Walking My Talk

Just updated my ‘Walking My Talk’ post.

Oma Eagle


Maintained a mostly Pesco-veggie diet

pre 1978 and on
  • Shopped regional and seasonal.
  • Used wax paper lunch bags.
  • Used refillable drink bottles and thermoses.
  • Made all meals from scratch. -no trash.
  • Bought bulk in paper bags at crate and barrel stores.
  • Cleaned with vinegar; baking soda; and Dr. Bronner’s liquid soaps.
  • Refilled bottles at our old-fashioned ‘health food’ store with:
    • Vinegars
    • Dr. Bronner’s Soaps
    • Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Mineral Bouillon
    • Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids.
  • Used washable rags to clean.
  • Used washable linen napkins.
  • Made rag rugs for floors.
  • Used no air conditioning.
  • Owned no refrigerator. (I was talked into a small Energy Star one later on.)
  • Owned no dryer or dishwasher.
  • Hung all clothes to dry, either outside or inside.
  • Recycled / reclaimed old wood furniture.
  • Had a garden.
  • Rode motorcycles, mopeds, bicycles and walked a lot.
  • Drove a manual 5 speed 1978 Toyota Celica…

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Despicable Disposables & Sky Litter

The Lone Balloon

The Lone Balloon - DRD June 2018

SAD… SKY LITTER and plastic waste,
Destroys Wildlife and our Open Space.

Let’s picnic and camp on debris piles,
some places that’s all there is for miles and miles,

The 1st Earth Day, was nearly 50 years ago,
we did get the clean air and clean water act though,
But solid waste has grown even more,
You see piles on the roadsides, forest, and at the shore,
what the Hell was the environmental movement for?

No one it seems really cares,
they do not see their mess land elsewhere,
Out of sight, out of mind,
just leave your inconvenient trash behind.

Release your Celebratory balloons and lanterns into the air.
OH, they’re just fine, they’ll ‘biodegrade’ somewhere…

So that’s what we get and deserve in the end,
It’s only about ‘Global Warming’ / ‘Climate Change’ my friend,
Forget Solid Waste piling up at our front door,
becoming islands in the Oceans and the forest floors. -DRD 6/2018

Let’s not even talk about our Toxic waters and seas,
you know the food and water for you and me – DRD

Please Share to Make Others Aware

Our Trash and Plastics Legacy will not go away anytime Soon,                              We’ve run out of Space, we’ve run out of Room.                                                    Become Aware and Care for the land we all Share, for Our Earth all around.          Our Solid Waste is growing in Leaps and Bounds,                                                      It is causing Our Creatures to ‘Drown’. SAD


Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,            and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

Our Mini Nature Preserve

Encourage Birds & Wildlife with Food, Water, Shelter.


Water – There are many water sources.NWF_certify_sign_CWH_print
  • Many regular, and a heated birdbath.
  • An outdoor two tier water fountain.
  • A recycled bathroom sink is an in-ground drip fountain.
  • A recycled tub is an in-ground pond -water for wildlife.
Shelter – There is a multitude of places to hide and survive.
  • We made and placed four different pine bird boxes.
  • We have a Wren nesting pipe house.
  • We hung nesting baskets under our Grape Arbor.
  • A Purple Martin house, that is really a Wren and Sparrow condo.
  • We have a Brush pile for the birds, small mammals, and invertebrates.
  • We leave Leaf Litter over winter for the small mammals, and invertebrates.
  • Plus we provide what we call a ‘nesting box’ of goodies to help facilitate their nest building. It contains: small twigs, pieces of straw, leaf litter, grass clippings, cotton string, and cotton dryer lint (only cotton should be used).
Food – There are many food sources available.
  • Nectar – We have a Humming Bird feeder.
  • Suet – We offer them Suet eight months out of the year, October to May.
  • Mixed Seed and Cracked Corn – Twice a day, in the morning, and then again in the evening, we feed them a controlled amount by scattering it on the ground, and on tray feeders. It is increased in November through to April, and on days when it is near or below freezing, we feed them three times a day, morning, afternoon, and evening.
  • Household scrapsFruits and veggies are often added to their daily diet.
  • Egg Shells – We offer them egg shells during their nesting season.
  • Our FruitsWe do share with Wildlife. They Love our fruit. We have: an Apple tree; eight Grape vines; Blueberry bushes; Blackberries, a ‘gift’ from the birds; Raspberries; and ‘Volunteer’ Pin Cherry trees, additional gifts from our feathered friends.
Our Mini Nature Preserve

