Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

Ruth Burrell’s Meatloaf Recipe

February 14, 2008

I have decided to memorialize some family recipes for future reference and to share them with the world. One of my favorites is my grandmother’s Meatloaf recipe that takes me back to our kitchen table in Cotuit.

  • 1 1/2 Pounds of Chopped Meat (She never worried about how lean it was and she lived to 94!)
  • 1 Cup of Tomato Juice
  • 3/4 Cups of Oats (She used Quaker of course)
  • 1 Egg-Beaten
  • 1/4 Cup of Chopped Onion
  • 1 tsp of Salt
  • 1/4 tsp of Pepper

Mix it all up, put a layer of ketchup and a few strips of bacon on top and cook on 350 degrees for just about 1 hour….


Burrell Field at South Shore Christian Academy

January 28, 2008

Getting an email recently from a woman in Kentucky who remembered my Grandmother and Grandfather for the variety store that they owned in Weymouth, I wanted to capture an article that was written about my Grandfather upon the dedication of a baseball field at South Shore Christian Academy.

The Patriot Ledger

WEYMOUTH – When firefighters made late-night rescues, Malcolm ‘‘Brother’’ Burrell would trudge to his store and fire up the coffee machine.

After World War II, struggling veterans would come home from Burrell’s Variety Store to find groceries they did not pay for.

And when the local softball teams needed a place to play, Burrell built a field in his back yard, and he flooded it in the winter so neighborhood children could skate there.

It was in that spirit of giving that his daughter unveiled a soccer field at South Shore Christian Academy yesterday.

‘‘My wish, my prayer this morning for all of you at this school, is that you will grow up to be the kind of person my dad was,’’ Marinda Bennett said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The Burrell family donated $50,000 toward a project that replaced a section of the school grounds formerly known as ‘‘the dust bowl’’ with a spacious, lush playing field.

Years ago, Burrell was a charismatic fixture in East Weymouth. He would watch over children at the store while their parents were at work and bring hot coffee to police officers stuck on wintertime traffic duty. And Burrell’s offered the biggest ice cream cones in town.

Burrell opened the store in 1930. It was where Niko’s Restaurant is now.

After he died in 1981, a corner in Commercial Square was named for him.

Burrell, a devout Christian and a marathon runner who once placed second in the Boston Marathon, would have approved of the field project, Bennett said.

‘‘I am grateful for the values my dad taught us,’’ she said. ‘‘His compassion and generosity were boundless.’’

Interim academy headmaster Martin Trice said the field, donated on the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, would give the students reasons to celebrate on a grim occasion and to give back as Burrell did.

‘‘I want us to remember on this moment, this day of remembrance, that this is a time not only of remembrance but a time of blessing, so we can in turn give blessing to others,’’ Trice said.

She’s been with me now, quite a long long time…

January 18, 2008

I’ve been with my girlfriend now for almost nine years and there is one song, more than any other, that makes me think of her…..

Of course it’s by one of my favorite artists, the super fantastic James Taylor….


Something In The Way She Moves

There’s something in the way she moves,
Or looks my way, or calls my name,
That seems to leave this troubled world behind.
If I’m feeling down and blue,
Or troubled by some foolish game,
She always seems to make me change my mind.

And I feel fine anytime she’s around me now,
She’s around me now
Almost all the time…
And if I’m well you can tell that she’s been with me now,
And she’s been with me now
Quite a long, long time
And I feel fine.

Every now and then the things I lean on lose their meaning,
And I find myself careening
Into places where I should not let me go…

She has the power to go where no one else can find me,
Yes, and to silently remind me
Of the happiness and good times that I know, you know.
Well I said I just got to know that:

It isn’t what she’s got to say
Or how she thinks or where she’s been.
To me, the words are nice, the way they sound.
I like to hear them best that way –
It doesn’t much matter what they mean,
She says them mostly just to calm me down.

