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Book about growing up in Indian Cove

I’ve collected stories I’ve written over the years about life as a child in Indian Cove during the 1950s and 1960s, and just published Pigtails and Other Tales: Growing up in Indian Cove in the 50’s and 60’s, with recipes to taste it.  The paperback is 142 pages, with recipes and a few photos.  Want a copy?  Email me using, or call me at this number: 971 361-2365.  The cost is $12.00 and this will cover my shipping it to you.  My address is 34 Creekwood Place, Port Townsend, WA 98368. (I happen to be staying in the Cove, right now, with Dad! My husband Rick is doing the shipping while I’m gone.)  You can also order Pigtails and other tales directly from Amazon.

I hope my stories encourage you to write yours.  Getting your story out there has never been easier! Use Ditchrider Publishing!

I set up a blog so I can interact with readers.  Visit

Maxine (Hooley) Peirson

Paul Ervin’s Pilgrimage

Paul Ervin’s Pilgrimage – an autobiography

Paul Ervin’s Pilgrimage is the story of a young man’s journey to Africa in service for his church, his country, and the people of Egypt and Ethiopia.
He begins by recounting his growing up years in the western U.S. around the time of the dust bowl, following his family from one failed farm to another. In Idaho, at the age of 19, Paul Ervin is thrust into adulthood when his father dies unexpectedly. After helping his family install an irrigation system and develop a productive farm, WWII calls him to service.

Paul Ervin chooses to serve through his church and the United Nations. He is assigned to help run a Yugoslav refugee camp in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt. But first he must get there, no small feat since all transatlantic air traffic from the U.S. is restricted to the military.

And thus begins Paul Ervin’s pilgrimage. Listen to his own words as he describes his adventures, finding his way through the Caribbean to Brazil, crossing the Atlantic in a huge pontoon plane, and hitchhiking his way across Africa in military cargo planes. Read of his service and experiences in Egypt. Watch as he builds a hospital in Ethiopia, after the war, that becomes a mission, and later a large denomination of the Christian Church.

His service in Africa spans only a few short years, but Paul Ervin calls it the highlight of his spiritual journey, a journey that displays a life lived by his motto – Proverbs 3:5&6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (NKJV)

The above description is of my dad’s memoir, updated and published by my brother Steve, on Amazon. You can find it there for purchase as a hard-copy book or Kindle.

Photo Follow-Up


Photo 8665 by Nate Peirson, Night Sky in Idaho, July 2017

Myriads of Images and Memories

Hello family! I’ve received a couple of requests for how to view photos taken by Nate at the Hooley Family Reunion in Idaho 2017 & posted by Nate on this blog in an earlier post. He listed three links for viewing his photos.  Pick one, click on it, and view them on your device.  Because I’m working on a tablet without tons of storage space, and because I thought it would be faster, I’ve utilized only the first link which downloads a “zip” file (with “compressed”? data?) and allows the viewer to see a “reduced” image. I confess I don’t know what any of that means!  I’m just trusting Nate that this is the best option for the novice of such things.

After downloading the zip file (which took around three hours — again, I don’t know if that’s normal or just my situation — others might report how long it takes on your system), … after downloading the zip file, I found I couldn’t share the images on the blog as I hoped.  That is until I “extracted” them.  Again, I don’t understand any of these processes or why one thing doesn’t work but another does.  I’m just experimenting.

Even after “extracting” the photos, I found that uploading even just one to this blog’s media file took longer than I’ve experienced with other photo uploads.  Again, I don’t know if I’m just experiencing a slow system/network today, or if it’s the nature of the photo-file, or what.  I APOLOGIZE for my lack of expertise in these matters!  If others know how to do this better or faster, PLEASE instruct me!  Or actually, anyone who has accessed Nate’s files and has signed up to be an “author” for this blog can share particular photos via a post with one or more photos included.  Reminder: any Hooley family member may be an “author.”  If you want to be an “author” for this blog (which means you can publish and edit your own posts) just let me know and I will send you an invitation.  If you already received an invitation to be an author but it expired, let me know and I will send you another one.

I’ve decided I’m going to attempt to post (one at a time?) nearly/all(?) of Nate’s photos with his file numbers.  This is going to take a while.  I’m hoping others will view them and add comments with information regarding who/what is in each photo and any personal memories they care to share.  I changed the settings for this blog such that people can comment on any post at any time.

Again, this process of uploading photos is going to take a while.  So, even though downloading the whole zip file might take you three hours as it did me, that would be the quickest way for you to view all the pictures at your leisure.  The only advantage of viewing them here is that people can read each others’ comments.  For me, reading what others’ comment will make posting them here worth the time it takes.  I just hope many family members will view and comment!

THANK YOU, NATE, for taking the photos and making them available to all of us.

THANK YOU, everyone, for your patience with me as I attempt to make them available for comment-sharing.

2017 Reunion Photos


I have converted photographs taken during the 2017 reunion and compressed them into the following zip files:

I invite you to download them as you please. Be aware, however, that these are unedited and unrefined.

Good day,

Hooley Emblem Updated!

IMG_20180203_160631  The Hooley family circle has an interwoven, multifaceted heritage that was shared at the 2017 J. Paul Hooley reunion in Idaho. The family name ‘Hooley’ was originally Holly prior to immigrating to America. Caring for the earth while providing for family has been cultivated throughout the family history. J. Paul had the desire to own his own farm to raise his and Alta’s family and to put down roots. His death soon after acquiring land placed Alta in position to birth his vision with her pioneering determination. She and her son’s dug the West End canal that gave green life to the sandy desert with it’s rimmed rock hills and sagebrush. The yellow roses symbolize the peace testimony which has been passed down through the Mennonite beliefs. The corn, wheat, peppermint, and roses depict both genders’ love and connection to the earth. Along with the vision and determination, the virtues of creativity, spirituality, and caring for the wider communities have been a continuous thread in the Hooley quilted mosaic. The Hooley emblem is a small attempt to depict the great gifts which have been passed down through the generations and began by being rooted in the Indian Cove Hooley farm.”

~ Donna Hooley (daughter of Wes and Doris)