Monthly Archives: August 2013

Dogs, A puppy named Scotty

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There’s a book in my bookcase written by Kathleen N. Daly called “The Giant Little Golden Book of Dogs.” It’s one of the few remaining that I still have from my childhood.

It’s illustrated by Tibor Gergely and inside this book are pictures of big dogs and little dogs with tips on training. There is even one story about the first dog who made friends with man and it may have been a puppy who came to warm himself at a caveman’s fire.

The Scottish Terrier is the first dog that I remember when I was a kid. Scotty was a small puppy and liked to dig holes in our front yard. But, he only stayed long enough to visit because my mother said “dogs don’t belong indoors” and she meant it. I sometimes think about him and wish my brothers had built him a dog house. Maybe then she would have allowed us to keep him. But, instead she gave me a stuffed bear that I named Teddy.

Last year I saw a Fluffy Brown Dog in the park that looked just like my little Teddy.

Cute dog Baby Bear

Here’s the photograph.

Written by Mary Gilmartin, August 16, 2013


August 16, 2013 · 12:01 am

History, Visiting National Historical Sites in Atlanta, Georgia

The Historical Fire Station No. 6 built-in 1894 was used by the AFD, Atlanta Fire Department, until it closed in 1991. Inside you will find a 1927 LaFrance fire engine on display. This building is located down the street from where Martin Luther King  Jr  was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1929.

In 1980 the National Historic Site was established to preserve the places where Martin Luther King Jr was born, lived, worked, worshiped and the final resting place of Dr. King, Jr. This past week I visited The King Center, Freedom Hall and saw Dr. and Mrs. King’s Tomb. I registered for the tour to see the house where he was born. Although photographs are not allowed inside the home, I left with visual images and learned a lot about this period of history.

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Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, August 14, 2013


August 14, 2013 · 9:28 pm

Photography, Who is the girl in this portrait?

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I’ve had these two portraits of the same girl posing for a long time and every time I look at them I ask the same question: “Who is the girl in this portrait?”

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, August 10, 2013


August 10, 2013 · 12:04 am

A Little Boy’s First Pet

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I would never have believed what my six-year old grandson received for his “first pet” unless I had seen it for myself. When asked7-Charlie Lobby what does he eat? I learned that his food is kept in a separate cage.

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you that it only takes one second for “Charlie” to chase the crickets and catch his prey. The rest of the time he spends inside his glass terrarium sometimes staring at the blank wall behind him. There should be a painting of an Australian sunset there for him to look at while he waits to be taken outside for a walk at the park.

And, this ends the Bearded Dragon story about a little boy and his first pet.

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Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, August 8, 2013


August 8, 2013 · 12:08 am

Authors, Stephen King

007 my collection of SK books

I don’t know how many books the author, Stephen King, has published or the total number for his written works because I haven’t counted them. But, what I do know is that it’s more than the 36 hardback books that I have on two shelves in my home library with his name on them.

My book - SK on writingThe other Stephen King book I have in my collection is non-fiction and it’s the one that I keep in my office next to my dictionary and thesaurus. It’s called, On Writing by Stephen King, A Memoir of the Craft.”

Stephen King’s fictional stories are memorable and there are a couple of them that I have read that I think I’ll probably never forget. The first tale is “Autopsy Room Four” and it can be found inside his book “Everything’s Eventual” that has 14 dark tales. The first time I read it I remember feeling like I had stepped into the character’s shoes experiencing what he was going through. Synopsis: The last thing Howard Cottrell remembers is entering the woods to find his golf ball. He wakes up as he is being rolled into an autopsy room, but is completely paralyzed and unable to let the attendants know he is still alive.005 copy of my book front cover

006 copy of my book front coverThe other one is a novella that can be found inFour Past Midnight and it’s called “The Langoliers.” I remember seeing it when it first aired on television in 1995. Synopsis: A group of travelers on a red-eye flight from California to Maine wake up to discover that most of their fellow passengers have vanished mid-flight, along with the pilots and flight attendants.

I’m sure if you’ve ever read a Stephen King book, you probably will remember it.

Written by Mary Gilmartin, August 6, 2013


August 6, 2013 · 12:01 am