1967 – Here We Come

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January 1, 1967 Jocie Brooke here reporting from Hollyhill, Kentucky. Happy New Year!! 1967 showed up on a Sunday so that means we started out the New Year in church. You are in church every Sunday when you are a preacher’s kid! But I don’t mind. I like going to church. At least, most of the time. Church people get …

Jocie Brooke Here Taking a Thankfulness Survey

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November 9, 1966 Jocie Brooke here reporting from Hollyhill, Kentucky. It’s November and so Dad says that we all need to think about our blessings and reasons we have to be thankful. Sunday morning, he challenged everybody at church to think of a new reason to be thankful each day for the rest of the month. I could do that. …

Reaping What Others Sowed

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August 10, 1966 Jocie Brooke here reporting from Hollyhill, Kentucky. Here we are about two weeks away from starting school. Scary! Summer is sliding away into the shadows. My trip with Wes last week was about the only fun thing I’ve done this summer. Well, I did finish writing Bailey’s Bug. Guess that was something. I even got it all …

Good Mothers Don’t Grow on Trees

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May 10, 1965 Jocie Brooke here reporting from Hollyhill, Kentucky on the day after Mother’s Day. Everybody always makes such a big deal out of Mother’s Day. I guess that’s good. Most mothers need a day when they are a big deal. But I don’t much like Mother’s Day. You see, not everybody has a good mother. I didn’t.   …

Lucky Debonair Wins the Derby

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May 3, 1965 Jocie Brooke here reporting from Hollyhill, Kentucky where even though we’re churchgoers who don’t believe in gambling, we watch the Kentucky Derby. Even Aunt Love. I’m not sure, but I think maybe Aunt Love would put a bet down on a horse if she got half a chance. Just in the Derby, mind you. But still, that …

Yum! Banana Croquettes!

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April 25, 1966 Jocie Brooke here reporting from Hollyhill, Kentucky. It’s Monday. A quiet day at school. All the teachers wanted to talk about was finals and that we better study. I do study. Or at least I will before the tests.  Didn’t have much time for studying this weekend. We had a dinner at church Sunday. That meant I …

True Fans Hate Seeing their Teams Lose

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April 6, 1966 Jocie Brooke here reporting from Hollyhill, Kentucky. Do you like basketball? We’re big basketball fans at our house. Well, all except Tabitha who thinks watching boys bounce balls up and down a gym floor is about as boring as watching paint dry. I think she’s crazy. Basketball is THE sport to watch. In fact, I’m teaching Stephen …

Dancing to the Tune of Life

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February 9, 1966 Jocie Brooke here reporting from Hollyhill, Kentucky. Did you ever dream of being a ballet dancer? Or maybe any kind of dancer? I don’t know how they can stand on their toes that way. I can’t. And wonder why they started wearing those stiff little circle? Was it so they might look like a spinning top?  I’m …

Groundhog Day in Hollyhill

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February 2, 1966 Jocie Brooke here reporting from Hollyhill, Kentucky on Groundhog Day. Too bad the powers that be don’t think that’s a day we should get out of school. Sigh. But no, I had to get up before the sun, catch the school bus and spend most of the day sitting inside at a desk instead of hunting down …

Words in a Jam

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 July 28, 1965 Jocie Brooke here reporting from Hollyhill, Kentucky. You remember those blackberries I talked about picking last week. Well, they’re in a jam now. (Ha. Ha.) Wes says I’m getting to be a regular comedian. I tell him that’s only because I hang around with him so much. He laughs about that. Says a Jupiterian has to have …