Daily Archives: November 3, 2011

Make New Friends

Carla and Sandra

Make new friends
But keep the old,
One is silver
And the other gold.

That’s a tune we learned in Girl Scouts about 1964 and it’s still true. My Mingo friends are absolutely precious to me Some of them are the same ones I learned the song with.

And I value the new friends I’ve made over the past few years, like Patti, Blanca, Geneva, Pat, Donna, Mo.

Now I can add Sandra to the list.

For a couple of years we were internet friends but hadn’t met face to face until last weekend.

Almost 3 years ago I discovered her delightful blog Add Humor and Faith…mix well through kind of a hop, skip and a jump around the internet. Coffee, Tea, Books and Me was where I started; actually one of the first blogs I ever read, back when I wasn’t really sure what a blog even was. A very interesting sounding lady posted a comment there and I followed the link to the blog she shares with her childhood friend, Stick Horse Cowgirls. Such an evocative title.

Well, C & V featured one of their reader’s comments in their sidebar – which finally brings me to Sandra. My first visit there was a delightful journey into her archives and stories about growing up in Springfield, Missouri and Indiana, crinolines, a brother and his car, older sisters and loving parents.

It surprised me how much we have in common, including visits to Tulsa. (Her grandchildren attend my old high school.)

So, this past weekend, we met Sandra and her husband at a Panera and had a wonderful visit.

The internet can be a scary place and not everyone you meet online is someone that you can safely meet in person.

But Sandy and her husband are real, salt-of-the-earth people, the kind that are also salt and light in the world and I’m so glad we met them. Joe and I had a marvelous time visiting with them.

They are shiny new silver friends.


Filed under Faith, Tulsa

Books Read, September & October 2011


World War II

A Summer Interrupted – 1939, The Remarkable Story of An Evacuee/G. Michael Burns, 2011


Death of a Chimney Sweep/M.C. Beaton, 2011. Latest in the series about the village constable, Hamish McBeth.

Death of a Dreamer/M.C. Beaton, 2006. Twists and turns as Scottish constable Hamish McBeth solves the murder of Effie Garrand, an Englishwoman very proud of her art and her daydreams.

Murder in Three Acts/Agatha Christie (1935) – also published as Three Act Tragedy. Who killed the kindly vicar and why? Noted actor, Sir Charles Cartwright and his two friends endeavor to solve the mystery.

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Filed under Battle of Britain, Books, England, Fiction, History, World War II