Amanuensis Monday: Prayer of Healing

Betty Peters and Agnes [Cully] Peters Berry

Years ago I was looking through my mother’s papers, and came across an envelope with a note in it.  I asked my mother what it was and she stated it was a prayer inside the envelope. My mom told me the envelope was left on a table in their living room and was used regularly to communicate when one or the other was out.  My grandmother Agnes had been remarried to a man by the name of Mack Berry.  Agnes also had been struggling with cancer since the early 40’s and she was a member of the Church of Scientology.  She truly felt that she could be healed.

Envelope used regularly

“Betty I will be right back” (See inside)

Pg #1
     There is One Mind, One Law, One Principal, One Substance, One Love, and I Agnes Berry am One with all that there is.
     I remove from my subconscious mind, all negatives, even those of which I am not aware.  I wipe them all out.  They do not exist.  I do not accept them.
     Instead, I am placing in my subconscious mind, all positive thoughts that open the channel of Healing.  Thoughts of love, beauty and compassion, thoughts of Peace, Joy and contentment.  Unity with my fellow man. Unity with my God the Creator, Success, understanding and Faith.  Faith in my fellow man, faith in myself, faith in God.  God is Life God is….
Page #2
…mind, God is Truth, God is Love.  As a human being, I place myself and my desire for perfect health into the hands of God.  The Cradle of Love.  God is Light, God is Power, God is Peace.  The God mind in me is the Center of Divine Operation bringing into my experience from the fourth Dimension to the Third Dimension on which I now function, through the law of correspondence, the benefit of the Law of Opulence of (health). Thank you Father for the law of Opulence of (health). 15 times, 7 times each day, for 21 days and it will open a channel of healing for me.
I decided to look up Law of Opulence and it is an old term for the Law of Attraction.  Very interesting.

Funeral Card Friday: Celebration of Life Betty Mae (Peters) Porter

My Mother did not have a Traditional Funeral.  I chose to do it similar to my Father’s Celebration of Life.  I rented out a hall, had a Jazz Band to play music that my parents loved, and had lot’s of family and friends in attendance.  I had two couples to be the Emcees of the program which were some of their closest friends and very supportive of me.  There was lot’s of food, and I served food out of my mother’s Entertainment China. The Celebration of Life was Absolutely Beautiful!  The room was full with dignitaries and many community activists.  My mother had two services that day.  The first was with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority: Ivy over the Wall, and then the one I had organized.

The following was the Program Card

Here is a collage of the Celebration of life photo’s.


Sympathy Saturday: In Loving Memory of Zara Frances (Cully) Brown

Zara Frances Cully
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I was asked recently if I had a younger picture of Zara Cully Brown.  So I have decided to post a few of her pictures.  I am pretty sure Zara’s Great Grandson has some pictures of her, and will make a request and post at a later date.

Zara F. Cully was my Grandmother’s, Agnes Cully Peters oldest sister.  Aunt Zara was born February 26, 1892 in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Her parents were Nora Ann Gilliam and Ambrose E. Cully, who were born and raised in New Bern, Craven County, North Carolina, and in 1890 relocated to Worcester, MA.  Zara’s mother gave birth to numerous children.  The number has been told through the years to be about 21 children, but as of date, I am only able to document twelve, as some of her children died in childbirth, through miscarriage or at a very young age.  Aunt Zara died February 28, 1978.

Aunt Zara and my Aunt Hannah both married a set of  Brown brothers.  Zara married James M. Brown, Sr (Daddy J) and with their union they had four children, and one died in childbirth.  Their children were: James M., Jr., Mary Gale (Polly), and Emerson, whom are all deceased.

Here are the other two Photo’s in my Collection:

Aunt Zara’s Press Photo
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Aunt Zara with my Dad’s mother Helen (Bunn) Porter Thompson in my parent’s living room.
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I remember Aunt Zara very well, even though I was ten years old when she died.  I remember how my mom would get excited when she would call us on the phone. My mother would put me on the phone to talk to her, and Aunt Zara would always ask me how I was doing in school, and if I was enjoying my extra-curricular activities.  She would let me go after she told me she loved me.

I attended Aunt Zara’s funeral, (I was 10yrs old) and I was amazed by the many people that came to her funeral.  The cast from the “Jefferson’s” were in attendance, and I had the opportunity to meet them during the Repast.  My favorite cast member at that time was Harry Bentley (Paul Benedict).  He kept me and all my little cousins running around laughing.

I will always remember my Aunt Zara as a wonderful woman.  She was very kind to me and our family.  Let me tell you one thing that might be a little trivia…My Aunt Zara on the “Jefferson’s” loved Bloody-Mary’s….Well in real life she really did!  That was her drink of choice!  So, I know that Zara has her Bloody-Mary in heaven while my mother is drinking her Martini’s.

“Family Recipe Friday”: NEW ORLEANS SHRIMP GUMBO



There is also a writing of “Shrimp Wiggle on this recipe, so those ingredients are: Green Peas and Corn.
(Also looking at this recipe, I feel that my mother left some of her seasonings out as she made her food spicy and cooked with lots of Garlic.  I know her rue was slamming!)

