Saturday, August 22, 2015

          ROBERT L. MACKIN, who was born and raised in Lorain County, was recently honored by being elected President of the State of Ohio Veterans Commission, giving him jurisdiction over Veterans' issues in all 88 Ohio counties.  Bob has given a great deal of attention to Veterans' affairs over the years, having served as an Officer in Lorain County's Post 47 of AmVets.  In addition to his new position as President of the State of Ohio Veterans' Commission, he will retain his Executive role with the Lorain Veterans' Services Commission, serving the needs of Lorain County's many Veterans.
           Mr. Mackin graduated from Marian L. Steel High School in Amherst.  After graduation, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in Southeast Asia.  After returning from the military, he went to work for the D.W. Hankhamer Company in Lorain County.  He later bought out the previous owner, changing the company's name to Romco Fire & Safety.  He has been the owner-operator of Romco for more than 40 years.
          Bob and his wife, Connie, have five adult children, and currently make their home in Amherst, Ohio. 

Monday, September 24, 2012


     Twenty-two years ago today, September 24, 1990, I married John Widder.  The marriage lasted until John's death in 2010.  I never, ever regretted the marriage--not for even one day.
     John was a very romantic person.  We were married on a Monday.  So EVERY Monday, and the 24th of EVERY month, John would wish me a Happy Anniversary.  If the 24th fell on a Monday, he would say "Happy Anniversary!  Happy Anniversary!"  and if he was still alive today, on our actual anniversary, and realized that it was not only September 24th, but a Monday as well, he would say "Happy Anniversary!  Happy Anniversary!  Happy Anniversary!"  Actually, he and I would race each other to be the first to say it, right after midnight.
     Even when he was dying, it seemed that he took care not to die on either a Monday or the 24th of a month.  He died on a Tuesday, the 23rd--just missing both of those special days by a day in each direction.  I really believe that, although he was so ill, he knew the date and the day of the week.  Perhaps our little custom sounds silly or childish, but being silly together was one of the great joys that we shared in our lovely marriage.
     Is it appropriate to still celebrate even though he's gone?  Well, appropriate or not, I still say "Happy Anniversary, Binky" every Monday, and on the 24th of every month.  Who cares if it's appropriate?  Who cares if it's silly?  Silly is what we did best!  So, Happy Anniversary, Binky!

Monday, May 14, 2012


     I consider myself very fortunate to be a Mom--and now to be "Grandma Peggy", as well.  But yesterday I found myself giving a lot of thought to Mother's Day, not just with regard to my own status, but to the status of others, too.  They say that there are more phone calls made on Mother's Day than on any other day of the year.  This is a good thing.  It indicates that a huge number of people are calling their mothers, and perhaps their grandmothers, as well.
     When I was a child and a young adult, however, I was taught to do more than that.  I was told that I should also wish a Happy Mother's Day to all of my aunts--and especially those who had never been fortunate enough to have children.
     Nowadays, although my own mother is gone, along with my aunts, I make it a point to wish a Happy Mother's Day to unrelated people in cases where I know that, although they have adult children, those children will--for whatever reason--neglect to make that Mother's Day call.  Unfortunately, in today's topsy-turvy world, there seem to be many cases of children "forgetting" their mothers--even on Mother's Day.  Also, in a world where divorce and remarriage have become the norm, rather than the rare exception, should we not consider calling those stepmothers who, in some cases, have been as nurturing to their stepchildren as a biological mother.
     The bottom line--to all the women everywhere who are mothers, stepmothers, aunts, neighbors and/or friends--to those women who have children, and to those who wish they did, let me offer a belated Happy Mother's Day.  It would be my hope that some of you who read this post may give some thought to broadening the list of those to whom you offer this yearly greeting.
     By the way, when June rolls around, my opinion on Father's Day is the same with regard to all the gentlemen who are fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, and to those who always wished they were!

Monday, April 30, 2012


     Economic times are tight right now, but maybe you still receive letters in the mail asking you to donate to good causes.  This being a Presidential election year, you are probably getting letters from your favorite political party asking for substantial donations.  Perhaps you are fortunate enough to be in a position to make those sizable donations--after all, they're tax-deductible.  But if you are on a fixed income, and do not feel that you can make such a donation at this time, please don't forget the bottom line.  There is still something you can do that is absolutely FREE.  Come November, you can VOTE.  Don't think that your one vote doesn't matter.  If enough people took that position, their candidate might not be elected.  Regardless of your economic status--get out and VOTE!  It's FREE, FREE, FREE!  And too few things are.

Thursday, April 26, 2012


     Granted, I'm no computer genius.  Perhaps that's the reason that I can't understand the "stats" section of my blog.  The stats are supposed to tell me how many people have viewed the blog, where those viewers live, etc.  While most of the readers are located in the United States, I notice that there have also been people in Russia, Latvia, Brazil and the United Kingdom who have read it.  While I know a few people in the United Kingdom, I know absolutely nobody in Russia, Latvia or Brazil!  So, how did they find my blog?  Go figure!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


     Here he is, folks, in all his splendor.  This is the "fabled" Alexander whom I have told you of before on this blog.  Thought it might be more interesting for you to see him, rather than just to read about him.  This is one of his most recent pictures, taken this month.  He is approximately two-and-a-half months old here.


     When I wrote the post that appears just before this one, I should have begun it with the following apology:
     Thank you to all who read my blog.  I have been unfair to you.  I have not written any new posts from December 24th until today--more than two months!  Shame on me.  I will try hard to be more diligent in the future, since I feel very fortunate for the opportunity to communicate in this manner, and very thankful to The Morning Journal (and its fine Editor) for giving me the opportunity to do so.