The Golden Rule

July 12, 2008 at 12:26 am (Neddy)

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. ” (Matthew 7:12 KJV)

And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” (Luke 6:31 KJV)

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My STINSON Ancestors

March 8, 2008 at 7:33 pm (Neddy)

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I submitted supplemental papers for two of my ancestors from Buckingham County, Virginia. They were approved in December of 2007. I then ordered my pins, and here they are.

Since then I have been writing a book that includes documentation on their STINSON descendants, so that others may be able to connect to these lineages and join the DAR on them.

They are Alexander STINSON Senior and David STINSON. The STINSON book is available HERE.

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Sorry – I meant to post this to http://www.barneykin.wordpress.com. I guess I will just leave it here.

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Museum Celebrants

October 30, 2007 at 10:40 am (holiday, photography, still life) (, , , , , , )

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They are ready for Halloween at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, October 2007.

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New Sisters

September 21, 2007 at 7:21 am (Neddy)

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I met my sister today. We will be sisters forevermore.

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Wild Sweet Peas

August 17, 2007 at 2:26 pm (Neddy)

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“Beth had old-fashioned fragrant flowers in her garden, sweet peas and mignonette, larkspur, pinks, pansies, and southernwood, with chickweed for the birds …”
Louisa May Alcott in “Little Women”

Colvin Run Mill, Great Falls, Virginia

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Sea Fever

August 5, 2007 at 1:12 pm (child, photography, portraiture)

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I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And if I get bored I’ll do Yoga and count my toes and sigh.

I MUST down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face and a grey dawn breaking.

I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must down to the seas again to the vagrant gypsy life.
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

(“Sea-Fever” by John Masefield)

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Washington’s River Farm

July 30, 2007 at 6:17 pm (history, Virginia)

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The first “English” family to own the property on which River Farm is seated, was not the Washingtons. It was the Catholic Brents from Maryland. Captain Giles Brent landed in Jamestown, Virginia in 1638, accompanied by his sisters, Margaret and Mary, on their way to settle Saint Mary’s City in Maryland. The Brent family was related to Lord Baltimore, the King’s proprietor in Maryland, and during their stay in the colony they associated closely with Lord Baltimore’s brother, the resident governor, Leonard Calvert.

By 1647, the Brents had become weary of political battles with the Calverts and religious battles with the Maryland Protestants and left the colony to settle along the Aquia in Virginia. The wife of Giles Brent was a young Indian princess of the Piscataway tribe who had been entrusted to Margaret Brent as a child by her father, a convert to Christianity. She was raised in the Brent household and at the age of 16 was married to Margaret’s brother, Giles. Although Giles Brent initially claimed most of the colony of Virginia because of his marriage to the Piscataway king’s daughter, he was assuaged by the Virginians to accept a grant of patent totaling 1,800 acres from Thomas, Lord Culpeper for his year-old son, Giles, Jr. This land was Piscataway Neck and included the land which is now River Farm.

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Legato School

July 14, 2007 at 6:45 am (architecture, landscape, Virginia) (, , , , )

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The Legato School is the last of Fairfax County’s one-room schoolhouses. It has been restored and furnished as it was in the 1870s, and is operated as a museum. It was here that first to eighth grade students of western Fairfax County were taught the three Rs from 1870 until 1930. The schoolhouse was originally located at the intersection of Pender and Legato Roads. The building now sits upon the grounds of the Fairfax County Courthouse, Route 123 near Main Street, in Fairfax City, Virginia.

One elderly gentleman once described Virginia’s educational system in those impoverished times as teaching “The Three ‘Rs’ … Readin’, Writin’ and Road to Washington.” Today, Fairfax County, Virginia is one of the most affluent and educated counties of the entire United States.

In June of this year my Red Hats group were given a tour of the Fairfax County Courthouse construction site by project manager Ellen vanHully-Bronson. Parts of the courthouse were complete with carpet and finishes. Other areas were very much still a construction site. When completed the almost $100 million 316,000-square-foot expansion will more than double the size of the existing Jennings Judicial Center. The new courthouse is a five-story reinforced concrete-framed structure surrounded by a serpentine Jeffersonian brick wall. There are fourteen fitted-out courtrooms and three shells of courtrooms for future expansion, fourteen elevators, larger holding cells, a new law library, a beautiful courtyard and a state of the art security system.

Here is the slideshow: Courthouse Construction Site June 2007.

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My Rock Garden

July 6, 2007 at 3:10 pm (Neddy)

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Some Spring day, perhaps, I will sit out in my garden and wonder at the many beautiful flowers, especially the tiny ones back here, in my rock garden and around its edges. I will stay quiet and listen to the gurgles of the fish pond nearby. Yes, I will park myself by the stone wall here, on a day when the heaven is as blue as the bluebirds that I rarely see. I will listen for the birds’ chirping, and take in the fragrance of the blossoms on that day, when it comes. I will enjoy my beautiful garden and see GOD out here.

~~Edna Barney

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The Men and Flags of Freedom

July 4, 2007 at 10:34 am (Neddy)

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God bless all of the men and women of America’s armed forces on this Independence Day 2007. Because of your sacrifice and devotion, we still live free.

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