Music In My Life

Recently, I have been listening to A LOT of music on the internet. If I am on my laptop, I have
headphones on.

Music has always been a huge part of my life. When I was little, I learned to sing
with my family. We would sing gospel hymns. I had a couple of great aunts on my Dad’s
side of the family, who would come over to my grandparents house and all of my grandfather’s brothers
and sisters played instruments and sang. So, some of my earliest memories are of singing with at
least my grandpa and usually my first cousin.

Sometimes, when I visited my maternal grandparents we would sing too. And my parents had an
extensive collection of gospel and country music albums. Dad had them on cassette tapes
that we listened to in the car, and usually sang along.

I grew up in the 70’s and listened to Donny Osmond, The Partridge Family, and The Jackson
Five when I was little. But I had older friends who listened to more advanced forms of Rock.
I was listening to Aerosmith by the time I was seven or so.

By the time I was in Junior High, I had advanced almost exclusively to Rock and preferably
Hard Rock. But I also had a Disco phase. We had a local disco that had a night every week
that was for under 18. That didn’t last long after they had a serial rapist grabbing girls
in the parking lot.

When my children were born, I spent a great deal of time singing to them. Both my son and daughter
seemed to have inherited my love for music and I never attempted to censor what they listened to.
We did have a great many discussions about the particular views and attitudes that artists gave
voice to in their songs.

When my grandson was born, I sang to him too. I was as apt to sing along to Audioslave or Godsmack
when I was rocking him as I was to sing You Are My Sunshine to him.

Now, I am sliding down the backside of 40, well on my way to 50 and I still prefer Hard Rock
and Alternative Music. Most of my kids friends find that remarkable, but it seems pretty
normal to me. I am not too old to like Nine Inch Nails, and Alice in Chains.

I have playlists with names like, Pissed Off, and Sad Stuff. Because it depends on what kind of mood
I am in, what I listen to. I listen to angry music when I am angry, because rather than making
me more angry, it seems to help me get it out of my system.

I thought I would post some of my favorite quotes about music. I hope you find some of them
inspiring.

“Without music, life would be a mistake.”–Friedrich Nietzsche

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”–Bob Marley

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.”–Victor Hugo

“After silence, that which comes the nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”–Aldous Huxley

This one is why I don’t like country music, and why I never encouraged my kids to listen to it. Well that, and because I didn’t want them to think men were supposed to get drunk and then go down to the barn and have sex with their best friend’s wife.

“People worry about kids playing with guns, and teenagers watching violent videos; we are scared that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands – literally thousands – of songs about broken hearts and rejection and pain and misery and loss.”
― Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

“If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:
THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED
FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
WAS MUSIC”
― Kurt Vonnegut

“To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.”
― Aaron Copland

“Who hears music, feels his solitude
Peopled at once.”
― Robert Browning, The complete poetical works of Browning

“A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.”
― Leopold Stokowski

“He who sings scares away his woes.” ~Cervantes

There’s music in the sighing of a reed;
There’s music in the gushing of a rill;
There’s music in all things, if men had ears:
Their earth is but an echo of the spheres.
~Lord Byron

This one reminds me of singing with my family, as a child.

“There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is.” ~William P. Merrill

I have heard so many times in my life that this or that music was from the devlil
and would make you corrupt and go to hell because you listened to it. Evidentally Thoreau
did not believe that people learned all that much from music.

“Men profess to be lovers of music, but for the most part they give no evidence in their opinions and lives that they have heard it.” ~Henry David Thoreau

“[An intellectual] is someone who can listen to the “William Tell Overture” without thinking of the Lone Ranger.” ~John Chesson

“Music has been my playmate, my lover, and my crying towel.” ~Buffy Sainte-Marie

“Music is what life sounds like.” ~Eric Olson

“Some guy said to me: Don’t you think you’re too old to sing rock n’ roll?

