My Roots Foundation connects local kids with a horseback ride for their souls

On a brisk Saturday morning, about 20 boys piled off a bus onto a 40-year-old family business and experienced real farm life for a few hours.  They learned about the hard work of a farmer, the care of farm animals, and the importance of family.  My Roots Foundation had the honor of hosting boys from the Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate (BRMA) for a workshop event.  The event was Saturday March 4, 2017 at B-Bar Farms in northern Durham County.  We are extremely grateful to the folks at B-Bar Farms; Carolyn Wilson (owner), Todd Flowers, and a host of wonderful volunteers.  We can’t say it enough – “Thank you!”   BRMA is a Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools support program designed to improve the achievement of students of color. BRMA provides students with mentoring, advocacy, tutoring, socia ...

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How to Avoid Pitfalls In Family History Discovery and Sharing – Part Two

Avoid Pitfalls In Family History Discovery and Sharing Part Two In your family history detective work, you should strive to avoid pitfalls.  In the first scenario we talked about an experience in which you share your findings online and suddenly you find that you have been cut off from that newly discovered family tree.  When you question the online tree owner, s/he informs you that you could not possible related to them because of xyz.   The photo above is of an actual newspaper headline and a photograph of my grandfather, Ned Felder.  I still remember the day I discovered this clipping from a 1918 Florida newspaper.  We all hope to find new and interesting items concerning our ancestors when we set out on our genealogical journeys; but finding out my ancestor made headlines for bein ...

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How to Avoid Pitfalls in Family History Discovery and Sharing

What did I do? Why won't they speak to me?

Avoid Pitfalls In Family History Discovery and Sharing In your family history detective work you cannot expect to be perfect, but you should strive to avoid pitfalls. There are few pitfalls more gut wrenching than spending time in discovery only to have your findings dashed by others.  This article is written to help you avoid pitfalls that result in you being dashed.  Let’s consider three scenarios.   In the first scenario, you share your findings online and suddenly you find that you have been cut off from that newly discovered family tree.  When you question the online tree owner, s/he informs you that you could not possible related to them because of xyz.   In another, you make a family discovery that uncovers a deep dark hidden secret and now a family member (or group of fam ...

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The Christmas Dinner

The Christmas Dinner Every year my family and I would drive 18 hours from North Carolina to Florida to have Christmas dinner with my mom, and to escape the bitter cold. Mom didn’t travel much so this was the one time of the year she could see her grandchildren. I’m an only child and felt this was very important to keep their relationship.   The trip was long and sometimes uncomfortable. As driver and Dad, I had full control of the radio and CDs, so that meant 18 hours of classic rock n’ roll, rhythm and blues, and classic soul. Currently my children, now in their 20’s, are masters of “old school music.” You’re welcome kids!   The Dinner The trip to grandma’s house was a part of a time honored tradition so that they could engage in, what I ...

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The Cold and Warm of Christmas

Winter Mountain

The Cold and Warm of Christmas IT’S THE WONDERFUL COLD THAT I REMEMBER SO WELL! My grandparents’ house was wonderful in all the glorious western NC mountain seasons. Delightfully fragrant and warm springs, temperate sunny summers, chilly and colorful autumns and cold bright winters. Oh, the winters with snow and ice and majestic mountaintops covered in snow. You do have to know, before I go any further, that my grandparents had a lovely old home that had few “modern” improvements, like central heating. The whole house was “heated” by a Ziegler oil burning heater that was in the living room. Once fully engaged on “high” the living room reached a temperature just south of the temperature required to combust paper into raging fires. At that precise moment, however, the furthest reaches of the ...

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