Sharing Personal History One Life at a Time

Author: tappingroots (page 1 of 2)


Fragile little me


Blurred vision across a cloudy smile



I miss you

Unraveled it cannot be undone


Your hand across mine


Shared moment with the beautiful sky

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Came to me

Happiness is not a person, place or thing.

It’s a feeling, a state of being

Choosing it

Fill me up.

Lil’ poke

Lucky to have loved you

That’s exactly what I am

Even though we’re not together

You will always be my man

All the time we spent together

The best moments of my life

I will hold you close forever

But I don’t want to be your wife

I hope to one day be your partner

Friends forever

Laughter, cheer

See you smiling in the sun

Hear your laughter in my ear

With the road stretched out before us

Our bodies never feeling strife

Until that moment happens

I’ll trust the timing of my life.

Heavy comfort

Today he told me, so I told him…..

The heaviness of it all sat on our tongues for a brief moment.

And then just as quickly the telling broke free at the pace of a child running outside for recess when the bell has rung.

He stayed on course.

I drifted direction some.

Silence followed

Cicadas humming amongst the trees soothed our souls as we sat together and took in the smell of a moonless night.


The soft blue sea winks at me
The keeper of a thousand truths
Come out and play she seems to say
As I cover naked eyes from the sun

Warm sand on feet growing hotter
Sweat beneath my brow
“Tickle me with your toes”, she whispers
Delightedly, I comply
For who can resist her sweet little kiss on a fabulous day in July

The First Land Sales in Port Huron, Michigan

Edward Tiffin Portrait
Edward Tiffin

Tiffin and Michigan Land

After the War of 1812, the federal government conducted surveys of land to be used for military bounties in parts of the Northwest Territory for soldiers who fought in the war.  Each soldier to be given 160 acres.  Edward Tiffin, Surveyor General for the Northwest, issued a letter dated November 30, 1815, to Josiah Meigs, Commissioner of the General Land Office, in which he reported unfavorable conditions in the Michigan Territory describing the land as “so bad that there would not be more than one acre out of a hundred, if there would be one out of a thousand, that would in any case admit of cultivation.”

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No Smallpox for McMorran

Dominion Line Pic

Dominion Line Logo, Source:  Dominion Line Book of Views, 1900

New England Pic

SS New England, Twin Screw Steamship of the Dominion Line, Source: Dominion Line Book of Views, 1900

On January 17, 1900, Henry McMorran applied for a passport to take a winter cruise to the Mediterranean.  The trip, known as the Clark Holy Land Excursion, was organized by Frank C. Clark of New York, the manager of the traveling tour.  On February 1, 1900, Henry, with his daughters, Emma and Clara, and other Port Huronites, Reverend and Mrs. John Munday, Mr. and Mrs. H.G. Barnum and Mrs. William Jenkinson, embarked at Boston on the Dominion Line Steamship, New England, commanded by James McAuley.

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Lost in Translation

Indians Black River Pic

Fort Gratiot, Michigan, the outlet of Lake Huron, adjacent to Auminchaw reservation.  From Castlenau, Vues et Souvenirs du L’Amerique du Nord, pl. 18, fig. 4.

Belief is a beautiful armor
But makes for the heaviest sword
Like punching underwater
You never can hit who you’re trying for
Some need the exhibition
And some have to know they tried
It’s the chemical weapon
For the war that’s raging on inside
– John Mayer, 2006, Belief

Beliefs, Values, Morals & The Great Leap Forwards

Our beliefs form from our experiences, what we see, hear, read, and think about.  They are assumptions or thoughts we associate with who we are and how we perceive others to be.  They help shape and form our opinions and attitudes about what we perceive to be “good” or “bad”.   Values come from our beliefs.  They are the things we think are important.  Whether it’s honesty, education, loyalty, money, faithfulness, etc.


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