New Dad Gifts for Old and New Dads

rancherMy dad was a rancher / farmer who left the agricultural world when in his early twenties. After that, it was politics serving in public office for most of his life. But, he always worked outside when he could. He was a writer and he always did that out in the garage. That is why I write. It looked fun to a kid.

Dad is gone so I won’t be buying him a gift for Father’s day, just my eternal love.

So, are you going to give your dad a tie for Father’s Day? Can’t you be more original and not so chintzy? Hmmm!

What are his hobbies? How about a new fishing pole or tennis racket?

How about a computer or car jack?

Does he need a winter coat? Think ahead.

You only have one dad, or do you. Whatever the circumstances, think beyond the tie.

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How I Met Your Mother

My Parents

My Parents

This is the time of the year that we select a Mother’s Day Gift. Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 11, 2014.

I would guess that many of you have seen the television show How I Met Your Mother. Do you have a history in your family of various couples met?

My maternal grandmother was born in South Wales. One day a young man showed up at her door who she could remember from years before. He was a Utah minor and he had lost his wife. She married him and moved to Utah soon to lose him in a mine explosion. She married again to another minor taking our two children, but not her first husband’s children, with her. He died when my mother was 14 years old. Because of the hard times her stepbrother, my step uncle, join the Army so that he could send his mother $30 each month for her to take care of his four sisters. My and my step aunt Grace had left for the circus where she worked in a bear act and slid down the wire by her teeth.While my uncle Dave was fighting a in world war one in Europe, my mother and her sister Rose worked in a boarding house to support their mother and two younger sisters.

My mother met my father, who had just left his homestead in Delta Utah, and a dance in Salt Lake City. Both thinking that the other was from the same locality and has where the church was that sponsored  the dance.They found each other after one year of searching. Throughout their 66 years of marriage they always celebrated the day they first met. There pic is at the top of the page.

My father’s parents met when my grandmother took care of my grandfather in Porterville, Utah after he had been seriously injured while quarrying granite for the Salt Lake City Temple. She cared for him for two years but she was too young to marry when he left. So we went back eight years later and married her. They went by horse and buggy to Manti,Utah to be married in the Manti Utah Temple.

I met my wife, Pat, who is now suffering from dementia and has a full-time caregiver when I got home from Korea in 1952. My friend, Larry Haywood, who died a couple of years ago, had moved to a new home with his parents. I first saw my wife to be playing football with her three little brothers on the front lawn. Our local church leader had decided that we recover we veterans returning home were a big nuisance and that we needed to get married. So he had my brother-in-law put on a presentation of the Pirates of Penzance. I was a pirate and also a Keystone cop while my wife was one of the orphan damsels.

Over the years, I wrote a number of poems for my wife on Mother’s Day:

Adam Said
by John Taylor Jones

For Mother’s Day
Saturday, May 8, 1999

Adam said, Eve my dear,
You’ve eaten the forbidden fruit.
She looked at him and answered back,
Yes, I’m getting the boot.

He said to her, Eve my dear,
I like your skin and hair,
And I get a little tingle
When with those eyes you stare.

She said to him, I’ll miss you so
When Father kicks me out.
Now don’t you ever think of me;
Never give a pout.

He answered back with some regret,
I’ll dearly miss you too,
If I didn’t have a lot more ribs
I’m sure with you I’d go.

That’s right, she said,
You do have ribs a plenty more to spare,
But won’t you miss this little rib?
Won’t you miss my stare?

She stared at him, he looked away,
Then rubbed his perfect tummy,
You know, he said, I have a pain,
I’m really getting hungry.

She bid him come and sat him down,
And put his lunch before him.
He ate the fruit and felt real good,
“I’m going with you, honey!”

There are many songs about Mother Here is a video of one I like:


Select a Mother’s Day Gift at Amazon. Fast delivery, best price, and best selection too. And it is not too late to order.


copywrite©1999-2014 John Taylor Jones, Ph.D.




Saint Patrick’s Day Party Fun

Patrick's daySaint Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick is said to have driven the snakes out of Ireland.

Maybe so!

My wife was born on St. Patrick’s Day except it was after midnight so she was born on 18 March. I believe also that is the day that my parents first met. I think it was a St. Patrick’s Day dance. They celebrated that day all their married lives.

St. Patrick’s Day is the day we have corned beef and cabbage. There’s also a big parade in New York. It’s a great day for guzzling beer for some.

Some folks like to have a party on Saint Patrick’s Day.why not? All it takes are a few decorations some hats and a few whistles.

Have Fun!



Amazon Prime

happy computerIf you use as much as I do, you will want Amazon Prime.

The reason for me is free shipping on many items so I save plenty over a years time. However, there are many other free gifts to you when you use Amazon Prime

I’m not going to list them here. Just click on Amazon Primeand you well see them for yourself but I get a lot of free books and aps that would otherwise be costly over time.

So Amazon Primeis a good deal for anyone who uses often.

I use an Amazon Kindle HD so I get added benefits.



Valentines Gifts Him and Her

valentine kidsA Gift for Valentine Day

David Letterman

Valentine’s Day money-saving tips: Break up on February 13th, get back together on the 15th. In place of bubble bath, use lavender-scented dish-washing liquid.

You won’t get away with that but my friend at the end of the Great Depression did exactly that and the girls all knew it. He always broke up to avoid gifting and then made up after the crisis was over. Now it’s:

A Valentine gift for him.

A Valentine gift for her.

We just get over Christmas, emptying our purses, and it is time to spend again. But we really don’t think that way do we. We just think of those we love, now it is special time, and we buy them a Valentine gift. I always buy my daughter a gift because she is our only daughter. Forget the boys! LOL!

valentien engageI usually buy my daughter a necklace or flowers or a basket her family can nibble out of. A gift doesn’t have to be expensive unless you are going to propose marriage on Valentine Day. Then you will need an engagement ring.

