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I’m with her! And that guy.

Yesterday, I had the privilege of marching with an estimated 12,000 women and men at the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City. As a volunteer working the event, I spoke to over 100 men and women who came to show solidarity for not only women’s rights, but the overarching goal of social justice and civil rights. I spoke with Native American women, Hispanic, Asian, Caucasian, African Americans. I spoke with those from the disability, LGBT, Muslim American communities and Christians, all who felt called to speak out for those marginalized in our society. I spoke with grandmothers, mothers and daughters. And, I spoke with many husbands and fathers who were there to support the women in their lives.

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Resolutions Kept, Resolutions Made

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.” -T.S. Elliot

That’s incredibly poetic and ideal.

Let’s get real.

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Thy Peace

The events of this week have left me bereft. The tumultuous events unfolding since election night mirror the upheaval in my heart and mind.

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Skeletons in the Family Tree

At the October meeting of the Oklahoma Genealogical Society, featured speaker Erin Taylor gave a riveting, yet macabre, presentation on researching those ancestors who have a criminal past, or who themselves have been a victim or witness to a crime.

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Family History Month: October 2016

October is finally here!!!  What could possibly make this month better?  Well, it is also happens to be Family History Month! If you have been contemplating starting your family history journey, now is a great time!  In honor of Family History Month, I am re-posting a blog I wrote last year for Oklahoma Women Bloggers.  As I have learned quite a bit this year, I have added a few updates. Continue reading “Family History Month: October 2016”

The Memory of Time

Within a span of four days, New York and our nation mark two major historic events. Events that forever altered the history and culture of the city. The event that most individuals recall with reverence today is September 11th. The tragic day where two planes flew into the World Trade Towers causing their collapse and the deaths of thousands of people.

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Happy 100th Birthday, National Park Service!

This week marked the centennial celebration of the National Park Service (NPS). My family has a deep and abiding relationship with our National Parks, whom documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has called “America’s Best Idea.”

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Grandparent’s Day Crafting

Disclosure: I was provided a copy of $5 Family Fun, an e-Book by Meggan Spicer, for reviewing purposes. I chose this family tree craft to review.

Over a year ago, I took my daughter with me on a trip to Warren, Arkansas, to visit the cemetery my great-great grandfather is buried. While she’s probably a bit young for appreciating the finer points of genealogical research, I wanted her to go with me so I can start planting seeds of the importance of family history. To this day, she distinctly remembers seeing her “great-great-great grandpa!”

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Happy Independence Day!

As I am still on maternity leave, I thought I would share this great blog post from Roots & Recall on of the Kings Mountain monument. Continue reading “Happy Independence Day!”

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