Waldina, Alfa, & Alfred. 1922.

Waldina, the person

Waldina was my maternal great-grandmother. Her life story has inspired generations of our family. I write about what inspires me.

She died in the spring of 1989 at the age of 88. Since she lived so long, I actually got to know her, she outlived both of my grandmothers and one grandfather. She was always old, in my earliest memories of her, she was old. She was not old in spirit, she was always up for a dance or a heated political discussion, if she could find anyone who could keep up with her. She was a pro-choice liberal democrat atheist to the core. She is probably the reason why I am those things now and why most of my family is at least a couple of those things. She was outspoken, opinionated, and always right. The perfect matriarch.

Waldina the blog

I believe that I can find inspiration in almost everybody’s life story. I have been collecting the stories of people who I find some aspect of their lives inspiring and celebrating them on their birthdays. It is my goal to focus on something thoughtful and beautiful every day, to remember the trailblazers, the rebels, the artists, and the fighters that came before me and made my world better.


  1. I just love the optimistic view you have of your life. Thank you for discovering my photography blog http://www.throughharoldslens.com. You gave me the opportunity to discover, explore and follow your blog. Hope we both enjoy our journeys. On behalf of the Through Harold’s Lens Creative Team, my trusty sidekick Mr. SLR Nikon, his brother Mr. Pen Pal and myself, we wish you the best. Happy New Year!


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  2. Have you ever considered publishing an ebook or guest authoring
    on other websites? I have a blog based upon on the same topics you discuss and would love to have
    you share some stories/information. I know my readers would value your work.
    If you are even remotely interested, feel free to send me an e-mail.

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  3. I’m late to the party — though I’ve been a Waldina fan since its inception, I just discovered this tab! I love what you said about Grandma. I have always been so pleased and grateful that you were able to know her; I love that you have put your memory of her so perfectly and expressively into words!

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    1. Just came around to this page again & read your words again. I laughed when you wrote that Grandma was always old — in your earliest memories she was old. In my earliest memories of her, I always thought she was old too, and she was only 45 when I was born!!! It’s just the child’s impression of the age of adults I suppose. I remember when she was telling me about some remodeling she did to her bathroom, to prepare for when she ‘got old.’ I didn’t say anything, but looked at her thoughtfully. She laughed loudly & said ‘Oh, you think I’m already old?’ Haha! Yeah.

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  4. Thanks for following OMBH! I hope you find a smile or two when you visit! 😉

    Seems we’re gonna have some interesting debates in the future as I’m a pro-life believer who appreciates the views of others and respects their place in life. Did I mention I hate trade unions (and socialism in any form) and the moral decay they foist on the masses they supposedly represent?

    Ah well, no fine… I see you’re doing the April A to Z so I’ll be popping over to enjoy your posts!

    Have fun! 😀

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    1. I can’t imagine any debates coming up, my blog is focused on celebrating inspirational people. I highlight the lives of people that I feel have contributed to the overall human experience and hope that every once in a while one of the profiles resonates with the reader.

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      1. And it is the truth. I read nearly 500 different blogs each week so when I see something truly original it is refreshing. you are one of a kind in a good way. Keep up the great work!

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  5. Que lindo blog!
    Amei a história da sua bisavó
    A conexão que temos com nossos descendentes deve realmente ser enaltecido e jamais deixá los ao esquecimento..dai ser bacana sua página.

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  6. I admit to being more conservative then many of you. BUT. I have to say without reservation that your collection of people and your celebration of their lives has helped even an old man like me to appreciate the good that has been done for us all over time. And where else can you see the likes of biographies of Rudolph Nureiv and Fred Rodgers in the same week.

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  7. Scott,
    What a wonderful Blog. So glad I stumbled across. This old conservative guy is touched by your own bio and entertained by those of the luminaries you profile. I consider you a friend I have yet to meet. I am truly disappointed by the removal of a large number of swing years episodes links though. Is there a reason, or will they be back soon?

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  8. Hi there. I love your blog, follow it daily. Was disappointed however, that you didn’t give a birthday greeting to actor, Robert Ryan for his 113th birthday on November 11th.😫 He rated one.


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