Motivation Monday: Eight Years of Sharing Stories – and Here’s to Many More!

  Eight years…can it really be that long? My trusty Underwood typewriter, its ribbon now worn, keeps  me company as I write.  A gift from my great-aunt Detty, it once belonged to my great-grandfather Thomas McGinnis, who used it to write an autobiography of his adventures at sea. Actually, it’s eight years and two days…171 posts, and 30,959 page views.   … Continue reading "Motivation Monday: Eight Years of Sharing Stories – and Here’s to Many More!"

Not-So-Wordless Wednesday: It’s All Relative

Phillip Eugene “Bud” McCormick (1927 – 2004) Benita Jane “Janie” (McCormick) Olson  (1927 – 2011) Joan (Schiavon) Huesca (1928 – 1987) My great-aunt “Detty,” or Benita (McGinnis) McCormick, and her younger sister (my grandmother, Alice (McGinnis) Schiavon), lived several blocks apart on the South side of Chicago, both from each other and from their mother, Mary Jane (Gaffney) … Continue reading "Not-So-Wordless Wednesday: It’s All Relative"

Matrilineal Monday: Two Little Bundles of Love

Benita Elizabeth (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip Columbus McCormick (1892 – 1981) Phillip Eugene “Bud” McCormick (1927 – 2004) Benita Jane “Janie” (McCormick) Olson (1927 – 2011) Christmas 1927 brought a very special gift to my great-aunt and great-uncle, Benita and Phil McCormick.     These two little cherubs, “Buddy and Jane,” or Phillip Eugene and Benita Jane  … Continue reading "Matrilineal Monday: Two Little Bundles of Love"

Treasure Chest Thursday: Sharing a Gift from the Railroad

Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip C. McCormick (1892 – 1981)   Indian Tree pattern teacups and double-handed bouillon cups, part of a 1921 wedding gift to Phillip and Benita (McGinnis) McCormick, from his employer,  the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Of all the wedding gifts my great-aunt Detty (Benita) and great-uncle Phil McCormick received  on October 3, 1921, this charming dinner service … Continue reading "Treasure Chest Thursday: Sharing a Gift from the Railroad"

Traveling Tuesday: Kegfully Yours

Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip C. McCormick (1892 – 1981)   Newlyweds Phil and Benita McCormick took the train out west to Southern California for a month-long honeymoon.  One of the many places they visited was Santa Catalina Island, just off the coast.  The island became a favorite place of theirs, as much for its … Continue reading "Traveling Tuesday: Kegfully Yours"

Thankful Thursday: “The One”

Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip C. McCormick (1892 – 1981)   93 years ago this week, my great-Aunt Detty – Benita McGinnis – mailed a rather flirtatious, if not somewhat mysterious, penny postcard to a certain Mr. P.C. McCormick: (Postmarked May 14, 1921) Mr. P.C. McCormick  #112 W. Adams St. Chicago, Ill. Dear Egg, Just … Continue reading "Thankful Thursday: “The One”"