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Josephine’s Journal, a newspaper column published in The Overton County News in Livingston, Tennessee, came about quite unexpectedly. Our extended family includes two dogs and five cats, all of which with the exception of one are strays. One of the dogs, Gypsy, has lived with us at least twelve years now. Because of the extreme abuse she suffered wherever she lived before we took her in, she has led a quite pampered life in our home.

However, one night in December of 2001, as she lay on our front porch after going outside to take care of her personal needs, someone who had to be standing across the street from our home, shot her. She survived this vicious attack, which was the second time she had been shot, and because I felt compelled to share Gypsy’s story for two reasons, one being that I know there are a lot of people who loved their pets as much as we do, and I also hoped that just maybe the person or persons who did this terrible deed might see 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 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 whose lives have touched many others.

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 person. However Josephine’s Journal came about from those two bad experiences, and for that I’m thankful.

And now as an addition to Gypsy’s story, I am heartbroken to advise of Gypsy’s death on April 9, 2006. She had been a member of our family for over 18 years, but 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. She is missed not only by my husband and myself, but the other pet members of our family as well. She was a favorite of our cat, Taz. Just as Gypsy’s arrival into our lives was unexpected, the same can be said about my writing, for which Gypsy gets all the credit. Those are two things I can never be thankful enough for. We will always love her and will carry her memory in our hearts forever.













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

Comanche, the True Survivior

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

Thomas J. Stowers - The Lone Survivor of the Battle of Little Big Horn

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


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