Tucker McBride

Return to a time when a boy could be a boy; when life was more clear from the top branch of a tree; when a kid could trade anger and disappointment for action and adventure; when the whole neighborhood was his playground; and the sloppy kiss from a dog could make everything right.

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Have Fun in a Snap

Tucker's grandmother enjoyed creating new things from used objects, like a crazy quilt out of favorite fabrics and a new sweater from used yarn. I, too, love to entertain my creative side by making important things for me.

I enjoy snap jewelry. So, I made a snap from the picture I drew for the cover of my most recent Tucker book, Tucker's Perfect Day. 

  Use a picture you want to display in a new way or fabric with a unique pattern. 

Supplies are available online.

With craft glue, affix it to the flat side of the domed top. (Dome on the right) Try not to move the picture.
Let it dry for several hours or overnight. Next, glue the dome with the picture showing through to the button base. (Far left) Put the snap in your snap jewelry, or order a piece from the internet. As you can see from my necklace, I ordered some elements that can hang from a chain.
YouTube has several good videos demonstrating the making of snap jewelry.  

Whatever you choose to create, make it fun. And, remember, live all of your life.

Copyright 2022 Doris Gaines Rapp

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Off to Wellness!

 Off to Wellness!

Wow, there are so many new words: epidemic, pandemic, vaccination, and quarantine are just a few. 

Have you been quarantined with Covid 19 or one of its variants? Tucker McBride was kept home from school many times. But it was for other illnesses, not for Covid.

Tucker lived when there were diseases for which children are now vaccinated, before going to school: mumps, measles, and smallpox. He not only stayed home when he had each of those, but he also had to stay home when his brother and two sisters experienced the illnesses. So, Tucker was home for many weeks during the first, second, and third grades.

Smallpox:  Isn't it great that vaccinations have eliminated smallpox in the United States and other countries?



We all know these illnesses were very serious. Just like the symptoms that some people have when they get Covid 19. Tucker and I aren't saying Covid isn't important enough to be very cautious. But, you know Tucker. He would find a way to have fun if stuck in the house day after day. So, let's think of things to do that show we are brave, strong, and healthy under the illness. 

1. Draw a picture of what you might look like with one of these childhood diseases.

2. You and some friends have a movie date by Zooming your group and tuning into the same movie.

3. Today, there are vaccinations so people don't get these illnesses. If you could eat your favorite food and make the illness go away, what ten foods would you hope were on the list?

4. Gramma would have prayed with Tucker for healing. Write a prayer of your own for you and your friends and family to heal.

5. Write the words to Old MacDonald had a Farm that describe you conquering one of the illnesses. Here is the one I wrote:

    Oh, Dr. Rapp had the mumps.


    And on the mump, she had a bump,


    With a lump bump here

    and a lump bump there,

    Here a lump,

    There a bump,

    Both her jaws had a lump bump.

    Dr. Rapp, she had the mumps,


    And on the lump, she had a spot,


    With a bump spot here

    And a bump spot there,

    Here a bump.

    There a spot,

    Everywhere a bump spot,

    Dr. Rapp, she had the mumps,


    And on the spot, there was a freckle,


    With a freckled spot here

    And a freckled spot there,

    Here a spot,

    There a spot,

    Everywhere a freckled spot.

    Dr. Rapp, she had the mumps,


Remember, stay home, sleep often, drink a lot of water, and do as your doctor prescribes. While at home, read, do any assigned homework, and watch videos that make you laugh. Have a lot of fun. Many years ago, research showed that laughter helped your body to heal. Giggle your way to health.

Doris Gaines Rapp, Ph.D.

Copyright 2022 Doris Gaines Rapp

Sunday, October 31, 2021

The Haunted House

                           In Tucker's Perfect Day, Tucker and his friends enjoy Beggars' Night in various spooky ways. Many people have told me about the haunted house they went through one Halloween.

As a child, I never went into such a menagerie of scary rooms. My father didn't permit my sister and me to experience events intended to deliberately frighten us. I didn't see a horror film until I was in college. In the community I grew up in, Beggars' Night was the 30th of September. Halloween was on the 31st. "Good" children didn't venture out on Halloween. That was when pranksters played tricks and destroyed property.

However, the day after Halloween, my friends at school would tell me about the haunted house they inched through. I found their stories fascinating. As readers reminded me of those rooms full of spiderwebs, dripping imitation blood, headless figures, eerie music, and ghosts that jumped out of closets, I wondered if any of you have ever gone through a haunted house. 

