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I came across this clip just this morning. It is from episode 3.14 of The Muppet Show and was featured in the documentary Sing Your Song, a film that tells the story of Harry Belafonte's life. This is a case when something found me at just the right time for me to fully understand and appreciate it's message. The song Mr. Belafonte sings here, reminds me of something Oprah Winfrey said during the closing episode of her daytime talk show.


"I've talked to nearly 30,000 people on this show, and all 30,000 had one thing in common: They all wanted validation. If I could reach through this television and sit on your sofa or sit on a stool in your kitchen right now, I would tell you that every single person you will ever meet shares that common desire. They want to know: 'Do you see me? Do you hear me? Does what I say mean anything to you?"

So with so much craziness happening in the world as of late, I think perhaps we should all take …

Amanuensis Monday: I Knew I Had Seen This Description Before

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You have to love those light bulb moments that happen while your researching. You'll come across something that seems familiar. At first, you can't place where you've seen something before. Then...Bing! A bulb goes off in your head and you say to yourself, "I got it!"

Well, that's what happened recently when I was reviewing through the deeds of some of my 3rd great grandfather's neighbors. I wrote about one of these neighbors in particular, Vine Allen Tolson, in a few different posts. Here are the links if you missed those posts:

Mortimer Mitchell's Neighbor Vine Allen Tolson --Part One

Mortimer Mitchell's Neighbor Vine Allen Tolson --Part Two 

Mortimer Mitchell's Neighbor Vine Allen Tolson --Part Three 


My 3rd great grandfather Mortimer Mitchell purchased land from the Vine Allen Tolson's half sister, Elizabeth Hardison Williams, in 1878. In that deed, a description of the land was provided.


Deed information courtesy of Craven County Register o…

Who Was The First Sword Fighter In My Family?

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I know there's one. I just know it. Somewhere among my ancestors and stories there is a sword fighter. Well..one besides mother and myself. There's one who originated this call to arms. I have yet to find him or dare shall I say her? One day I would like to have a name, a story, or a hint of just who this person was. I don't know if I will ever be so lucky to learn their identity. That sword fighter passed down their gene to me and I have to thank them. Sword fighting is great way to stay in shape. Plus swords are cool!

If you are new to my blog, you may not be aware that I fence. Summer of 2015, I returned to the sport after a 20 year hiatus. You can read about my fencing pastime in these posts:

Something About Me Saturday: I Went To A Fencing Class This Week

Yes, That's Me Fencing! 

A Great Life Lesson

October 21, 2017 was real good day for me in regards to fencing. I came in third place in Open Foil in a tournament at Binghamton University. Me and my 45 year old self man…

Just like that...She's 10

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Yup, this sassy lady turned 10.

And yes, she dressed up as a Narwhal
A very cool Narwhal.






Happy Birthday, Ladybug!

Wordless Wednesday: Binghamton Fall Open 1

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Yup, that's me fencing foil this past Saturday at Binghamton University. This was my first competition since my knee surgery back in June. Good news...the knee is still attached. Even better news... I placed 5th out of 14 in mixed foil. For me at my age, that's not too shabby :) 



Henry or Murphy? Or Both?

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It's been a while...blah blah blah. Life has been busy, blah blah blah. Sorry I've been away blah blah blah. I'm a taxi mom blah blah blah.

Okay good. So we've got that all out the way now so I can get down to what's on my mind.

Last night, I had time to think.

Who knew that would be a luxury item.

Time to think.

Well these days it is. So back to it. I had time to think and I had a potential Aha moment. Of course we'll have to see if this does eventually pan out but I am happy to say that there are still brain cells in my head that are functioning and that are excited to be doing just that.

This is what I was thinking about.  Yes that darn nemesis of mine. Ella!!! (Said like Stella a la Streetcar Named Desire.)

If you are new to my blog then I will mention that Ella Kerr Smith Dixon, my paternal great grandmother has a tendency to keep me up late at night.

What if Ella's mom was a Henry and not a Murphy? Or what if she was both?

Right now you are saying to yourselve…

Last Trip of The Summer: Robert H Treman Park --Part Two

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If you missed Part One, here's the link:  Last Trip of The Summer: Robert H Treman State Park --Part One 




























Last Trip of The Summer: Robert H Treman State Park --Part One

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These pictures are from almost two weeks ago. It's funny how fast a summer goes by. I just finished packing my kids back packs for tomorrow. First day of school is almost upon them. 7th grade for one and 5th for the other. No more little ones in this house. Well before school begins, here's a look back at a wonderful day in the sun.