I said: You’d better check with Mick Jagger.”
― Cher

“The lions of hard rock, guys like Robert Plant, Roger Daltrey, Brian Johnson, Rob Halford, these monsters feel completely timeless, iconic, eternal. They simply shall not, will not, do not die. It’s almost impossible to imagine a musical world without Robert Plant. No metal fan of any stripe can imagine a day when, say, Iron Maiden shuts it all down because Bruce Dickinson turned 85 and suddenly can’t remember the lyrics to “Hallowed Be Thy Name.” Metal revels in the raw energy and unchecked phantasmagorical ridiculousness of youth. It is all fire and testosterone and rebellious fantasy. It doesn’t go well with reality.

So it is for hard rock and a guy like Dio, an elfin titan with an undying love for lasers and sorcery, dragons and kings. The man wrote some terribly corny metal songs, but he sang every one with a ferocity and love and total honesty. He also wrote some of the finest hard rock melodies of all time, sang them with a precision and love unmatched by any hard rock singer since. It’s a rare thing to give metal some heartfelt props. It is time. Raise your devil horns and salute.”
― Mark Morford

“Girls have got balls. They’re just a little higher up, that’s all.”
― Joan Jett

“My my, hey hey, Rock and Roll is here to stay.”–Neil Young

“They’d say “if ya play the record backwards, you can hear evil tings like grrrr!” and I would think, “Jeez, I didn’t know the devil sounded like that. I thought he was coherent, like the rest of us.”–Brian Johnson of ACDC – 2001

“Just because I cut the heads off dolls doesn’t mean I hate babies, I just hate dolls.”–Alice Cooper – 2003

“Some girl asked me for an autograph and I asked her why, she said because she admires me. I said she should see a shrink. Then she started crying and I started laughing.”–Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue’s – 2007

“We’ve all got out self-destructive bad habits, the trick is to find four or five you personally like the best and just do those all the time.”–David Lee Roth of Van Halen – 1980

“I love you all; I love you more than life itself, but you’re all fucking mad.”–Ozzy Osbourne to his family – 2002

“Life sucks, but in a beautiful kind of way.” –Axl Rose of Guns ‘N’ Roses – 1998

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March Weather and Rain

Yesterday was such an unexpectedly warm day for March. Spring appears to be
coming a little early this year. The temperatures were actually much more
like summer, near 80 degrees.

Today, the difference is dramatic. Rain, rain and more rain. I received these
quotes concerning rain in me inbox. They had a rather profound effect on me.

At once I felt, both uplifted and dejected after reading them; particularly after
reading the one by W.Somerset Maugham.

However you feel about rain, read these and then go to your window, watch the
rain and see if your perspective is changed.

Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
– Susan Ertz., 1894 – 1985

The rain fell alike upon the just and upon the unjust, and for nothing was there a why and a wherefore.
– W. Somerset Maugham, 1874 – 1965

Methought it lessened my esteem of a king, that he should not be able to command the rain.
– Samuel Pepys, 1633 – 1703

It’s raining again and once again I have had to put the studies I started to one side…. I am witnessing a complete transformation taking place in Nature, and my courage is failing as a result.
– Claude Monet, 1840 – 1926

If I were running the world I would have it rain only between 2 and 5 a.m. Anyone who was out then ought to get wet.
– William Lyon Phelps, 1865 – 1943

I see no wisdom in saving up indignation for a rainy day
– Heywood Hale Broun, 1918 – 2001

Stress

Lately, I have been so stressed, that I am stressed out about being stressed out. I thought I would look up a few quotes on stress and share them with everyone. I cannot possibly be the only one who feels this way. I have heard it said, several different ways that God will never give you more than you can handle, but I believe he is giving me too much credit.
Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness.  ~Richard Carlson
Men for the sake of getting a living forget to live.  ~Margaret Fuller
Is everything as urgent as your stress would imply?  ~Carrie Latet
 
