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Davis Dairy, Maryville, Blount County, Tennessee on Wildwood.
Taken by Judith Richards Shubert, September 28, 2005, Copyright

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Davis and Shubert Kin

Suzanne Davis and Bob Shubert in Palo Pinto Texas
Suzanne Davis Kerr of Maryville, Tennessee
Robert Allen Shubert of Fort Worth, Texas
originally of Nashville, Tennessee
The Palo Pinto Cafe
Palo Pinto, Palo Pinto County, Texas

(Aunt and nephew ~ only they're the same age!)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Inanimate Objects

Today as I puttered around in my kitchen I noticed the funnel that I use in canning season. It has a wide mouth that fits nicely down into the mouth of glass jars and has numerous dents and scratches on its shiny surface. It is made from aluminum, I believe, and is shiny with swirls made from cleaning it with a soapy SOS pad.

As my eyes fell on the funnel my mind drifted to my mother-in-law who used it for many years and I thought of all of the jars of applesauce laced with cinnamon and red hot candies that she had made with the help of that funnel. I remembered the taste of the applesauce and how my children had smiled when we opened a brand new jar. That memory led to another memory and then another.

That is the way it is so often around here when I glance at a picture, walk by and touch a chair, or snuggle under an afghan that once belonged to an older member of my family.

I found this short entry in a little book given to my mother-in-law by her co-workers when she had been out on sick-leave. It spoke so clearly about my thoughts this morning in the kitchen, I want to share it with you.

Inanimate Animate
"Have you ever noticed that older people tend to cling to the things that have surrounded them? We call it sentiment and scoff. Our mobile, semi-disposable society tends to treat our many possessions with little dignity. Somehow we have lost the beauty of associating an object with the things it has touched. Perhaps we need a little sentiment to give root to our lives.

A table is a
Living thing,
A part of all
It touches.

It is
A loving thing,
Caressed with
Polished pride.

A table
Senses things,
Remembers tears,
The hands of a child."

from Ironing Board Altars
Mary Ann Bohrs
Broadman Press, Nashville, Tennessee
Copyright 1969

Graphic by June at Art Freebies

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

A Thank You from "5 Branches"

March 30, 2009

Hello Helen,

My name is Judy Shubert and I live in North Richland Hills. My husband is a
descendant of Henry M. "Mitt" Shubert who was married before he died to
Nancy Ann Weese Parks, mother of Cara or Carrie Parks Plemons. I discovered
your newsletter yesterday and wanted you to know that I have written a
couple of short posts about the "poisoning of Martin Plemons". You can
access them at my blog, Tennessee Memories.

Please feel feel to use my posts or blog in your newsletter. Please let me
know if you think I have overstepped my bounds in my posts. I would love to
hear from you.

Judy Richards Shubert

March 30, 2009


I am very touched that you used the information from the 5 Branches
newsletter. Sadly, the Newsletter has about died. . . .

. . . You have not stepped out of bounds by the article. The story makes for
interesting stories about the family. And it should be told for others to

Thanks again for refreshing the story.

Helen Parker

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