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Brenda has been writing since grade school. She attended journalism school where she majored in professional writing. She loves to decorate, garden, read and spend time with her Yorkies.

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The Little Girl & Her Newspaper


When I was a child, for a time I had my own little neighborhood newspaper. I typed up the news on the typewriter I saved up for. And then went around door-to-door and handed it out. (Probably all of five doors.)

The news might be about some new kittens that were born. Or that Mrs. So-And-So's grandchildren were there for a visit. 

You know. Neighborhood stuff. Nothing earth shattering.



I loved gathering facts and making sure everyone knew what was going on around them.


I remember once I took one of the newspapers (which only consisted of a few pages) and decided I would do a little time travel experiment. I have no idea where this came from.

I put it in a container and buried it. I wrote down instructions, pretty exact instructions, on how I could find the spot. Like "back up five steps from the oak tree, take three steps to the left, and dig."

You know, I never went back and dug it up. I wonder if it's still there? News about kittens that would be great-great-great-(many greats) grand kittens. Grandchildren who visited that are now grandparents like me.  

I also desperately wanted a tree house. But I eventually realized I did not have the materials or the know-how to build a tree house. So that remained a dream. 

But distributing the news? I guess I'm still at it. In a round about way. I'm still gathering facts and pretty pictures and putting it out there.
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  1. Such a sweet story, you have always been a creator, a thinker and spirited woman filled with such talent and inspiration.
    My son had a newspaper route when we lived in Mission Viejo many, many years ago. He tried doing the bike thing, but the hills wore him out, so naturally I got up with him and we rolled the papers, loaded them into the mini van and started our journey. Looking back now, it is a very cherished memory.
    Hope your are doing well,
    Jemma

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  2. Don't you love remembering things like that? Where I lived in Texas, we had rock and cement walls around our yards. I would write little messages or draw little pictures, roll them up and put them in the long, round containers that glitter comes in. I then would find a place in the wall where the cement and rock were loose, pull out the rock, push the container in and replace the rock. I did this all over our yard. It would be nice to find out if any other little girl found those containers. They were a private time capsule. Thanks for writing about this, Brenda. I hadn't thought about it in years.

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    1. Well now that's a sweet story. I wonder where we get these ideas as children?

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  3. What a great story! Brenda you are so good at stories and photos and this is your calling I do believe!

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    1. It's my dream job. I'm actually working at my dream job. Guess that's one for the bucket list.

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    2. I so agree. I look forward to reading your post and thank you for the beautiful pictures.

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  4. I wrote the news for our neighborhood, many, many years ago. The newspaper was called the Journal Messenger and was in Old Town Manassas.
    I had to call neighbors to see if they had any news they wanted to share. Most of them said they didn't "want to blow their own horns" and share what they had been dong.. What I posted was mostly school, scout, and news from neighbors on my street.. I didn't make much money at it and didn't do it for a long time.. It was fun while it lasted.
    I enjoyed your "little girl" story. A tree house would be so much fun.
    I hope your feeling much better as the days go by.
    Another weekend is around the bend.. I hope yours will be a good one.
    Charlotte

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    1. I didn't even think to charge! I'm SO not a good business woman.

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  6. You wish for a treehouse reminds me of the one my daughters tried to build in our maple tree. It never progressed beyond two boards stuck in a fork of a branch, but they proudly called it their clubhouse. I hope someone found your buried box and got all the neighbourhood news!

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    1. I don't even think I had boards. More like branches. I didn't have a clue what to do with them.

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  7. I believe you are still spreading the news Brenda, and beautifully!!

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  8. Wouldn't it be great to go dig that up...what a treasure! So glad you are still sharing Brenda!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    1. And I'm so glad you take phenomenal photos to share with us!

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  9. And you're still a crackerjack of a newswoman, Brenda!

    Maybe someone has found your time capsule and it is a treasure to them.

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  10. You maybe still gathering fact and beautiful pictures but your doing a wonderful job I know I enjoy them so much and so do others. You and your fur babies have a great day.

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    1. I've been out running errands in this blazing hot heat. I'm FINALLY starting to do better and I'm so glad!

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  11. You were born to write! I still think you have a book in you.

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  12. Brenda, wondering how your test came out. Hope all is well and you are feeling better.

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  13. You are a wonderful write, and I agree.... there's a book in there!

    Have you heard about the biopsy yet?