I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.  ~Jennifer Yane
Tension is who you think you should be.  Relaxation is who you are.  ~Chinese Proverb
Stress: The confusion created when one’s mind overrides the body’s basic desire to choke the living daylights out of some jerk who desperately deserves it
Stress is when you wake up screaming and you realize you haven’t fallen asleep yet.
I’ve tried yoga, but I find stress less boring.
 It makes no sense to worry about things you have no control over because there’s nothing you can do about them, and why worry about things you do control? The activity of worrying keeps you immobilized –Wayne Dyer
To which I reply, The exact reason I stress over things I have no control over, is BECAUSE I have no control over them. WLT
 Worry and stress affects the circulation, the heart, the glands, the whole nervous system, and profoundly affects heart action–Charles W. Mayo, M.D.
When I read stuff like that, I think: “Oh, my Lord, not only am I stressed out, but now, I’m worried about the stress giving me a heart attack, which is only adding to my list of things to stress about.”WLT
Brain cells create ideas. Stress kills brain cells. Stress is not a good idea–Frederick Saunders
Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you–John De Paola
That one scares me to death. I’m gonna run like heck so the stuff CAN’T catch me. WLT
Reality is the leading cause of stress for those in touch with it.–Lily Tomlin

Religion and Politics

I hate it when people subvert the truth in order to win an argument or achieve a goal.  In this era, it is very easy for someone to become an informed American or citizen of the world. And in order not to be led around by the nose, it is our duty not to just believe what someone says, without checking to see if they are truthful.

With the election looming upon us, the religious beliefs of the candidates are often discussed.  Some people believe it is irrelevant, and some people believe that it is important that our president be Christian. But the thing I hear people say that is most annoying is that there was always meant to be a separation of church and state. Even if I had no religion, this would bug me, I just don’t like inaccuracy.

I have some quotes from the Founding Fathers that they would never put in our school history books.  Whether you agree with them or not, when you read these it will be evident that they did not mean for our government to be void of all influence from our Divine Creator.  If you don’t agree with their opinions, then you will be left with the possibility that you do not really believe in our country as it was originally designed to be.

I do believe that the Founding Fathers created our government with their basis for morality being Christianity, but that they conceded that there were other religious beliefs that needed to be protected and that if we do not protect the Christian basis of government, then it will also endanger these other faith’s guarantee of religious freedom.  Some will tell you that the Founders did not base our government on religion and that in their private corrspondence they spoke what they truly believed, and that it was contrary to their public speeches. But as with all things, it’s all in the interpretation and context.

“He is the best friend of American liberty who is most sincere and active in promoting true and undefiled religion and who sets Himself with the greatest firmness to bear down profanity and immorality of every kind…God grant that in America true religion and civil liberty may be inseparable and that the unjust attempts to destroy the one, may in the issue tend to support the establishment of both.”

John Witherspoon, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Member of the Continental Congress, President of Princeton College and Pastor

“What is liberty without virtue? It is madness without restraint. Men are qualified for liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites.”

Edmund Burke

“Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”

George Washington

“Let it simply be asked, where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in the Courts of Justice? And let us with caution indulge the opposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience; both forbid us to expect that National morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”

George Washington

“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and to humbly implore His protection and favor.”  Oct. 3, 1789

George Washington

In 778 George Washington wrote a letter to Thomas Nelson, Jr. citing God’s divine intervention in the founding of our nation. “The hand of providence has been so conspicuous in all this, that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations.”

“It is impossible to govern the world without God and the Bible. Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness-these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.  The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with the private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked, where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are instruments of investigation in courts of justice?

George Washington

“If I could have entertained the slightest apprehension that the constitution framed by the Convention, might possibly endanger the religious rights of and ecclesiastical society, certainly, I would never have placed my signature to it.”

“That wise men have in all ages thought Government necessary for the good of mankind; and that wise Governments have always thought Religion necessary for the well ordering and well being of Society, and accordingly have been ever careful to encourage and protect the Ministers of it, paying them the highest publick honours, that their Doctrines might thereby meet with the greater respect among common people.”

