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Author Archives: Dona

About Dona

Mother of two twenty-somethings. Recent empty-nester. Adjusting to the new normal.

Ruminations on fairies I have known

TL;DR: I love fairies and I thoroughly enjoyed the book The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor. Possible spoilers in the review which is much farther down the page. Sorry — I have a backstory… When I was young — maybe 10 — I had an invisible friend. My invisible friend was not your average invisible … Continue reading »

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Grandpa Patrick’s Prairie Farmer newspaper

Grandma Patrick kept this cover of the Prairie Farmer newspaper from 1952 because it had Grandpa’s writing on it. I wonder who Grandpa voted for, Eisenhower¬†or Stevenson.

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Collage for my mom on her 38th birthday

I was 17 and following my mom’s tradition of making birthday collages when I made this for my mom. I don’t remember making it, but I know I did make collages — Just like Mom did for me and other folks.

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U.S.S Roanoke visits Italy in 1950

My dad must have either sent this to Mom or to his folks when he was in the Navy. It is information about areas in Italy for the U.S.S Roanoke ¬†crew for when they landed in Augusta, Italy on January 25, 1950. Interesting that only in Augusta are “identified houses of prostitution” out of bounds.

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Proof that talent skipped a generation

“Anger,” an etching by Dona Patrick, age 111/2.

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Mother’s Day card from Clare and Andrew

Back when the kids made me Mother’s Day cards.

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Two by Clare

They say talent skips a generation. I believe it. Mom could draw and Clare can draw. I cannot. Here are two early paintings by Clare.

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Top Secret Notes

I barely remember this, but I bet I had fun with it.

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Two vintage Christmas cards

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More Silver Jubilee stuff

While I was not in England during the Silver Jubilee (or was I? — I don’t remember) I have a few souvenirs from that event — all gifts, I think. I already blogged about the set of silver plated teaspoons. I also have two tea containers — one in use, the other was Mom’s and … Continue reading »

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