Wednesday, August 27, 2014

August 2014 Family Reunion in S.C.

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Didn't know they had sand in South Carolina outside of the beach areas. But I stepped all in it last weekend in the Park where our family reunion was held in Florence County, South Carolina. Wasn't ready for the sand in my toes.

We had a ball and hung out with all the descendants of Wheeler and Sally McElveen. We respresented the lineage from his daughter Lizzie. We all wore pink, as the other descendants of the couple wore either blue, green, or red. I hear pink was my grandmother Lizzie's favorite color. 

Uncle Mose and Gigi

Cousin Penny and my mom (Mary)
Aunt Sister and Aunt Juanita

Cousin Kenny, Uncle Charles, Dad (Bobby), and Cousin Ronnie

Aunt Betty and Cousin Shawn
(They, along with Uncle Charles, didn't know about the Pink plan)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Mint Museum Summer Camp Art Show

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Here's Gigi and friends at The Mint Museum Summer Camp Art Show, which is going on until September 14 at the Mint Museum of Art (Randolph) in the Ivey Gallery. Two of her pieces were featured (the trees and her self portraits).

Gigi's art

Gigi's art

Ines, Gigi, and Ines' two daughters

Alicia and Gigi

Monday, August 11, 2014

I Am the Vine

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John 15:1-5:

I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit…Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Patience Y'all

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"Patience is the virtue that causes deceit to reveal itself." -- Unknown

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Notes from One Sunday Morning

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Here are some notes from a church service I attended several years ago. I'm glad I kept these words -- these messages are invaluable. I hope my notes move you as much as they move me -- still.
  • God is my protector and will fight my battles for me. 
  • God will put people in place to nurture me, love me, soothe and comfort me.
  • Don't work so hard. You don't have to worry.
  • You're not running a race. You can slow down. There's enough time to do all that you need and want to do.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Family Gathering July 2014

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Gigi with Granddad
Norma, Carolyn, Will, Mom (Mary), Dorothy, and Claire
Mom (Mary), Will, Dot, and Claire


Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Nina Simone, George Clinton, Fantasia, and More at N.C. Music Hall of Fame

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Gigi and I recently took a trip to the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in Kannapolis and received a personal tour of this treasure spot in the birthplace of the King of P-Funk, George Clinton, who was inducted into the Hall in 2009, ten years after Doug Croft and Joe Carroll founded the space. Clinton hasn't actually seen his featured memorabilia in the hall yet -- as it's been difficult to get the funk allstar to grace the place with his presence. Veronica Cordle, NC Music Hall of Fame representative, who so graciously gave us the tour, said she hopes to change that soon. "We've been trying to get in touch with him and just haven't had any luck," she told us during our visit. New music industry inductees are honored with a a VIP Red Carpet reception and ceremony each year in October, but Clinton didn't make it when the organization inducted him four years ago. Maybe Cordle could invite Clinton to come to the museum to sign copies of his upcoming book, Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't that Funkin' Kinda Hard on You? That might get his attention.

I was surprised to learn how much musical talent has come out of North Carolina -- including some of my alltime favorites like Nina Simone, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Max Roach, Roberta Flack, Maceo Parker, and so many more. Who knew such splendid treasures could be found in the North Carolina History books?

In October the N.C. Music Hall of Fame will induct the following musicians who were either born in N.C., or have strong ties to the state: Clay Aiken, Fantasia, Jimmy Capps, The Embers, Littel Eva, Lulu Belle & Scotty, Tab Smith and Link Wray. The celebration will be held on October 16 at the Gem Theatre in Kannapolis. Cordle says she hopes Fantasia will sing during the event. Me too! If I find out that she will perform, I may have to attend the festivities myself! The hall is located in the old city jail building in Kannapolis, but the founders plan to move to a portion of the new baseball stadium planned for downtown Kannapolis. For details about the upcoming Induction ceremony and visiting hours for the N.C. Music Hall of Fame, call 704-934-2320 or send a message to

Friday, June 27, 2014

Bittersweet with MFSB/TSOP

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This song gets me everytime. First it makes me want to cry -- then it makes me want to dance. Here's Mother Father Sister Brother (the Sound of Philadelphia) playing "Bittersweet."

Monday, June 23, 2014

Journey on Beauty and Compliments

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One should be as cautious when receiving the compliment 'you have a good heart' as one should be when they are told 'you have a nice body'.

Both are nice to hear. Both are flattering. Both have the potential to be coming from someone who seeks to exploit one or the other.

Either way, be aware but not paranoid. A rose is still a rose no matter what its beauty evokes. Bloom regardless.

- journey