Ben Franklin

“And if we now cast our eyes over the nations of the earth, we shall find that, instead of possessing the pure religion of the Gospel, they may be divided either into infidels, who deny the truth; or politicians who make religion a stalking horse for their ambition; or professors, who walk in the rammels of orthodoxy, and are more attentive to traditions an ordinances of men than to the oracles of truth.”

“ God governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this. I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel” –Constitutional Convention of 1787 | original manuscript of this speech

“In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for Divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered… do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?” [Constitutional Convention, Thursday June 28, 1787]

In Benjamin Franklin’s 1749 plan of education for public schools in Pennsylvania, he insisted that schools teach “the excellency of the Christian religion above all others, ancient or modern.”

In 1787 when Franklin helped found Benjamin Franklin University, it was dedicated as “a nursery of religion and learning, built on Christ, the Cornerstone.”

Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams wrote a booklet called “The Rights of the Colonists”, which was circulated in 1772. In it he wrote, “The right to freedom being the gift of the Almighty; The rights of the colonists as Christians may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institution of  The Great Law Giver and Head of the Christian Church, which are ti be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament.”

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason, peoples of other faiths have been affordes asylum, prosperity and freedom of worship here.”

Patrick Henry

In other words, he did not believe the Christian basis for our government should be removed in order to ensure the freedom of people of other faiths.  He believed that the very tenets of Christianity directed us to allow them their freedom.

John Adams served as the first leader of the American Bible Society, which by the way was instituted by an Act of Congress.

He was also quoted as saying in a draft of a Newspaper Communication in about August 1770 as saying, “Human government is more or less perfect as it approaches nearer or diverges farther from the imitation of this perfect plan of divine and moral government.”

In 1813, he wrote a letter to Thomas Jefferson, stating: “The general principles on which the Fathers achieved independence were the only Principles in which that beautiful Assembly of young Gentlemen could unite.. And what were these general Principles? I answer, the general Principles of Christianity…”

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” –October 11, 1798

Interestingly, we are told that Thomas Jefferson believed that all religion should be removed from our government. Yet, he is quoted as saying, “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” –“Yes, we did produce a near perfect Republic. but will they keep it, or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom? Material abundance without character is the surest way to destruction.”

James Madison said. “We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”

“Before any man can be considered as a member of civil society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe. Religion is the basis and foundation of government.”

John Jay, who was the First Justice of the Supreme Court

“ Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” Source: October 12, 1816. The Correspondence and Public Papers of John Jay, Henry P. Johnston, ed., (New York: Burt Franklin, 1970), Vol. IV, p. 393.

“Whether our religion permits Christians to vote for infidel rulers is a question which merits more consideration than it seems yet to have generally received either from the clergy or the laity. It appears to me that what the prophet said to Jehoshaphat about his attachment to Ahab [“Shouldest thou help the ungodly and love them that hate the Lord?” 2 Chronicles 19:2] affords a salutary lesson.” [The Correspondence and Public Papers of John Jay, 1794-1826, Henry P. Johnston, editor (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1893), Vol. IV, p.365]

The following quotes are used to say that Thomas Jefferson was not a Christian, but I interpret them to mean that although he was a Christian, he did not share the exact beliefs of some of the clergy and did not believe they should abuse their authority any more than politicians should.

“The clergy…believe that any portion of power confided to me [as President] will be exerted in opposition to their schemes. And they believe rightly: for I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. But this is all they have to fear from me: and enough, too, in their opinion.” –Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Rush, 1800.

“In every country and every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot … they have perverted the purest religion ever preached to man into mystery and jargon, unintelligible to all mankind, and therefore the safer engine for their purpose.” — Thomas Jefferson, to Horatio Spafford, March 17, 1814

“Is uniformity attainable? Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced an inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.” — Thomas Jefferson, from “Notes on Virginia”

The following quote is given by some to prove that Benjamin Franklin was against religion in government, however, it really only shows that he is aware that it could be misused, but …so can a lack of religion. He simply believed that power of any basis should be tempered with caution.

