Connecting with Gooch kin

Zura Gooch Todd with first child Eddie Mae Todd

My maternal grandmother was born Zura Mae Gooch (1905-1997), daughter of “Wash” and Julie, great granddaughter of the local legend Tillman Gooch (1798-~1860?) My post about attending last year’s 84h Annual Gooch Reunion received attention from at least three relatives who have never attended. I’m expecting at least two of them there this year! As …

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Encouraged by progress, or discouraged by slow pace?

The Southern Whig newspaper. Athens, Ga. January 03, 1850, page 1

I was doing some genealogical research, reading from the front page of The Southern Whig.newspaper published January 3, 1850, in Athens, Georgia, when I came across an interesting article that is still painfully relevant today. The page was in very bad shape, missing the nameplate / top of the page. What remained was just a …

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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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Blessed Complications of Fatherhood

Thich Nhat Hanh caligraphy: you are, therefore I am

A Father’s Day Sermon – High Street UU, Macon, GA – June 21, 2015

Thich Nhat Hanh says “You are, therefore I am” – this is not a differentiation, where we draw a line between you and me and declare two separate parts. It is instead a declaration of interbeing, of connectedness.

An Artist from Kenya

Kennedy Mbugua Waireri

In November of 2014, we had a group of Kenyans over for a baby shower. Kennedy Mbugua Waireri was one of our guests. He was engaged in the gathering as one of the quieter people there, which was not too much out of the ordinary for him. He was generally a quiet, friendly and reflective …

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