I love the South. I was born in the South. Raised in the South. From my early days in Louisiana, to my formative years in Arkansas, it’s people, food, and history are deeply ingrained into my consciousness. Indeed, ingrained into my soul.
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.
“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.
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”
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.
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.”
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!”