Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Blogging From A to Z April Challenge

A to Z Challenge [2013]
It's almost time for that A to Z blog challenge. For 26 days in April hundreds of bloggers from around the world will be sharing information on an amazing list of subjects.

I'm going to be blogging about bits and pieces of Arizona history. Fun facts about the 48th State. Arizona to Zane Grey and every letter in between. So come join me and tour some of the other blogs. You never know what you will learn.
So why am I doing this?

To challenge myself to write every day on a subject that interests me.

To learn. With the blog posts and articles from the challenge co-hosts I'm already learning more about the technical angles of blogging.

To meet new people. There are so many bloggers in this challenge I'm sure I will find some new interests and friends to share with in the future.

To share my love of Arizona and it's diversity and history.

Not interested in doing the challenge?
That's okay.
Come back and visit and join the blog hop to other blogs:
just for the fun of it.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Remember When: First Crush

Happy Birthday, Johnny Crawford.
The Rifleman was on television from 1958 to 1963. Young Mark McCain was my first major crush. And I'm not alone.
At the Festival of the West in Scottsdale, Arizona last week I met Johnny for the first time and told him that. He's obviously heard it many times.
I'm happy to say he was just as nice and personable as you'd expect.
He signed my book on television westerns and graciously posed for photos.

I spent much of the day watching all the other people meeting favorite movie stars and reliving the Old West. I thought about my sister and how we sat in front of that big console black-and-white tv to watch those shows that will never be replaced.
Later our friends, Wyatt and Terry Earp showed up and Terry was just as excited as I was to get her picture with Johnny.

She first met him at the birthday party of another tv favorite: Hugh O'Brien (The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.)
What a great day!! So many wonderful memories!

Who was your first television/movie crush?

Memoir Prompts:

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Did you and your siblings battle over the television?

Where did you sit the most often while watching television?

Have you met some of your favorite movie stars?

What is your favorite carnival/fair food?

Have you ever cooked over a campfire?

What inspires you?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Remember When: Nana

This is my mother. She always dressed nicely and looked much younger than her age. She loved to cook, garden and watch her "soaps." She also loved her family.

Mom had two older grandkids but they lived in Colorado so being here in Arizona for the day-by-day events of our daughter's childhood was special. Mom loved being "Nana" and taking Jessica shopping, making her special treats, and singing songs.

I can still remember learning "Jesus Loves Me" from my mother and then listening as she also taught Jessica. Those are the special memories that tend to get lost over time. It's our job to write them down and to ask others to do the same.

Memoir Prompts:

What did you enjoy most at recess?

What is your favorite type of television show?

Did you have glasses or some other thing that other kids picked on you for?

What superstitions were you taught? Do you still follow them?

Are you allergic to any foods?

What is your favorite color?

Did you ever receive an Easter pet? Bunny or chick.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Remember When: Pawnee Rock

This photo of Pawnee Rock, Kansas was taken around 1968. I loved this place. We often stopped here on our two hour drive from the town we lived in to visit my grandparents.
Here's a video I found on UTube.
I thanked the photographer for the memories. You can literally see for miles and miles. It was once a favorite landmark and stop along the Santa Fe Trail.

One year we went to an Easter Pageant at the monument. We all stood in the cold Kansas wind as they reenacted the Crucifixion and Rising. I can still picture those lonely crosses on the hill and "Jesus" coming up over the hill and down the side towards us. It was beautiful.
I loved to climb the spiral staircase and dream about Cowboys and Indians and my own ancestors riding that area. One of the visitors to the video stated the old stairs have since been removed. Sad, but I'm sure it wasn't the safest place and the way we raced around as kids there were probably many accidents.
Still, this is one of my favorite memories and maybe one day I'll be able to go back and visit.
Do you have pictures of a special place from your childhood?
Do you have special Easter memories?
Memoir Prompts:
Did you ever make blanket forts or houses by draping blankets over chairs and tables?
Describe some historical sites you have visited.
What is one of your family jokes?
Write about washing dishes.
What illnesses run in your family? Do you have a family medical record?
Write about a staircase you remember.
Describe in detail your favorite flower and any memories associated with it.

