November, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

Come ye thankful People, come: Raise the song of Harvest home


Coming This Sunday: Appealing Subjects

This Sunday at Shades of the Departed, a new weekend column called Appealing Subjects debuts.  And it’s written by me! I’m honored to be one of the four Weekend with Shades columnists.  The others are Terry Thornton, George Geder, and Jasia. In Appealing Subjects, we’ll explore the strange and wonderful relationship between photography and law. We’ll consider issues such as …Continue reading →


A New Rabbit: Santa Fe’s African American Graveyard Rabbit

This new blog by the estimable George Geder can be found at George poses this interesting question: “How many African Americans are buried in Santa Fe, New Mexico? Who are they? What are their stories?” His answers no doubt will fascinate and educate us. Check it out!


Veterans Day 2008

Our Veterans Day post, on this 90th anniversary of the end of World War I, is called “The Pyrrhic Monument at Meuse-Argonne.” You can find it at The Peripatetic Graveyard Rabbit.


Family on Television

My families will be getting some television exposure this fall. First, on Tuesday, November 11, ABC Family Channel presents the two hour season finale of Lincoln Heights, which stars Nicki Mischeau as Jennifer Sutton, wife of police officer Eddie Sutton. Nicki is part of the “French Negroes of Illinois” families that settled in St Louis.  An experienced character role player, …Continue reading →


Some of the Photographic Stash

You recall that last summer I cane into a windfall of literally thousands of photographs.  Well, we’ve spent some time on photo-triage, so every now and then I display some of the pictures most compelling or most in need of rehabilitation.  This is another of such posts. We start with a good one. These portraits are of John Henry Phillip …Continue reading →


Oh Baby! My Mother Smiles for the Camera


My Father Was Born 70 Years . . .

. . . after the Emancipation Proclamation.   And now, 76 years after his birth, he’s seen the impossible.


Graveyard Rabbits?

What’s a Graveyard Rabbit? Well, there are about 40 or so new ones in the blogosphere as of tonight! The Association of Graveyard Rabbits is an inspired idea from Terry Thornton, writer and publisher of The Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi. It is a group of bloggers focused only on issues of cemeteries, burial, memorial monuments, and the like. …Continue reading →



I first voted in the 1972 elections; as far as I know, my parents have voted in every election since 1954.  But, of course, not all of my ancestors had the right to vote. The Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution, ratified in 1870, provides: Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied …Continue reading →

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