Our Trees, Hedgerows, and Plants provide, Food and Shelter for all Our Wildlife. They provide our family’s share of oxygen. Additionally, they are natural air filters, windbreaks, and sound barriers.

In the Beginning there was…

1. House, front copy

And Now…

Our Plant Inventory

Trees, big

  • White Oak – We maintain three, there were five, we lost two due to storms.
  • Black Locust

Trees, medium

  • Pin Cherry (2)
  • Sassafras (2)
  • Eastern Red Cedar (1)
  • White pine (1)Rose of Sharon, Violet

Trees, smaller

  • Apple (1)
  • Blue Spruce (1)
  • Sweet Gum (1) – kept dwarfed
  • Rose of Sharon trees (5) (in addition to the hedgerow)

Shrubs & Bushes

  • Azalea (2) 1 large, 1 small
  • Blueberry (2)
  • Boxwood, English (2) sempervirens
  • Boxwood, True Dwarf (1) suffruticosa
  • Boxwood, Littleleaf (4) microphylla Koveana
  • Holly, American (1)
  • Holly, Blue Princess (2)
  • Holly, China Boy (1)
  • Hydrangea (3)
  • Rhododendron, Large
  • Winter Honeysuckle
  • and a Chopped up evergreen (the Robin’s Lair)privet-0-12-jun-2018.jpg


  • Forsythia hedgerow – (6′ W x 40′ L) at least.
  • Privet hedgerow – (3′ W x 30′ L) at least
  • Rose of Sharon hedgerow – (3′ W x 60′ L)

Cover: Blackberry & Raspberry brambles, and an eight Grape vine canopy.

Groundcover: Ground Ivy, Periwinkle, Virginia Creeper, Wild Ginger

Perennial Flower & Foliage Garden: Astilbes; Bleeding Hearts; Cardinal Lilies; Daffodils; Hostas, Blue; Hostas, Variegated; Hyacinths; Jonquils; Kalanchoes; Lesser Celandine, Peony; Snow Drops; Tiger Lilies; Tulips.

Perennial Wilds Garden: Burdock, Catmint, Chickweed, Clover, Cress, Dandelions, Dock, Ground Ivy (Gill-o’er-the ground), Henbit, Lady’s Thumb, Lamb’s Quarters, Mustard, Plantain, Pigweed, Pokeweed, Dead Nettle, Self Heal, Sorrel, Violets, Wild Lettuce, Wild Garlic, Wild Ginger, Winter Cress, Wooly Mint.

A Few of the Ways Wildlife use some of our Plants

White Oak – Food: White Oak provides food for my Grackles, Jays, Nuthatches, Thrushes, Woodpeckers, Rabbits, and Squirrels. More than five hundred butterflies and moths are attracted to this host plant. The larvae of two small moth species of the Bucculatricidae family are known to feed only on the white oak leaves. Shelter: Nesting, Roosting, and Protection for many birds. Our Great Horned Owl usually returns every Fall.

Black Locust – Food: The Flowers are pollinated by Bees and Hummingbirds. Seeds are eaten by Mourning Dove, Eastern Cottontail, and Squirrels. Shelter: Many animals use this tree for cover and cavities. A good home for bird, especially Woodpeckers.