If you have a special, unique experience of Halloween, let me know. I'll share it on the blog.

For me, Halloween is a time to enjoy family and community. It's a time to laugh, let your heart pound a little faster, and grab someone's hand for safety. It's clear crisp air, caramel-covered apples, and little Snickers candy bars. 

Join Tucker as he enjoys late October 1947 by reading Tucker's Perfect Day.

Doris Gaines Rapp

Thursday, October 28, 2021

How We Spend Halloween

👻   Tucker McBride had an exciting evening on Halloween 1947 in my book, Tucker's Perfect Day. His hours were full from the time school got out, until those stinking, slimy boys finally slunk home.

I asked readers to tell me about their Halloween evening. I have permission to add these here. If you have autumn activities you have enjoyed and are willing to share, email me or respond to my Facebook post.

I received word from two people from the United States on how they spent Halloween. Both said they love the crisp air of fall and talking to other ghosts and goblins in costumes.

One of those who shared their Halloween excitement told me about autumn fun even before Beggars' Night. Some churches and other organizations in their town have events called Trick-or-Trunk. Members of the church or club line their cars up in the parking lot with their trunks open. Parents bring their costumed children so they can select their favorite candy in a safe place. 

Another woman explained that their church did not celebrate Halloween. In its place, the congregation opens the fellowship hall for a Harvest Party. Everyone plays games and participates in line dancing. They have hotdogs, chips, cupcakes and take home a small treat bag full of candy. Their harvest was plentiful.

On our street, homeowners gather on their front porch, driveway, or front yard and talk to all the wonderful kids dressed in whatever Halloween costumes their parents helped them put together. The evening air is so clear, you can hear conversations several houses down. A wave and "Hello" to those across the street, knit the community together.

Halloween can be celebrated in many ways. If you have another good evening to share, let me know and I'll post your idea. Enjoy the evening.

Doris Gaines Rapp

Monday, October 25, 2021

Halloween Activities in 2021


     Tucker McBride had a wonderful Beggars' Night on Halloween 1947. Tucker and his friends participated in an apple-bobbing contest in the church parking lot, went through a corn maze, and experienced a few pranks. Read Tucker's Perfect Day to get the full enjoyment of the season.

What would your perfect Halloween day be like? If you can think of something Tucker didn't do, email me at dorisgainesrapp@gmail.com and I'll share it on this blog. Or respond to this post on Facebook and share your ideas with others. I would love to post them here. If you post your ideas on my FB page between now and Halloween, I will copy and paste them here. What fun!

Enjoy your Halloween 2021 and stay safe. 

Doris Gaines Rapp

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Halloween in 1947

          In book three, Tucker's Perfect Day, it's Halloween time. Oh, the stuff Tucker got into. You'll just have to read the book to find out the fun he had on Beggars' Night. You can get Tucker's Perfect Day on Amazon, Barnes&Noble.com, and other online booksellers.

Gramma saw autumn differently. It was harvest season, a time to prepare for winter and the upcoming holidays. She also filtered each day through the lens of her Bible and the teachings of Jesus. I thought you might like to add some words to the treats you and our family pass out on Halloween.

You can use computer templates for business cards, or simple paper you trim to size. Create a nice greeting and type it into the computer for your cards. Perhaps you will want to use one that I created.

            Example 1:    You don't have to trick me.

                                    God's love and my treat are free.

            Example 2:    God blesses the harvest

                                    and the plantings we start.

                                    For what we create

                                    Reflects Christ in our hearts.

You can decorate the cards with fall stickers and pass them out along with the sweet treats. You might come up with something more to your liking. You have time to get it done. Have fun with it.


Friday, October 8, 2021

An Additional Blog

 As I post on this blog about things that were part of Tucker's life, I often mention Gramma. Tucker's grandmother was a little woman, only 4 ft 10 1/2 inches tall. But her love was huge and her wisdom large. As a psychologist turned author, people ask me questions about parenting, grandparenting, and other issues. Today, I created the blog, Talk is Good for What Bothers You. This is your opportunity to Follow the blog, send your question by email, and if your question is chosen, I'll answer by posting on the blog. Josie Davis Gaines will help with these answers and postings.

Go to https://www.talkisgoodforwhatbothersyou.com, click follow and ask a question.

Let's talk.



Have Fun in a Snap

Tucker's grandmother enjoyed creating new things from used objects, like a crazy quilt out of favorite fabrics and a new sweater from us...