America in all its Glory

Mabry Mill, Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

What a gorgeous shot of Mabry Mill in the Blue Ridge Mountains (Virginia). Such a peaceful, serene setting.

Sitting on the edge of the water. Taking a worm and baiting it on the hook of a line that is attached to a long, thin tree branch. Gently "cast" the line into the water. Now to sit quietly, watching the dragonflies skip across the surface of the calm water. Listening to the frogs calling to one another. All the thoughts of your daily life are no longer with you - all you are thinking about at this moment is the beauty of the trees, where they simply meld into the banks of the water.

Who cares if you ever get a nibble on your line. Just to enjoy this moment that you will never live again. That is life!

Every crime committed by an illegal immigrant should never have happened!!!

Read my posting under Illegal Immigrants.

A quote from President Theodore Roosevelt addressed on immigration in 1907:

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American ... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag ... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language ... and we have room for but one sole loyalty, and that is a loyalty to the American people."

Sunday, July 8, 2007

The Storyteller - for Genealogy Buffs

Just a little something that I found while doing my genealogy and I found it very touching and very true.

The Story Teller

My feelings are, in each family there is one who seems
called to find the ancestors, to put flesh on their bones
and make them live again, to tell the family story and
to feel that somehow they know and approve.

To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts
but, instead, to breathe life into all who have gone

We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have
one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes.
Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our
stories. So, we do.

In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How may
graves have I stood before and cried? I have lost count.
How many times have I told the ancestors you have a
wonderful famiy, you would be proud of us? How many
times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow
there was love there for me? I cannot say.

It goes beyond just documenting the facts. It goes
to who am I and why do I do the things I do?

It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever
to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this
happen. The bones here are bones of my bones and
flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it.

It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to
accomplish. How they contributed to what we are

It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their
never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on
and build a life for their family.

It goes to deep pride that they fought to mae and
keep us a Nation. It goes to a deep and immense
understanding that they were doing it for us. That
we might be born who we are. That we might
remember them. So we do.

With love and caring and scribing each fact of their
existence because we are them and they are us.

So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family.
It is up to that one called in the next generation to
answer the call and take their place in the long line
of story tellers.

That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is
what calls those young and old to step up and put
flesh on the bones.


Nick and Tiffany said...

Hey, I like your blog, it looks good.

sanityrules said...

Thank you - are you into genealogy? If you are and have just begun, I have lots of hints to making your search easier.