Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Book Of Me: Prompt 1 --Who Am I?

As I mentioned earlier in the day, I am participating in The Book Of Me, Written By You  project created by Julie Goucher of the blog, Anglers Rest.

The prompt for week one is a recognized psychology test:

Ask yourself 20 times "Who are you?"

Each time you should give yourself a different answer. If you can go easily beyond 20 answers that is okay too. This is the sort of prompt that you can re-do at various stages of your life, perhaps after some changes or at the start of the New Year.

This prompt is about how YOU see YOU.

Who are you?

I am...

a mother
an individual
a lover of love and independence
a person who regains her spiritual center in quiet spaces
a writer
a wife
a realist
someone who is working on her spiritual self
a lover of history
a family historian
a friend
I am grateful.
I am someone who is starting to believe I am enough.
I am at the starting point for the rest of my life.
I am encouraged.
I am learning that being an introvert is okay.
I am sipping on the joy of the quiet moments with my children.
I am thankful I still have dreams and aspirations.
I am hopeful and engaged in life.
I am worthy.

Something About Me Saturday: Pictures From Our Vegas Trip 2013 --Part two

If you missed Part one, here's the link:  Wordless Wednesday: Pictures From Our Vegas Trip 2013 --Part one. It's been a couple of weeks since I did a Something About Me Saturday  post so I thought I better get back to doing it before I forget about it all together. On a similar note, I was excited to see a new writing prompt created by Julie Goucher of the Anglers Rest blog and shared by Thomas MacEntee of Geneabloggers. I think this is a great idea. It is so important to document information about ourselves so our descendants will have good sense of who we were as people so I am looking forward to participating in this. Later today I will put out my answers to the first prompt here on this blog.

Anyway, here's some more pictures from our Las Vegas trip. These were taken at Red Rock Canyon. 

Cool looking sculptures at the visitors center.

What did you say about "dry heat" mom? 
 All I know is that heat is heat and I don't like it.

Save me from the giant iguana! LOL

Thursday, August 29, 2013

A Tale Of Two Tenors --Part one

I've had quite a bit of good luck finding newspaper articles that mention information on William H Goodrich and Morrision Goodrich.  They were brothers to the wife of my first cousin 3x removed, Oscar Dunn Jones. I wish I could say that I've had said the same luck finding out info on Ula Goodrich Jones. So far, I haven't found much, just a couple of articles where she was mentioned as being a guest at a get together or two. Anyway, let's get back to the brothers. 

Lately, I've been wondering what it was like for these two talented brothers to grow up in the same household. Did Morrison look up to his older brother William and take up singing as a result. Was there a rivalry of sorts between them? Why did William choose to go to Europe to further his career while Morrison remained in Washington D.C.

Like I said in the begininning of this post, I've had some luck finding the two brothers mentioned in several newspaper articles.

These are regarding William Goodrich:

The Washington Times., November 10, 1894, Page 2, Image 2.
Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Chronicling America: 
 Historic American Newspapers Collection.

The Washington Times., June 16, 1895, Page 6, Image 6.
Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Chronicling America:
  Historic American Newspapers Collection.

Looks like William Goodrich was one of the incorporators of The Amphion Glee Club in D.C. Note the club's purpose "to promote the study of music among its members."

The Washington Times., April 13, 1895, Page 6, Image 6
Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Chronicling America:
  Historic American Newspapers Collection

This article came from a section of the paper that showed upcoming events at local churches. From what I've been able to find so far it appears that St. Augustine's Catholic Church was the home church of the Goodrich family. 

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress
Title: Negro church - St. Augustine Catholic Church, Washington, D.C.
Date Created/Published: [1899?]

There's a mention of St. Augustine's Church in the next clip as well. William Goodrich performed a tenor solo, "Veni Creator" during the 30th anniversary exercises of the church Sunday School.

The Morning Times., June 29, 1896, Morning, Page 5, Image 5
Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Chronicling America:
  Historic American Newspapers Collection

This next article mentions one of the last U.S. performances of William Goodrich..

Evening Star., June 6, 1900, Page 16, Image 16
Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Chronicling America:
  Historic American Newspapers Collection

Did he already have plans to go to Europe before this performance or did something happen that night that inspired him? Perhaps it was encouragement from someone like Elzie S. Hoffman that motivated him to take a leap of faith and travel to London.

Here's how the concert performance went over.  I would say it was a success.

The Colored American., June 16, 1900, Page 3, Image3
Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Chronicling America:
Historic American Newspapers Collection

In my post, Amanuensis Monday: Check This Guy Out ---William H. Goodrich, I presented William Goodrich's consular certificate that was issued in 1915. On that document, it stated that he left the United States on August 31, 1900 and arrived in London on September 13, 1900, just a little more than three months after the Hoffman Concert.  

