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I Wonder

When I first started blogging about the Emmett Wilson research project, my goal was to put his name back out into the public discussion forum, in the hopes that distant relatives or descendants (who were also doing genealogical research) would find me/him, and exchange information. I knew that by itself, […]

One-Shot at a Free Ride

I’ve been thinking about the vocational/educational breakdown of Emmett’s immediate family: Two physicians; one on-the-job training, one college-educated (Dr. Francis Wilson and his second eldest son, Percy Brockenbrough Wilson) Two lawyers; one on-the-job training, one college-educated (Cephas Love Wilson and Emmett Wilson) Four railroad professionals; high school diploma only, mostly […]

The Gift of Time

I hate reporting this, but I’ve made little actual progress on Emmett’s manuscript since January. My life has been mostly on hold because I’ve had to take several trips to my hometown in Mississippi to get my Dad’s affairs in order. He’s been in rehab after his fall in January, so […]

Why Everything is Not Digitized

Of course, I’d love to have had everything available about Emmett Wilson to be accessible via the Internet. It would have certainly made my life easier as I dug around for primary sources in a variety of libraries and archives, both near and far, over the past five years! But […]

Good Orderly Direction (G.O.D.)

“People who want to believe something will do so despite any and all evidence to the contrary.” Carolyn Hax, The Washington Post, February 3, 2018   “Everything happens on God’s schedule, not mine.” A.A. meeting, Washington, D.C. These are two quotes I’ve come to appreciate over the past two weeks. […]

Deja Vu?

Remember this post? Someone on Zillow used my research to write up this house sales pitch. In April 2017, a gentleman from a real estate office in Pensacola contacted me about this property, telling me it was going on the market in about a year, thought the information I’d gathered on […]

Failing Well

When I’m not writing or conducting research for Emmett’s book, I’m sewing. Sewing is like writing, in that it is creating something unique out of fluid, occasionally hard-to-manipulate content. Sewing is not just about manipulating fabric and thread, but it is a hands-on exercise in creative problem solving using pre-determined […]