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"It wonders me!" Learning and sharing stories is what I find in our past which raise more questions than answers. One fact in family roots involved a slave child life change as a result of her being a wedding present. Read about Ann Melinda "Black Ann" Lewis Hilliard's stirring story.

A link to a ancestral past of mine stands as a reminder of life itself:
Oh let me not forgotten lie,
Lest you forget that you must die;
For Death's a debt to nature due,
Which I have paid and so must you.
Esther (Reed) Edgerton [1766-1792]

Jane Ann Hopkins Chrisman [1769-1835], a first cousin, six times removed to me, with inscription on her stone:
"Jesus can make a dying bed
Feel soft as downey pillows
While on his breast I lie my head
And breath my life out sweetly."

Remember those old puzzles that sat in Grandma's closet, boxed up and presumed to have all the parts, yet used and abused by all of your older cousins and siblings getting dragged out again when the old folks started talking genealogy and there was nothing else for us kids to do? Inevitably, there were missing piece or pieces where some of the image was missing. The family line is reported to be true, but the participants aren't around to tell us if the pieces fit better somewhere else! Yet those puzzles can still be assembled. There might be a few holes here and there, but the frame is together and there is a connection from side to side and top to bottom. The picture is not as clear as we might like to see it if we wanted a print to frame and put on the wall. (Let's not get started on knowing when the pieces from the pig puzzle get mixed in with the lion puzzle...that's a whole story unto itself.). Let's all help to get the picture right again! Have a great day!

And when I'm gone...Remember Me by Margaret Mead

To the living, I am gone. To the sorrowful, I will never return. To the angry, I was cheated, But to the happy, I am at peace, And to the faithful, I have never left. I cannot be seen, but I can be heard. So as you stand upon a shore, gazing at a beautiful sea; remember me. As you look in awe at a mighty forest and its grand majesty; remember me. As you look upon a flower and admire its simplicity; remember me. Remember me in your heart, your thoughts, your memories of the times we loved, the times we cried, the times we fought, the times we laughed. For if you always think of me, I will never be gone.

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