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The Book Of Me: Prompt 23 --Memory Board

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If you are not familiar with this wonderful project that was created by Julie Goucher of the Angler's Rest blog, please refer to this link: http://www.anglers-rest.net/book-of-me-written-by-you.html
Prompt 23: Memory Board

This week’s prompt is Memory Board

How do you see the point of a memory board?
Why keep one?
Do you keep one? Or will you?
This could be a cork board in your office, kitchen or regular space? If you do what do you keep on it?

How do you see the point of a memory board? Why keep one?

I think of a memory board being your own personal time machine. Itallows you to go back in time and commune with your ancestors. It's a place to go to for inspiration and for strength. It's a place of love, of hope and of course memories.

Do you keep one? Or will you? If you do what do you keep on it?

I don't have an actual board but I do have special places in my house where I get to visit with my ancestors. In my living room along the top of one my tables I have lots of photograp…

Thank You Dad For Your Service!

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Pictures of my dad after he completed basic training. He was stationed at Fort Gordon, GA and was part of Company E 3rd Battalion 1st Training Regiment. After completing basic training he immediately enrolled in MP school. While in MP School, he was part of Company B 10th Batallion 4th Training Regiment.

My dad pictured is pictured on the left. 

To all our Veterans, Thank you for your service!

Halloween 2018

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My favorite narwhal and skeleton in the world.
"Say Cheese!"

What I've Been Up To Lately.

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You could call it stress relief, sanity management or a creative burst of energy. I think all those labels are fitting for my recent return to painting. I have to say thank you to my best friend for providing the inspiration for this. Recently, she invited me over for a cup of tea and to do some art. We chatted and listened to music while painting. I walked away afterwards so relaxed. I said to myself, "Okay you need to do more of this." 








Happy Birthday, Ladybug!

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Today she's eleven! How crazy is that. Happy Birthday, Ladybug! Love you to the moon and back. Here's some pictures from yesterday's family celebration. 








For a look back at last year's celebration, take a look at this link:  Just like that...She's 10

Hard Work Pays Off

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My daughter is such a hard worker.  For the longest time, she's been working on getting her kip. For those of you who are not familiar with gymnastics terminology, here's Wikipedia's definition of a glide kip.

The glide kip is performed by swinging in a piked hollow position, toes in front, under the bar to extend to a straight hollow position parallel to the floor. Once extended, the gymnast quickly pulls his or her feet towards the bar while simultaneously pushing down with straight arms to arrive in a straight hollow front support on the bar.

Here's what it looks like in slow motion.




This move may look easy but believe me, it takes incredible strength, coordination, and good timing to be able to perform it correctly. 

I am late posting this video. At the end of September my daughter made her first kip and I was lucky enough to be there to see it when it happened. The first one I didn't get on video but I was able to capture her next two though. Here's one of the…

Amanuensis Monday: Harold Murrell Sr.'s Naturalization Certificate

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Before I get too far into into this post, I have to say thank you to my mother, for saving this document! It was mixed in with a bunch of my father's papers and could have very easily been thrown out by mistake. This is my grandfather Harold Murrell Sr.'s Naturalization Certificate. I am so proud of this man. He was born in Barbados and arrived in the U.S. on September 29th, 1927.  When he arrived, he didn't have much more than the clothes on his back and from there he went on to create a full life. He married my grandmother Ethel Smith Murrell in 1932 and raised two children Janice and my father, Harold Jr., in the Bronx, and then later, Hollis, NY. He worked for mass transit in NYC for 30 years which made it possible for him to purchase his own home and take care of various extended family members. He was one of the good ones. 


Original
To Be Given To
The Person Naturalized                                                                         No. 5321893
Certificate of Nat…

Hey Big Brother, Check These Out!

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Over the last couple of months, I've found myself saying to my big brother, "Hey, Check these out!" when I come across something I really think he'll get a kick out of seeing. I inherited a lot of family memorabilia from my dad and when I get the time, I try to work on scanning and putting things in albums. These pictures were dated January 1976 on the back, so it appears they are from Christmas of 1975. 

My paternal grandmother, Ethel Murrell, my brother, myself, and grandfather Harold Murrell Sr.
Grandma Ethel, me and David
Grandpa Harold, David, Mom and me. 
Me and David Got to love the expression on my face here. LOL.  Not sure if I was getting sleepy or just simply distracted. 
On a more serious note, please say a prayer for all those who have been affected by Hurricane Florence. I've included the link to the American Red Cross here:  https://www.redcross.org/about-us/our-work/disaster-relief/hurricane-relief/hurricane-florence-relief-information.html