Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Day 3132: A story for March!



"Boone County Hermit": old photograph, collage, color, and digital.


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 My Grandpa owned a farm in Indiana.

As long as I can remember, I heard stories about 
the hermit who had lived in Grandpa's woods.
It came up on the recent Indiana visit & I was enthralled, again.
I remember my Mom mentioning being in his log cabin once.
Her memory was of the thick layers of newspaper on the walls.
I would be "all ears" whenever the subject came up.
So in case you might share my interest, I'll share a bit.
A legend of years past ... the Boone County Hermit.

Warren Massey & his dog, 1922  (1867-1944)

As a child, it always fascinated me how a grown man 
could decide to live alone in the woods, it still does.
Born in a log cabin in 1867, outside of the town Lebanon,
he was the son of Elizabeth & Hiram Massey.
Known as "Hi", the father, a laborer, was said to have ...
"looked too much on the wine when it is red."
Warren also shared his father's attraction.
On a cold 1892 night, Warren & a friend hiked into Lebanon.
Making the rounds of the town's saloons, 
the severely drunken pair then tried to walk home.
Freezing wind exposure caused both men to develop pneumonia.
Warren's friend died, and after a risky, prolonged illness, 
Warren survived to vow, that "never again 
would he go near a place where liquor was sold."

Warren's cabin, 1940 Taken by Aunt Martha

He kept that vow for over 50 years. Given permission,  he lived 
in a 14 x 16' cabin in the 20 acre woods of my Grandpa's farm.
Referencing a 25c, June 1975 copy of Boone magazine ... 
in an article by Ralph W. Stark, it is said that 
"Warren could neither read or write. He was said to have an 
innate intelligence, skills at cards, music & marksmanship."

Warren Massey, 1940 by Aunt Martha

 I usually think of a hermit as a loner, or anti-social. 
Evidently Warren was well liked. He lived simply.
His wants were few, his expenses minimal.
He helped local farmers with their crops, had a garden, 
chickens, trapped & sold furs. He did odd jobs & traded goods.
He bought groceries from the "huckster" who traveled the
Ratsburg Road with staples, coffee, sugar, salt etc. for farms.

Warren Massey & dog, age 73, October 1940. in his cabin.

Late one evening, in 1942, in failing health, 
two friends drove Warren through Lebanon
to move in & live with a sister in Rockville
taking along his dog, fiddle & a few trinkets.
He insisted on night time & he ducked down 
so as not to see the town as they passed through.
He wasn't anti-social, he was anti-saloon. 
He died at age 77 in 1944.
The aged cabin, weakened & in bad repair was burned.

Update ...

It is time to change my  Terry Garret calendar.
Every month has great graphics, a treat to start the month.

You know, time does fly.

This proves my theory that time goes faster as one gets older.
Do you remember when you were little and time literally 
hung there as you waited for a special event to finally arrive?
And now I can't believe February has flown by.



•  A fun 11-minute video, league of pigs, here.
•  A  wow 3-minutevideo, rhythm dance, here.
•  A lovely 3-minute video, visiting birds, here.

Just because ...



Smiles for Tuesday ...





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Monday, March 1, 2021

Day 3131: Boy or Girl?




"Chuck": drawing, junk mail collage, and digital.



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A fun, full Sunday.

 First, I had a Zoom class with Miss Katie O'Connell, 16, high school junior, honor student, musician and Girl Scout potential Golden Award. She was completing her fourth and final on-line class, titled The Art of Happiness project. Teaching teens how art can positively affect teen mental health during difficult times such as the pandemic. Four free classes explain the science behind how creating art positively affects teen mental health. Guest speakers give expert advice on the topic, including a psychologist, a UCSD art professor and a professional photographer.  A simple art project is demonstrated at each session, and teens had the opportunity to discuss art and the pandemic together. Today's Special Guest Speaker: Local Artist, Dr. Alan Larson, MD giving his advice on the positive effects of creating art. Then Katie taught us how to create an up-cycled Mini Zen Garden for our desktop to help us keep a peaceful mind during studies.

Second, Grandhunk # 3 arrived just as the class ended and we were off for lunch at ... 

Protein-style Patty Melt

Protein style








Antonio Burger

Shared potato salad

Third, we were off to Orange, to go to a Drive-By event, 

where we were invited to pick up an individually-wrapped sweet treat from us at their apartment from the comfort and safety of our own vehicle anywhere between 2-4pm. We found the balloons and joined the line.

Chris and Tina












They gave us cake-pops that had the gender color to be revealed when we ate them. We were asked to #1 said it will be a boy, I guessed girl.


A  Zoom get-together from 4 -4:30 revealed blue balloons. We are all so happy for this young couple, they will be great parents.

Fourth, we went back to my house and Jordan shower me a game  called Animal Crossing on his Nintendo Switch. A clever game, and all I could think was who could program so many details? Amazing Modern Technology. 

We ate our cake-pops with the blue insides, visited and too soon

it was for time for GH#1 to go home. The four hours had flown by.

Thanks Jordan and Congratulations Tina and Chris!



•  A beautiful 2-1/2 minute video, Lift Every Voice, here.
•  An interesting 4-minute video, Austin Kleon/Corita , here.
•  An amazing 2-1/2 minute video,  sheep rescue, here.

Just because ...



Smiles for Monday ...











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