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Josephine’s Journal, a newspaper column published in The Overton County News in Livingston, Tennessee, came about quite unexpectedly, and even though it may sound strange, the fact that it happened came as complete surprise to me.  It all began at a time when our extended family included two dogs and five cats, all of which, with the exception of one, were strays. One of the dogs, Gypsy, lived with us for about 18 years, and during that time, she led a quite pampered life in our home, not only because she was such a lovable dog, but also because of the extreme abuse she suffered wherever she lived before we took her in.

My writing career began when Gypsy became the victim of a senseless and what I believe was an intentional shooting that took place on December 15, 2001.  She was laying on our front porch after going outside to take care of her personal needs, when someone who had to be standing across the street from our home, shot her. Thank goodness she survived this vicious attack, which was the second time she had been shot.  I felt compelled that I must share Gypsy’s story for two reasons.  The first was that I know there are a lot of people who love their pets as much as we do, and secondly, I also hoped that just maybe the person or persons who did this terrible deed might read the story.
 
When I took the story by the newspaper to ask if it could be published, I was told that my name would need to be included. I did not want my name to be included, and had almost decided just to forget the whole thing, when Rebecca Meredith Oliver, an employee at the newspaper, called to ask me if I might be able to think a pen name the story could be printed under. Immediately the name my younger brother, David McCormick, called me when we were growing up popped in my mind - Josephine Bundaberry. That name was used, and the story was published, for which there was a tremendous and completely unexpected response. Thus began a regular column that now includes sometimes historical stories of folks in and around the town of Livingston and surrounding communities, and also stories about ordinary people who might otherwise go unnoticed as they journey through life.
 
Since beginning this hobby, I continue to be amazed at the number of people of stop me on the street or call me to let me know how much my stories are enjoyed. I am very appreciative of this totally unexpected interest. It still angers me to think about the senseless acts Gypsy endured, not once but twice, all because of some thoughtless and uncaring person or persons. However Josephine’s Journal came about from those two bad experiences, and for that I’m thankful.
 
It still saddens me to say that after a good, long life with us, Gypsy died on April 9, 2006.  The last two or three of those years, her health had been steadily declining. It has gotten to the point she needed help in getting up, and just prior to her death, we carried her in and out of the house most of the time. The last day or two she lived, it was hard for her to stand for more than a few minutes at a time. An agonizing decision to have her put to sleep was made, and the veterinarian who looked after her all the years she lived with us, Dr. Donald Ragland, came to our home to take care of Gypsy one last time. His wife accompanied him for this task, and their presence in our home made it a little easier to let Gypsy go. We realize now that our reasons for keeping her alive as long as we did were entirely selfish, and that we should have let her go much sooner than we did. Just making the decision to say now is the time was so hard to do. Gypsy is buried in our yard, a place she loved to spend time in when her health was good.   Just as Gypsy’s arrival into our lives was unexpected, the same can be said about my writing, for which Gypsy, along with her friend, Big Dog, get all the credit.  Although Gypsy is no longer with us, we will always love her and will carry her memory in our hearts forever.

 

 

 

 

 

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Memories of Willow Grove, Part 2

Memories of Willow Grove

Uncle Rob’s Manuscripts

The Doll in the School Picture

The Story of Two Brides

A Picture Without A Frame

The Story of Fala Roosevelt

Tornado of 1974

Remembering Will J.

Once Upon A Time In Byrdstown

Finding The Girl Who Liked The Name Candy

Cowboy Star Visits Allons School

Bob Riley and the Bootlegger

Unusual Bedtime Stories

A Family With Twenty-Three Children

History of the Overton County Railroad

When Highway 42 was Just A Graveled Road

Asleep on a Church Pew and Other Stories

From Annapolis to Alpine - The Life of Ada Jones Hancock

The Life of Joe W. Vaughn and wife Clementine McCormick Vaughn

The Story of Twofeathers

Vastine Little Encounters Jesse James

Allons, Tennessee - The Original Choice for the Atomic City?

Gee-Haw-Whimmy-Diddle

The Town Once Known as Standing Stone, TN

From Shiloh to Metro - The Diane Vaughn Story

Have You Ever?

The Carroll Robbins Story

Memories From The Past 100 Years

Will J. Remembers

Unusual Tombstones

Historic Landmark in Taylors Crossroads Closes

Dr. Thomas A. Langford

George Allen Knight

Tammi Thiele - A Graveyard Rabbit

History of Bethlehem Methodist Church

The Martins of the Oakley Community

The Little Green Book of Memories

The Alvin Cullom House at Monroe

Growing Up On Bloomington Road

The Story of Kate Bradford Stockton - 1880-1969

A Penny Post Card

A Family That Loved to Read

Walthall Family Victims of Kidnapping in 1957

Melting of Heavy Snowfall in February of 1929 Floods Celina

The Log House LeNora Built - Part Two

1957 Eighth Grade Class Trip

On The Road With The Rockettes

Whatever Happened to Joyce Hicks?