When I was a kid we had to give a valentine to every kid in class. Then when we got home, we erased the names and put them on the doorsteps on our friends. We would knock on the door and then run for absolutely no reason at all.

We use to give those 8.5″ by 11″ one-sheet cards with a humorous but sometime vulgar message. What great fun! I tried to find some of those on the net but could not. I did find a few jokes:

Lewis Black
“Valentine’s Day: the holiday that reminds you that if you don’t have a special someone, you’re alone.”

Ed Helms
“February is a month of months, and there is one special day: Valentine’s Day on the 14th. I know it’s still a ways off, but I just can’t wait. Janice, if you’re watching, will you make me the happiest man in the world and get out of my apartment?”

Laura Kightlinger
“It goes Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day. Is that fair to anyone who’s alone? These are all days you gotta be with someone. And if you didn’t get around to killing yourself at Christmas or New Year’s, boom! There’s Valentine’s Day. I think there should be one more after Valentine’s Day just called, ‘Who could love you?’”

George Lopez
“The jewelry stores say, ‘Tell your wife you love her with a diamond,’ while wives tell you they love you with, ‘Ok, but just because it’s Valentine’s Day.’”

David Letterman
Valentine’s Day money-saving tips:
Break up on February 13th, get back together on the 15th.
In place of bubble bath, use lavender-scented dish-washing liquid.

Dean Martin: Everybody….

I think everybody loves someone even if in secret. That was a great thing in grade school. You could put a lovely valentine that you took out of last year’s box, and erased the name, and send it to that cute girls with the big green eyes without your name on it. You, the secret lover.

Almost any gift imaginable is good for men.
Golf shoes, a hunting rifle, skis, a new jacket, other clothing, a watch, you name it. But for a woman or girl., it had better be romantic like flowers, candy, clothing or jewelry. OK, she needs a new Maytag kitchen appliance.

Anyway, think ahead and have some fun!


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What Do You Know About Pearls?

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There was a little girl,

And her name was Pearl,

And she had a little curl

Right in the middle of her forehead.

I use to say that poem to my older sister when I was little. She was older than me but that didn’t stop my chatter. I do miss Pearl who passed away a few winters ago.


Pearls are big in literature. You have heard of the Pearl of Great Price in the New Testament (and in your scriptures if you are LDS). We know we shouldn’t cast our pearls before swine, right?

Let me modify a story from the way I heard it so I can include pearls: A young man found an old man dying in the Sahara Desert. He dismounted his donkey and gave the old man water. Then he moved the old man to an oasis where he would have figs to eat and water to drink until his caravan came back looking for him. The old man offered the boy all the small stones he wanted from his bag. The boy decided the old man was crazy and he needed no stones but he took a four or five stones and put them in a small bag the man gave him, thinking, I’ll chuck these later.

When the boy got home, his mother was crying. She said she couldn’t figure out how she could feed the boy’s brothers and sisters. The boy’s father was killed in a hunting accident and no longer supported the family. The boy said that God would provide and went to bed, tossing the small bag of stones on the table.

Suddenly, his mother woke him abruptly and said, “Where did you get this little bag, Ammon?” Half awake and half asleep he said, “Oh, the stones. An old man gave them to me in the desert.”

She said, “What old man?

He told her the story of the rescue.

She said, “These are not stones, Ammon! They are pearls of great price!

Ammon smiled and said, “Well, Mother, I’m glad I took some stones but I wish I had taken a lot more!”

How Much Are Pearls Worth?

Years ago Cartier bought an old mansion on Madison Avenue in New York City where the store now stands. He paid for it with a double strand of natural pearls worth one million dollars in 1917 (as I remember). So pearls can be costly.

Natural pearls are very rare. They are found in various parts of the world but they are few and far between. Most all pearls are cultured pearls cultivated in fresh or salt water in China, Australia, Japan and elsewhere. Natural pearls can not be distinguished from cultured pearls except by X-ray examination so you can tell everyone your cultured pearls are natural pearls and they can have them for one million dollars. O.K., Just Kidding! Anyway, they might have them X-rayed which would show the true structure.

Synthetic Pearls

Synthetic pearls lose their luster with time, are smooth rather than rough, and if you are buying them at the dollar store, they are synthetic for sure. My wife’s caregiver, Georgia, says you can tell by rubbing them against your teeth.

I had a natural or cultivated pearl years ago. I got it while eating oyster stew. I had it appraised, small as it was, and it was worth $18 according to the local jeweler. The stew was of the canned variety and the manufacture assured me that the pearl was not harmed by their processing. There was some shell with the pearl but since it didn’t break my teeth, I didn’t ask for damages.

I purchased my wife a string of cultivated pearls in Korea. We Korean War veterans, who where ignored when we got home from the war (patriotism was not popular or commercialized then), are greatly prized in Korea so we usually get a good deal. The jeweler wouldn’t even let me catch the tram back to my hotel. He brought out the family car and drove me over there.

I was glad to get the pearls in Korea because we had been “monsoon-ed” out of a trip to Pearl Island in Japan. I probably got a much better deal anyway. Most of my wife’s jewelry had disappeared but I’m not inclined to blame anyone. But is gone. It can be hell to be old.

Pearl Jewelry

Pearl jewelry was loved by royalty and the rich and famous. Museums are full of the good stuff, crowns, coronets, necklaces, broaches, rings and such. Pearl Jewelry is loved by brides. There is nothing like a pearl necklace with that bridal gown. Cultured pearls are great gifts for special days, etc. I think I was going to make a ace tack with my little pearl. Well, I’m not going to dig for it.

Valentine Day and Mother’s Day are coming up. Think about pearls!