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Ralph Ellison Statute in Harlem, NY

Ralph Ellison “Invisible Man” Statute in Harlem, NY

It has been awhile since I have posted anything to my blog.  It isn’t as though I had nothing to say, because I really do, I just have had a lot going on.  I have been re-evaluating my life and working on the steps of getting  where I need to be.  Of course, the saying goes, “You are exactly where you need to be.” However, I feel that some changes in my life need to occur so that I will be in a much better place further down the line. So to start off this post, I want to thank Jana Last of Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog for recognising me today in her Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds post.  It reinforced that it is time for me to get back at it.  There is no reason why my life has to be perfect before I share my genealogy stories, my trials, my triumphs and my experiences in life and in my search for who I am and who my ancestors are.  Thank You again Jana for the recognition!

 Just a quick overview of what has been going on with me.  I have been spending lot’s of time with my grandson Josiah, as  I have been helping out with his child care so his mother can go to work.  I recently let her know that I need to begin focusing on my genealogy and employment goals, and that she would need to find full-time childcare outside of me.  This is going to free up my time.  I will miss having my sweetheart daily, but that just means I have to have planned time with him. I attended the Midwestern African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI) in St. Louis, MO, on July 8-July 10, 2014.  This was their second year in operation and my second time attending.  I attended Track #1 of four tracks.  The classes were intense!  I was one of the students that received a scholarship to attend and without it, I would have remained in San Diego.  I will share more about this awesome program in a follow-up post.

Right after MAAGI, I got on a plane to Harlem, New York to attend the Harlem Book Fair 2014.  This had been my fourth time in New York, and every time I go,  I have a blast!  I can never get enough of Manhattan!  It had been a dream of mine, like one of the things on my bucket list to attend the Harlem Book Fair, so to have this opportunity was a dream for me. I went to support my Sister-Friend Katandra Jackson of FreedomInk Publishing.  I will be doing a separate post on our adventures of New York.  We tried to cram a week into a few days, and I think we did very well. So now to some of the things that I have been taking action on.

Here is a short list, however, it has required me to write lists and make action plans that I am ready to implement.

    • I have been developing Footprint Expressions Publishing Company.  It is my desire to publish Memoirs, Family Genealogies, Biographies, Autobiographies and Historical genre.  I am currently looking for authors that would be interested in publishing with my company.
    • I have a radio program coming to Blog Talk Radio this August 25th.  More information will be announced soon.  The name of the station is Footprint Expressions  w/ The Root Digger.  We will be introducing subjects pertaining to History, Cultures, Genealogy, Storytelling and More.  I hope that you will join us for these live conversations and/or catch our recorded programs.
    •  Paralegal Program: I have applied for USD’s Paralegal Certificate program.  I had been rethinking my career goals and decided that I wanted to be a Forensic Genealogist.  Looking at some of the requirements, I discovered that it was highly recommended to have a paralegal background…So, I have applied and should have receive acceptance in a week.  I have decided on the fast pace full-time Day program.  I will begin in September and finish in December 2014.  This is going to be intense, but I am so very serious about my life direction.
    • I am still working on my Board of Genealogy Certification.  I will incorporate this in my studies this fall when I am in the law library on campus.  My days will be from 8am to 6pm at school and some night studying.  I believe it will all be worth it.
    • There are other things in the pipeline such as developing the Walter & Betty Porter Educational Foundation and writing for Indian Voices.

I realize that I have full plate, however, with this new drum I will be beating, I  feel that my life is going in the right direction.  How will I handle it all?  With lots of prayer and positive thinking. I appreciate all who are following me and reading my blog posts.  With you it makes my writing more pleasurable.

Vashon High School Class Photos 1948:St. Louis Missouri, Post #3

Here are some of the young black men of Vashon High School in the City of St. Louis, Missouri in 1948.  I came across my Uncle Henry Hodge’s scrapbook with photos in them.  This is the Third Post in the series of photos from Vashon High.  Hope you enjoy them.  I love the way the young men dressed back in the 1940’s.

Vashon High School Class Photos 1948: St. Louis Missouri, Post #1

Here are a few of the Graduating Class Photos for Vashon High School of St. Louis, Missouri of 1948. My Uncle Henry Hodge along with my father Walter J. Porter attended Vashon H.S.  Henry was two years behind my father. … Continue reading

Wordless Wednesday: Walter & His Gang

     This is a photo of my father in the middle of his boys…He was always the leader and always the one that stood out.  This photo had been in the Newspaper.  I believe my father was about 12 years old at the time.  I love the boy’s clothing and they are fashionable with their hats.
Walter Porter in the front and Center
abt 1939

Wordless Wednesday: Old Photo’s Part #1

I have inherited a large collection of photo’s and will use the Wordless Wednesday prompt to continue posting photo’s of family and their friends.  I feel really blessed to have school photos of my Uncle Henry and my father Walter.  The two of them were very active in school and there seems to have been lot’s of youth programs in their community.

Vashon H.S. Dance, St. Louis, Missouri, 1946
My Dad, Walter Porter, on far left
Other names on back of picture:
L. Wright, Edward Tripp, Delores, Trank Mays
(Not sure who is who) Porter Family collection
Henry Hodge (Far Back Left at desk)
Federally funded program through the Settlement House
St. Louis, Missouri
Henry Hodge Photo Collection
1940
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