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    1. No, I go back next Tuesday. Guess I'll find out then.

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  14. You were born to be a writer and I agree that you should think about a book!

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    1. Some say everyone has a book in them. I guess everyone has their own unique story.

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  15. Pretty inventive! You would be the kind of neighborhood child I would adore.

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  16. Such a sweet story Brenda and you are still doing what you love. Hope you're feeling better.
    Have a great weekend. CM

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    1. I am feeling better. Thank you. It was a pretty tough 8 days. But after that, I started feeling better.

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  17. Brenda, this is the sweetest story...ever!! I love it and I love that you are still at it! This is your true calling, for sure! :-) I'm glad to be "on your route"!!

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    1. I have a few more on my "route" this time round.

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  18. The more things change, the more they stay the same. You've come full circle.

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    1. Yes, I guess I have. A lot of turmoil in between. A lot of bad choices and hard stuff. But I guess that's how you grow.

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  19. Sharing with others is your calling and your passion. Thank you. Hope you are feeling better.

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    1. I did feel like it was my calling for as long as I can remember. I never wanted to be anything else.

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  20. Great story, Brenda. I can so see you doing this! I did something similar in my early - mid twenties for my extended family.

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  21. I also wrote a neighborhood newspaper but never charged any thing. I tried to build a tree house but my mom told me that the nails I drove into the tree for the rungs would kill the tree. My favorite was the neighborhood kids and I tried digging a hole for a swimming pool. Needless to say, that didn't go very far.

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    1. Did anyone tell you you were digging to China? I wonder where that came from?

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    2. LOL I remember I was about 4 yrs old and I had a sand box. I would dig and dig. My dad would ask me if I was digging my way to China and I would tell him I was looking for gold.

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  22. Oh you sound like me. I loved to write too. I wanted a tree house or a play house never got one. My cousins who lived down the street had one. Never could figure that out since my dad was a carpenter. I did dream of a horse and My Cowboy made that dream come true. Thanks for sharing your fun memories. BTW The Cowboy got me a swimming pool too! Have a great Friday.

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    1. Sounds like your cowboy treats his cowgirl really well.

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  23. Awwww I love this story! I bet those neighbors enjoyed that little newspaper. I would enjoy it if my little street had a newspaper today. I have a granddaughter (9 years old) who would probably enjoy putting one together. One day a couple of weeks ago she and her sister were staying with us and she made up a little newsletter for us and hand copied 4 copies to pass out. She wrote and illustrated what everyone in the house was doing. We loved it. Maybe she'll be a writer some day. I certainly enjoy reading what you write for your readers!

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    1. That was about how old I was. You may have a budding writer in your midst.

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  26. So you were a writer way back then! Great start---a life long career for sure!

    Jane x

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    1. Before I learned to read and write, I would scrawl on paper. And tell myself they were important words.

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  27. What a neat story Brenda. All these years later, you are still writing!! Lovely pictures too. Hope you are having a great evening.
    Lori

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    1. Hot here. I gave the dogs a hair cut (not a very good job either) and a bath and then took a nice long cool shower. Felt great!

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  28. This is such a sweet story, Brenda. I'm glad you have a creative outlet for your writing and that we can enjoy it :)

    xo

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    1. It is one of those things I can't "not" do, ya know? It's cathartic for me.

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  29. Brenda you have found your true calling. In a format none of us imagined when we were little girls that love to write. Hope this finds you feeling better and sending prayers of healing, happiness and good fortune. What a wonderful story.

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  30. I've often heard that whatever you enjoyed doing as a child you would be good at (and could make money at) as an adult. Writing is just in your blood!

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  31. What a nice memory from your childhood.

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  32. It's your calling. We are all given gifts and we all have a purpose. That is what my sister would say to you Brenda.

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  33. Such a nice story Brenda..shows how creative you were even way back then..If you ever do write a book I will be one of the first to buy it..

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  34. What a sweet story. I miss the simpler days. Our neighbors were all close like that, borrowing ketchup or flour or sugar did payday. That was what neighbors did then. I think since I've been married, I've only borrowed something once from a neighbor that I was close to, the phone. I say, go back and dig it up.

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  35. What a great story!! You must have been a very smart and creative child!! I would have loved to have been your friend back then! It would be great if you could go back and dig it up!

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  36. Such a cute story Brenda! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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