I have been researching my Mercer Family of Kent & Sussex, England, Western New York (and beyond) for many years
Along the way I've met some wonderful and generous people, some related to me, some not. It's a joy connecting families and providing, as well as receiving, missing information....
So, a great big THANK YOU to all contributors
I don't mind if you copy my photos for use elsewhere - but I do expect and sincerely appreciate the courtesy of being credited as the source
It is irksome to say the least to see my photos posted on Ancestry or some other website by people passing them off as their own
In addition, if you cut & paste the narrative biography section of any one of the memorials I've created, I would also appreciate being credited for the painstaking and time consuming work I have done
Thanks very much
It's easy to hate,
it takes strength to be gentle & kind
No act of kindness is ever wasted
The Sailing Ship
By Bishop Charles Henry Brent
What is dying?
I am standing on the seashore.
A ship sails to the morning breeze and starts for the ocean.
She is an object and I stand watching her
Till at last she fades from the horizon,
And someone at my side says, "She is gone!" Gone where?
Gone from my sight, that is all;
She is just as large in the masts, hull and spars as she was when I saw her,
And just as able to bear her load of living freight to its destination.
The diminished size and total loss of sight is in me, not in her;
And just at the moment when someone at my side says, "She is gone",
There are others who are watching her coming,
And other voices take up a glad shout,
"There she comes" – and that is dying.