Thursday, December 08, 2011

Happy Birthday Blanche!

Cousin Blanche is one of the kindest, gentlest souls I have ever known...and one of the smartest, friendliest, and most gracious people, too. I feel blessed to have her as my neighbor. And today is her birthday!

This is a recent photo of Blanche with my daughter Amy. Aren't they are both radiant!

Blanche, we all wish you the Happiest of Birthdays...and many more to come!

Leave your birthday wishes in a comment, and we'll print them up and carry them over to Blanche.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke and the "Lost" Colony. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous7:15 AM

    Have a wonderful birthday Blanche! Your friends, David & Kathi (O'Neal) Weiss

  2. Anonymous7:17 AM

    Happiest of birthdays, Cousin Blanche, and all best wishes for a wonderful new year.

    It's a pleasure to have come to know you a little bit through Philip's writing, and through you, to know a little bit more about Ocracoke.

    With warm thoughts on a chilly morning from Pittsburgh, PA.


  3. Reggie7:18 AM

    So glad to have met you at the dinner on Monday. You looked radiant then also. Happy Birthday, and many, many more.
    Reggie Mosser and George Brown

  4. Anonymous7:22 AM

    Have a blessed day Blanche!
    From our family in northern Maryland.

  5. Anonymous7:26 AM

    Happy Birthday, Blanche. Hope it's your best one ever.

  6. bill kostar7:27 AM

    The highlight, highlights, actaully, since we visit her more than once each time we're on island, of our annual weeks on Ocracoke, is sitting on Blanche's porch observations about life and listening to all the stories of Ocracoke and the Howards over the years. A conversation with Blanche is like a journey into the island's soul.
    So Happy Birthday! And we're all very glad that you're "so well as to be about".

  7. Jack and Toni Walls8:27 AM

    Happy Birthday Blanche!! Hope it is a wonderful day for you.

    Jack and Toni Walls

  8. Happy Birthday Blanche!!!

    Tom Cain
    Plano, TX
    The Pink House on the Back Rd.

  9. Anonymous8:59 AM

    Blanche ... Philip has called you "an island treasure"--I couldn't agree more --it's people like you who make Ocracoke the wonderful place that it is. Enjoy this very special day.

  10. Peg Chapman9:18 AM

    ♫♪♥♥Happy Birthday to you ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday dear Blanche! •*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥
    Best wishes from Mike and Peg Chapman of Winchester, Virginia. We met you one evening when you were seeing some friends off on the ferry. We sat on a bench at the harbor and had a lovely visit. God bless you!

  11. Dear Blanche,
    Happy, Happy Birthday! It has been my joy and pleasure to get to know you over the years. I love sitting out on the porch sharing stories with you! Have a wonderful day surrounded by folks you love.
    Lou Ann from Indiana

  12. Bless your heart, Blanche. I love you to pieces! --Michael

  13. Happy Birhday Blanche

    pat in WV

  14. Anonymous4:13 PM

    What a beautiful smile! Happy Birthday, Blanche.

  15. Anonymous5:45 PM

    Cousin Blanche,
    I hope you are having a wonderful day today on your birthday.

  16. debbie s.5:58 PM

    Happy Birthday Blanche from this NC Mainland native! May you celebrate this day with your loved ones and have many many more to come! (((hugs from Debbie, Toshio, and the kids!)))

  17. Anonymous6:41 AM

    Happy Belated B-day wishes to a cherished Ocracoke icon, Blanche! Hope your day was wonderful and filled with lots of blessings. This NC Mainlander from Person County wishes "Miss Blanche" a great year ahead, too!

    Thanks, Philip, for letting your faithful bloggers know about Blanche's b-day!!!! Wonderful pic of Blanch and Amy together!

  18. A belated happy day to you Blanche!

    Hopefully, the next time that I am on Ocracoke, I will get a chanc to meet and chat with "The Jewel of the Isle."

    Bear MacDonald

  19. Blanche,

    My mother, Lois, and I wish you the best. We really enjoy our visits with you. You're one of a kind.

    Bob MacKinnon

  20. Anonymous9:00 PM

    Happy Birthday to a wonderful lady who is obviously living life to it's fullest on Ocracoke Island. The heritage line doesn't go far -Blanche and Amy share the same pretty smile and wide exciting eyes.

  21. Anonymous9:48 AM

    Belated warm wishes to a great lady.