Tuesday, March 17, 2015

James Huggins ~ The Other Wes Moore

About The Book

Two kids with the same name, liv­ing in the same city. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, dec­o­rated com­bat vet­eran, White House Fel­low, and busi­ness leader. The other is serv­ing a life sen­tence in prison for felony mur­der. Here is the story of two boys and the jour­ney of a generation.
In Decem­ber 2000, the Bal­ti­more Sun ran a small piece about Wes Moore, a local stu­dent who had just received a Rhodes Schol­ar­ship. The same paper also ran a series of arti­cles about four young men who had allegedly killed a police offi­cer in a spec­tac­u­larly botched armed rob­bery. The police were still hunt­ing for two of the sus­pects who had gone on the lam, a pair of broth­ers. One was named Wes Moore.

Wes just couldn’t shake off the unset­tling coin­ci­dence, or the inkling that the two shared much more than space in the same news­pa­per. After fol­low­ing the story of the rob­bery, the man­hunt, and the trial to its con­clu­sion, he wrote a let­ter to the other Wes, now a con­victed mur­derer serv­ing a life sen­tence with­out the pos­si­bil­ity of parole. His let­ter ten­ta­tively asked the ques­tions that had been haunt­ing him: Who are you? How did this happen?

That let­ter led to a cor­re­spon­dence and rela­tion­ship that has lasted for sev­eral years. Over dozens of let­ters and prison vis­its, Wes dis­cov­ered that the other Wes had a life not unlike his own: Both had grown up in sim­i­lar neigh­bor­hoods and had dif­fi­cult child­hoods, both were father­less; they’d hung out on sim­i­lar cor­ners with sim­i­lar crews, and both had run into trou­ble with the police. At each stage of their young lives they had come across sim­i­lar moments of deci­sion, yet their choices and the peo­ple in their lives would lead them to aston­ish­ingly dif­fer­ent destinies.

Told in alter­nat­ing dra­matic nar­ra­tives that take read­ers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of sur­pris­ing redemp­tion, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a gen­er­a­tion of boys try­ing to find their way in a chal­leng­ing and at times, hos­tile world.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Who Are You.... to be anonymous?

You and I . . . .  
 our name should be spoken in reverent tones or in terrified whispers!  (Author Unknown)

TODAY,   I am paying tribute to ANN LOWE - who died at the age of 82 (1981).  She designed gowns for an exclusive group of clientele in America!

Ann Lowe was born in Grayton, Alabama...(Tim Phelps-published NY Times 3-1-1981)  the daughter and granddaughter of dressmakers.  She was educated in Montgomery Alabama at the S. T. Taylor Design School.  The married Lee Cohen... and two children named Authur Lee and Ruth Alexander were born.

In 1928, Ann was working in New York at various salons...as well as the Saks Fifth Ave department store.  She opened her own Madison Avenue shop... calling in rightly so ANN LOWE ORIGINALS in 1968 - here dresses were never mass-produced.  That's a span of 40 years....

Her partial obit reads "in addition to her daughter, Ruth Alexander, Mrs Lowe is survived by a granddaughter and two great grandchildren.  Her funeral will be Tuesday at St. Marks United Methodist Church, 138th Street and Edgecombe Ave.  Manhattan.

Wednesday's Word / Quote

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Names, Names, Names ~ Three Scrabble Generations !

Hi There...  Fellow Bloggers....  This little idea appealed to me in one or two little junk-hunts I went on in 2014!

So I managed to buy TWO original boxed Scrabble games with plenty of letters to hurriedly.. last night... while watching TV... 

I jotted our family names -- From My Mom And Dad- six children.... and all of the grandchildren

SCRABBLE - in and of itself - is a word game in which two to four players score points by placing tiles -- each tile bears a single letter.   Place tiles onto a game-board which is divided into a 15 x 15 grid of squares.   Scrabble is a trademark of Hasbro, Inc (USA - 1999)  

I loved it.... I felt pretty competitive and smart.... (second to winning Monopoly) as a kid!

Prior to  1999- Scrabble was sold as a Milton Bradley Game... Click link for History of Scrabble..... I found out it became really popular in about abt 1986 --- along with Cabbage Patch Dolls

I think I mispelled Rahshaad.... and could not link my sister TANA.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

A Family Jewel...

Hoping to be Recovered this year!

Lucinda Smith just may mover from Memphis Tennessee-- to OKC

 January 2015!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

a clear eye

Keep a clear eye toward life's end.

Do not forget your purpose and destiny as God's creature. 
What your are in His sight is what

you are and nothing more.

Remember that when you leave
this earth, you can take nothing
you have received...

but only
what you have given; 

a full
heart enriched by honest service,
love, sacrifice and courage.

- Francis of Assisi

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tombstone: Not neglected !

Dear Ancestor

Your tombstone stands among the rest;

Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marble stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder how you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.
~ Author Unknown ~

Friday, November 7, 2014

Family ties

 Thursday nite is Football for Mr J and Mr T!  11-6-2014 OKC

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A New Detailed ~ Lookup @ Familysearch 8-2014

VIA link listed below, I discovered from a fellow blogsite "Reclaiming Kin" that the Freedmen's Bureau Records has digitized Field Office Records for AL, AR, DC, MD, Delaware, Mississippi, MO, NC and SC, TX and VA.

