Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Gene Willis, 96, of Hot Springs passed away peacefully on December 17, 2011.

Born on November 23, 1915, Mr. Willis was the son of the late Ted and Helen Woolery Willis of Champaign, Illinois.

Mr. Willis was a 1936 graduate of the University of Illinois, as was his wife Mary Cunningham Willis, who predeceased him in 2007. The two lived in Chicago until the outbreak of World War II when Gene joined the US Navy officer corps. He completed training at Columbia University and served on the USS Valencia in the Pacific throughout the war. Mr. Willis had a long career with Graybar Electric in Illinois and later in Little Rock, where he and Mrs. Willis moved in 1961. They were parishioners at Holy Souls Catholic Church and Gene was an active member of the Little Rock stamp club. Gene was a true “Officer and Gentleman” who taught family and friends life lessons through personal example.

He is survived by his son, Brian Willis and his wife Joyce of Hot Springs; daughter, Rebecca Willis Motew of Massachusetts; grandchildren, Brittany Willis Evans, Jeffrey Motew, Matthew Motew, and Melissa Motew; and three great grandchildren.

Thursday, December 01, 2011



Sunday, October 02, 2011

You Know What


"Our room was very tidy, sheik, and modern."

"The job was horrible every day and my moral was dropping rapidly."

"I won various trophies and plagues" for my cheerleading accomplishments.

"At my wedding, people kept taping on their glasses."

"We went out that night and ate a restaurant."

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Serenity, though crowded, at Giverny in June

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Hydrangeas or Azaleas--Which are More Beautiful?


I can't choose. Obviously, I don't have enough to do, which will change tomorrow when school starts.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sales on Rue de Rivoli

Friday, August 19, 2011

From Authors Guild Bulletin (spring 2011)


"Ron Chernow's Washington biography has 904 pages and a $40 price tag. At a signing at a Manhattan Barnes & Noble, PW (Publishers Weekly) reported, a customer 'bought some 10-plus-copies--to hand out to participants in an upcoming pheasant hunt."