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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Happy Birthday, John!


 John Ettline was born 

 108 years ago today on 

 the 12th of March, 1906. 
 John was a wise man and he shared 

 his wisdom with all of us. I thought 


 it fitting for us to watch a video 


 that offers the kind of advice 


 John would have dispensed. 





 I also invite you to listen to this 

 timeless message of hope as we 

 remember our leader,  

 Mr. John Ettline. 





 Happy birthday, John! 


 We love you and miss you! 


28 comments:

  1. I sooo needed to hear that song today! Love it! And it's my birthday too! :)

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    1. Hi, CD! Thank you very much for being the first to swing by and join John Ettline's birthday celebration. Happy birthday to you, too! I'm glad you enjoyed the post and I hope to see you here again soon, my friend!

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  2. Another wonderful memorial birthday wish for John. He was a mentor and father figure to so many. I wish I could have met this marvel of a man. Shady brings out John's goodness for all dell rats (and non dell rats) to share. He opened his house and heart to many. Baz Luhrmann 's advice is the best, I urge your followers to listen to it. Desiderata is a close second. Happy Birthday to John, never to be forgotten!
    Toni Deroche

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    1. Oh, thank you, dear Toni! This is a wonderful comment from you. As you know, I have posted this same "Sunscreen" piece along with Les Crane's reading of "Desiderata" year after year on John's birthday. I don't think once a year is too often to relearn the valuable lessons these two videos teach. Thank you very much for your kind words about John and for your visit today, dear friend Toni!

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  3. A wonderful and well deserved tribute to an amazing man, my friend! Although I never had the privilege of actually know him, I feel I do have a kinship with him through your wonderful words and remembrances. Very appropriate videos!

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    1. Hi, Shelly! As I told Toni in the reply above this one, friends like you who have followed SDM&M for two or more years recognize that I rerun a few of the same videos on these anniversaries. The reason I do that is because they have retained their validity and I consider them perfect for the occasion. As you have done in years past you have expressed yourself eloquently again today. Thank you very much, dear friend Shelly, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  4. Happy Birthday, John! Shady, you can rest assured that I wear sunscreen. It helps my fair skin retain its glow-in-the-dark luminescence.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Hi, JJ! Dear friend, you simply MUST take some glow in the dark selfies and post them on your blog. I would find them, to use your word, "enlightening." :) Thank you very much for coming, Janie Junebug, and for helping me salute the great John Ettline on what would have been his 108th birthday!

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  5. Happy Birthday, John!

    Wouldn't it be cool if he was still living? What stories he could tell! I had an aunt who was born in 1903 and lived until 2006 and she was a dear, sweet adventurous lady.
    I think it's just wonderful to have a legacy and pleasant personality that others take note of, such as advice.
    I loved that video, thanks for sharing.
    Love,
    Daisy and Abigail

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    1. Hello Daisy and Abigail! Thank you very much for being here as we observe the 108th anniversary of Shady Dell owner John Ettline's birth. Your aunt was blessed with longevity and I hope you have a strong genetic link to her so that you might as well. I agree that it would be wonderful if John and his wife Helen could be with us today to share their stories and answer lingering questions about the history of the Dell and what their lives were like before they assumed ownership in the mid 40s.

      Next month you and my other new readers will meet a very special lady who has been the subject of numerous posts over the last three years. Margaret Elizabeth Brown Schneider is known as "The Oldest Living Dell Rat" because she and her family occupied the Shady Dell when it was brand new in 1912/1913. Margaret, a baby at the time, is still with us, thank God, and will turn 102 years of age a few weeks from now. I know you will want to be here to help celebrate her birthday. You can read stories about Margaret's life by entering her name in the search box of my blog.

      Thank you very much for all that you expressed here, dear friend Abigail. You too, dear Daisy!

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  6. A very happy birthday to John. I love that Baz Luhrman song, great advice! Hope you're doing well Tom, thanks for keeping John's memory alive!

    Emma x

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    1. ...and thank you, dear friend Emma, for being here year after year to join me in celebrating the life of John Ettline, the King of the Dell Rats. Good night and have a wonderful Thursday, dear Emma!

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  7. My mother and John Ettline share the same date of birth. She would have been 100 today. I will drink a toast to them both.

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    1. Hi, Jeanie! What a coincidence! Your mother was close to my father's age. He would have been 100 at the end of last October. Thank you for your kind visit and for toasting John along with your dear mother. Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend Jeanie!

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  8. Both videos were so perfect in advice, music and soothing hope. I'm betting Mr. Ettline was the same. You were blessed to know him and sharing his essence with us non Dell Rats brings us closer to knowing him too. Happy Birthday John Ettline and thanks Tom for sharing your memories with us. Have a wonderful rest of this week!

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    1. Hi, dear YaYa! I am delighted to see you again, my friend. I'm glad these two videos resonate with you and happy that you feel like you are getting to know John and his wife Helen through me. They were special people and so are you, dear friend.

      I hope the latest blizzard missed you and that spring soon gains a foothold up your way. Good night and God bless, YaYa!

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  9. Hi dear Shadykins. Another touching birthday tribute to John, who we all know from your Blog, was a very special man. You know how wonderful I think it is that you don't let John and Helen's memory die. I loved the little video of advice, and I have mentioned in previous years how important Desiderata is to my hubby and I. Lovely post my dear friend, from a very kind and caring man.

