1. I am related to the founder of Dallas Texas. His name was John Neely Bryant. He is my great, great, great, great, great uncle on my fathers side. I have heard this story since I was young but recently wanted to verify that it was true so I start researching. Oddly enough I was able to google my grandmothers name, and came up with a genealogy that showed me it was true. Through this little endeavor I started an account at Ancestory.com and have found a ton of pictures of my ancestors that even my own father had never seen. I have traced back some family lines to England. I also found out that some of my mothers ancestors and fathers ancestors lived 2 doors down from each other in a small town in Louisiana. There is so much more information I have learned- sometimes I think I should start a blog just on my family history, and probably will.
|This is part of my fathers family. The oldest man in the chair is John Pryor Durham Sr.|
He is my fathers great grandfather.
|This is Sarah and Edward Ware, they are my mothers maternal grandparents. |
I am always struck by how pretty Sarah is at a time when many women looked
hard and tired. Also I am amazed at how much my mom looks like her grandmother.
2. In case you have not noticed, I am a huge history buff. Whether it be family history or just history I think it is the single most important thing we can preserve. I know that in the Mormon religion it is common for each person to write the memoirs in order to preserve the family history. I think this is a brilliant idea, and think that everyone should do so. On the other hand, so much of my own personal history was so dark, I can't imagine leaving that legacy behind.
3.I am going to have flowers at my new house in AZ. There are rose bushes and a lot of natural blooming desert plants in the front yard. I am excited, because even though I am not a big gardener, I have always wanted to have something pretty growing in my yard. Of course I can't even keep my front yard green here in WY, so hopefully I don't kill all the flowers.
4. I try to be a spiritual person. I am not a religious person, as in I do not go to church, but I do have a conscious contact with God and I do pray on a daily basis. I do not pray for "things", but I do pray for guidance and understanding of my fellow man, I do like to give thanks for every little thing I have, I do pray for others as well. My grandmother was the most spiritual person I have ever known. She radiated peace and serenity. I never once heard her say a cross word about anyone, even if she did not care for them, she always found something nice to say. I have always wanted to be more like her.
5. I am in love with Vintage British Motorcycles. If I could own any bike in the world it would be a 1938 T500 Speed Twin Triumph. My second choice would be a Vincent Black Shadow or an AJS Matchless. My favorite Harley is a 1948 Panhead. First year of that engine model. I also always thought it would be cool to own and old Servi-car. Yes I do love me some vintage bikes. I should probably stop there, because I could go on for days!
|1938 T500 Speed Twin Triumph. Steve Mcqueen used to own one.|
I believe his sold at auction for 45,000. That is just a tad
out of my price range.
|Vincent Black Shadow- one of the fastest motorcylces ever made.|
|AJS Matchless. The name speaks for itself|
|Harley Pan head. Now that is just cool!|
|I can totally see me putting around town on this bad boy!|