This is a repost of something I wrote on my genealogy blog today: On this day in 1955, an innocent young man named Emmett Till was murdered in Money, Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman. This event embodied all that was wrong with America in that day on the subject of race. On […]
I do not intend to use the Gather at the Table platform to promote my personal political preferences. We all have our opinions and, whether we agree or not, freedom of thought and speech are rights that must be respected and protected. I do, however, want to use this platform to draw attention to things […]
It is hard not to get caught up in Olympic fever, especially when the whole world is watching. It drew me in on the first night… I watched the opening ceremony. Having an interest in many things British (including the genealogy of the Scottish men who enslaved people on both sides of my family), I […]
In a world plagued by violence, barbarity and war, it is hard to conceive of ever living in peace. Yet, that is a dream cherished by the three women who won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize: Leymah Gbowee, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakel Karman. All are crusaders who fight for peace against seemingly insurmountable odds. Of […]
I spent my entire day glued to the television, fully involved in sharing the home going service for Whitney Houston. I could not believe how riveted I was to the drama unfolding on the screen. At many points, there were tears in my eyes and a choke in my throat. People who know me, know […]
While going through some old paper files, I came across a clipping from a 2006 Vanity Fair magazine entitled “Special Alert: Horoscope USA.” It predicts “A planetary configuration not seen since 1776 is coming our way, heralding chaos, revolution, and rebirth” — a 20 year span of massive upheaval that will forever change how America […]
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