Pin CherryFood: Twenty-five species of songbirds and ground birds eat the fruit. Mammals of all sizes relish it. More than 400 moths and butterfly species eat the leaves.The larvae of a small moth species of the Bucculatricidae family feed on nothing but pin cherry leaves. Shelter: Nesting, Roosting, and Protection.

Sassafras – Food: Sassafras fruits are eaten by many species of birds, including my Phoebes, Gray Catbirds, Northern Flickers, Woodpeckers, Thrushes, Vireos, and Northern Mockingbirds. Groundhogs eat the leaves, and Rabbits eat the bark in winter. Shelter: Nesting, Roosting, and Protection.

Eastern Red Cedar – Food: The Cedar Waxwing is one of the principal users of red cedar berries, but many other birds and mammals, make the fruit an important part of their diet. Shelter: A favorite nesting site of; Chipping sparrows, Robins, Song Sparrows, and Mockingbirds. Juncos, Myrtle Warblers, Sparrows of various kinds, and other birds use the dense protective foliage as roosting cover.

White pine – Food: The seed-filled cones beckon sixteen species of songbirds, and small mammals. Pines are the host plants for more than two hundred butterflies and moths. Shelter: offers excellent year-round shelter.

Apple – Food: Yellow-bellied sapsuckers often feed on the sap of apple trees, leaving a grid of sap wells around the tree, Ruby-throated hummingbirds depend on these sap wells for food, especially when floral nectar is scarce. Insects feed on the sap and in turn become food for birds, including ruby-throats. Many species of bees, butterflies, moths and beneficial insects use the nectar of the apple blossoms in spring. They also feed on fallen rotting apples in fall. Shelter: provides important habitat for many birds, including Bluebirds, Flycatchers, Robins, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and Orioles. Branches and cavities in apple trees are common nest sites. Many species of mammals and birds use the cavities in winter for shelter or for food caches.

Blue Spruce – Shelter: provides shelter for Siskins, Nuthatches and Crossbills.

Forsythia HedgeShelter: Nesting, Roosting, and Protection for birds & insects.

Privet HedgeFood: can produce thousands of fruits, which are eaten by birds. It’s also used as food by the larvae of some (Lepidoptera) Butterfly and Moth species. Shelter: Nesting, Roosting, and Protection for birds and insects.

Rose of Sharon HedgeFood: Flowering from July to October, it attracts wildlife in droves, Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds. Shelter: Roosting, and Protection for many birds and insects.

For the Garden

  • Encourage Birds for Pest Control, by providing Food, Water, Shelter.
  • Use Ladybugs, Diatomaceous earth and Milky spore for pest control.
  • Use recycled Grey water for garden, if you can.
  • Use Rain barrels, if you can.

Repurposing, Recycling, Reusing

  • In 1985, we recycled a bathtub as an in-ground pond.
  • In 2005, we recycled another bathtub into a raised bed herb garden.
  • In 2015, we recycled yet another bathtub into an additional raised bed garden.


Thanks for stopping by…

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,            and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle


The Fights & Flights for Religious Freedoms, of Our Ancestors

Tapestry of Time

We have many ‘Ancestral Men of Faith’, with whom had suffered great persecution, on many sides, during the Protestant Reformation. Many of whom, the Protestants, fled to The New World for their Religious Freedoms. The following is a synopsis of some my notes, showing the Tapestry of Time during the Reformation with my Ancestors and their Religious Persecutions.

The Fights

1520     The Protestant Reformation begins in Northern Europe

Protestantism, began in the early 16th century as a reaction to medieval Roman Catholic doctrines and practices. Along with Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, Protestantism became one of three major forces in Christianity. After a series of European Religious Wars in the 16th and 17th centuries, and into the 19th century, it took a foothold throughout the world, it influenced the social, economic, political, and cultural life of the area.

1521     Saxony, Germany         Martin Luther protests the Church of Rome.

  • Lutheranism born
  • Martin Luther protested against the corruptions of the Church of Rome.
  • Our Family – The Beekmans from our 13th gg parents on were steadfast Protestants, since 1521, when Martin Luther posted his protests against the corruptions of the Church of Rome.

