Kathleen and Her Daughter, Mercy

We go way back, Kathleen and self.

How far back?

Back to before self and her sister were married.

Kathleen met self’s Dear Departed Sister at Wharton.

Dear Departed Sister’s tragic and senseless demise sent shock waves through all her friends, for Dear Departed Sister was the dynamo of the family:  London School of Economics at 16, then Wharton School of Business.

At the time of her death, Dear Departed Sister was a vice president at Citibank.

Kathleen and self lost touch.  Then, five years ago, self began this blog.  Kathleen stumbled across it.  Now we have re-connected!

A year or so ago, Kathleen’s daughter, Mercy, landed a singing gig in San Francisco.  Of course self drove to the City to hear her.

Kathleen, who aside from being the effervescent mom of six kids, is also pursuing an advanced degree at Harvard (!!@@#  What an inspiration she is, to multi-tasking moms everywhere!), has started a group called the Old Baguio Historical Club.  Self has been wanting to blog about the club for the longest time.  Here is the link to the Club’s Facebook page.

On the club’s Facebook page, today, is a photograph of Mercy and this short bio:

Mercy Bell writes crunchy folk-pop music heavily inspired by the 60s and early 90s songwriters and more traditional folk she grew up listening to.  She moved to New York hardly knowing anyone, with a duffle bag, an air mattress, and a guitar.  She has a considerable amount more than that now, but likes to remind people that even with holes in your shoes and no friends, you can always make music.

Isn’t that a beautiful post?

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Wild With Delight


Now that self has a new Droid phone, she can check e-mail, Google map, and do other fun things while away from her laptop.

So, after the excitement of experiencing the San Luis Obispo Farmers Market for the first time, as hubby and self were driving back to Redwood City,  self began checking her e-mail.  And:


Self must admit, she was getting mighty tired of seeing the “Declined” column on Submishmash.

Just to make sure the e-mails weren’t mis-directed, or something like that, self rushed to her desktop as soon as she got home, logged on to Submishmash, and saw:

GREEN!  Two more GREEN entries!  To add to the first one, from Used Furniture Review, a while back!

Self nearly cried, so ecstatic and jubilant was she!

(One story was 30 PAGES!)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Iain Kelly

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