Inward vs. Outward

So, for a little over a year now, I’ve been dealing with a thing that has me feeling pretty dark about certain areas of my life. Initially, I thought I was dealing fairly well and that time would be all that it took to get past it. A few months ago, I resolved that time…

Heavy Heart

At the behest of the wife of a close friend of mine, I joined a Facebook group related to the town in which I grew up. It was for entertainment purposes. She got a kick out of some of the pretentious arguments and subject that presented themselves on the group. I thought that sounded like…

RIP Carolyn

At approximately 7:15pm, on Friday evening, June 28, 2019, my ex-mother-in-law, Carolyn Foley Varnell, passed away from cardiac complications resulting, likely, from years of smoking. Here’s her obituary: Obituary for Carolyn [Jane] Foley Varnell MRS. CAROLYN [JANE] FOLEY VARNELL- AGE 69, – of Chattanooga, Tennessee passed away Friday, June 28, 2019. She was born on…

Lots of Emotions

I have a lot of emotions going right now. It’s probably because I just got done watching a sad movie… A Star is Born. I’m out of town, missing my family. Also, our oldest dog, Callie, passed away the day before yesterday. Back to the movie… obviously, the ending is sad, but the message is…

A New Start

I have read that when one gets goose bumps while listening to music, it is actually the body’s “fight or flight” response due to the intense emotion brought on by said music. There are a lot of songs that generally give me goose bumps. The Star Spangled Banner is just one example. I love music.…

Busy, Great & Crappy Year

This year started off pretty good. In January, Christopher had his 23rd birthday and I received the Royal Arch degree in the York Rite. That was a very nice degree. February was pretty uneventful. In March, I attended the annual communication of the Grand Lodge of Tennessee. Pretty cool stuff going on. I also began…

SAR

This past week, on 11/1, I was formally inducted into the John Sevier Chapter of The Sons of the American Revolution. Time to start working on this supplemental applications. 🙂

Team Rubicon

I have discovered a pretty remarkable organization called Team Rubicon. The organization focuses on disaster response and is absolutely free to those recipients of said response. One of the headings on their “Our Mission” page is “Serving the Underserved.” Love it! I loved it so much that I signed up, took the basic training courses…

Rough Weekend

This past Friday, something happened that would change my life. To stop speculation, I am still married, everyone still loves each other, no one died, kids are okay, everyone is still in school, dogs are fine, house is fine, truck is fine, my relationship with God is still in tact. Nothing has changed except for…

My Top Genealogy Problem

Okay, if anyone is looking for a tough genealogy problem to solve, here it is: Puzzle Piece #1: My grandfather’s name is Leon Eugene Barber. His father is named Alden Burt Barber. Leon has a brother, Harold, and a sister, Anna. Leon was born in Batavia, Genesee County, New York. This is all proved by…