I feel fine anytime she’s around me now,
She’s around me now
Almost all the time.
If I’m well you can tell that she’s been with me now,
And shes been with me now
Quite a long, long Time –
Yes and I feel fine.

Ruth H. Burrell

December 1, 2007

Ruth H. (Blurton) of Hanover, formerly of Cotuit, East Weymouth and Hingham, November 17th, age 94. Wife of the late Malcolm B. Burrell. Mother of Bruce W. Burrell and his wife Connie of Burlington, MA, Janet M. Warren and her husband Paul of South Weymouth, Helen E. Skowronski and her husband John Of Little Egg Harbor, NJ and Marinda P. Bennett and her husband Gerry of Hanover. Sister of Anna Desroches of Weymouth and Arthur Duxbury of Pittsfield. Also survived by 14 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, eight great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews in the U.S. and British Columbia, Canada. A Memorial Service will be conducted on Saturday, November 24th at 11:00 A.M. at the South Shore Baptist Church, 578 Main Street (Rt. 228) Hingham. Visiting hours and flowers omitted by request. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Forestdale Baptist Church, 110 Route 130, Forestdale, MA 02644. The interment is private. For additional information, please visit

I returned home from my Paris trip only to find out that my Grandmother, Ruth Burrell, died on November 17th at the age of 94.

She had been married to my Grandfather for 50 years when he passed away only a few weeks after their anniversary from bone cancer.

She died the day before his 100th birthday. I was told that she was anxious to be with him on his birthday and she told the hospital Chaplain that she loved Jesus with all her heart shortly before she passed.

She had a mild heart attack on the 16th, was taken to the hospital on the 17th and died from another heart attack less than 24 hours later while comfortably on morphine. Up until then, she had been very active and very astute.

I had Thanksgiving in New Jersey but left the next morning for the memorial service at South Shore Baptist Church in Hingham Massachusetts.

Although I was raised a Catholic, my mother’s family were and are very devout protestants and as a child I would go to services at South Shore and at Forestdale Baptist Church on The Cape many times and always enjoyed it.

I was asked if I would speak at her funeral and of course I did.

This is what I said before a Church full of friends of family:

It is wonderful to see all of you today.

Once again, Nana brings us together.

Although I may have not seen many of you for a long time, I think that I know a little bit about what many of you have all been up to thanks to Nana…. Nana loved to talk about her family and she always did so with love and with pride.

I have been very fortunate to see Nana pretty regularly over the years and although she aged, she never seemed to get old.

She just seemed to get a little more gentile, a little bit slower, a little harder of hearing, but by the end, she had somehow transformed herself into exactly what I remembered Mum Mum, her mother, to be like…eternal.

Some of my fondest memories of her are these:

1. She was one heck of a scrabble and cribbage player; And I always appreciated how she was patient when she had to re-teach me cribbage for the 100th time.

2. She was an insatiable reader; And I always thought it was cute how she loved romance novels and I can remember when she and my other grandmother would swap copies and compare notes…..and blush.

3. She WAS our family historian; And I loved how every time that I was with her, I would learn something new. I feel a strong connection with my past, thanks to Nana and all of the stories that she would tell.

4. She was a source of wisdom and experience; AND she was not afraid to share her wisdom and experience either, even when you didn’t want to hear it.

5. She taught me about God; Her devotion and faith were inspirational and when I was young, going to church with my grandparents here at South Shore and at Forestdale Baptist Church will always be a fond memory of mine.

6. She was a true Lady; Need I say more.

For quite a long time I have bragged about my grandmother to the people that I know but I think that I have every right to.

After all…

1. She lived to see countless grandchildren and great grandchildren; What a blessing that is.

2. Everybody loved her; How could you not.

In closing, my prayer for everyone here today is that we all live as wonderful and as full a life as she did.

I am going to miss her tremendously, but I have such an overwhelming feeling to celebrate her life, that all that I can say is…..thank you Nana.  

Nana I love you.