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I try to include items here that will be helpful to my readers (especially things which they might not find in other places), or simply keep you up to date with me and my family. 

Words to the wise...
The most outrageous lies that can be invented will find believers if a person only tells them with all his might." - Mark Twain

"It is difficult for those to see whose paycheck depends on them not seeing." - Upton Sinclair.

"It doesn't matter whether inaccurate information is intentionally or accidentally put in our paths, we have the obligation to know that something is accurate before we repeat it. And it doesn't matter whether the slander is directed at friends or enemies." - James P. Tartaro.

"Always deal straight with people today, so you won't be worrying about what lies you told people yesterday." - John Wayne


 
Maxie Martin Chauvin, 1921 - 2004

My Mom didn't have it easy.Her education ended abruptly at the eighth grade so she could help her family survive the Great Depression.Regardless, she continued learning all of her life, setting an example that reverberated throughout my life, my brotherís and our sisters' lives and her grandchildren's lives.

I think that Mom would appreciate a eulogy, even a belated one - I was barely able to stand and speak simple sentences at her funeral in des Allemands, Louisiana - in which her intelligence and determination to learn and achieve despite what today would be considered crushing adversity was celebrated, so that's exactly what she's going to get.

Mom went through three husbands in her lifetime.Her first husband, Herbert Guidry, drowned tragically, leaving her with five young girls to care for.Her second husband, Armand "Lerrie" Frickey - my younger son's namesake and my brother's and my father - took my half-sisters and he and Mom raised us all until he died of a heart attack at the age of thirty-eight, leaving Mom with my sister Brenda, my brother Dwight, and me.

After Dad died, Mom took in other people's laundry to wash and iron, and sewed and mended, too.Then a lump grew in her one of her breasts, a lump of cancer.I remember my sister Paula and her husband Frank, a generous, irascible, tough Tunica Indian from Marksville, taking me into their home while Mom went to the hospital in New Orleans to be treated.

In the early 1960s, oncology barely existed as a medical specialty, so Mom endured a radical mastectomy, then doses of radiation that left half of her body scarred and discolored for the rest of her life.She came back home, battled the lingering effects of her surgery and radiation treatment, a crippling bout with depression, and went back to taking inother people's laundry to make our survivors' pension go that much farther.

And you know, Mom prevailed.It wasn't pretty at times, because great battles seldom are, but she kicked adversity a new ass.Mom's laundry business gave way to better work clerking in a discount store ten miles down the road, and she eventually became assistant manager of one store, then manager of another.For years, Mom's store was the most efficiently-run part of the Dollar General chain in the Gulf Coast, month after month, because Mom had attended what is sometimes the best school for business, the University of Hard Knocks.

By the time I'd left des Allemands for college in Baton Rouge, Mom had much time on her hands, and was re-introduced to Joe Chauvin, who she knew as a child.Before I knew it, those impetuous kids had run off to a Justice of the Peace and gotten married.At the time I was fighting both severe depression - and in those days, there was no magic pill to handle that, no more than there was for Mom - and teenage stupidity, and I didn't make it to their wedding, something I regret to this day.

Mom and Joe had their ups and downs, but they stayed together until Joe died last fall, after twenty-nine years of marriage and a gradual decline in health.Joe Chauvin was a hard-working man who had had about the same number of hard knocks in his life that Mom had had in hers.He made "Frank Barone" in Everybody Loves Raymond look like a wuss, but he'd also give you the shirt off his back if you needed it.Toughness and extreme generosity aren't the worst combination in the world.

After Joe died, Mom began to decline, too.I spent a couple of weeks with her in des Allemands when it looked like she was getting over what had put her in the hospital just after Joe died, and honestly, she looked all right - until she started having trouble and we had to bring her back to the hospital.She didn't even have to stay overnight while I was there, so when my sister Brenda called to let me know Mom had gotten badly ill again, I could feel my heart drop through my shoes to the floor under me.

Mom went to live with Brenda, who works from her home in Elton, 200 miles from des Allemands and could be with her all the time, and went into her final decline in the spring of 2004. I took the bus down from Denver to be with her those last two weeks of her life, and as ghastly as the story of Jesus climbing Mount Calvary to be crucified seemed to me as a child, watching my Mom slide out of life, shedding her usual sharp awareness of everything around her and seeing her die by inches is something that will never leave me.

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For months after Mom died, when I dreamed of home, she was there in my dreams. Four days ago, I had the first dream about home in which Mom had passed on, the way she had in real life. I don't even pretend to know what that means. My wife Denise thinks it is my subconscious mind's way of accepting what is. All I know is that it's high time I wrote this and put it out on the Net, and that Mom deserved more than this.

Maxie Jeanne Martin Guidry Frickey Chauvin, you touched so many lives and asked for very little for yourself. May God find a nice place for you in Heaven, and give you that wonderful chair you gilded with your work for others here on Earth. Love you, Mom.

Our new grandson!!
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Eric gave us a new grandson - Brandon William. He's bigger than this now, I'll update ASAP.

 


Vance's Links to Interesting Stuff

A page of military-related links all over the Web : These links are intended for the use of military enthusiasts, historians, writers, modeling hobbyists, and others.

"Political Science,"a song by Randy Newman. It sort of sums up the emotions many Americans are feeling lately.  Thank God we can make fun of things like broken alliances and getting screwed by our allies, huh?

Neat sites which don't fit in with any of my other link pages.

"Christian Urban Legends" This Canadian site exposes several false rumors and outright lies which are circulating all over the Christian and other religious communities. Fascinating reading, especially if someone in YOUR life constantly insists that the Procter and Gamble soap company is owned by satanists and/or the Unification Church.

Vance's Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Links: a lot of good data on "emerging diseases" such as Ebola, weaponized disease strains, chemical weapons, radiological and nuclear weapons and the defenses against them mounted here in the U.S. and around the world.
NOTICE: There is no information on this site on how to make a weapon of mass destruction. Disseminating information on how to make such weapons is a violation of Federal (U.S.A.) Law (18 USC 842, et seq.) which I will report to the proper authorities should I learn of it.

Speaking of "emerging diseases," Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is an illness spreading through the wild herds of deer and elk in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming. Like "mad cow disease" it destroys the brains of its victims and is believed to be spread by tiny particles called "prions" which cannot be sterilized. And, like mad cow, there is no known cure for CWD - once contracted, it is always fatal.
As the news on Chronic Wasting Disease has grown, I've had to create a page devoted solely to CWD - click here for the details on this ominous development.

And spacecraft get their own page -
Vance's Rocket and Spacecraft Links-
A number of links I have found which may prove interesting to spaceship and rocket junkies, some history, some obscure current information.

You can Email me at vfrickey@technologist.com