1534     The Protestant Reformation begins in England.

1491-1547     England          King Henry VIII          Anglican    

  • Anglicanism born (Episcopalian in America)
  • In 1534 King Henry VIII for personal reasons, broke with the Church of Rome and established the Church of England, with himself as its secular head. He appointed Thomas Crammer as Archbishop of Canterbury, its spiritual leader. England moved beyond permanent Catholic control, although much of the Catholic liturgy and governance by bishops was adopted into the tradition of the Anglican Church.
  • Our Family – The Sulyards were a prominent Suffolk Roman Catholic family, going back before Gentleman Sir John Sulyard, Knight 1420-1488, our 15th gg father. During The Reformation, they became Recusants, they were Roman Catholics in England whom incurred legal and social penalties in the 16th century and afterward for refusing to attend the services of the Church of England.

  • After King Henry VIII, his son King Edward VI took the throne.

1547-53     England          Edward VI          Anglican

  • Lutheran and Reformed theology invaded Anglicanism during the short reign of Henry’s son, Edward VI, through Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer.
  • Religious freedoms ebbed & flowed from the late 1540’s to the early 1550’s.
  • After King Edward VI death, his half-sister Queen Mary took the throne.

1553-58     England          Queen Mary Tudor          Catholic

  • Daughter of King Henry VIII. Upon becoming Queen of England, Queen ‘Bloody’ Mary, was possessed in her quest to return England to the Roman Church. She persecuted those who refused to abandon Protestantism.
  • In 1555she burned Anglican bishops at the stake, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, English Reformation Leader and author of Book of Common Prayer. The first to be martyred at the stake was  John ‘Thomas Matthew’ Rogers, an English Clergyman, who guided the translation and printing of the 1537 common English ‘Thomas Matthew’ Bible during the reign of Henry VIII. Mary went on to burn reformers at the stake by the hundreds for the ‘Crime’ of being a Protestant. Over 800 dissenters fled, some came under the tutelage of more radical reformers, like John Calvin.
  • This era was known as the Marian Exile, the refugees fled from England with little hope of ever seeing their home or friends again. During their exile, they produced the famous 1560 Geneva Bible, ‘The Bible of the Protestant Reformation’, from which many home-schooled their children.
  • Our Family – Sir John Sulyard of Wetherden (d 1574), the grandson of our 15th gg father, Sir John Sulyard, inherited the Sulyard family’s Suffolk estates and was granted the manor of Haughley, also in Suffolk, by Queen Mary I. a.k.a ‘Bloody Mary’. As a Knight, Sir John Sulyard of Wetherden, our 1st cos, 15xR, probably assisted in the persecution and burning at the stake of Protestants.

1558-1603     England          Queen Elizabeth I          Anglican

  • Daughter of King Henry VIII. She succeeded Mary, her half-sister, and reestablished a more inclusive and tolerant Anglican Church. She warily welcomed from Europe the dissenters, who had become steeped in Reformed theology. Upon their return, they joined others who felt that Elizabeth’s reformation had not gone far enough. They sought to ‘Purify’ the church. (Puritans)

1563     England     The Puritans

  • The Puritans, so named in 1563, criticized Anglican liturgy, ceremonies, and lack of discipline, especially of the clergy. Their push toward independent thought and church autonomy, had laid the foundations for Congregationalism. However, they remained members of the Church of England.
  • The Puritans held to Reformed belief in the sovereignty of God, the authority of scripture as the revelation of God’s will, and the necessity to bend to the will of God. They regarded human rituals and institutions as idolatrous impositions upon the word of God. They wanted to rid the church of old remnants of papism. Puritan zeal in spreading their belief about God’s confrontation with humanity conflicted sharply with the established Anglican church. Nevertheless, they thought of themselves as members of the church, not founders of new churches.
  • The ‘Congregational Way’ probably was born in 1567 when a group of Separatists, calling themselves ‘The Privye Church,’ worshiped in London’s Plumbers’ Hall. They were persecuted severely and their leader killed. Clandestine meetings of Congregationalists continued for simple worship in fields and unexpected rooms, dangerously subject to surveillance by spies for the government, who brought persecution upon the worshipers.

