Justice not served today

Thursday, July 30, 2009

I'm sorry. I normally don't question a judge, but today's sentencing of a woman who plotted the murder of the mother of her ex-boyfriend and nearly succeeded in killing his young son as well was ridiculous. The woman only got life against the jury's recommendation. Oh yeah, I am sooo certain that this cold-blooded creature is going to spend her life repenting her wrongs as the judge asked.

Right. Can't wait for this judge to come up for re-election. Carol

RWA Conference

Sunday, July 26, 2009

I'm finding it hard to juggle Facebook, Twitter and my blog. All these social networking options can be real time zappers so if I'm silent here, you can find me on Facebook most likely.

I had a great time in DC at the RWA National Conference, but then again I always do. I get to see friends that I only get to see once a year and catch up with them. I had a fun roommate in Sandra Madden. We managed to sneak away and tour both the Spy Museum and Newseum...fabulous museums and the history preserved!!! I didn't eat at any bad place and three places we simply walked in without any recommendations.

I arrived Wednesday and as my room wasn't available, I went to concierge and asked how far the National Cathedral was. When he indicated it was a mile and about a 15-20 minute walk, I took off. It was a mile as a crow flies...it took about an hour criss-crossing roads that kept going uphill. But the hike was worth the trip. The church was magnificient. All the stained glass windows throw ribbons of colors across the stone ceilings. I didn't take the tour, simply wandered around with my camera. Here are a few photos, which don't do the ethereal beauty justice. :) Carol

Car #20

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Yesterday our local Home Depot had the #20 Joey Logano car on display. Naturally, I had to go check it out. I took a ton of photos plus got my picture with the car! :) Carol

Independence Day

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

On my writing chapter's listserve, someone posted an article about the fates of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Very moving about their sacrifices.

Knowing people's stories is what draws me to doing genealogy. I'm both fascinated and proud of what I've learned so far about my ancestors. Just this past year I learned that I'm one of the million descendants of the Mayflower Pilgrims [my ancestor was the one who was swept overboard but caught a line and was saved]. Between 1620 and 1650's, the most direct lines of my family settled in Virginia and Maryland. They served on colonial assemblies and were sheriffs, lawyers and planters.

One ancestor lost everything in the religious war in the 1650's in Maryland. Family legend is another was hung by the Tories during the Revolution. One family lost their homestead in the aftermath of the Revolution with three brothers heading west and the other three brothers staying east. I'm a descendant of one of the westward-ho brothers who settled in Ohio.

As much as I can determine, family members have served in nearly every conflict beginning with the Revolution [the only conflict that I haven't pinpointed yet is the Korean War].

So here's to the colonial settlers, founding fathers and all those who have served and continue to serve this country.

Have a Happy and Safe Independence Day! Carol