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Family...it comes in all forms!

Family! What does this word mean to you?  And, is “family” limited to those who are only related to you by blood? Or does it include people whom who you have chosen as family? 382 more words

Card Maker

A Visit to the Motherland: Me and Mom in Korea, Part I

May 9th, en route to Incheon

That my great grandparents were forced out of Korea, and we are returning… triumphant? That we are free to return, thank you, thank you… 1,268 more words

Driving Forces

(Aside: Up until about twenty minutes ago I had developed a new love for the simplicity of using Notepad to write with. I was 90% done with this blog post when my computer decided to die before I’d hit save. 1,336 more words

It didn’t occur to me until I was an adult and had children of my own how much tradition matters. Not that tradition matters for its own sake, but traditions connect us to who we are in a world that pushes us to all be the same.

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Writing Life

Bricklayers and Violence!

Boy, talk about a rough group of dudes back in 1860’s in the Manchester Bricklayer’s Union!  I’ve been reading about the violence against brickmakers using non-union workers to lay bricks or those masters who used machines to make bricks.  69 more words


Roots are surfacing

As  black woman living in the United States, I’ve always wondered where my ancestors originated.  I’ve watched that TLC show, Who Do You Think You Are? 678 more words

Ancestry; Slavery; Goree Island


Four years ago I spread my mom’s ashes along the beach in the far distance of the above photo. I have been asked a few times as to why I chose that particular place and it all boiled down to one picture I saw of my mom when she was about 14. 56 more words