Are you prepared?

Are you prepared for a disaster that could take away your story?   I don’t know how you feel, but this has been a sad year for me.  Mostly brought about by media disaster reporting. I have felt overwhelmed by the steady influx of shootings, fires, wars, political insults and mudslinging, protests, and anti-protests. This… Continue reading


Earth Day

It’s Earth Day, and that means this is a great time to think about how you can reduce your impact on the planet – after you’re gone.  That’s right, one day you will be somebodies ancestor and you may want to think about the footprint you leave behind.   Worldwide, more than 56,000,000 people pass… Continue reading


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… Continue reading


Disaster and Family Treasures

Damage to family history

Disaster and family treasures; not so odd a paring. The things we own have stories. Seeing and touching your family history is gratifying. Sometimes things have stories. Seeing and touching your family history is gratifying.. It is hard for me to explain to others how much it means to have “things” from my ancestors.  Some of… Continue reading


After a flood

After the flood

After a flood Guidelines for Taking Care of Your Personal Heritage Resources for Conserving Flood Damaged Photos, Antiques and Heirlooms As I sit here in Durham, NC watching the news and see the tremendous damage left behind by hurricane Matthew, my heart goes out to all the victims.  The loss of life here (26 so… Continue reading