Days Gone By - stories from the past

MONDAY MUSINGS: Things I learned with age [vintage photographs]


Learned to pick my battles, – “Will this matter one year from now? How about one month: One week? One day?

Childersburg, Alabama. WPA (Works Progress Administration) day for nursey for defense workers children2 (John Collier, LOC)Childersburg, Alabama ca. 1942. WPA (Works Progress Administration) day for nursrey for defense workers children (John Collier, Library of Congress)


If I wake up breathing –  I have another chance!

Wake up America poster. (Library of Congress)Poster shows a woman dressed in Stars & Stripes, symbolizing America asleep. After two and a half years of neutrality, the United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917. James Montgomery Flagg, who created some of the war’s most indelible images, sounded the alarm for all citizens in this poster which was featured in “Wake Up, America” Day in New York City just thirteen days later on April 19th. Actress Mary Arthur was Flagg’s model for Columbia who is a personification of America and Liberty. She is shown asleep, wearing patriotic stars and stripes and a Phrygian cap–a symbol of freedom since Roman times. While she dozes against a fluted column, another visual reference to Western classical antiquity and civilization, sinister storm clouds gather in the background. 1917 (Library of Congress)

Work is good, but it’s not that important.

Photograph showing Quentin, Archie, and Nicholas Roosevelt, with Walter Russell, burying a dog in the sand at Sagamore Hill (2)Photograph showing Quentin, Archie, and Nicholas Roosevelt, with Walter Russell, burying a dog in the sand at Sagamore Hill. The identification of the newspaperman Russell (formerly thought to be Edward S. Curtis) is based on correspondence found at Sagamore Hill. (Roosevelt, Theodore,–1858-1919–Family – Library of Congress)

Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it

Old woman in apron and shawl (by Otto Henry Bacher, 1876, Library of Congress)Old woman in apron and shawl (by Otto Henry Bacher, 1876, Library of Congress)

Ribbon of Love: A Novel of Colonial America Ribbon of Love is a wonderful love story of Henry and Mary living and struggling to succeed as one of the first families in the colony of Virginia in the 1600s. In addition to the love story, the descriptions of the clothing, home furnishings, personalities, family life, church and community are most intriguing. The exhilarating action and subplots keep the reader in constant anticipation. It is almost impossible to put the book down until completion.

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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