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…

RIP Cheri

At approximately 7:10am on May 25, 2018, my mother-in-law, Cheri Lynn Cox Miller Payne, went to be with the Lord. Here’s her obituary:   Payne, Cheri Cox Retired From U.S. Probation And Pretrial Services Friday, May 25, 2018 Cheri Payne Cheri Cox Payne, 69, of Chattanooga, died on Friday, May 25, 2018, after a nearly year-long…