What is in a name?

A name is given to everything. Trees, Insects, Things, People. Literally everything. We name our children, pets, and even our automobiles. So when the prompt for week 6 in #52Ancestors came up as Favorite Name, I was stuck. Over the last few days, I have diligently to update my ancestry records online from documents I received after my mother’s death in 2004. I have seen so many names. So many names that repeated generation after generation. I even thought at one point was there no other names available to them. But then it made sense, they were passing down the names. Alexander, Hugh, Malcolm, and Duncan. These were names that were documented as far back as 1476, so for my favorite name I choose Duncan. Duncan VI MacGregor was born in Scotland and died February 17, 1476/77 in Scotland. He married a woman with the last name Keppoch in Scotland and had three children, Duncan Dubh, James Dubh, and Gregor Dubh.

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An invitation to dinner

An invitation to dinner is week fours writing prompt from #52Ancestors! To imagine having any one of my ancestors, family members known or unknown to dinner is just exciting. But how does one narrow down that invitation to just one when your ancestors date back past the 1400s. That’s a lot people to choose from. Would I want the person I was closest to? Or would I rather have someone who would make me laugh? Hmmm, maybe the person who would enlighten me most about my family, about me? Or would I chose the person who is most known in history? Yes, that is who I would choose. Through my mothers genealogy work it was discovered that we are direct descendants of Robert Roy MacGregor of Scotland who became a historical figure in Scottish history and mine. To imagine his life in the late 1600s and early 1700s, politics, family, a cattleman and trying to do what he felt was

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Longevity

This weeks #52Ancestors prompt is about longevity… the oldest relative you had or something along that lines. While, I know I am a day or so behind I’ve had this topic on my mind trying to determine who’d I consider. I thought of all the ones who have passed on and their lives. The ones who died young. The ones who died after a long life. I considered all the ones I had known and the ones I only knew through documentation, pictures, and family tales. I considered all the men and all the women. The choices were many considering we have information on our ancestors to the 1400s and even further back. So I decided to choose a person who had a great impression on my life. I choose to talk about Shirley Ann Mills. Born June 24, 1934, in Everett, Washington she grew up with one sister and from I have been told had a full and loving

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Favorite Photo

Week 2 prompt for #52ancestors is a favorite photo. I thought long and hard about what I thought my favorite family photo was. This was a true inner struggle.  I first considered photos of my grandparents (either side), (below is Vera and Cecil Dyess together, Vera Dyess ) (I couldn’t locate photos of my maternal grandparents to share in time of this post)           Then considered a photo of my and my mother. (Betty Jean and I) I thought, “what about a pic of me?” (this was when I was about 3, if I remember correctly) “Or a pic of me with my first born?” (Me holding Amanda, she was less than two) Then I realized the one photo I treasured above all was one I first saw as an adult.  A photo of my father playing with me on the floor. I was just a baby but to be able to see this one photo made

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Genealogy and Words

Over the last few years, I have slowly begun to dive into the genealogy of my family. Years ago, my mother worked an endless number of hours gathering data, researching documents, and joining organizations to learn more about our history. Not just hers or mine but that of our family! I’m blessed to have all her research even if much of it is only one branch of the family. I am also blessed to have my paternal side’s research accessible as well. I have been working for the last few months updating my information on Ancestry.com and connecting with others to gather even more information. One conversation led me to the #52Ancestors which is a weekly writing prompt on my genealogy called 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks by Amy Johnson Crow. I plan to participate and have scheduled this posting to happen every Thursday. Week One is a simple start. So this is my introduction and start. My paternal family

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Smile and Inspire!

As you may have seen in a previous post, Azure Fire Publishing (AFP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit literary publisher that I am proud to sit on the board for as well will be getting a publishing contract through. We are dedicated to inspiring literacy through fantasy and science-fiction writing challenges and publications. But we would love some help covering the financial end of things. In order for us to be successful, we need your help! Typically this is where I’d give a pitch on donating from your wallet, but not today. Today, I am asking that as you shop on Amazon you do it via Amazon’s Smile program. You can shop like you always do and Amazon will donate a portion of the sales to AFP. As simple as that! The donated portions will go toward funding our writing challenges for new and young authors, our mentoring programs, and of course the day to day business expenses. So, if you shop

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What they expect

I bet you read that title and was thinking “What in the world is she even saying?”  🙂 It’s okay, that is the exact sort of confusion I wanted to convey?  Ok, who is they and why do they expect anything? Here is a short poem I wrote as a teen to get us started… Everyone loves my hair, Loves my eyes, Loves my lips, Loves my thighs and my hips But why oh Lord can’t I agree As I go on this shopping spree. Clothes here and there As I look, others stare, Am I thin or am I fat Oh my lord can you answer that. I look at this and wish I could wear it Look at my wallet and wish I could bear it. Oh dear lord can I ever have my way Will my weight please me someday? This was written in the mid-’80’s, yes I am that old. But if you really read the

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Plans

With today being May 1, I thought I’d ask what summer plans do you have? Or winter, depending on the part of the world you are in! For me, I have two author signings I will be attending this month and then a nice lull until August. I am pretty excited because this Saturday I will be signing with a fellow author in the local library! Later in the month I can be found in the Dallas area. (you can see my author scheduled HERE) I will probably get in some night fishing and of course tons of gardening and crocheting. I can’t say I have any other travel plans so far but I have been looking at some really neat places in Texas to do weekend trips with, we shall see. I’d love to hear your plans though…