     My mother Betty Mae “Peters” Porter loved to cook!  She considered herself a gourmet cook, and many of her friends thought so too.  She became known as the “Soup Girl.” She loved to entertain, and in her own words she would say, “Cooking helps me to unwind after a long day at work.”

     One of my mother’s specialties was File’ Gumbo, but I do not have the recipe in reach, but knew exactly where her New Orleans Shrimp Gumbo recipe was.  My mother who’s family was from New England did not make Gumbo, but about 50 years ago my mom’s friend Yvonne Greene from New Orleans taught her how to make it.  We would have Gumbo for special occasions such as Christmas or even Thanksgiving.  There would be a large pot cooking on the stove to feed about 40 to 50 guests.  The recipe below will serve six adults.  I hope you enjoy!

New Orleans Shrimp Gumbo (Serve 6)
2 lbs Shrimp
1 red pepper pod
1 tsp. salt
1 cup green onion tops chopped
2 tbsps. bacon fat
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp. file powder
6 cups chicken broth or bouillon
1 bunch of green onions
1 tsp thyme
2 cups okra chopped
1 green pepper
2 cups chopped tomatoes

Lightly brown chopped okra and chopped onions in bacon fat in Dutch Oven.
Add tomatoes and cook 5 minutes over low heat.
Add chicken broth, chopped red pepper and chipped green pepper, bay leaf shredded fine, chopped onion tops, thyme, and salt.  (My Mother would also add garlic and other seasonings to taste).  It would be bland if you did not add seasonings.
Bring to a boil.
Then add shrimp in halves, shelled and cleaned.
Cook over very low flame about an hour-and-a-half.
Turn off burner, add file powder
Serve with rice.
(I noticed my mother did not add the okra, in the cooking of the recipe, but I remember her telling me that I should add the okra towards the end of the cooking so that the Gumbo would not be slimy.  Some people do not like the way okra is and will become slimy if it is cooked too long.)
(Also, not everyone like File’ Powder, so it is wise for each individual to add it according to their taste.)

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Summer Trip to Harlem (June 8-18, 2010): The Town Hall

It was always my intention to blog the updates of my family research trips as I was searching and discovering the missing pieces of my family history.  However, as life happens and I got so busy doing other things, I allowed my focus to be side-tracked away from my goals of sharing, so “blogging” had been put on hold.

Alas….I still get another chance to share with you what I have done, and I am so excited to do so…..

A prior post from April 2010, I talked about the historical significance of “THE TOWN HALL.”  During my first visit to Harlem, NY, I had the opportunity to visit The Town Hall, while my daughter documented our trip through photography.

The Town Hall   Photo by Vanessa Moore

“The Town Hall has played a central role in the cultural history of New York City since January 1921, when architects McKim, Mead & White completed the building for a suffragist organization called The League for Political Education.  Built to serve as and educational forum for the discussion of important civic issues.  The People’s Hall revealed its extraordinary acoustics on Feb 12, 1921, during a recital by Spanish violinist Joan Manen.  (taken from Town Hall 88th Anniversary program)

The Town Hall has deep history for its musical performances by many greats such as Marian Anderson who made her New York Town Hall Debut on December 20, 1935, after being denied a chance to perform at other venues because of her race.  Others that have performed on the stage were, Billy Joel, Wynton Marsalis, Bill Cosby, Lionel Hampton, Max Roach, Ellen DeGeneres, and many many more.”

The Town Hall also is known for its school programs which allows elementary school children to perform on stage to debut a recital for the people of New York.

This is what brought me to the Town Hall, as my mother Betty Mae Peters performed on this very stage as an elementary school student in her first recital in 1932.

I had the opportunity to tour the interior of the Town Hall, which at the time was closed.  When I entered the building a gentleman by the name of George, who was the elevator operator, greeted me.  I shared with him that my mother as a little girl in the 30’s performed at the Town Hall and I wanted more information on the establishment.  He had me follow him into the elevator, which was the original and required an operator.  He took me to the top floor into the administrative office and told me the President was there and he would have the necessary answers.

When I walked in, the first office I came to was the President’s, and his door was wide open.  He was a big man, and was the whitest man I had ever seen…and he was not an albino.  He looked up from his desk without smiling and in a very irritated voice asked what I wanted.  I told him that he looked very busy, and I was sorry for disturbing him, but I had traveled all the way from San Diego, California and wanted to know more about The Town Hall and to take some pictures for my documentation.  He told me he was too busy, but when I told him it was very important to me and why I needed the information, he allowed his assistant to tour me around.

The young lady explained to me that this was very unusual for him to allow her to show me around as he usually does not do that.  She let me know I should take whatever pictures I could get as this is a rare occurrence.  When we completed the tour, she had me go back to her office so she could give me a historical write-up of The Town Hall.

When my visit was over, the Elevator Operator gave me a wealth of information of the Town Hall and told me if I came back another day, he would have more for me.  I did not get the opportunity to go back as my time in NY was short.

George shared with me that his father had worked at The Town Hall when he immigrated to the U.S.  He came from a line of well known performers from Russia.  His father worked at the Town Hall in the 40’s and 50’s and wanted his son to come and work there, but George didn’t until ten years ago.

George, Elevator Operator

The two hours spent at The Town Hall was amazing and it was time well-spent.  Next time I go back, I intend on attending a performance as they still hold shows today.

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