Treasure Chest Thursday: We’ll Always Have Barcelona

Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip Columbus McCormick (1892 – 1981) Married couples often have a private word or catchphrase, born of shared experiences and rich with meaning.  My great-uncle and great-aunt, Phillip and Benita (McGinnis) McCormick’s catchphrase was, “We’ll always have Barcelona.” “Las Ramblas” depicts a Sunday afternoon on the famous boulevard in Barcelona. My … Continue reading "Treasure Chest Thursday: We’ll Always Have Barcelona"

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Visiting El Greco Museum

Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip Columbus McCormick (1892 – 1981) Toledo, about an hour’s drive from Madrid in central Spain, was one of the excursiones requisitas,  or obligatory stops, for my great-aunt and artist Benita (McGinnis) McCormick.  She and my great-uncle Phil made a pilgrimage to the Museo del Greco during their year-long Spanish sojourn in 1960, to view the … Continue reading "(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Visiting El Greco Museum"

Wedding Wednesday: Ole and Jane (McCormick) Olson

  Benita Jane “Janie” (McCormick) Olson     (1927 – 2011) Elson “Ole” Olson (1924 – 1994) Secret courtyard passage, Carmel-by-the-Sea On May 6, 1960, while 20 million television viewers watched England’s Princess Margaret marry Anthony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey, Eldon Olson and Benita Jane McCormick were being married in front of two witnesses in the quaint … Continue reading "Wedding Wednesday: Ole and Jane (McCormick) Olson"

Sentimental Sunday: Loving and Letting Go

Benita Elizabeth (McGinnis) McCormick     (1889 – 1984) Phillip Columbus McCormick (1892 – 1981) Phillip Eugene “Bud” McCormick (1927 – 2004) Benita Jane “Janie” (McCormick) Olson     (1927 – 2011) Elson “Ole” Olson (1924 – 1994)   Benita Jane McCormick, known as “Jane,” circa 1960. As happens eventually to parents everywhere, Phil and Benita McCormick must have wondered … Continue reading "Sentimental Sunday: Loving and Letting Go"

Talented Tuesday: Lady in Winter

Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Benita (McCormick) McGinnis drew this untitled chalk rendering in Chicago, possibly in 1931.   With winter snow and rain storms in full force across the world this week, it seems appropriate to post this chalk drawing by my great-aunt “Detty,” Benita McCormick. The back of this portrait contains no information to … Continue reading "Talented Tuesday: Lady in Winter"

Friday’s Faces from the Past: McGinnis Family Portrait

Mary Jane (Gaffney) McGinnis (1858 – 1940) Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Francis Eugene McGinnis (1891 – 1961) John Charles McGinnis (1894 – 1944) Alice Gaffney (McGinnis) Schiavon (1895 – 1963) Some time during the late 1930s, the now-adult McGinnis children: Benita, Alice (my maternal grandmother), Gene, and John, gathered at the family home at 8336 Drexel … Continue reading "Friday’s Faces from the Past: McGinnis Family Portrait"