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Kelly is the mother of 5 adorable kids--4 boys and a girl. The girl came in a package with a boy (twins). Kelly is married to a charming young man who lives and breathes computers. They are also guardians for three nieces and a nephew.

She is active in the community having served as PTA President of a local elementary school, on the board of the Salt Lake Mothers of Twins, as a district round-table trainer with the Cub Scouts, as a volunteer for Sidelines (a support network for Women on bed rest during pregnancy) and she and her husband are active in the LDS Church.

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Happy Birthday

As you may know, my blog and website have the name of Paperclippings. Originally I wanted to call the website, The Paperclip. Since that domain was not available, I came up with Paperclippings instead.

My website,, turns 5 years old this week. According to my server records, April 18th is the day. Prior to that time I had a website posted on one of those freebie servers that put their adds where they wanted to put them.

Though the site is not necessarily about paperclips, I do have a section on them. My fascination (not really the word I want, but it will do) with the paperclip started when I was a university student many eons ago. I was getting paid to type papers for a senior who couldn't type to save his life. He would bind his hand written papers with a plastic-coated paperclip...each time in a different color.

One day I looked at one of those paperclips and thought...that thing will fit as an earring. I currently have blue shiney paperclips as my earrings...plastic-coated, of course.

Since the onset of my website I have researched all I could on the history of this tiny little tool. I learned some amazing things.

The paperclip was first invented, according to most sources, in Norway. This little bit of trivia actually became a big deal during WWII.

During the five year long Nazi occupation of Norway, in World War II, the paperclip became a symbol of national unity. It was worn with pride even though these simple show of loyalty risked wearers being arrested, deported, or even executed. BBC

During World War II, Norwegians were prohibited from wearing any buttons with the likeness or initials of their king on them. In protest they started wearing paperclips, because paperclips were a Norwegian invention whose original function was to bind together. This was a protest against the Nazi occupation and wearing a paperclip could sometimes have gotten you arrested.

So, now, as I celebrate the birthday of, I pay tribute to a little tiny piece of metal that made a difference to a whole the country of my childrens' great grandpa.

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On Monday, April 14, 2008 8:42:00 AM, Blogger nanc wrote...


sure wish i'd've invented the handy little gadgets - you have no idea how many times they've come in handy for other jobs - i used one once when i was in college to hold a little arm together on my carburetor on my vw bug so i could get home!

you cannot put a price on a paperclip - oh no you can't!


On Monday, April 14, 2008 9:35:00 AM, Blogger Brooke wrote...

Happy anniversary, Kelly!

Paperclip earrings? I had no idea you were so PUNK! LOL!

On Monday, April 14, 2008 11:04:00 AM, Blogger John wrote...

Happy anniversary, Kelly.

I didn't know that about Norway and paperclips. Nice connection.

On Monday, April 14, 2008 11:32:00 AM, Blogger cube wrote...

Happy Blogiversary! Thank you for enlightening me about the paperclip. I didn't know its history.

BTW I can relate to how you feel about paperclips. I feel the same way about cubes ;-)

On Monday, April 14, 2008 11:56:00 AM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

Hey, thanks, all... blog, itself, is just coming up on three years now....but the website that runs along side it is 5 years old.

On Monday, April 14, 2008 4:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

Congratulations, kelly.

...but I'm more of a staple, kinda guy... harder to get rid of. ;-)

On Monday, April 14, 2008 5:07:00 PM, Blogger Kelly wrote...


You're welcome to stick around.

On Monday, April 14, 2008 7:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...


Just don't claim later you weren't warned. :-)

On Tuesday, April 15, 2008 9:53:00 AM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

I'll keep that in mind...

On Tuesday, April 15, 2008 10:43:00 AM, Blogger nanc wrote...

by staples, i'm sure he means potatoes and rice.

On Tuesday, April 15, 2008 6:09:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

You start serving Farmer John potatoes and rice and you'll NEVER be able to get rid of him!

On Tuesday, April 15, 2008 6:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

Amen, Alice!

On Tuesday, April 15, 2008 6:15:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

...and yes, your sitemeters reading correctly. ;-)

On Tuesday, April 15, 2008 6:53:00 PM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

hey, Alice, Berty...Welcome!!


"You start serving Farmer John potatoes and rice and you'll NEVER be able to get rid of him!"

...I will keep that in mind, as well.

Of course, these kinds of staples don't hold papers together very well.

On Wednesday, April 16, 2008 10:32:00 AM, Blogger nanc wrote...

oh, i don't know - a little rice paste is known to do wonders!


i see you've met berty-girl and alice!

On Wednesday, April 16, 2008 8:05:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

I thought they might drop by. The three of us are practically related!

Now, I wonder where the boys are?

On Wednesday, April 16, 2008 8:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

Who you calling a boy, FJ?

On Wednesday, April 16, 2008 8:14:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

He must have been eyeballing you in a cold shower, blueboy... and don't start talking 'bout shrinkage, again!

Hi, Kelly, glad to meet you! What's the muse doing here?

On Wednesday, April 16, 2008 8:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

nanc and Kelly are mates, Huge-O.

Now scram. You've had your introduction and flashed your IP.

Nope, still not broke, kelly. I've got four more friends, but they're very low profile.

Hope you've got LOTS and LOTS of staples. ;-)

On Wednesday, April 16, 2008 8:33:00 PM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

Hey, all, take a look over at Republicus...he could use some support on his story.

...oh and welcome everyone...

FJ: "Now, I wonder where the boys are?"

You mean John and Phelonius? where are they?

On Wednesday, April 16, 2008 8:36:00 PM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

oh..John did show apologies to him on that.

Phelonius probably got caught up in the beautiful Texas spring time.

I sure wish spring would come to Utah. We had ONE day that was such a teaser that it was cruel...CRUEL!! I say. 82 its back down to 32 degrees...BAH!!

On Thursday, April 17, 2008 12:13:00 AM, Blogger John wrote...


On Thursday, April 17, 2008 6:10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

Sounds like you're having the same weather in Utah that we are having in MD. I go from buds to cherry blossoms and visa versa every weekday... I can't wait till the cherry blossoms have fallen all round!

On Friday, April 18, 2008 10:28:00 AM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

FJ, I miss seeing the cherry blossoms and the dogwood blossoms. I spent one very nice spring in Virginia. Every time I tried to get a picture of them the camera just didn't capture the beauty of what my eyes saw.

btw, John...I will note that you were here ;)

On Saturday, April 19, 2008 7:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...


Kelly, I can't believe it's been over 5 years now that your web site was born. Just think, if I had kept MY web site that YOU helped create, it too would have been 5 years old. Someday, may I learn to be as ummm, stable as you are in all areas of my life! Perhaps then I can achieve happiness???!!!

Do any of your children have a love for paperclips as you do?

By the way, I put a picture of a paperclip on my cell phone with your phone number attached, so if and whenever you call me, a paperclip will appear :)


On Saturday, April 19, 2008 8:21:00 AM, Blogger nanc wrote...

kell - i'm still waiting for you to open john's present!


o.t. - i've done an expelled review at curtains...

On Wednesday, April 23, 2008 9:50:00 AM, Blogger John wrote...

Happy Birthday Paperclippings.

On Thursday, April 24, 2008 11:09:00 PM, Blogger Kelly wrote... you can keep the blog you just got going. YOu never know what it will bring into your life or where it will take you.


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