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    1. Thank you so very much, dear Thisikins! As you and other long time followers of SDM&M know, this post is an evergreen, one that I repeat every year. Nevertheless, it is good for us to review once a year the advice and wisdom found in these videos as we celebrate the life of our leader, Mr. John Ettline.

      Thank you very much for joining John's birthday celebration again this year, dear Thisisme. Another very special person, our dear friend Belle, celebrates her birthday tomorrow and I hope you will send her a little note. Yet another very special person has a birthday next month... I wonder who that could be? :)

      Thank you again, dear Diane, and good night to you. I wish you a wonderful Friday and a safe and happy weekend!

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    2. Indeed, it does no harm at all to see these little videos again, and to remind ourselves of what is really important in this life. Yes, I have left a little message on Belle's Facebook page. I can't believe that someone else's birthday is getting so near again!!

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    3. I remember when that special person posed the music question "Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 64?" Now Belle and I have both arrived at that age.

      Thank you for the follow-up, Bouncin' Thissie, and enjoy the rest of your sunny Shady day!

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  10. I feel privileged to have learned about John through your blog. He did a great good for many people. The videos you have chosen always leave me feeling peaceful and blessed. I'm going to send them to my granddaughter, Cherish.

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    1. Hi, Belle, and happy birthday to you, dear friend! Thank you very much for helping me observe the 108th anniversary of John Ettline's birth. Yessum, I run these same two videos every year at this time and they provide a valuable refresher course on how to keep our priorities straight and find peace. Thank you again for coming and God bless you today and always, dear friend Belle!

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  11. Happy Birthday John What more can I say that has not all ready been say about John Ettline, As you said Shady he was our leader and the man who helped us become the men we are today. The two videos that you post each year say it all, we are all part of something much bigger and we each take our own path across life and the path I took crossed with Johns path and my life has been much better because of that. The world we know today could use a lot more John Ettline"s in it, But we know that there only could ever be one John one Helen and one Shady Dell. Your Friend And A Dell Rat All Ways Greg

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    1. Hi, Greg! Nicely put, good buddy! The years are rolling by, aren't they? As another man named John once asked "So long ago... was it in a dream?"

      With every passing year it becomes more important for us to share the old memories and retell the old stories lest they be forgotten. When you and I went to the Dell, John Ettline was a younger man than we are now. It's hard to fathom that he would be 108 this year. His legacy lives on through the caring of friends like you who visit and support SDM&M.

      Another milestone is coming up next month, Greg, and I'm sure you'll want to be on hand when our dear friend Margaret Schneider, the
      Oldest Living Dell Rat, turns 102!

      Thank you very much, Greg, for helping us celebrate John's special day. I hope to see you back here again soon, good buddy!

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  12. Hi Shady, it's just 'walkin' the line' Sadie, a bit late for the birthday party. If John could see all of this, he would probably blush! Even though he enjoyed company and celebrations, such a tribute would have made him say, "Aw, you shouldn't have done this. You all are so kind to remember me, but, I just do what I love." He would smile and wave, and, go back to cleaning the counter off.

    A very nice post Shady...great advice! Happy Birthday to John!

    Have a great weekend! See you!

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    1. Hi, Suzanne aka "Leap Year Lizzie"! (LOL) I'm glad you made it over before John's birthday party ended. Thank you very much! You are right about John. He didn't believe in having a lot of fanfare directed toward him. He went about his business and seemed happiest when he was helping others and making them feel special and important.

      Thank you for being here again this year to observe the birth and death dates of John and Helen which are all clustered together during the months of January, February and March. Next month, we turn our attention to our dear old friend Margaret Brown Schneider who will turn 102 years of age.

      I hope your weather is moderating and that you and Karo and Scootie are having a great weekend, dear friend Suzanne!

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  13. Kathleen Mae SchneiderMarch 15, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    If I could talk to him, I would say:

    "Thank you, John - for loving and transforming my grandfather's house into the memory-making place it became for so many. Thank you for being such an incredibly positive influence through your steadiness, thoughtful actions and wise deeds. You most certainly left this world better than the way you found it.

    Thank you for helping other generations grow. You gave them a place to be themselves and learn responsibility for their choices. If there were less than positive outcomes, you were there to help your charges up, dust them off and give them another chance. You saw the potential in every person, especially those diamonds-in-the-rough that crossed the Shady Dell's threshold.

    As a result of your caring they've gone far beyond your time here, carrying your legacy of kindness and honor towards others, and the kind of self respect that changes and even saves lives. This blog speaks eloquently to that and I'm so glad to have met you here!"

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    1. Kathleen, this comment is remarkable. It captures the very essence of John Ettline and eloquently sums up his contributions to generations of Central Pennsylvania youth. I wish I had your gift of literacy, dear friend. It is humbling.

      Thank you for being on hand again this year as we celebrate the birth and the life of a great man, the King of the Dell Rats, John Ettline.

      I hope all is well up your way, dear Kathleen, and that preparations are moving forward to celebrate another special birthday and another life well lived, that of your mother Margaret.

      Please take good care of yourself and let your mother know that her extended Dell rat family around the world looks forward to toasting her on April 18. Thank you again for coming and God bless!

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