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A Simple Thank You Will Suffice

My father reads this blog. (Hey, I had to enlist his counsel when I reviewed Cheerful Money. He used to review books all the time. Still writes them. I wasn’t going out on that limb without expert advice.)

So, in the course of time, he read Monday’s post about his dog chair birthday. And, in particular, your comments. He was quite touched, and happy to answer your questions about the paintings, writing,

“Would you pass on thanks to your very kind readers for their good wishes. I appreciate them all.

As for the paintings, the one on the left (as you look at them) is by a minor French painter named Rene Cadeau, early 19th century, of some unknown relative. The one on the right is of your great-great-grandfather, probably by a southern painter, identity unknown, also early 19th century. Your readers are in the right ballpark.”

From a man who bleeds Dodger blue, the ballpark reference is deeply felt. I echo his words. Thank you very much.

14 Responses

  1. It is so nice to have family heirlooms and paintings. I think it is so sweet that your dad reads you blog.

  2. Thank you to your dear father for answering our question. I have a follow-up question: Could the painting be by Deveareaux (an early 19th century Southern painter)? It really resembles a family portrait in my family (South Carolina).

  3. Love it! My dad reads my blog, too, and while he's not the most technologically saavy man alive, he always makes a point to read my blog and provide feeback (in person, not on the blog itself – that would be a bit much).

  4. I was thinking I'd ask him to comment here on the question about Deveareaux…But I agree, any feedback about me, that's between dad and daughter, right?:)

  5. It is super and special to have that feed back about your blog and your life from your dad.
    Keep up the good work.

    Always Bumby

  6. Barbour and Madras, I have asked my father your question, he hasn't heard of Deveareaux, and found nothing in some quick research, but he's interested in further investigations. If you see this comment, could you perhaps email me at Thank you in advance for your time.

  7. Aw, I'm so touched your dad reads your blog. My dad doesn't know what a blog is. Seriously.

  8. I am impressed that your Dad reads your blog!
    He is smart and tech literate…when you say still writes them…do you mean books or reviews?

  9. So so sweet! Whenever I find out my friend's parents are reading my blog it always makes me inexplicably happy–it's wonderful he loved your post!


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