 Click on  Familysearch 

Blog Post - Absenteeism

DEFINITION:   a prolonged absence of an owner from her blog site.....

..... a tendency to be away from (blog) without a good reason !!!

I'm Baaaaack !!

Should have an "S" on brother.....   I've got four of 'em!!!   The best ever!!

Here's the whole bunch!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Their Words Do Remain.... also

Reflecting back on the year 1968.  A letter was written.... and I would say it was from Mama Dooley (my daddy's mother ~ Pearlie Travis Morgan-Huggins)
 NOTE:  a 6 cent stamp: The address is the home of my daddy's brother.... James DD Morgan and wife Dorothy.

The date is 2-6-1968... and Mama Dooley is really quite ill.   She will not live much longer/nor recover regardless of strict diet.   I don't think they said much or diagnosed her diabetes as an acute problem of kidney failure.

It seems Daddy had sent her a box, and she turns around to send my oldest brother Howard Jr.... a bit of money.   She's giving.... in her weakened state.

This first picture was taken by another family member.  It hereby shows the date of death for mama Dooley as February 27, 1968 in Chicago IL (21 days later).
Below,...this is my favorite picture of Mama Dooley, I can't tell where it was taken.   There were several years that Mama Dooley would visit us in Oklahoma.  She seems so cool and casual with a smile in this picture.  I can't even guess her age.  
 Back in 2008, by way of Memphis, TN, my brother and I (hubby and children) drove to the Great State of Mississippi - MLK call it "a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression.."

This is the cemetery where Mama Dooley rests.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tuesday Musings ` Their Works Do Follow !


Revelation 14: 12-13
12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

Something newly ~ learned today!!!

Queen Nzinga - Prior to last year, I had never heard of Queen Nzinga. Even in adult life, I continue to learn about various historical figures. Queen Nzinga was a 17th century African ruler  of the Ndongo and Matamba kingdoms (present day Angola). Queen Nzinga fought for the freedom of her kingdoms against the Portuguese.

(Picture of Queen Nzinga obtained from Amazing Women in History)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Inspiration Comes to Life in a 59-yr old Letter

...of my mind and heart!   I've saved and jpg'd many keepsakes.  I ran across this August 2, 1955 letter that my mother wrote to my daddy....

Besides wondering what/why daddy was spending a week??? in Wichita, KS ????

I looked up the 1955 stamp Mama used... I wonder where in OK... she got it???

The Scott 1069 3 Cent Stamp GreatLakes Transportation-Issued 1955

Soo Locks - A Century of Great Lakes Transportation
Mint Value $0.45   used Value $0.20  (2014)

3 cent
Soo Locks - A Century of Great Lakes Transportation
Mint Value $0.45
Used Value

Dear Howard,

We are all well here. 
After I wrote you yesterday, the light man came out, so I had to pay him $3.50 and promised to pay the other Monday.  That was the $3.00 I had ready to send to Ricker.  If you can send Ricker something.

I carried the boys to the park yesterday evening and they had a big time swimming.  They learned to mid-crawl and they called that swimming.

Charlene can float.  I did not know we had to pay to get in the pool.  $0.10 each under 12 yrs old.  Orville was too scared to get in.  Beverly walked around in the pool.  They all had fun and now are ready to go again.                                                                                       
See you Saturday.                                                                                          Love sincerely,                                                                                               Helen
The itch is much better (smile)

Friday, June 13, 2014

Good Parents.... My Family..... June 2014

My dad would have been 86 years old via 4-17-2014.   He died on 6-14-1997 -- that's seventeen years ago.   That's how long my mother was been a widower...

Monday, June 9, 2014

News About Grandfather ~ Trall Sipuel

Spanish American War

The Truth Be Told ~ T B Sipuel

Dad Sipuel with Big Mama.... abt 1945  
His car -- undoubtedly!!!

Injustice in America

Grandad Sipuel's Service and Legacy in Oklahoma

The truth as it strike deep into my heart!

Reason enuf for my refusal to be ignorant of all viewpoints!

The Story of T. B. Sipuel

Telling Big Mama's Story.....

This is something I want me and my brothers and cousins to do... in a book style.

I searched the newspaper film in the OK History Center several months ago.   I found these words in a White- Daily Oklahoman Newspaper rendering this story  (dated September  1946).


"A heart attack was fatal for the Reverend Sipuel, prominent negro leader of the city last week in Oklahoma City.  He went to a garage in the city to have his car fixed which had been in a wreck.  When the garage man said it would cost $400 to repair the car he slumped with a heart attack from which he never recovered."

Such a lie to be posted by the media!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

US Air Force Re-UP!

Another 6 years.... so proud of this strong-willing, beautiful daughter!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Easter Celebrated with ~ The Aged, middle aged, the young, and the future

This year's Easter Sunday was one that I almost complained about.  It is in the aftermath of losing Papa Kirk less than a month ago.

But blessed indeed

Grandmother (great) is the Old
I am the Middle Aged
She is the young-energetic mother of three!

These are the great-grands......

And there are actually Two FUTURE great grandchildren expected in September and October 2014!