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"Worry" is our unheralded 3rd kitty.  She was abandoned in Houston by her previous owners and is a rescue.  She is by far the sweetest of the three cats and has never hissed, scratched, growled or otherwise lost her temper - not once (like, um, me for example).  She will look up at you right in the eye for long periods of time, quizzically. I think she's nearsighted.

   The vet has found a tumor on her tongue and she goes every few weeks for steroid shots to keep the pain at bay.  If there, in fact, is any because we don't know.  She acts fine, and her status has not changed in 8 months.     

Worry gets her name from a very worried look she mostly has (below) but to add a little well-deserved dignity to the aging lady, and since we're convinced she's clairevoyant, we've hyphenated her name now to "Ms Claire-Worry".

Claire-Worry and Bandit are best buds.  Here's an un-ladylike pose you need to click to see large.



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Updated: June 5th, 2012






               Holes cut in south facing roof turn entryway
                into a sundial  (11:00 a.m. - June 5th, 2012)  --->

                     Gracie likes her morning brushing

                                                                 Kelley in Thailand
      Please do NOT tickle the tigers!                                       (purrr)  Well, um, ok, just this once.

   Slideshow  -
Stout's Island Lodge on Red Cedar Lake, WI     Movie - Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford slept here

The black & whites enjoying retirement.                              Jill likes it, I didn't.

                                                  Jerry & Aunt Yvonne - October 2011
                    David (standing), John, Jane, Uncle Bill, Aunt Yvonne, Jill, Gay, Jerry M.

 Don’t Do It!
Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump.  I said “Don’t do it”
 He said, “Nobody loves me.”
 I said, “God loves you.  Do you believe in God.”
 He said, “Yes.”
 I said “Are you a Christian or a Jew?”
 He said “A Christian.”
 I said “Me too.  Protestant or Catholic?”
 He said, “Protestant.”
 I said, “Me too! What franchise?”
 He said, “Baptist.”
 I said, “Me too. Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist?”
 He said, “Northern Baptist.”
 I said, “Me too! Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?”
 He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist.”
 I said, “Me too!  Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region or Northern Conservative Baptist Eastern Region?”
 He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region.”
 I said, “Me too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879 or Northern Conservative Baptist  
Great Lakes Region Council of 1912?
 He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912.”
 I said, “Die heretic!”  And I pushed him over.

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    Before to after wall morph (click it)

                            This is a 3-D photo meant for a stereoscope.  But you can view it here without one. 
                             First, ensure the trees, or bird feeders in each photo are not further apart than 2 1/4".
                             If they are, you will have to reduce the browser page by pressing the CTRL and minus (-)
                             keys until they are.  The closer together, the easier to see in 3-D.

                             Then stare into the distance at the photo and relax your eyes.  If you are staring "through" 
                             the screen (into the distance to make your eyes parallel) the two black dots in the bird
                             feeder, or the lights in the cabin, will come 'together'.  Then all of a sudden, they will "click"
                             together all the way and you will see a hole in the computer screen and the photo in 3-D.


                                                                                3-D PHOTOS



"I don't know what this stuff is but it's cold, it keeps coming, it won't go away and my car does funny stuff on it."


JANUARY TENNIS (indoors in Columbia, MO)
Renewing a twenty year dormant tennis game at 65 years old (thank you, thank you, keep the applause down please), is rough.  What's tougher than the aches and pains is that the 50+ others on the local tennis ladder range all the way down to wet-nosed pups just out of college who don't have a clue what an ache or a pain is.   The only real chance for any kind of victory in those matches lies solely in the victory that comes from having enough chutzpah just to show up for play.  Sometimes that can get the little ankle biter laughing hard enough to take an early point or two, but mostly it's "Nice point, good shot, nice point, nice return, good lob, nice game, nice match."

 Here's how a match will start out - or 'thoughts from when an oldster plays a youngster'


       A white Christmas for this Houston boy was pretty darn neat - I mean, wow, would you just look at this!!??


                          Christmas                             Orange cat looking at orange cat        Kelley & Dad Thanksgiving
                                                                                       (click to enlarge)



 Fall colors in Columbia, Missouri    (click to enlarge)


NEW ORLEANS - French Quarter alive and well
                           Bourbon Orleans Hotel    Old Phi Kappa Sigma House
                              Bourbon Street



Photos at:

  YouTube Movies
(Click the arrows in lower right corner to see more thumbnails then click a thumbnail to play it.)

  \               Gracie is always glad we're home from a trip and shadows us purring for quite awhile after we're back.



  A guy goes into his doctor and says "Give it to me straight, Doc.  I know I'm sick.  How long do I have?"
     The doctor says, "Ten ... "
     "Ten what?", asks the patient.  "Ten years?  Ten months?"
     "Nine, eight, seven ..."


    A guy spots a sign outside a house that reads "Talking Dog for Sale."  Intrigued he walks in.
         "So what have you done with your life?" he asks the dog.

         "I've led a very full life," says the dog.  "I lived in the Alps rescuing avalanche victims. 
   Then I served my country in Iraq.  And now I spend my days reading to the residents of a
 retirement home."

          The guy is flabbergasted.  He asks the dog's owner, "Why on earth would you want to
 get rid of an incredible dog like that?"

          The owner says, "Because, he's a liar.  He never did any of that."

Jill's son, Colin, died suddenly October 2008 

     Colin was an talented artist who had a broad spectrum of styles and
techniques. His work ranged from the elegantly simple to the poignancy of
emotion shown in his windswept hair sketches.  You can see photos of
Colin or an animated movie of his
work by clicking the buttons below.

                          Photos of Colin                     Art by Colin


  Family Tree page
  600+ name list.  Kyles/Snells/Smatlaks/Cranes/Styles/Burnson
                         Skamsers, Syversens and others in Norway.
                          The Kyle - Snell Family Tree is now on
                 with over 500 photos



        Kelley - NAPA Valley (2011)

      JRKyle - 95th birthday


      Jackets in July  (movie clip)

Jill at Brendan's S.F. graduation

Brendan at law school graduation

Attn: Mu Phi Kaps 

  Are you in this photo?

If you're a 1965 Phi Kappa Sigma from Tulane, or thereabouts, we're looking for you.  Go to my "NEWS" page for a name list and more info.    

* The Phi Kap Current Directory

                  (Click to download) 
      (Last updated 12/10/2010)

Comedienne Gwen Gisinser says, "Whenever someone tells me 'I'm not book smart, I'm street smart', all I hear is 'I'm not real smart, I'm imaginary smart.'"

 "Will I die, God?

     In surgery for a heart attack, a middle-aged woman has a vision
 of God by her bedside.  "Will I die, she asks?"

     God says, "No.  You have thirty more years to live."

     With thirty years to look forward to, she decides to make the best of it.  So since she's in the hospital, she gets breast implants, liposuction, a tummy tuck, hair transplants, and collagen injections in her lips.  She looks great!

     The days she's discharged, she exits the hospital with a swagger, crosses the street and is immediately hit by a bus and killed.

     Up in heaven, she sees God.  "You said I had thirty more years to live," she complains.

   "That's true," says God.

    "So what happened?"

    God shrugs, "I didn't recognize you."


Comedienne Ophira Eisenberg says, "I'm still in my first marriage.  I know it's wrong to talk about it so temporary like that.  My current husband hates it when I do that."


The school had installed a new air-conditioning system and a representative from the company was there to make sure it was running smoothly. 

    Poking his head into an empty classroom, he asked the teacher, "Any little problems here?"

    "No," she said smiling.   "All our little problems have gone home for the day."