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One Little Scar Binds Us All

If you ever doubt that you were the same human being prior to your birth, simply lift your shirt and admire the scar that binds us not only to our mothers, but to the millions of our ancestors who came before us throughout the millennia. 12 more words


An Ancestry Story: Clan MacGregor

You know the legends: the Scottish clans that roughed it in the Highland wilderness, fighting for their freedom and for their livelihoods?

I was delighted to discover that I have heavy ties to Scotland. 529 more words


New at Find A Grave

Following on from my last post, I have now added the Whittingham memorial to Find A Grave.  This is a global resource for people to add memorials to a searchable database.  62 more words

Family History

Gateway Ancestor: Edward Foulke

When tracing ancestors across the centuries, kin are often clustered together in a similar locations, an economic situation, or an ethnic identity.  A gateway ancestor is anyone with known or traceable ancestry from one specific group who marries into another group. 2,627 more words


We Need New Scriptures

My mother took me to church last Sunday, but it wasn’t the depressing, energy sucking church I grew up in that lasts three hours. This was a church the size of an amphitheatre, a band, comfortable seats and air conditioning. 786 more words




If my house caught on fire right now and I had to take a handful of items I would probably take my phone, my favourite thrifted jean jacket, my notebook, the watch my love Noluthando gave me (before it I didn’t know how to read analogue time and it has the name of my future son engraved on the back), I would also take my Indaba My Children book by healer/prophet Credo Mutwa, mainly because I haven’t finished it and I need to truly understand his view of creation. 597 more words

What I Like Is What I Write

Skeleton Song

I want to go home.

I am a traveller, a visitor of worlds, swimming in vast oceans of light and song and memory. I love my travels, for they make me wealthy beyond measure. 366 more words

The Big Questions