38 Phillip’s 4th


I ♥ U Count: 433

Billboard Hot 100 at the time:

Donna Summer – MacArthur Park
For the weeks of November 18 & November 25, 1978

November 14, 1978 – November 30, 1978

We were kind of in a down swing around this time. Rent was late, food was low and Mom was really feeling the pinch. But we had a new cousin and there was a little money coming in from selling pieces of stereo equipment. Phillip’s birthday 4th happened too and family got together for Thanksgiving, so in all even though things were on a down swing, not everything was bad.

This week’s thoughts

It’s strange how things tended to repeat themselves in our lives. I know that Mom had a tendency not to completely think things through. I think she had such a positive outlook on life that she never thought things would ever get worse than they were if she made a major change like, say, quit her job. But regardless of the reason our lives tended to be a bit of a roller coaster. This time period happened to be a quick ride down but it seems to me that it wasn’t that far down and evened out pretty quickly. They made plans though so no one was completely giving up.


Mom mentioned going to Shakey’s Pizza and I said I thought it was still there, but I was wrong. I’m not sure what place I saw there but it wasn’t Shakey’s. When I started looking up info on it to get the logo above I discovered that there are some within 60 miles or so of Pendleton, up in Pasco, WA. Maybe that’s where I saw it. I’m not sure though. There is still some family in the area though so maybe I can find out from one of them. If any of you know please don’t hesitate to tell me what that place is down by the flour mill across the street from Till Taylor Park. It’s on the NW corner of SE Emigrant and 7th.

Oh, and do you like the pic of Mom’s perm? Pretty epic, right? Here’s a link to the full pic, if you’re interested. It’s a fairly large image file so it might take a few seconds to download. Well, once again we hope you are all enjoying the podcast. We enjoy putting it out and we like knowing all of you are enjoying it too so drop us a line if you feel like it. You can reach through our Contact Page or, if you have your own pictures of Mom or a story you’d like to share, you can do that on our Stories of Kendra Page. Don’t be shy! See you all next week. Enjoy!

3 Responses

  1. Bettina says:

    Hi guys,

    Can’t imagine that Kendra liked her perm ! What did her husband think of her new look?
    Anyway I’m excited that you’ll post more pictures in the near future. Hopefully there’ll be some of her handwritten entries as well. Love looking at the pages she wrote.
    Bye for now…

    • Mat says:

      Hi Bettina,

      Thank you for the email. Glad to see you are still listening and checking out the website.

      It’s funny seeing mom with such big hair. That perm was out of control, but she must have liked it because she kept it for several years. I think it was the late 70’s disco look.

      Mom would probably be mortified to know these pics survived all these years, but at the same time would be happy to see us using them to keep the journal in context. I like to think she would be proud of us for finding a creative way to share her story. And like I’m sure I’ve said before, she would think it’s crazy that someone across the world would be listening.

      Thank you again for your comments and for downloading out little podcast each week. We truly appreciate everyone who takes the time to listen.


      • Bettina says:

        Hi Mat,

        Thanks for your reply. I really appreciate it.

        There’s no doubt that your Mum would be happy and very proud of you. You guys are doing such a great job. Thanks to you, her journal stays alive forever !

        I’ll NEVER EVER stop listening to you.

        Thank you for all


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