Oysterville Daybook Archives

Places, Everyone!

Places, Everyone!

This is one of those days I wish I could clone myself.  No matter how hard I try, I cannot quite visualize what the audience is seeing when I am on stage and it’s me they’re looking at.  Of course, in the case of this weekend and our two...

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Center Stage in Oysterville and Beyond

Center Stage in Oysterville and Beyond

On Saturday the cast of “Shoalwater Shenanigans” gathered over at the church to begin rehearsing for our November performances. It was our first get-together and run-through of the show in almost a year. Some of us were letter-perfect in our lines;...

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An Oysterville Moment

An Oysterville Moment

One of the popular features of our summer Music Vespers programs here each summer Sunday is the five minute welcome toward the beginning that has come to be called the ‘Oysterville Moment.’  It was begun by my mother when she and dad started the...

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Live long and…

Live long and…

Louise Espy, my uncle Willard’s wife, outlived him by twelve years.  She died last November in New York not far from where she had been born and had lived for most of her ninety-two years,   Her children, Johnny and Penny, kept us informed about...

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and speaking of P.G. Wodehouse…

and speaking of P.G. Wodehouse…

H. A. Espy       I just love P.G. Wodehouse.  In times of stress or when I want to be completely distracted from serious thinking, I turn to him.  He’s funny – often outrageous – his characters are impossible and his plots outlandish.  Plus, he...

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Shameless Self-Promotion!

Shameless Self-Promotion!

Medora and Me     Back in February, I posed the idea of doing a book talk modeled on our House Concerts.  The proposal came from my knee-jerk reaction to receiving the news that my Dear Medora book had earned less than $10.00 in royalties for the...

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Feeling Snappish in Oysterville

Feeling Snappish in Oysterville

     My yesterday wasn’t very different from most other days thus far in 2012.  In fact, on the face of it, it should have been great.  The calendar showed it as all white space – my favorite kind of day.  I could work at the computer without...

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Chasing Down The Facts

Chasing Down The Facts

Cartooning by Correspondence     Yesterday Nyel and I made a quick trip to Tacoma and back to visit the Washington State Historical Society Research Center.  It is the repository for the Espy Family Archives and I was on an information quest.  My...

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Considering the Future:  A Cautionary Tale

Considering the Future: A Cautionary Tale

      The advice that is often given to authors is to make sure that the rights to their “intellectual properties” is clearly and separately spelled out in their wills.  I imagine that similar advice is given to artists and other people who do...

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The End of the Line?

The End of the Line?

Espy Family Reunion 2009       During his life time, my uncle Willard took on the role of family genealogist.  He spent sixty-plus years tracing our roots and writing up all the information he had discovered.  As early as 1954, two fat three-ring...

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Rachael, Annie, Helen, Sydney: Medoras All

Rachael, Annie, Helen, Sydney: Medoras All

      My middle name is Medora, as was my grandmother Helen’s, her mother Annie’s, and her mother Rachel’s.  The name has been passed down without interruption in our family for six generations.  My aunt was Medora (of my book, Dear Medora), my...

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Sunshine Indoors!

Sunshine Indoors!

            What a blustery day yesterday was.  Our dinner guests were practically blown into the house!  But sunshine came with them in the form of daffodils – our first bouquet of the season.  The timing seemed perfect as I had just run across...

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