The History of the Shirt Factory

A Hole in His Billfold

Christmas '09

They Just Happened To Be Passing By

Growing Up On Peach Tree Tea

Living Through the Great Depression

The Carpenter Who Made Cup Cakes

Livingston College and Cordell Hull Junior College

The Paper Boys of Livingston

A Great-Granddaughter of Ranter Jess

Janice, The Interpreter

A Horseshoe and A Rock

The Log Home LeNora Built

Ring Fairy Mushrooms

A Kentucky Farm Girl

Hammer, Nails, Pencil and Paper - The Jim Loftis Story

Heirloom Apple Trees

My Story - By Arnold H. Sells

Lucy Frances Mitchell

East Broad Street Memories - 1920's through 1940's

Hog Killing Time on the Qualls Farm

Boyhood Memories by Frank R. Lewis

School Days At Lone Maple

Talmadge and Gentry Qualls

No Laughing At The Table

The Copeland House on Spring Street

Live on Radio Station WLIV ... It's The Sullivan Brothers Show!

Memories of Mammy Maddox

Memories of Hardy and Vian Keisling of Hatcher Hall

The Vargulish Family

The Sidwell Home Moved To New Location

The Apple Stack Cake Lady from Double Top

He Was More Than Just the Mailman

The Only Thing I Ever Stole Was Your Mama

He asked her to Dance

I Didn’t Know We Were Poor

Growing Up On High Street in Livingston

He Says He Was a Fifth Grade Drop Out

She Striped His Legs With a Thorn Bush

Area Descendants of Eastern Cherokees

From England to Livingston, Tennessee - A Journey To Connect

Memories of the Mitchell Wedding

The Class of '63 is 63

East Cedar Street - A Great Place to Grow Up

From Joppa to Daukuskie Island

Poverty Is No Excuse

Nine Flat Tires on the Way to Jamestown

A Simple Act of Kindness

Born a Slave

Recalling the 1950's

Her Mother was a Peddler

Never Put Off Until Tomorrow ...

Dr. Breeding Home

Growing Up in Windle, Tennessee

The Mofield House

Wilbur C. and Anna Lee Smith

In Memory of Private William Jason Ramsey
Obituaries From The Past

The Mahan Family of Putnam County, TN

Blue Cornflowers

Memories of Jolly Creek

Sells Brothers Circus

Dr, John T. McDonald

The Disappearance of Josiah Erwin (Cy) McDonald

Mrs. Rose and Billy Morgan Garrett

The Friendship Quilt

Mary Helen Apple and Her Horses

The Rinky Dinks of Roberts Street

Historic Bowman Home

Robinson Crusoe Buck (2)

Book Signing

Judge L. D. Bohannon

The Oliver Flowers Story

Mitchell Speedway

Christmas Memories '07

Remember Me

1934 Survey - Tower Hill

Pack Horse Librarians

When Kids No Longer Walked to School

Roaring River and The Frenchman

Mr. Ogletree's Story

Pictures From the Past

Samuel Denton, the Rock House Owner

1933 Tornado

Robinson Crusoe Buck

 Dr. and Mrs. William Meredith Brown Home

Crepe Paper Flowers

July 4th Celebrations

The Ellen Turnbull Story

The Story of Linus, the Young Beagle Puppy

East Cedar Street Methodist Church Parsonage

Raleigh Needham Story

Reed Ramsey's Trip to Poland

1950's Livingston Academy Girls' Basketball

Backyard Visitors

What's a Blue Moon?

Memories of Mohawk Valley

Dirt Roads

William Felix Copeland 1937 Interview

William Curtis Hayes Jr. - Mayor

Valentine's Day - My Very Favorite Holiday

Rickman School Celebrates 80+ Years

What in the World are Ember Days?

The Baptist Parsonage on Cedar Street

Thomas Champlin and W. Albert Roberts

Ann Smith Winningham

The Roberts Family Home

Mark Keisling - The Artist

The Blue Teddy Bear

The Alexander Gaston Keisling Home

Let It Snow

Christmas Memories

Property Taken for Standing Stone State Park

The Felix Grundy Bilbrey Home

The Stonecipher Home

1947 Sears Catalogue

The Switchboard Operator

The Handmade Coffin Maker

The 1940 Overton County Fair

Model Barber Shop

The Wright Home

Bill Herren, Mural Painter from Silver Point, TN

Livingston Tennessee in 1933

Historic Homes in Livingston

The Jernigan Family

Where Did He Come From??

