My Life So Far

I’ve published this most years on my birthday since 2009, and I STILL like the way it tells the first part of my story.   I love the old photos of the little me…it reminds me every year that I get further away from this little girl, that this was how I started up.

“Today is my birthday and I’ve attained a certain age.  I have plans, things to do, places to go.  But today I’m looking back.


(I tried to cut my own bangs–oops.) [in 2017 I’ve cut my own hair again!]

For a few years after “the war” I was an only child.  We lived in an apartment in Chicago where I played.

buggy-me snow-me1 bike-me

I REALLY wanted to be a “cowgirl.”  I dreamed of the far west.  I idolized Hopalong Cassidy.


While I was running around the suburban streets pretending to be this and that, my parents were building a new house and having a new baby (or three…).


I noticed immediately that the driveway made a PERFECT stage:

driveway-1 dress-up-me

Time passed and many new houses were built filling up the street.  New brothers arrived, new cars.


Eventually they all moved into a bigger  house, but by then I was gone, starting a new life.  I moved to the far west to be a cowgirl.

Here’s to another year of fun, out on the ranch…”


  1. Happy Birthday Bonnie! We are recent transplants to Salem. Michael teaches the Wine Bus. courses at Chemeketa. I have an arts/archive background. I love your blog – feels like home. Thank you. Cheers, Marjorie

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BONNIE! If I were home I’d run over and give you a big hug! Sally I enjoy seeing your “early years” Photos ….

    Sent from Sally’s iPhone


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