Friday, March 8, 2013

KK Challenge: Days 3-5

Kelly Kilmer's Ten Minute Challenge last for five days. I hope to keep going with my little "Ten Minute Animal Journal."
For day three I added doodling, filled in the writing on the scrapbook paper and some dots in blue gel.
That page is done.
Do day four I started another page. It took more than the ten minutes to find the papers but I limited myself to that stage.

Today, day five, I added some fun little bits.
I'm loving these little bits of fun.

 While I was scanning the ten minute book I scanned a couple of pages I did for Kelly's Marvel Your Precious Life class. I love how she teaches us to "paint with paper" and use the things we have.
It is so relaxing.
I used scrapbook papers, magazine cuts, tape, glue sticks,white gel pens, buttons, old children's book pages, rapidograph black pens, and overlays.
Thanks, Kelly, for all the inspiration.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

KK Challenge: Day 2

Here's my journal page after another ten minute session. I wanted to soften the scrapbook paper at the top so I smudged some ink through some sequin waste. I then stamped the footprints up the side and found the "caring" sticker.

Simple. Fast. Fun.

Remember When: Riki Tiki Tavi

This is a photo of me and our dog, Smokey, in front of the house I grew up in. I don't know the year.
What caught my eye while browsing the photo collection is the porch.
Yes, I'm hung up on porches lately.
So what does this have to do with Riki Tiki Tavi?
Remember him? The mongoose from the Rudyard Kipling books including "The Jungle Book."
Last month my book group read "The Tiger's Wife" by Tea Obreht. It is about a girl and her grandfather who always carried a copy of "The Jungle Book." Of course I am familiar with the story, although I can't remember ever reading it. Near the end of the book the author mentioned Riki Tiki Tavi and I was immediately taken to this porch. I was young standing in front of the door and something was happening with Riki Tiki Tavi.
Was it a childhood song?
Was somebody talking about the mongoose?
It was just a flash of memory but very strong. I asked in the group if anybody knew of a childhood song or any reason this memory should flash on Riki Tiki Tavi. Nobody knew.
I "felt" that porch the memory was so strong. I don't know why that flashed. Can any of my readers help? I've gone to Google and uTube and watched videos from the movies and nothing. No more flashes.
However, I did write about it in my journal. What will this mean in the end? I have no idea. But that's the way memories go.
Don't forget to record your flashes. They may lead to something in the future.
Memoir Prompts:
What are some of the books you read as a child?
Write down a family story told about your mother as a child? (This can be repeated for all members of your family.)
Have you ever seen a ghost?
Describe a place you visit a lot in as much detail as possible. (This could be a place in your home town or a vacation spot.)
What did you and your siblings fight about the most?
Write about a birthday party.
What is your most prized possession?

Monday, March 4, 2013

Another Challenge

If you have been following me for awhile you will know I have a hard time ignoring a challenge.

This is the latest as posted today by Kelly Kilmer. I have followed Kelly on her blog, Facebook, and am taking one of her online classes.

Her challenge is to spend ten minutes a day doing something artsy. Ten minutes! That seems like so little, yet how often do we say we don't have time for art, or writing, or most of the things we enjoy.

Wanting to keep this challenge separate from my other work I made a simple booklet of drawing paper folded in half with a cover of watercolor paper for strength. (This didn't count for the ten minutes.) I also wanted it lightweight so I can throw it in my backpack to grab ten minutes during the day. A extra bit of challenge to myself.
I then found a focal picture and some backgrounds and glued them onto a page with a glue stick. That took me ten minutes and I have this art journal page started. The backgrounds are scrapbook papers and washi tape. The photo is from a magazine.
I'll share more as I do my ten minute spurts.
Thanks, Kelly. Love the challenge.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Guest Blogger: Barbara Hagerty

About a year ago or more I met a fellow art journaler and blogger who happened to live in my town. Since then our friendship has grown. Barbara is very thoughtful and gifted as you will see.

I hope all my readers will follow me in learning to view the world in a different way.

Thank you Barbara! ArtiphyTheHeart
February 22, 2013