  • Robert Browne, an Anglican priest, was the first conspicuous advocate of Congregationalism in England. By gathering, in 1581, a congregation in Norwich, he expressed his conviction that the only true church was a local body of believers who experienced together the Christian life, united to Christ and to one another by a voluntary covenant. Christ, not the King or Queen, was the head of such a church; the people were its governors, and would elect a pastor, teacher, elders, and deacons, according to the authority of the New Testament. Furthermore, each autonomous church owed communal helpfulness to every other church. He was imprisoned 32 times and fled to the Netherlands, he retained his beliefs but did not remain a Congregationalist, he returned from exile to pastor a small Anglican parish in England.

.1603-1625     England          King James I          Anglican

  • Elizabeth had no heir, so James I, the great-great grandson of King HenryVII ruled England next. He commissioned a new translation of the Bible, The King James Version.
  • Our Family – The Beekmans, from our 13th gg parents on, were steadfast Protestants, since 1521, when Martin Luther’s protest against the corruptions of the Church of Rome.
  • Rev. Gerard Beekman 1558–1625, our 11th gg father, was one of the 47 scholars who helped translate The Original Bible Manuscripts into English, The King James Version. For his services, King James I granted the family a remodeled and special Family Crest.
  • James’s Church of England did not satisfy the Puritans. Yet, they could not agree among themselves about their differences with the church. They were called variously, Dissenters, Independents, Non-Conformists or Separatists. By this time, many Puritans were unwilling to wait for Parliament to institute ecclesiastical reform and separated themselves from the Church of England. Among them were groups that later were called Quakers, Baptists, and Congregationalists.
  • Among the early Separatists were John Smyth, founder of the Baptist Church, and John Robinson, pastor of the Separatist Church in England and Holland. Their lives became entangled with that of William Brewster, who became a leader of the Plymouth Colony in America. Brewster lent his home at Scrooby Manor as a Separatist meeting place. Richard Clyfton became pastor and John Robinson, teacher. Brewster was ruling elder.
  • In 1607 the Separatist Church was discovered, its members imprisoned, placed under surveillance, or forced to flee. They went first to Amsterdam and then to Leyden, Holland. Concerns in Leyden that their children were losing touch with English language and culture, and beset by economic problems and threats of war. 102 of these Holland exiles became the Separatists ‘Saints’ who, under John Carver and William Brewster, migrated to the New World. John Robinson, beloved pastor and teacher stayed with a majority in Holland,
  • In 1619 William Brewster and his associates in Leyden, published an illicit Separatist book called ‘Perth Assembly‘ by Calderwood. The book enraged King James I, who sent authorities to Holland to arrest William Brewster, the printer. Brewster fled to England and went into hiding. He was never apprehended, and later made the voyage to America in 1620.
  • Calderwood wrote ‘Perth Assembly‘ out of protest to King James‘ imposition of the Five Articles upon the Church of Scotland. He fled to Holland after the book, and did not return to Scotland until the death of James I, in 1625.
  • Brewster hid in plain sight from King James I. He created a myth, calling the passengers of the Mayflower ‘poor English farm folk‘. This scheme was a cover for the escape of himself and his printing associates: Edward Winslow, George Soule, Edward Raban and Johannes Sol’s widow.
  •  In 1620, they departed for The New World aboard the Mayflower. On 11 November 1620, needing to maintain order and establish a civil society, the adult male passengers signed The Mayflower Compact, it was a legal social contract that bound the Pilgrims together when they arrived in New England.

