Hazzard Hill Cemetery, Waycross, Georgia

A visit to Hazzard Hill

I had a great visit to the Hazzard Hill Cemetery in Waycross, Georgia, on the day before “Independence Day.” I went to find the grave of Della Doe – someone who is a stranger with no close known connection – more on this after I complete my research and documentation. Two gentlemen were very gracious […]

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Time, Family, Research, Understanding

Even though the COVID-19 Pandemic has eliminated some activities, such as waiting for the school bus and commuting to work, it is still necessary to make time for important leisure activities. We do family walks almost every day, and we have Friday Family Movie Nights. But even better, I have had time to pursue even […]

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Alexander IV School Third Grade 1968-1969

This is Mrs. Nancy Garrett’s 3rd grade class for 1968-69. I remember a few of these folks from high school, but don’t think I have seen any of them in at least 42 years… Several of my classmates, however, made lasting memories. One of these children beat me up several times. Several showed me kindness […]

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Social Isolation leading to “Cultural Malaise”

I do not always agree with David Brooks. In speaking of two non-political stories that stood out this week, he made a key point at the end of Friday’s NPR segment to which I add some emphasis: …And the second is the shocking release of a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

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Grandfather Alvin D. Todd

Thirty years ago, April 27, 1988, Alvin D. Todd died. Here’s a history of my grandfather written in 2010 by O’Nell (Todd) Brown: ALVIN TODD 8/6/1902 – 4/27/1988 Starting 1929 as a truck farmer in Gaddistown, Georgia, and marketing about 10 varieties of dahlia tubers, gifts from his mother-in-law, the money from which he paid […]

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Conflict Transformation

Conflicts present a chance to grow…      to build relationships…. John Lederach1 teaches: Conflict transformation is to envision and respond to the ebb and flow of social conflict as life-giving opportunities for creating constructive change processes that reduce violence, increase justice in direct interaction and social structures, and respond to real-life problems in human […]

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Having compassion

During the next four years, something will happen that will make Donald Trump look as though he let down the American people. It happened to President Obama, such as Benghazi, the IRS Tea Party investigations, and the NSA surveillance revelations. There have also been senior administration officials who misbehaved in office. Such incidents occur in […]

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Love drives out fears

How do we come together, especially after we have disagreed in a non-loving way? We start with Love. Rev. William Barber preaches this message. He speaks out against those who would oppress and invites them to join in a loving fusion coalition. How do we address fear? We start with Love.

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