“If we look back into history for the character of the present sects in Christianity, we shall find few that have not in their turns been persecutors, and complainers of persecution. The primitive Christians thought persecution extremely wrong in the Pagans, but practiced it on one another. The first Protestants of the Church of England blamed persecution in the Romish Church, but practiced it upon the Puritans. They found it wrong in Bishops, but fell into the practice themselves both there (England) and in New England.”— Benjamin Franklin

Whatever your religious belief, please do consider freedom of religion does not mean that others should subvert the truth and say that our country was not based on religion.  It was very specifically based on Christianity.  The Founding Fathers, to simplify, said, this is our religion, and because we believe these things, we cannot help but be influenced by them, when we make our laws, but in the interest of fairness, we are implementing failsafes that protect our right to these beliefs as well as your right not to agree with them.

It really doesn’t matter if you are Christian or not, it is wrong to hide history, because you don’t agree with it.  If you truly believe that the Founding Fathers were wrong, silencing their words will not change them.  You cannot win an argument by leaving the room, you have to stay and face your opposition. People who say that there was no religious influence on the Declaration of Independence and on the U.S. Constitution make as much sense as someone who wants to stop discrimination against minorities trying to say slavery did not exist, that the Hollocaust did not happen and neither did Apartheid.

If you want to take away religion in government, you should be able to do it on the up and up; don’t twist the facts in order to achive it.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy—Some New Quotes

I thought I would put up some new quotes today that are uplifting, the kind of thing you would say to someone else if the were in distress.  If you are the one who is in distress, sometimes you need to say the uplifting thing to yourself.

“The greatest  Wealth is contentment with little.”—-English Proverb

“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.” Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you can’t make it better, at least you can laugh at it.” —Erma Bombeck

“Don’t worry about the world ending today, it’s already tomorrow in Australia.”—Charles Schultz

“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try, sometimes, you get what you need.”—Mick Jagger

“For everything you have missed, you have gained something else.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” —Winston Churchill

Life is too short not to be happy.

In times of life crisis, whether wild fires or smoldering stress, the first thing I do is go back to basics… am I eating right, am I getting enough sleep, am I getting some physical and mental exercise everyday.
Edward Albert

When I found this quote, it really spoke to me. I find that rationality and logic are the only things that make sense to me.  I don’t know how to deal with people who are irrational.  I tend to try and be the voice of reason, but there are people that will not listen to reason.  I had never really figured out that maybe the reason I am that way, is because I need reason to feel that my world is stable and less out of control.

I must stress here the point that I appreciate clarity, order, meaning, structure, rationality: they are necessary to whatever provisional stability we have, and they can be the agents of gradual and successful change.
Archie R. Ammons

“The capacity of man himself is only revealed when, under stress and responsibility, he breaks through his educational shell, and he may then be a splendid surprise to himself no less than to this teachers.
Harvey Cushing

Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life.
Marilu Henner

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
Joseph Addison

“Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.
Aeschylus

No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.
Barbara de Angelis

“We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are.
Honore de Balzac

Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.
John Barrymore

Pets

PETS

My dog is getting pretty old, so I have been looking for inspiration for scrapping her photos.

A dog’s best friend is his human.
Please Mom, Can we Keep him? This one was pretty funny to me. When my brother and I were kids, we found a stray beagle pup that someone had dropped off. We went “here doggy, here doggy” all the way home and then told our mom that it followed us home, and asked to keep him. He was a member of our family for about ten years.
Acquiring a dog may be the only opportunity a human ever has to choose a relative. (Mordecai Siegal)
Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole. (Roger Caras)

Genealogy

If you are serious about genealogy, you will inevitable find a census record that is almost illegible. I have squinted at many of them. So, when I found this little poem I thought, “So true.”

Ocupsyshun – sencus taker

“I am a cencus takers for the city of Bufflow. Our City has groan very fast in resent years and now in 1865, it has become a hart and time consuming job to count all the peephill. There are not many that can do this werk, as it is nesessarie to have an ejucashun, wich a lot of pursons still do not have. Anuther atribeart needed for this job is good speling, for many of the pepill to be counted can hardle speek inglish, let alon spel there names!”