  • Our Family –  George Soule Sr. 1590-1677, our 9th gg father, being one of these Mayflower Separatist ‘Saints’, signed the 1620 Mayflower Compact. It was the first legal social contract composed and signed in the New World. He was a printer apprentice under Edward Winslow, as such, he was involved with the printing ‘Perth Assembly‘ by Brewster and his associates.

1625-1649     England          King Charles I          Anglican

  •  The Son of King James. King Charles I was beheaded by Puritans
  • Anglican like his father, but married Catholic, and was thought to lean too Catholic. A civil war during the reign of Charles I was led by English and Scottish Puritans who beheaded the king and under Oliver Cromwell as Lord Protector, seized English government, for 11 years.
  • At the end of the first war Charles, the First was being held by the Scottish Presbyterian Army, who handed him over to the parliamentary forces.
  • Our Family – In 1649 George Clemens, a Puritan and a member of British parliament, was 1 of 59 who signed the death warrant for King Charles I, who was then beheaded.
  • In January 1649 a trial was arranged, 135 commissioners were summoned, Some refused to participate, but most were named without their consent. 47 of those named did not appear either in the closed preliminary sessions or the subsequent public trial. At the end of the 4 trials, 57 of the commissioners present signed the death warrant, 2 added their names subsequently. The following day, 30 January, Charles I was beheaded outside the Banqueting House in Whitehall; Charles II went into exile.

1649-60     England     Puritan radicals ruled England with excessive zeal

  • The English Monarchy was replaced with, at first,
  • the Commonwealth of England 1649–53, and then
  • the Protectorate 1653–59, under Cromwell’s personal rule.

1660     England          The Monarchy was Restored in 1660.

  • George Denny Clemens 1615–1660 – My 9th gg father.                                   A Puritan, beheaded in 1660 for his faith.
  • George Clement, son of George and Audry (Denny) Clements, became Puritans, and he along with 10 or 12 others, were beheaded in the year 1660, upon the restoration of the crown to Charles II, for having signed with Oliver Cromwell and 57 others, the warrant for the execution of Charles I.

The Flights

1620     The Mayflower          Separatist

Our Family – In 1620, George Soule 1590 – 1677, our 9th gg father, being one of these Separatist ‘Saints‘, sailed to The New World aboard the Mayflower, and was a signer of The Mayflower Compact. He was a printer apprentice under Edward Winslow, as such, he was involved with the printing of Calderwood’s book ‘Perth Assembly’ by Brewster and his associates in Leyden. King James I was very irate after this publication, causing all involved to go into hiding or flee.

1683     Germantown, Pa.  –  Thirteen Krefeld Emegrants – Quaker/Mennonite

William Penn’s cousins, the Opden Graeffs, an old Krefeld Mennonite family, who ‘turned’ Quaker, abt. 1679. Abraham Op den Graff (1651-1731), our 9th gg father, and his brothers Herman, and Dirck, were among the first Thirteen Krefeld Emegrants of 1683. The first 13 families to settle Germantown, Pa., arriving at Philadelphia from Germany on 6 October 1683. Some Op den Graeffs returned to the Mennonite faith, settling in Skippack, Montgomery County, Pa. and helped founded many ongoing congregations.

  • These notes are mostly on my English lines.
  • Other notes will be on my German and Dutch Netherlands lines.

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Reach out and touch your Elders,

talk to them and take many notes, even if what they say doesn’t make sense to you. Where did they, their parent, grandparents live, work, etc. Ask about customs, foods, trades, don’t forget to include the hearsay (it might come in handy). Write everything they say down, it may come into play later.

Have Fun -OmaEagle


I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,            and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

A Memorial Day Poem

We Cannot Thank The Fallen, They are Not Here

We cannot thank the Fallen, they are not Here,
We can thank the Loved ones that they held Dear.
Be thankful for your Freedoms for which they Died.
Remembering the reasons, will keep their spirit Alive,
Through the decades as we Live, Love, and Pray,
We have them to Thank for allowing us, to Live this Way.
-DRD 26 May 2017

God Bless them, One and All.


