Wordless Wednesday: Henry Hodge & Rancho Los Amigos Nursing Staff

Henry Hodge (my Uncle) was an Orderly and attendee at the Rancho Los Amigos Health Center in the 1950’s in Los Angeles, California. At the time the Rancho Los Amigos was a facility for those that had polio. Henry was the only African American working at the facility in that capacity at the time.

Henry Hodge (Orderly & Attendant) and the Rancho Los Amigos Nursing Staff in 1953


Henry Hodge (Orderly & Attendant) and the Rancho Los Amigos Nursing Staff in 1953

Wordless Wednesday: Betty Porter, Bike Ride

I love this photo of my mother Betty Porter on her bike.  She was 33 at the time and living in Los Angeles, CA.  In 1960, my parents lived in the hills of Montecito Dr.  I just recently visited the neighborhood, and discovered that the home they had lived in and my first childhood home had been demolished along with quite a few others.   This photo was taken May 1960.  I wonder if my father took the photo, and possibly knew how to ride a bike too.

I remember my mother saying once you learn to ride a bike, you always know how to ride it.  The thing is, I never saw my mother ride before, but she always encouraged my brother and I too.

Wordless Wednesday: Sarah Hodge

Sarah Hodge

This is a photo of  Sarah Hodge, the grandmother of my dad’s best friend Henry Hodge.  Henry was raised by Sarah, who he called mom as he did not know his real mother as she ran off to Chicago when he was a baby.  This photo was taken in Saint Louis, Missouri in the late 1930’s or early 1940’s.

Happy New Year 2012 & Goals For The Year

Many Goals for 2011 were accomplished and there were some that were not.  After reassessing, some of my goals I had for 2011, I decided not to follow through with as I feel they are not necessary right now.  


Goals For 2012

  1.  Meet my Porter Family in Las Vegas: Date set for January 24 & 25, 2012 (Bought ticket)
  2.  Boston University Genealogy Certification Program (Paid last payment 12/30/2011)
  3.  Worcester, Massachusetts Family Research Trip #2
  4.  New Bern, Craven County Family Research Trip: Summer
  5. Riverside, CA National Archive Research Trip
  6.  New York Research and Tourist Trip #4 February 2012
  7.  Write and Complete “Embraced Identity” and ready for publication in 2013.
  8.  Exercise 3x Week
  9.  Lose inches to be a size 8 petite
  10.  Continue Family Research & Blog
  11. Blog Research for “Cully Family History, An African American Legacy.
  12. Develop Porter Foundation with the goal to raise funds for at least 2 Elementary Schools.
  13. Blogging Presentation for San Diego African American Genealogical Research Group for January 2012.
  14. Attend the Roots Conference in Los Angeles, March 2012.
  15. Finish paying for Tori to Spain, April 2012.
  16. Finish paying for Tori’s School Ring, January 2012
  17. Build various streams of income for 2012.Read at least 2 books a month.
  18. Raise funds for Uncle Wendell Culley’s headstone.
  19. Orlando Florida and Cully, Switzerland…Jazz Festival, April 2012

With all these many goals, I am so excited for the New Year!!!  I wish you all a Happy New Year and a Bountiful Year!!!