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.
The events of this week have left me bereft. The tumultuous events unfolding since election night mirror the upheaval in my heart and mind.
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”
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!”
I am currently busy taking care of a new baby (YAY!) and taking a hopefully short hiatus from research (BOO!). Fellow family researcher, Alicia, agreed to do a guest post on her interesting story of how an AncestryDNA test helped to break down a wall of her biological father’s family and the new mysteries that have since unfolded. Please note, names have been changed as a courtesy to those living.
In January, I set some resolutions for myself and my Life in the Past Lane blog. I am happy to report that I checked the #4 item, to attend a blogging conference, off my list!
I have been researching the mysterious Miss Killian who was part of a story included at the end of my previous Life in the Past Lane post, Major Brown’s Journey: Part One.