not have time to even think for ourselves. To say nothing of heeding “Mother Nature”.

May 23

I was right. I could not finish it, and then, since…

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Swedish Old Peoples Home

I wish I was there.

Boone Iowa – Swedish Old Folks Home

This is from my postcard collection. I was able to scan it and then retrieve it for my blog. I am trying to do the same for other postcards in my collection but somehow the same process doesn’t work. Grr.