Genealogists

We are people to whom the past is forever speaking. We listen to it because we cannot help ourselves, for the past speaks to us with many voices.

Far out of that dark nowhere which is the time before we were born, men and women who were flesh of our flesh and bone of our bone went through fire and storm to break a path to the future.

We are part of the future they died for; they are part of the past that brought the future. What they did – the lives they lived, the sacrifices they made, the stories they told, the songs they sang, and, finally, the deaths they died – make up a part of our own experience.

We cannot cut ourselves off from it. It is as real to us as something that happened last week. It is a basic part of our heritage as human beings.

YOU
2 parents
4 grandparents
8 gr grandparents
16 gg grandparents
32 ggg grandparents
64 gggg grandparents
128 ggggg grandparents
256 gggggg grandparents
512 ggggggg grandparents
1,024 gggggggg grandparents
2,048 ggggggggg grandparents
4,096 gggggggggg grandparents
8,192 ggggggggggg grandparents
16,384 ggggggggggg grandparents
32,768 ggggggggggggg grandparents
65,536 gggggggggggggg grandparents
131,072 ggggggggggggggg grandparents
262,144 gggggggggggggggg grandparents
524,288 ggggggggggggggggg grandparents
1,048,576 gggggggggggggggggg grandparents
2,097,152 ggggggggggggggggggg grandparents
4,194,304 gggggggggggggggggggg grandparents
You have a lot of work to do.
* The genealogist, not wanting to lie about his ancestor but not wanting anyone to know the person was hanged, wrote, “Grandfather died during a public ceremony when the platform on which he was standing collapsed beneath him”.
* “In our family,” the little girl told her teacher, “everybody married relatives. My father married my mother, my uncle married my aunt, and just the other day I found out that my grandfather married my grandmother.”
* A modern mother is explaining to her little girl about pictures in the family photo album. “This is the geneticist with your surrogate mother and here’s your sperm donor and your father’s clone. This is me holding you when you were just a frozen embryo. The lady with the very troubled look on her face is your aunt, a genealogist.”
* Some men’s names appear in the paper only 3 times:
The first time they’re too young to read it,
The second time they’re too dazed to read it,
The last time they’re too dead to read it.

Tell your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation. (Joel 1:3)

They say you should give a child roots and wings. Here are your roots. Be proud that a tiny bit of each of these people has gone into making you the young woman you are today, and the woman you will become. Now spread your wings and soar.

Pictures are worth a thousand words – but only if you know the words.
(Don’t forget to journal)

Remember your history. To forget is to not belong. (Charlotte A. Black Elk)

Sooner or later a person learns to write thing down.
It’s the best way to capture things we are apt to forget.
The strongest memory is weaker than the palest ink.

What is not written and recorded is soon forgotten. Just as our photographs need an acid-free environment to protect them, our words need a place to be stored. Our stories need a place to rest, to be treasured and safely contained. Our albums become our treasure chests that keep our pictures and words from the ravages of time, dust and decay. Words allow us to gather the pictures and meanings together and give them as gifts to those we love. (UM Jenifer P.)

Family Heirloom

(Jeannine Richardson)

For every picture you take a moment in time is remembered
A family’s heritage is its personal journey through history
Memories will fade making the written word priceless
In every family someone must take time to preserve its past
Looking at the past can strengthen who you are today
Yesterday is gone, but the memories are cherished through photos and journals.

Hours of enjoyment are held within the pages of the family scrapbook,
Everyone has pictures…everyone has a story to tell…
It’s not the jewels or china we would risk our lives for in a fire
Rich is the family who knows who they are…and where they came from
Learning to properly preserve photographs is not difficult
Old photographs lack the joy they could have when not preserved and labeled
Ordinary moments become special when captured on film
May we not put off any longer the task of preserving our heritage.