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Life in the Past Lane

The Pursuit of Family History

The Space Between

Being a wife, mother of two littles, and working full time, leaves me little time for extra activities. In the space between family and work responsibilities I have managed to carve out time for my genealogical activities, though it has taken some new and interesting paths I hadn’t expected! Here’s an update on what’s been going on in my world of late.

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Southern Heritage. It’s Complicated.

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, the people, food, and history are deeply ingrained into my consciousness. Indeed, ingrained into my soul.

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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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