Here's one last newspaper article that briefly mentions William Goodrich. 

 The Washington Bee., September 27, 1902, Image 1

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Chronicling America:
  Historic American Newspapers Collection

Looks like I will have to do some research on the McAdoo's Jubilee singers.  Anyway, on my next post, I will feature some of the articles I found on Morrison Goodrich, the other tenor in the family. 

On another note, it has been really hard for me this week to find time and a quiet space to write. Between catching up housework and getting back to school shopping done, I have to say I am a bit tired. Really I don't mean to to complain. This is the homestretch. The kids return to school next week and then I will have some quiet time to myself during the day for writing. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Pictures From Our Vegas Trip 2013 --Part one

Views from the deck of the Voodoo Lounge Restaurant at the Rio Resort

I wonder what my daughter had her eyes on.

My family in silhouette looking at the fountain show at the Bellagio.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

I'm Back! Oh Yeah You Probably Didn't Know I Was Away :)

I'm back! (said in the tone of "They're here!" a la Carol Ann from Poltergeist.) Oh wait, you probably didn't know I was away. This has been the summer of travel for me. We just returned last night from a week away in Las Vegas and yes the kids came too! We had a blast. It was part business and part pleasure. Business --for my husband, who was shopping at a trade show and pleasure for me and the kids who went along for the ride. We stayed at the Rio and had lots of fun. For those of you who may be newer to my blog, I wrote a post in March of last year about how I truly hit the jackpot the first time I went to Vegas. Here's the link if you missed it:  Thankful Thursday: Thank Goodness I Hit The Jackpot In Vegas!

Here's something to make you laugh. My husband is quite a character and can usually get anyone he meets to laugh a little. As we were checking in at the front desk of the hotel, he engages the guest services rep in the some friendly chit chat and then casually blurts out that during our last stay at the Rio in 2004, our son was conceived. The rep chuckled and then without missing a beat smiled at our son and said, "Welcome Home." Ha!

Yes, welcome home young man...welcome home ;)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Friday Funny: A Tall Tale From David Sampson

Image courtesy of Microsoft Office Images.

I think my 2nd great grand uncle, David Sampson, gave me a little nudge from the other side just the other day. I woke up and had his name on my mind and even though I'd been concentrating my research efforts towards my Jones and Goodrich connections lately, I took a chance. I decided to Google his name and I changed up my search parameters a couple of different ways.  Guess what? This article popped up from the Saturday Evening Post -Volume 189, Issue 1 -Page 38.

First, here's a little background information on David Sampson. For many years he was the cook at a camping area south of New Bern, NC, called Camp Bryan. Apparently, he was quite the personality.  For more on Dave Sampson, you can read about him in these posts:  

This Way Out!

Dave Sampson, a person of color, does the cooking for a party of gentlemen who own a hunting camp in North Carolina. 
     On, a night after dinner Dave was regaling a group of his employers with some of his experiences in the deep woods.
     "One day," he said, "I went down yonder whar de ole rice plantation canal runs into de creek to ketch me a mess of fish. De fish ain't bitin' much;  so arter w'ile I sticks my pole in the mud and I leans back under a tree to tek a little nap. I'm 'most asleep w'en I hears a rustlin' in de bushes behine me, and somethin' say Whoosh! --jes lak dat!
     "I set up and look round, and dar right behind me is de bigges' black bear ever I see in my life --jes' settin' dar lookin' at me and lickin' out his tongue lak he's hongry fur some nigger."
     "What did you do then, Dave?" asked one of the audience.
     "Me boss? Why I jes clim' right out to de far end o' dat dar fishpole and drap off!" 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: The Grave of Emma Shepard Jones

Emma O. Jones
Apr. 17, 1864--Feb. 18, 1941
Bayview Cemetery, Morehead City NC
Image courtesy of Find A Grave:  Picture taken by Mojo Warren.

Emma Shepard Jones was the wife of my 2nd great grand uncle, William Henry Jones and the sister-in-law to my 2nd great grandfather, Alexander Hamilton Jones. Emma and William were the parents to eleven children, out of which at least three went on to go to college  --Oscar Dunn Jones Sr., James Edward Jones, and Caesar N. Jones.

The following link shows what may possibly be a picture of Emma and her husband William:  Wordless Wednesday: Could This Be A Picture Of My 2nd Great Grand Uncle And Aunt

Friday, August 16, 2013

Thankful For These Moments With My Kids

I spent yesterday with the kids at a local children's museum called The Discovery Center. They have a magical place outside called "The Story Garden." I just love meandering through and watching my children interact with their environment.

"I am king of the chair!"

"Big chair, big whoop."

They played a little golf.

We took a look at the statues.


We watered some flowers.

Took a boat ride.

Hanging out with Miss Spider

 Time to go home.

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