Tuesday, November 19, 2013


You can't push my buttons I know were they're at...  I keep them all safely tucked under my hat...  So, I'll share with a friend the feelings inside... and if I keep sharing I'll have no buttons to hide!
from my friend and mentor, Karen
i love you friend~

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Mom & Dad

I have lived with you close by forever
No more
I have been able to touch you at will
No more
I have been able to talk, whenever
No more

The city seems huge without you
I've lost my way
Tall buildings and winding roads
Streets we used to live on
Places we used to go~

It's empty here now
Without you
No more

I have lived with you close by forever
No more~

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Good~bye for now JUDY

In Memory of

Judy Retterath

May 17, 1946 - November 2, 2013

Retterath, Judy Kay

Age 67, of Plymouth, died on November 2, 2013.

She was preceded in death by her dad, Jerome; sister, Linda; and grandma, Ann Mahlmann.

Judy is survived by her mom, Dolly; children, Paul (Renee), Heidi and Charles (Jenny); and their dad, Thomas; 7 grandchildren, Ashley, Cameron, Parker, Peyton, Braeden, Mackenzie & Carter; 6 siblings, Larry (Maggie), Tim (Denise), Sue, Kent (Janis), Kevin (Lori) and Amy (Steve); many loving relatives & friends.

Visitation 3-7 PM, Wednesday and 1 hour prior to the service. Memorial Service 2 PM, THURSDAY, all will be held at Kapala- Glodek-Malone Funeral Home, 7800 Bass Lake Rd., New Hope.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

and my Guest Book entry~

No doubt God has lifted you up on angel's wings Judy.  You are one very special, classy, and kind lady.  I so enjoyed BINGO and your hats : ).  Always one to take time for others~never in a hurry.  It was my pleasure to know you.  May God bless your family and give them strength to move through such a difficult time~

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

My Great Grandfather and his Author~ John J Koblas

John Koblas

John “Jack” Koblas, 70
John J. “Jack” Koblas, age 70, of Minneapolis, died March 8, 2013. Jack suffered for some years from Parkinson’s disease and his death followed a recent stroke and heart attack.
He was a native of Minnesota and spent most of his life in that state. He is survived by children, Stacy, Stephanie, John and Sarah; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and close friend, Janet Goodman.
Jack was one of the most dynamic and prolific writers of our time. He was a noted authority on the James-Younger Gang and the Northfield, Minnesota Bank Robbery and he wrote eight books on those subjects. Jack was very well versed in Minnesota, Civil War and Indian War history. He wrote six books on the lives of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis. His credits for Civil War and Indian War history include, J. J. Dickison: Swamp Fox of the Confederacy and a trilogy about the Sioux Uprising during the Civil War, Let Them Eat Grass. Titles of those volumes are “Smoke, Fire, and Ashes.”
Jack was the author of 70 books, several screen plays and more than 500 short stories, articles and a vast amount of poetry. He was well known for his tireless research, and often said history is full of myths and only by doing in-depth research can you get to the heart of the matter. His philosophy about research on historical topics was to throw out everything you have been taught and look for yourself.
In addition to his writing skills, Jack was also an accomplished musician and lecturer. He trained for years as a concert pianist before converting to rock and roll. He played in a band in high school and later preformed with a professional band, “The Magpies.” This band was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
Jack was a highly-respected and well-liked author and historian. His contributions will be appreciated by the historical and literary community for many years to come.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013, in the Washburn-McReavy Hillside Chapel in Minneapolis.

My Great Grandfather

H.V. Jones: A Newspaper Man's Imprint on Minneapolis History

 Astonishing Rags-to-Riches dynastic tale

This entertaining and well-illustrated book tells the fascinating but true tale of Herschel Jones, a poor boy from an obscure backwood village in upstate New York who, at a very early age, and with little education, starting building a publishing empire. What's especially interesting is that while he was the teenage proprietor of a small Easter paper, he evaluated his choices for where would be the most promising place to continue empire-building and settled on Minneapolis. Within a few years, he had made a name for himself in his new hometown, befriended the right people and raised financing to buy the JOURNAL, the State's most influential paper. From his publisher's chair he leveraged increasingly large though altruistic political and economic power--ultimately befriending a young politician named Theodore Roosevelt to whom he became a close advisor. At the same time, this uneducated self-made man built up one of the greatest rare book libraries and art collections in this country--with an unerring eye and with hand firmly on wallet. I very much enjoyed this tale of a man who, until now, was only known for the extraordinary art, book and manuscript collections he bequeathed various notable institutions. His is an unexpectedly epic tale that coincides with the assimilation of the Midwest in American power, economics and culture at the turn of the last century.
To have know this dynamic man would have been a dream.  So alike in so many ways, as writer's, collector's, and philanthropists~  What a blessing to have my great grandfather's life in the palm my hand~

And in honor of the author John Koblas~
Koblas, John J. "Jack" age 70, of Mpls, passed away on Friday, March 8, 2013. Survived by children, Stacy, Stephanie, John, and Sarah; six grandchildren; one great- grandchild; and friend, Janet. Private interment Hillside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred. Memorial service Saturday, March 16, 3 PM with visitation 1 hour before at: www.Washburn-McReavy.com Hillside Chapel 612-781-1999 2610 19th Ave. N.E., Mpls - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/startribune/obituary.aspx?pid=163577224#sthash.XhSp6e8A.dpuf

Monday, November 4, 2013

Grand Baby Prayer

Heavenly Father, 
We give you praise for you are the Creator of this new little life.
We lift this tiny one up to you for protection. We ask for a heavenly covering over this baby so that no harm can come to him or her. We ask that you would supernaturally make right anything that needs healing in this little body before the delivery. We also ask for an easy and safe delivery.
We give you praise for this pregnancy and rejoice in your steadfast love.
Copyright © 2012 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com
i thank you this day and each~

Saturday, November 2, 2013


Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself. 
November 2, 1949: Happy 64th birthday, Lois McMaster Bujold! The science fiction writer has won the Hugo Award four times and is the creator of the Vorkosigan Saga, a series inspired by the Horatio Hornblower books.