Dr. Arthur Hollis Edens

Dr. Audie Lee Rhodes

Tom Davis Service

Mildred Matthews O'Meara

Mr. Stewart Grace

Issac Asbury Clarke - Berryville Arkansas

The Duvone Dale Story

Ernest & Grace Buck of Pall Mall, Tennessee

Grand Ole Opry's Lonzo and Wife

The Beech Tree on Hillview Drive

Johnnie Webb - Member of the Army Air Corps

Sitting Up with the Dead

The County Poorhouse

Sandhill Cranes

Charles and Marge Carmack

The Sam Brooks Story

The Kids Who Grew Up in the Neighborhood of East Cedar Street

How Time Changes Things

Vonda's Christmas Card

Our Christmas Mouse

Where did HOGEYE Come from?

The Lily Dale Fireplace

Aunt Liz Allred

McClusky Cemetery in Clay County

Aunt Ella's Story

The 1959 Alpine School Bus Wreck

The Butterfly and Me

Collette Dishman's Potato Candy

Up, Up, and Away

Quannie's Story

Henry Sells

The Shartrands of Petalbrook Lane

Randy Bing, the Flint Knapper

Kelsey's Story

She Drives a 1990 Chevrolet Truck

A Visit to Trooper Island

Mark Twain's Family Lived in Tennessee

 Lucy Newberry

The Bledsoe Cemetery

A Tribute to Jean Hunter

Remember When

The Osburn Home

Memories of Livingston Grammar School

Surprise Christmas Guests

Quannie's Christmas Card

Christmas in Livingston

My Christmas Wish

The Midwife's Story

The Wagon Train Ride

She Sang at Her Own Funeral

Mayor Hosea Winningham

Supreme Sacrifices

The Empty Swing

The Town of Livingston in 1933

Vess Maynord

The Hand-painted Lamp

Seeing Our Troops Off

Rebecca's Essay

Return to Tennessee after 63-years

Milbern Sells' World War II Letters

Mr. Roy Harvey's Wagon Ride

Sammie's Story

Creek Glass

Ray and Eva Swallows

Stanley and Geneva Carter

The History of Dale Hollow Lake

Parrott's Tourist Camp

The Jumpin' Off Place

Agnes Knight Campbell

Sears and Roebuck Mail Order Homes

Rebekkah's Story

Andy Holt

Captain Kangaroo

Susan Harris Pangle

Taylor's Crossroads Quilt and the Presbyterian Church

Livingston's Native American Indians

Trooper Island

The Hubble Space Telescope

Annie and Bush Taylor

Missing in Action - The Columbus Hooks Story

Anna Jane (Barnes) Carr

King's Grist Mill

A Good Time to Grow Up

Carl Copeland and His Grandson's Lawn Service

Coalinga Football

Jack and Lynn Stoddart

A Good Mother

Luther and Bell Harris

South Church Street

Bascum and Juanita Swack

The Buckeye Family

Class of 1953

Grandparents

Scott and Rebecca's Wedding

Class of 1963

Claude Ramsey

Boat Racing

Don White

Myrna Holman

Charlie and Dessie Bilbrey

Barbara McConnell

Elizabeth Qualls

Agnes Sells

Auda Ledbetter and Her Alphabet

Roy and Linda Riser

Randall Dulworth

The Murphy Girls

Grace Bilbrey and Otis Ledbetter School Days at Henard

The Cedar View Inn

The Sewell House near Burkesville, Ky

The Dugan Smith House

John and Jean Hunter

U.L. and Emogene Ledbetter

George and Maggie Wright

Christmas Memories

Comer and Annie Burks Family

Charlie Pop and Lola Poindexter Store

The Strawberry Festival

Miss Conway Lea (3)

The George E. (Crip) and Della Agnes Smith Family

The Jesse and Adah Rich Family

Zollicoffer - a Municipal Park

Miss Conway Lea (2)

Ms. Will Harris

Alene Gabbard Savage

Ethan Phillips

Clarence Stewart

The Brown Hotel/Dixie Theater/Ritz Theater

Miss Conway Lea

Our Adopted Family

Mabel Springs

Sycamore Hollow

My Special Friend, Grace Bilbrey

My Aunt Rose

Gypsy’s Story

 

 

Selections from Josephine's Journal, Volumes 1 and 2 are also available in hard back books. Click HERE to find out how to get your personal copies of Josephine's Journal.

 

 

 

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