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Newsletter for July, 2009

It has been something of an active month. I had a son-in-law have a mild heart attack that will change his diet and life-style from here on out, the garden has taken a hit. The long hot summer started way before June 21, we have had triple digits several times this past week. I have lost 20% of the flower garden to the heat already. That much was expendable in that I expected to loose them but not so soon. Everything else seems to be holding up all right with daily watering and moving some things to shade.

We get good marks for helping out some animals. A strange dog showed up in our yard. We walked the neighborhood and beyond for several days trying to find its owner. I finally had to take it to an animal shelter as it did not mesh with our dog and cats.

Neighbors of ours had been coming by in the early evening for weeks so we could take turns bottle feeding a racoon only weeks old whose mother was killed. They had asked us to watch it as they went on vacation.

Here is a picture of me feeding the now six weeks old raccon. His name is Charlie and after feeding him we take a walk around the block or two. I lead and he follows. Many times I have been stopped by young women who say things like "How cute, what is it?" Who knew a racoon could be a Chick magnet. After the walk he takes a small amount of water through the bottle. I am only too happy to give him up when the family returns beccause the racoon's teeth and claws are growing quickly. They plan to give him to an area nature center rather than attempt to return him to the wild as they have heard too many stories of how that did not work out.

Here is a picture of my grandson Kyle gettting a wet kiss from Charlie the racoon. Kyle often helped with the feeding and the walking. Yes, we thoroughly washed up after each contact with the raccon.

He was cute and the feeling of his hand making sure you were there, or were still holding the bottle for him was really something. He came when you called him and no one suffered any bites or clawing. He was very easy to care for. I would put him down on the ground when he finished eating, drinking and walking. When we got back to the front yard swing he would indicate he wanted some attention and I would extend my leg and he would walk on up to my lap. He waited quietly in his cage in between feedings which we kept in the house for the short while we had him. The other family also keeps him in the house.

We changed out the "drip" pads daily, he seemed to not have any dietary problems. This was old hat for Rae and I as we had to raise five kittens who were about two weeks old when a car ended their mother's care. She was an outside, stray, seven toed cat and use to sidle up beside me when I was out side on my bench in the garden reading a paper or whatever. She was very affectionate and I flet bad when she got pregnant. I made a place for her under the bench. Only one of her cats had seven toes. We kept that one and gave the others away after seven weeks. I named the cat Septa, but its disposition changed that and Rae re-named it Stinky not because of any smell but for its mischievousness.

This is Stinky who jumped into a vacant cubilce in our amiore while Rae was re-arranging things

During the worst of the heat last week, a dog collapsed on our front lawn under our Magnolia tree. We gave it some water and food which it did not touch for a while. Finally it did try but could not stand on its feet and ate and drank while laying down. He was a big dog, sheared for the summer, neutered and without fleas. It had no collar but we knew someone cared for him and might be out looking for him so for several days we had one of us out front under the shade of the tree with the dog hoping someone who knew it would see it. Every day the dog got stronger and got better. It never barked, even when stangers approached or the kids got a little too active. It was just too hot to again go walking through the neighborhood to see if we could find the owners, so we kept him with us. Sure enough, the day after we quit having someone out front with the dog, someone asked one of our neighbors if they had seen the dog and descriped it. We gave it back, it turned out to be an expensive pure bred Australian Sheepdog.

The Celtic Connection to Texas History

Some additions to the Celtic Chronology and to !9th Century Texas were the only chages this past month. Some of the Appendices have been updated or graphics added.


I worked on a section in Other Morans for Eduado Moran Dosta's family. He has been a frequent contributor to the Moran section of the website. It is now up for all to see


There are two sides to every story and in my direct family's case that other side of the Moran family is the Traynor family. Of course this changes as you go back or forward in generations, but in the case of my Father, his mother's maiden name is Traynor. That makes all my Father's brothers and sisters (13) and their children, and their children, etc. related as well. Kate Sullivan, daughter of my Father's sister Kae Moran (Sullivan), has built a website showing the Traynors and all the allied families. It has gotten to be quite a genealogical database and has provided many finds including the interrelationship of several of the same families over the generations and finding a large number of cousins in New Zealand. Kate Sullivan, daughter of Jim Sullivan and Kae MORAN Sullivan, who put together the TRAYNOR family genealogy. can be reached at this e-mail address:kategalway@yahoo.com That site is http://www.tribalpages.com the username is "Traynor" for the ID ( password), please e-mail Kate.

TXHIS Rangers

This section was developed for others to pursue, but as they have not - it is being restored on this website to see if it can get going. It is for students of Texas History of all ages but particularly for the younger ones to give them a forum in which to participate, get recognition and hopefully begin a life long appreciation of history.


Nothing new has been done in this section.


I keep saying I am going to work on this section, but the website statistics, which I check regularly, do not show sufficient interest in this area to warrant a great deal of effort. So, I am not doing anything at this time.

This newsletter is for the readers of the website maintained by G. P. Moran at celticowboy.com. The website contains information on a range of subjects including Irish history, Texas history, Moran Family genealogy, and other subjects of interest to G. P. Moran and readers of the site.

E-Mail us at: gpmoran@celticowboy.com

or use regular mail at : G. P. Moran

9715 Stonemont

Laporte, Texas 77571

If you wish to write an article for the next newsletter, please send it to either of the above addresses.

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