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How I Discovered Who I Am

The study of names fascinates me.  I have been attempting to write a novel for years.  What happens is that I begin a story with a vague idea and then, because I lack a clear picture of the end, never finish it.  485 more words

God's Call

The Shackletts Don't Make it Easy

As if it isn’t challenging enough to find information about your ancestors.  This particular branch of the ancestral lines has a few little tricks that has made it even more challenging than usual. 452 more words


What's in a Name?

What’s in a name?  A lot of confusion if you’re me…

I was born with the surname Fraser, a solid and storied Scottish clan name.  I somehow got to skip the time-honored tradition of a school project to trace your roots and I spent many happy summer afternoons at various Highland Game events and haunting the aisles of tartan shops when possible.  662 more words


Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, by Patricia Smith

My mother scraped the name Patricia Ann from the ruins
of her discarded Delta, thinking it would offer me shield
and shelter, that leering men would skulk away at the slap… 374 more words


Mike - #143

Mike – The quiet yet quaint nature of people who enjoy the little things in life, treating every short trip to the grocery store as an adventure, board games as battlefields and failings as second opportunities. 33 more words