~ Once Upon a Time…….   1 comment



………and it all began with a question.  

 It had been a long day and I was tired to begin with, but I had promised to take some friends to the Buena Vista Hotel where there was a beauty pageant being held.  They gave me a ticket and I accompanied them to the show.  I was seated apart from them, about seven rows back from the stage.  All of the contestants were pretty…, all but one, and as far as I was concerned, she was just the most beautiful girl there that night.

GMB 2a

  I couldn’t take my eyes from her.  It must have been pretty obvious, because after a while, as she walked across the stage, she looked at me and smiled.  I teased myself into thinking that such a beautiful girl could be possibly interested in me.  Nah !  I was dreaming again. 

After a while I found myself tired of the whole evening and, despite that unbelievably beautiful creature, I was leaving.  I went up to the piano bar and told the pianist that if the guys were looking for me I would be out on the beach.  I stopped at the bar and grabbed a coke, went across the walkway and down to the car where I deposited my shoes, and then headed for the beach.  I’d started to walk up the beach toward fishing piers which were one of my favorite places to sit, rest, and contemplate life and then is when it came…….

“Hey, G.I., would y’all mind if I walk with you?”

This is where it all began.  I turned and was face-to-face with that incredibly beautiful girl from the contest.  My first reaction was total confusion and disbelief as I thought she should still be back there in the contest.  My second thoughts were: Wow ! She’s even more beautiful than I first thought !

“I don’t mind if you don’t mind walking with a complete stranger, ….but aren’t you supposed to be in that contest at the hotel, Gayle?”

“Uhh, you know my name ?”

“Yeah, it was in the program with your picture.”

“Oh, well then that makes us even, Paul.”

Now it was my turn to be surprised and I gave her a sideways glance.

“They told me at the bar when I asked about you.”

As the evening continued, we walked out on the pier and sat at the end, dangling our legs over the water.  Conversation wound itself around Mississippi, Indiana, school, the Air Force, friends, and such other safe topics as we slowly began to become acquainted.  She was sweet and easy to be with and spoke with a soft, slow southern accent that totally bewitched me.  I didn’t want her to stop talking. 

The evening ended with a slow walk back up the beach and across to her car.  She gave me her phone number.  I was at a loss to give her mine as it was a pay phone in the squadron orderly room.  She understood. 

Rather than a kiss good night, (I thought that would be much too forward), I took her hand and kissed it, asking if we could meet again.  She told me that could be a definite possibility and I should call her soon. 

 Well, that’s how it all started, fifty-three years ago tonight, on a soft southern evening when a young man’s mind turned to springtime and flowers, and romance. 

Ahh….!  The memories are still sweet …………………..








~In a Moment ~   1 comment


In a moment:

A war is begun…   Thousands become homeless, starve, die, and these are not among the soldiers in combat.

A person is murdered… vengance, revenge, hate, and senselessly for some.  The reason is never logical or enough to justify the crime.

A heart is broken… a thoughtless word or act, a partner dies, love is not returned, love is abused, or just allowed to die.

A town is destroyed… an earthquake, a fire, a flood, a tornado, or just the unthinking carelessness of man

Promises are broken… by accident, by devious plan, by indifference, by necessity, just by viscious meanness.


Happiness comes… when we realize our worth on this earth and strive to improve our lives and the world around us.  It comes when we live up to our potential and ability to care about each other.  We have to care enough to live in that moment and share it with those around us.



Posted April 19, 2016 by PapaBear in Uncategorized

~~~ Escape ~~~   2 comments


The weather is cold, damp, rain or snow most days now.  Sunshine for the whole day is rare and even on those days the wind is a force to be dealt with, so, enough !  I’m taking a little trip.  No, not in the car, or on a plane, or even a boat.  Where?  Why, it’s that place we all know and hold in our mind and memories.  That place where we know warmth, and peace, and  ……., well, I’ll let you finish the list for yourselves.  We all have different places.  Ok, I’m off now  !


A few soft pillowy clouds drift eastward across an azure sky. Terns and Pelicans drift casually across the blue abyss, Pelicans occasionally diving to catch a fish.  rippling water reflects the blue of the sky. The surf is light and kisses the shore tenderly, lifting its whisper to the air.  A gentle breeze passes through the palms and carries the scents of jasmine and oleander across the island.  The powdery sand on the beach glistens like a field of diamonds.  There’s a beautiful girl sitting at the water’s edge, offering me a drink…

“You’re late, sweetness.  I’ve missed you…”


I’m there now….., are you ?


Have a great day everybody !!!





~~ Happy Easter ~~   1 comment




May the blessings of this

Easter season

find their way to your hearts

and to all you love.


Peace and Love

to all of you.





Posted March 26, 2016 by PapaBear in Family, Personal, Prose

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Sleep ‘n’ Dream   2 comments


Just for tonight, let me sleep and dream in Ireland


The day, it’s now over

And the partyin’s done

Corned beef ‘n’ taters

An’ th’ Guinness is gone

‘Tis time to sit back

Wi’ the rest o’ me brew

An’ say a good night

Merry evenin’ t’ you

‘Twas a grand day, wasn’t it now ???


Lá Shona Fhéile Padraig

Agus tráthnóna maith fíneáil a thabhairt duit go léir


Posted March 17, 2016 by PapaBear in Experiences, Memories, Personal, Poetry

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~~ Na Feile Padraig!’ ~~   3 comments


na Feile Padraig!’

A Happy St Patrick’s Day t’  Y’all !!!



You can’t kiss an Irish girl unexpectedly.

You can only kiss her sooner than she thought you would…


…….now for a toast or two for the day, yerself, an’ perchance yer sweetheart….

I have known many,
and liked not a few,
but loved only one
and this toast is to you.


May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been,
The foresight to know where you are going,
And the insight to know when you have gone too far.

Slainte !!!




‘Tis time now for PapaBear’s traditional toast to all o’ me Irish friends out there…

…and wouldn’t ye all be Irish on St Paddy’s Day, wouldn’t y’ now ???



May you always have

the sun on your face

And a dry path to walk.

May the stars fill your eyes

And the moon light

The way to your door

May you know

Peace in your dreams

And love in your heart


celt heart






~~ Oiche Maith ~~   2 comments


With the onset o’ St. Patrick’s Day I thought to leave you wi’ a bit o’ humor t’night and hope that yer e’en’ be light. Here be a smile or two for ye !


Father O’ Malley answers the phone.

‘Hello, is this Father O’Malley?’
‘It is’
‘This is the Inland Revenue Service, income tax department. Can you help us?’
‘I can.’
‘Do you know a Ted Houlihan?’
‘I do’
‘Is he a member of your congregation?’

He is’
‘Did he donate $10,000 to the church?’

‘He will.’




What do you call an Irishman who keeps bouncing off of walls?
Rick O’ Shea!








Posted March 10, 2016 by PapaBear in Humor, Personal, Uncategorized

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