Open Session: March 2009

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Dexter ceramics

PRAISEWORTHY WORK: This piece, “Praise Him with Music,” features white porcelain angels on a mosaic background. It’s among the work I produced during 50 years of enjoying the exciting hobby of making ceramic sculptures. I’m 90 now, and 65 of those years I shared with my dear husband. We would occasionally attend art shows together, taking our younger children along. It was a great way to meet people and learn from their many comments about my work. I now live in an apartment and don’t have the space needed to create the sculpture. I can’t let my brain vegetate, though, so I began a new hobby: Writing! – Hope Dexter, Clintonville, Wis.

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From years gone by – I’ve been busy sorting through pictures so my children won’t have to do it when I’m gone.

Among the photographs, I have been finding some fascinating items from years gone by.

From CAPPER’S Weekly, Jan. 17, 1948, I found this:

BREAKFAST TABLE GRUMBLE:

Said the bread: “I’m feeling crusty, but they knead me, so I rise.”

Said the bacon: “I can’t save myself, in spite of many fries.”

Said the coffee: “Please keep quiet, for I’ve grounds for my complaint.”

Said the egg: “My yolk’s a burden, and I’m feeling very faint.”

Said the butter: “I’m just melting with that fire behind my back.”

Said the milk: “I’m full of water, and I’m feeling blue and wet.”

Said the tea: “’Tis very often that a tannin’ I do get.”

When Sis came in to clear them, said the teapot for a joke,

To the china cups and saucers: “Soon we’ll all be stony broke.”

Iola Egle
Bella Vista, Ark.

Editor’s note: Thank you for sharing your find with us, Iola. We’re glad CAPPER’S was able to provide you a smile after all these years, and we hope other readers enjoy the little poem as well.


Coin collector – I wanted to tell you how much this 85-year-old woman appreciates it when you let us know when coins are released. Please keep us informed about new coins, including the new pennies.

Rena Van Amburg
Elmira, N.Y.

Editor’s note: We’re always grateful for readers who keep us abreast of news. Please read our article about the new pennies, 'First of new Lincoln pennies rolls into pockets.'

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