NaNoWriMo – My Novel in a Month

Well, November is over and so is National Novel Writing Month. The goal – write a 50K word novel in 30 days. I wrote 43,716 words. The old, and rather ridiculously competitive, me would have beaten myself up because I didn’t hit target. You failure you! But the even older, and thankfully much wiser Me is proud of hitting target in some other important ways like – Tackling my first work of fiction since college. “Good Googley-Moogley”, as Dad wouldRead more

Military Monday – Veteran’s Day Family Roll Call

I have never served in the military. But on this Veteran’s Day, I’m proud to honor ancestors and family members who have given service in this country since the earliest days of the American colonies. They fought for land, political power, freedom and sometimes just sheer survival. Although I might not have agreed with their methods and strategies, the ongoing commitment of people in my  family, ultimately contributed to the freedoms I enjoy today, including being able to sit downRead more

Grandma’s Homemade Peach Cobbler and Moonshine

My grandmother was an amazing lady. She was born Beatrice Parker in Fortson, Harris County, Georgia – the grandchild of both former slaves and slave-owners in the neighborhood. Gram, as I called her, grew up as a tomboy who used her trusty slingshot to supplement the family groceries with the rabbit and squirrel running around in her rural neck of the woods. Our family didn’t have much in those days. They were sharecroppers making a meager living growing cotton onRead more

Sentimental Sunday: Remembering My Genealogy Professor

My great aunt Clara was my maternal grandmother’s younger sister. She was born on December 1, 1894 in Cleveland, Ohio to my great grandparents, Prince Albert and Jennie Hood Weaver. Aunt Clara and Grandmother had a brother and sadly, 3 other sisters who didn’t survive childhood. Aunt Clara was a “pistol” – outspoken and her own person in a time when women were struggling to even have the right to vote. Depending on who is telling the story, she wasRead more

My Surprise Revolutionary War Ancestor

At the time I started researching my family back in 1976, my goals were simple – find all my great grandparents. Of course, I was hoping their information would lead me back yet another and that would have been the icing on the cake. But after only a few months of family history research, I was staring at the name of  William Hood, my 4th great grandfather. He is still one of the biggest surprises in all my years ofRead more