This month I met a remarkable relative, 91 year-old Mrs. Alberta Penn Stallings of Hayward, California. When you meet a relative for the first time that you never knew existed (as I did), what would you say to her or him? What could you learn from her or him? What would it mean to you? For family?
To mothers, grandmothers and aunts (only) reading this, at some point most or many of your daughters, granddaughters, nieces and/or little sisters or cousins, etc. will consider becoming mothers. What positive pointers would you give them about this important role?
In March 2014, led by the vision of Tuan Reynolds of Roanoke, VA, and others, the Reynolds side of the family started a Reynolds Family page on Facebook. Pictured left are the family patriarch (Tazwell Reynolds, born in 1862 in Franklin County, VA) and the matriarch (Mariah Guerrant Reynolds, born in in 1863 in Franklin County, VA). They were wed in 1885. They were born when Abraham Lincoln was U.S. president. Today their descendants are productive and nationwide. To the members and friends of the family, what has the experience now been like connecting or re-connecting with family on the Reynolds Family page (and beyond)?
When you were young, did you ever curse or cuss around your parents or grownups? What happened? Today do your children or young people curse around you?
Congratulations to the entire Hylton-Joyce family for keeping the family tradition alive in 2013. This year the family reunion took place in August in Charlotte, North Carolina. The next family reunion will be in 2015 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Pictured left are cousins; Shevonne Martin, Leartis Martin and Yazmin Price. More reunion photos will be posted shortly.
This month's question: If you attended the reunion, what were one or two highlights? If you were not able to attend (KOH is guilty), do you plan to attend in 2015?
When I (KOH) formed INVR Standards / HHEW as a media, education and leadership consortium, I wanted it to be something all of my family members and friends would not only be proud of, but also like to be a part of. Please take a look through the INVR / HHEW website and let me know where you think you could play a role. Or where it falls short.
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