My Friend Wrote A Book


An old Ohio high school friend of mine succeeded in telling her story in book form, which was released in 2014. The book is titled: “Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl and The African Chief”.

Anita married an African Chief, Benjamin G. Dennis, a professor who taught in the US before Anita married him. Together, they co-authored the book “Slaves To Racism: An Unbroken Chain from America to Liberia”, 2008.

Their journey through faith, marriage, writing, and racism is a priceless experience told frankly and with love by Anita in her own book after her husband passed away.

Below is the Christmas card she sent me many years ago, (in 1973), while she was spending a year with her husband and their family, and Ben’s tribal family in Liberia, West Africa.


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And find Anita’s latest stories, Website, and book references at: – 1970s Liberian History: The Old South – Anita Katherine Dennis

Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg


Water Splashers


The Skimmer gull is a superior fisher from the air. Like the Eagle, he can spot a fish near the surface of the water and skim and scoop to catch his prey. The Skimmer leaves an incredible splash and trail of water in his wake. This fellow has successfully caught up a small fish which dangles from his beak as he returns to the air.

As an amateur photographer, I certainly value this picture (ABOVE) as one of my favorites — not an easy catch!


The triumphant Skimmer is airborne once more, and the fish can still be seen protruding from his beak.

Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

A Finish Unknown

One of Sherlock Holmes’ many observations was this one:
“When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

The words were, of course, those of a fictional Sherlock Holmes, the super sleuth created by author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930). Sir Arthur had Holmes give that advice in Chapter 6 of his work entitled “The Sign of Four”, published in 1890.

Improbable as it may seem during the living of it, life itself does glide steadily toward a finish line known to none. We truly are without a clue.


Scan of the VHS cover of “Without A Clue”, Orion Home Video, 1988, ITC Entertainment Group, from the collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

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