Emma Johnson’s Autograph Book from December 25, 1885

This book is 136 years old! (Dec 25, 2021 – Dec 25, 1885). I acquired this treasure one week before Christmas. I learned it is 136 years old and was given to Emma Johnson as a Christmas gift from a school teacher! I have been researching for a week, discovering fascinating pieces of history about the people and places tied to this book. Read on for more information. Continue reading Emma Johnson’s Autograph Book from December 25, 1885

Exploring History on Harry Hines Blvd.

There’s a conspicuous blue building on Harry Hines Blvd.  I drive by it daily.  Its sign has big unmistakable letters identifying it far and wide.  And in case there’s any doubt, there’s also a large beckoning banner: Open to the Public. Now before you panic and wonder what type of business on Harry Hines Blvd I’m speaking of, I’ll identify it.  It’s Janitor’s World. Aside from my dreamy imaginings of a building full of cleaning supplies, this place has an even more compelling reason to attract my attention. History! The building started out as the Star Lite Rollercade. Click the … Continue reading Exploring History on Harry Hines Blvd.

Mona Monarch

Mona Monarch was in a fatal hit and run accident on October 29, 2018 at Olympic Circle.  She was heading to Mexico for her winter vacation. In lieu of cut flower arrangements, family members have requested beautiful flowers be planted in Mona’s honor. Funeral arrangements donated by Grasshopper & Sons Funeral Home.   Date:  October 29, 2018 Camera:  Rockalita Sunshine (Canon EOS 5D Mark IV) Lens:  My beloved 100 mm macro lens (Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L macro IS) Location:  Dallas, TX Notes:  As I pulled in to the parking lot at work, I noticed the butterfly at our circle drive.  … Continue reading Mona Monarch

17 Year Work Anniversary

Today is my 17 year work anniversary. I celebrated by writing thank you cards to customers ordering my newest design collection, Coffee & Tea by Blue Hair Girl.     Among the Dale Carnegie principles I have employed over the years:  “Count your blessings – not your troubles”, “do your very best” and “show sincere and honest appreciation”.   Continue reading 17 Year Work Anniversary

Last days at the office. Part 1

What is it like to sift through 17 years’ worth of office work? I see success. Failures. Growth. I see naïveté. Optimism.  Battles fought. I see the transition of a fresh-out-of-college graduate in an entry level position doing tasks she disliked to someone who made it to a position that was more suitable. I see routine.  Product life cycles.  Remnants of discontinued products. Countless stacks of articles that have been edited, re-edited and published. Old correspondence. Ghosts of employees past who I have banished from memory.  Names long erased and barely familiar. I see emails outlining new ideas, new packages, … Continue reading Last days at the office. Part 1