This poem was written with a special young family in mind.                                         They like many before them had lost their All in Afghanistan.


All Gave Some
Some Gave All

WW I – Great Uncle Elmer McAuley -KIA Normandy
WW II – Uncle Bill McAuley -KIA Siapan
among the many, Thank You and Rest in Peace.

Remember in your Prayers, Them & The Families They Left Behind. – Omaeagle.

Textiles In The Blood – Scottish Weavers


Francis IRVINE… 1846–1924


I Love Textiles – Genetic DNA Memory?

I Love Brocade, Tapestry, Velvet, all heavy woven fabrics like: tweed, twill, and linen. Especially old Lace, whether it be heavy knit /woven or fine delicate old lace. I Love The touch, feel, weight and look of well made fabric. I guess that came through my ancestral genes.

One of the last of my ancestral lines to emigrate to the U.S.A. was my maternal grandmother’s family. The Irvines and the Symes, were both born in Pollokshaws, Renfrewshire, Scotland. Pollokshaws was historically a village predominantly dedicated to weaving. In the 1700’s through the 1800’s they were known for their exceptional weaving skills.

The early mills of Philadelphia were mostly carpet mills and the carpets were hand-loomed. The tradition of hand-looms continued on into the 1880’s. As the textile trade in Philadelphia began to expand to include curtains, woolens, etc., the owners built and modernized their factories into steam powered mills.

My 2nd Great Grandfather Francis Irvine was a loom master /weaver. In the 1880’s when they were setting up the steam powered Textile Mills in Philadelphia, they went to Scotland to recruit him. They brought his whole family of 10 over, complete with their furniture. (The family always joked about my 2nd great aunt Mary being a ‘stowaway’, because my 2nd great grandmother Barbara Syme was pregnant with her at the time.)

* IRVINE, Francis

STAY Tuned… for the next story.

Genetic DNA Memory? Funny thing is 80 years later, his Great Granddaughter Helen (My Mother), also worked in a Philadelphia textile mills. A Bromley Mill that had once been a carpet mill, then converted into a Curtain Mill, and later Tablecloths and Scarves. Quaker Lace.


Reach out and touch your Elders,

talk to them and take many notes, even if what they say doesn’t make sense to you. Where did they, their parents, grandparents live, work, etc. Ask about customs, foods, trades, don’t forget to include the hearsay (it might come in handy). Write everything they say down, it may come into play later.

Have Fun -OmaEagle

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,               and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

Our Park Map Placemats

Our Outdoor Memories Memorialized.

When our children were young, from preschool on, we would take different park maps and seal them in acetate. We would use them as Placemats for all our meals. When they were very young we explained to them, that it was like we were looking down from the clouds at the park. When we sat at the table, we would look them over to familiarize ourselves with the layout of the parks that we were planning to visit and camp during that season. We would point out the lakes and streams, and the trails that we wanted to try. We would talk about the trails that we have hiked and the many discoveries found on those trails. Through the years, we would mark up the maps with those discoveries, like, where is ‘Our Blueberry Hill’ or ‘Our Raspberry Row’, ‘Our Hidden Bubbling Brook’, ‘Our Special Fishing Spots’, the Best Views, etc.

We would take the Park Map Placemats to camp with us and constantly refer back to them. When we went hiking, we would carry, a marked up, folded map.. As we adventured, we would make additional notes. Once we were back home we would come to an agreement as to what was to be added to the Park Placemat Map.

We still use them to this day. The kids are grown and gone with families of their own. On occasion we were lucky enough to use the Park Map Placemats with our Grandchildren. We all Loved them, what Wonderful memories they hold, ‘Our Secret Spots’, ‘Our Hidden Hideaways’, Our Family’s Personal Park History.


P.S. The Bonus was: Our children learned to read many kinds of maps at a very young age, and even how to use the Compass, and how to Navigate by the Sun, etc. They were never afraid to set out on an Adventure with map in hand.  🙂

Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,            and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle