My father's parents had 8 children and raised them on a Missouri farm. Hugh and Jeannette (her friends called her Nettie) had a hard life trying to make ends meet during the Great Depression. When Hugh passed, Nettie moved to town and had a small apartment above the Singers store in Mexico, Missouri. Having her own loom which stood six feet high and eight feet long, Nettie made hand hooked rugs to order for the local people. I often look at this photo of Nettie and Hugh as they look so beautifully happy.  They both died before I was born. I realize that we are all connected to our past but I have so many questions. 

Nettie took her own life by hanging from her loom in 1949 . . .

From correspondence from a local neighbor in an attempt to learn more:

"When I was a young girl they lived out by us south of town, between Cedar Grove school and Beaver Dam School. I lived with my aunt and uncle Mr. and Mrs. Carter Crockett. I didn't know Mr. Black but I remember Mrs. Black, later something happened, he might have died, I don't remember, but she had to move to town. She ask my aunt to store that huge old loom for her , so we did up stairs. We were told not to touch, but it was such a big temptation and so awesome that many times I found myself just sitting and pretending I was working all the parts. Mrs. Black missed it very much, almost like a lost child. The rest of the story is very sad."

On a lovelier note, here is a page of many letters written to Nettie from Hugh before they were married, while he was over seas in the service:

"December, 1906

To my only and dearest love, Nettie Glover to whom I endeavor to be my only sweetheart in single life and also in married life to come. It is with much pleasure for me to write these few lines to you as I have been thinking of you since last Sunday night wonder if I would see you the next Sunday to which I haven't missed seeing you for many Sundays passed as it was to my pleasure. Where you and I, my dear, can sorrow break our hearts. I am in distant land, Sleep and die for thee all alone. Night bids me go I cannot stay. With you no longer you and I must be parted. So I must close for this time. From your loving friend. H.F. Black to N. Glover. So goodbye sweetheart. S.W.E.K. Please excuse the writing my dear".


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~Samer Chidiac


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“Make the most of yourself....for that is all there is of you.” 

~Ralph Waldo Emerson


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~Haruki Murakami


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"I have already lost touch with a couple people i used to be."

~Joan Didion


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“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’”

~George Shaw


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“To look at something as though we had never seen it before requires great courage.”

~Henri Matisse


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This was my morning view in perhaps one of the most magical places on earth, the Irish home of artist David Lang.  Beloved Tullyloughran is nestled in between Ennistimon and Corofin, County Clare, Ireland.  I miss it so . . . 



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"My personal motto has always been: Joy in spite of everything. Not just [mindless] joy, but joy in spite of everything. Recognizing the inequities and the suffering and the corruption and all that but refusing to let it rain on my parade. And I advocate this to other people."

~Tom Robbins


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“Success is getting what you want..
Happiness is wanting what you get.” 

~Dale Carnegie


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"Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They existed. They existed.
We can be. Be and be
better. For they existed.” 

~Mary Angelou


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"All progress takes place outside the comfort zone."


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“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”


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~Lenny Kravitz


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“Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” 

~George Addair


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“I wonder why I don't go to bed and go to sleep. But then it would be tomorrow, so I decide that no matter how tired, no matter how incoherent I am, I can skip on hour more of sleep and live.” 

~Sylvia Plath


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Except for hydrogen, all the atoms that make each of us up—the iron in our blood, the calcium in our bones, the carbon in our brains—were manufactured in red giant stars thousands of light-years away in space and billions of years ago in time. We are, as I like to say, starstuff.” 

~Carl Sagan


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“Bamboo is flexible, bending with the wind but never breaking, capable of adapting to any circumstance. It suggests resilience, meaning that we have the ability to bounce back even from the most difficult times. . . . Your ability to thrive depends, in the end, on your attitude to your life circumstances. Take everything in stride with grace, putting forth energy when it is needed, yet always staying calm inwardly.”

~Ping Fu


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“Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.”

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~Mark Twain


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