Monday, June 21, 2021

Milliron Monday: Dear Diary

Abbott "Pete" Smith D.V.M.
June 16, 1938 - February 22, 2010

Welcome to Milliron Monday where every Monday we celebrate the legacy of Pete Smith, D.V.M., and  Milliron: Abbott “Pete” Smith, D.V.M. The Biography (Monday Creek Publishing 2017), including his wife Jody (1938-2021). Pete, a well-known veterinarian in southeast Ohio, and Jody lived life to the fullest. They continue to motivate and inspire.

Jody kept a daily diary throughout her lifetime. As long as I knew her, she carried a pencil, ready to write. I don't ever remember her caring a pen, just a pencil, and usually it was down to the nub with a worn-out eraser. 

In the boxes of Jody's books, there are at least a dozen diaries. I was intrigued by two diaries that were on top of a pile of Jody's school yearbooks (photo above). The blue diary is from Susie Simons. It's a five-year diary, dated April 2, 1951. My guess a birthday present. The pages are yellowed and the pencil is fading. The diary is full of girl happenings; dance class, boys, horseback riding, fishing, canoeing, exams, classmate scenarios, family events, and daily thoughts. Not every date has an entry. She stopped writing on July 8, 1951. The entry reads... Now Nosy, whoever you are, we skip to October 23. Too bad the blank pages make you miss all the choice information. She resumed on October 23... Whoever reads this besides me shouldn't be. But for your information about blank pages, I took a siesta! I wonder what she would think that we are reading her diary now. She would roll her eyes and slightly smile.


The red diary is locked. I don't have the key. Will we find the key? 

Have a great week ahead.



Through captivating, powerful, and emotional anecdotes, we celebrate the life of Dr. Abbott P. Smith. His biography takes the reader from smiles to laughter to empathy and tears. Dr. Smith gave us compelling lessons learned from animals; the role animals play in the human condition, the joy of loving an animal, and the awe of their spirituality. A tender and profound look into the life of a skilled veterinarian.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Milliron Monday: The Quote Box

Abbott "Pete" Smith D.V.M.
June 16, 1938 - February 22, 2010
Welcome to Milliron Monday where every Monday we celebrate the legacy of Pete Smith, D.V.M., and  Milliron: Abbott “Pete” Smith, D.V.M. The Biography (Monday Creek Publishing 2017), including his wife Jody (1938-2021). Pete, a well-known veterinarian in southeast Ohio, and Jody lived life to the fullest. They continue to motivate and inspire.

An English major and scholar, Jody was a collector of words - she liked books and all things literary. Among hundreds of books and papers is a quote box filled with the best-ever collection of notable sayings, prayers, and quips. It's really a recipe box turned bookish. 

I wish you could spend an afternoon with me reading what Jody treasured. We would read about grace, integrity, gratitude, wisdom, and more. We would read all day and into the night, finally satisfied. Just like a good recipe. 

Find Jody's "recipes" on Milliron's facebook page From the Desk of Jody Smith







Through captivating, powerful, and emotional anecdotes, we celebrate the life of Dr. Abbott P. Smith. His biography takes the reader from smiles to laughter to empathy and tears. Dr. Smith gave us compelling lessons learned from animals; the role animals play in the human condition, the joy of loving an animal, and the awe of their spirituality. A tender and profound look into the life of a skilled veterinarian.

Monday, June 7, 2021

Milliron Monday: Whereas coffee... 6 7 2021

 Photo of Dr. Smith by Photo (c) David J. Rogowski

Abbott "Pete" Smith D.V.M.
June 16, 1938 - February 22, 2010

Welcome to Milliron Monday where every Monday we celebrate the legacy of Pete Smith, D.V.M., and  Milliron: Abbott “Pete” Smith, D.V.M. The Biography
 (Monday Creek Publishing 2017). A graduate of Colorado State University and a well-known veterinarian in southeast Ohio, Dr. Smith continues to motivate and inspire. 

There is a treasure trove of journals, poetry, letters, photos, and notes upon notes in the nooks and crannies of the Smith home. This one, handwritten by Dr. Smith, lists the reasons to swear off coffee. In fact, it is a promise to avoid caffeine altogether...



Whereas coffee:
1/ makes my stomach hurt
     a/ raises stomach temp 10 degrees
     b/ raises H* 500%
     c/ is very acidic
2/ makes me cough
      a/ irritates hiatal hernia
           (1) heartburn
3/ is addictive : inconvenient
4/ causes mood swings
     a/ hypoglycemia
     b/ artificial stimulant
     c/ increases blood pressure
5/ potent diuretic (incontinence)
6/ causes appetite stimulation & ruins fasts & diets
7/ interferes with surgical skill
     a/ hands tremble
     b/ patience
8/ vague anxiety & paranoia
9/ requires antacids which harms immunity, digestion, health
10/ interferes with sleep & therefore alertness the next day
11/ nullifies homeopathic remedies
12/ depletes liver glycogen
13/ triggers malignant hyperthermia in some individuals

I hereby resolve & do swear by God to eliminate coffee, caffeine containing soft drinks, and real tea from my personal life total once and for all.

also resolved
Juice/spirulina fast Mon, Wed, Fri when at home

also
Eat moderately on Tues, Thurs, Sat

also
Keep my weight between 175 & 185


Have a great week ahead.


Through captivating, powerful, and emotional anecdotes, we celebrate the life of Dr. Abbott P. Smith. His biography takes the reader from smiles to laughter to empathy and tears. Dr. Smith gave us compelling lessons learned from animals; the role animals play in the human condition, the joy of loving an animal, and the awe of their spirituality. A tender and profound look into the life of a skilled veterinarian.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Wait Until I Grow Up! Written and Illustrated by Celeste Parsons

 


New! Children's Literature

Mandy is mad! Her mom keeps treating her like a baby. 
There are so many grown-up things she wants to do.
Why should she have to wait? 
Follow Mandy as she contemplates the reasons 
why she has to grow up to do all the things she wants to do.

Written and Illustrated by Ohio Author Celeste Parsons

Available in Hardcover



From the Back of the Bus to the Front of the Classroom: My Thirty-Year Journey as a Black and Blind Professor by Dr. jw Smith

  Dr. jw Smith's Award-Winning Memoir Now Available in eBook!