Lamb or Lion? March Newletter, 2011

It looks and feels like we have almost made it through the cold, and bleak days of winter.  Has this first day of March dawned, as gentle as a Lamb, romping in Spring meadows or blown in like a raging Lion, where you live?  In my world the Lamb rules the day, but only just.  Temperatures are below normal and white patches of last week’s snow storm dot the shady areas.  The Aristocrat Pear trees along my driveway were fooled by Mother Nature into believing that it was time to bud, a few weeks ago.  Hopefully they have stayed tightly wrapped against the recent biting frosts, for I long to see their perfusion of delicate white blossoms and smell their sweet perfume.

Time to think about new life emerging, blossoming and blooming, fragment smells and beautiful colors; lawnmowers, weeding, hoeing, trimming, fertilizing and spraying for unwanted pests.  But save that daydream and nightmare for another day, for the task of getting this newsletter published is at hand.



I hope you are enjoying Judy Ware’s new saga of her Ware family in Kentucky.  There are 15 chapters loaded with facts and information regarding this colorful family; too much to read all at once.  So long ago Judy and I decided to serialize the book to give readers plenty of time for perusal  Please send you comments and questions to Judy Ware, care of this Blog site.



We have added a new Category to our main Menu on the front page, The Book Review.  Some of our members have been telling me about the books they have read and how they seem to enhance their understanding of Family History, so I suggested they share with others.  Our first submission has come from Cleo Holden, about the book “A Slave No More,” by David W. Blight.  Her Review is reprinted as follows, in case you haven’t read it.

”A Slave No More

John M. Washington

Wallace Turnage

By David W. Blight

In reading the narrative of Washington, born in Virginia and Turnage, a teen in Alabama, the vision that each had for their journey into freedom is quite arresting and extraordinary.

In the first part of the book, it is Mr. Blight who brings his narrative and fills in historical events, times and names sets the pace and backgrounds for the narratives in Washington’s and Turnage’s own words.

Throughout the read you find enrichment and wonder in their  stories that have survived for our enlightenment these many years later.  It is strongly emphasized in the text that each man was educated, could read and write and that they do tell their own stories.  The second part of the book confirms this fact by presenting the text of their discovered writings – in their own words and by their own hands.

According to each, they were determined and very dedicated to reaching freedom.  They do not omit the trials of their families, as Washington and Turnage were fugitives.

In the introductions to their books, they give cause for the writings for their families in order that they will know the what, how, the when and where it all took place and how they endured.  The descriptions in the individual stories are so vivid you take the journey with them right through the Civil War.

There are pictures, glorious pictures of family, these heroes,  copies of their maps, scenes of their home towns to which they so longed to return.

Slave narratives are very rare, and these extraordinary.

Washington and Turnage name names, places and give dates and of course the happenings.  Taliaferro: Catherine Ware, Francis Whitaker

Ware’s: Thomas R. Sr & Jr, William

Hart’s: Hewell, Louis, Nelson, Senetty, William – just to name a few.

Washington and Turnage can best be summed up with a quote on the book cover by Turnage.

‘It was death to go back and it was death to stay there and freedom was before me; it could only be death to go forward if I was caught and freedom if I escaped’.

Take the journey.”



Submitted by Conrad Wayne Ware

In the 1400’s a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed

To beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb.

Hence we have ‘the rule Of thumb’


Many years ago in Scotland , a new game was invented. It was

ruled ‘Gentlemen Only…Ladies Forbidden’.. .and thus, the word

GOLF Entered Into the English language.


The first couple to Be shown in bed together on prime time TV

was Fred and  Wilma Flintstone.


In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts… So in old

England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at

them ‘Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down.’  It’s where

we get the phrase ‘mind your P’s and Q’s’


Many years ago in England , pub frequenters had a whistle

baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When

they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service.

‘Wet your whistle’ is the phrase inspired by this practice.


Each king in a deck Of playing cards represents a great king from history:

Spades – King David

Hearts – Charlemagne

Clubs -Alexander, The Great

Diamonds – Julius Caesar


If a statue in the Park of a person on a horse has both front

legs in the air, The person died in battle. If the horse has one

front leg in the air, the person died because of wounds received

in battle.  If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person

died of natural causes.


In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed

frames by ropes.  When you pulled on the ropes, the mattress

tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the

phrase…’Goodnight , sleep tight’


Every day more money Is printed for Monopoly than the U.S.



Coca-Cola was Originally green.


It is impossible to lick Your elbow.


The State with the Highest percentage of people who walk

to work:  Alaska


The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%

(now get This…)

The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%


The cost of raising A medium-size dog to the age of eleven:

$ 16,400


The average number Of people airborne over the U.S. In any

given Hour:  61,000


Intelligent people Have more zinc and copper in their hair..


The first novel ever Written on a typewriter, Tom Sawyer.


111,111,111 x

111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987, 654,321


Only two people Signed the Declaration of Independence on

July 4, John Hancock And Charles Thomson. Most of the rest

signed on August 2, but The last signature wasn’t added until 5 years later.


Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?

A. Their birthplace


Q. Most boat owners Name their boats. What is the most popular

boat name requested?

A. Obsession


Q. What do Bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers

and laser printers have in common?

A. All were invented by women.


Q. What is the only food that doesn’t spoil?

A. Honey


Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day

of the year?

A. Father’s Day


It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that

for a month after the wedding, the bride’s father would supply his

son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer

and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called

the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.


At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow!





Raymond Ware

Plop!  Plop!  Flop!  Clop!  Flop!  This is what I wake up to each morning!

The sound of feet plopping against the sidewalk in front of my house, as early morning jogging folks do their thing!  Every morning the regular exercise dudes, eight or ten of them, male and female, run their laps around the neighborhood.

I went out one morning to watch them pass, and the expressions on their faces give lie to any measure of delight they claim to get from this activity.

Good gravy, such pain, such anguish expressed on the faces of these souls.

I wondered, if this causes such pain to their faces, what must it be doing to their feet?

Let’s find out!!

Wouldn’t it be neat to talk to our feet, and hear what they have to say?

They’d likely mumble, and then they’d grumble.

And ask, “Why are we treated this way?”

“I’d like for you to be stuffed in a shoe, where it’s hot, smelly and dark!

And when you’re there, where there’s not much air,

You need to walk all over the park!”

“Then you’ll know what it’s like, when you take a long hike,

And walk all over us feet!”

”Then when you run,man, that’s no fun,

You’re shoes really build up the heat!”

”It’s really not right, when you wear shoes too tight,

As it puts us feet in a sweat!”

”I’ll tell you some more, of what makes us sore,

Is walking in shoes that are wet!”

“What we really like, after taking a hike,

Is getting out of shoes for some air!”

”But What’s even better, is getting us wetter,

And toweling us down with care!”

”If you’ll take heed, of the things that we need,

We’ll get you from hither to there.”

We remeber the days, and in tender ways,

When you ran around with us bare!”

(Poor soles!)








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