June 30, 2011

Sue and Theresa in Alaska

P1020351 by FatherDalton
P1020351, a photo by FatherDalton on Flickr.

We stopped to explore a mountain stream leading from a glacier…beautiful!

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May 8, 2011

Mother's Day 2011

I've just been sitting here paging through some old pictures and letters, and I mean old. Some are pictures of my father as a baby (in the 1920's) with his mom and dad. Some are letters written by my mother and grandfather…I laughed and cried as I read the words of my mom, written March 4, 1943, addressed to my dad, shortly after she went on a blind date with him. My mom was engaged at the time,  but she writes, "he's told me to go out and enjoy myself as long as I don't get to like anyone too much. In which case I don't think he'd approve of you, but that's a mere technicality." Ha! That is priceless! My mom had realized and confesses to my dad, "Boiled down it means, I like you more than I dare admit. I hope you will want to see me again, and lets forget my ring, huh?" Wow! She also spelled my dad's last name the best she could ("Danderin", actually supposed to be spelled Dandurand), and she adds in a p.s. "If your last name is spelled wrong, it's for the simple reason that no one ever told me how it was supposed to be spelled." How amazing to read this copy of her letter in her own handwriting…

Another letter I read this day with tears in my eyes is from a father to his young Navy son, in his scratched penmenship, written so his son would not be without mail, "if it's in my power to do so." My grandfather, whom I never knew, wrote this letter, hoping his son (my dad) would get leave from the Navy, and  that this letter would arrive in Memphis TN, where he was stationed, about the same time his son had arrived home for a visit. That is precisely what happened. This letter, which was written on Nov. 1st, 1943, was most likely the last letter my dad received from his dad. My father arrived home to enjoy Thanksgiving with "his girl's" (my mom) family. My dad's mom and dad were invited to dinner, as well. After dinner, my grandfather collapsed in their living room. He died of a heart attack at the age of 51.  My father found the letter back where he was stationed in Memphis when he returned after the funeral.

Reading these mementos from my family's history, peering at the fading photograph, and trying to imagine the times in which they lived the prime of their lives gives me an aching heart…it is Mother's Day, 2011, and these were my parents and grandparents that I deeply miss, as all have passed away. But I am thankful to still have these precious glimpses into who they were…their love, their loneliness, their humor, and their pain….the stuff life is made of, and some day my children and grandchildren will see a picture, hear a song or read a blog entry I've written, and catch a further glimpse into the person their mom or grandma was…Happy Mother's Day!

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March 9, 2011

3 Women in Waterford…

Saturday, March 12, 8-10 p.m.

Rendevous Caffe Espresso

7766 Highland Rd

Waterford, MI 48327


Laura McCandliss, Sarah Dalton, and Theresa Dalton sing

No cover charge, but come hungry and thirsty and ready to support a unique local venue


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October 23, 2010

Ariel Pictures

Ariel Pictures

Originally uploaded by richarddalton14

What a cute Granddaughter we have ! ! !

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September 18, 2010

Upcoming Events…Ongoing involvements….

A bit of an update:

The Church of the Holy Redeemer, 3050 Grant Road, Rochester Hills MI 48309 (248-852-40810) has added a  Vespers Eucharist Service, SATURDAYS at 5 p.m.

(1st one is Sept. 18th, 2010) I'll be helping out on an ongoing basis with the music at these services, and we'd love to see you there!

October events: 

Benefit Concert

featuring Theresa Dalton and Sarah Dalton

Friday, October 8th, 2010
7- 9pm 
 St . Matthews Anglican Church
1009 N. Saginaw street
Lapeer MI 48446
for directions or information: 810 667 8910
The second Lapeer area benefit concert for the St Matthews Diaper bank, LOVE INC (In The Name of Christ), and the Lapeer Refuge.
admission Free, donations to assist these agencies.
suggested items to donate:  Diapers all sizes especally 4,5,6,. winter hats and gloves, and socks, paper products and holiday food basket items, laundry detergents and dryer sheets.
free will offering will be taken to offset some expenses and remainer given evenly to the three charities.
light refreshments at intermission


With One Voice for Darfur

featuring Sarah Dalton, Carolyn Dalton, Theresa Dalton, Laura McCandliss, LaKeitha Perry

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

7-9:30 p.m.

Ecclesia Christian Ministries
5410 Milford Street
DETROIT, MI 48210-1224

Free will offering will be received to benefit Darfur Christian Mission


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July 3, 2010

Blessed Hope!

Once again, Sarah Dalton (my beautiful, talented daughter) and I will be sharing our share of songs to whoever comes by! Where? Blessed Hope Church 1706 Fort Street Lincoln Park, MI  48146.  When? Saturday, July 3rd, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.  Cost? Free, but donations gratefully recieved for Blessed Hope.  What? Original songs, covers, etc….Can't wait to see you all!

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April 6, 2010

"Saturday Nights Live" Concert, April 17th


Join me for an evening of song

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

7-9:30 p.m

"Saturday Nights Live" Series
1706 Fort Street Lincoln Park, MI  48146

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April 17 Theresa Postcards


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April 2, 2010

Good Friday

Good Friday

Originally uploaded by Mr. Ducke

"Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross."
Philippians 2:5-8

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January 3, 2010

Concert coming up Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Looking forward to appearing with my daughter, Sarah Dalton, Saturday, January 30th, 2010, at Church of the Holy Redeemer, 3050 Grant St., Rochester Hills MI 48309. We'll be performing our own sets, and also joining together for some songs…should be fun! Hope you can join us that evening, 7-9 p.m.

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October 9, 2009

Benefit Concert on Nov. 16th in Lapeer

Benefit Concert

in Lapeer with


Theresa Dalton



and musical duo

Evan & Molly




Friday Night

November 6th at 7:30 p.m.

doors open at 7— free admission

(see list below of local needs)

An Evening of

Uplifting Acoustic Music at

1009 N. Saginaw St.

Lapeer, MI 48446


Presented by St. Matthew’s

Anglican Church in support of:


The Refuge Homeless Shelter and


Love INC (Love In the Name of Christ)


Please bring much needed donations of
new gloves, hats, socks, (adult & child sizes)

disposable diapers (sizes 4, 5, & 6)

(a freewill offering will be received)


St. Matthew’s phone: 810-667-8910



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