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Monday, August 18, 2014


Living in Appalachia, I run into a few Preppers now and then.  That's someone prepared to survive the Armageddon of some attack, or more likely the doomsday from environmental chaos.  They speak of themselves as Preppers (which isn't in spell check yet!)  But they have a web site and newsletter, as well as the magazine Survival.

They even have computers that are designed to survive an EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse.)  EMP is the end of our civilization as we know it, without bombs.  Of course it means all our technology stops at the same time, so I'm not sure why the Preppers have computers that could survive.  No electricity, (cept your batteries for a while),  no cars, no planes, (unless they are designed before computers were in them.)


Anyway, why did I bring them up?  I'm watching a Netflix series from BBC called "Survivors."  I had watched some of the post-apocalyptic TV shows made in the US, but not any from England before.  I soon lost interest in the US mainstream TV versions.  Same old soap opera or cowboy stuff just in a different environment.  Not really dealing with survival issues.  So far Survivors has presented some of the realistic problems, but they have some coincidences that are pretty strange.  The few people who survived the epidemic somehow all come together...and all kinds of deaths seem to be so sudden people are still sitting in waiting room chairs at the hospital.  Not many fires or explosions (yet) which were prevalent after Katrina in New Orleans. 

Anyway, I get to turn it off whenever I get stressed.  That's part of why I watch it.  Much easier to deal with than the real life environmental stresses, or the way people are really treating people on the news each evening.  I haven't watched a TV for a year and a month.  I do watch news on the computer every once in a while, if there's something happening in which I'm interested.  Otherwise, my stress level has been greatly reduced, and nothing happening in the world would have been affected one bit by my watching those gory details.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Hey, Russell, here's a granddad...

Aaron John Rogers, born 1265 in Rome, Roma, Lazio, Italy,  died 1356 in Somerset England.  I posted about him HERE before.

And this is the furthest back that the Rogers genealogy goes at this point...or maybe there was another count who lived in Naples.  Mmm, that must have been on a different tree.

Anyway, whether or not this grandfather is truly yours or not, have a great birthday this 16th of August.  I know you're my son, and am so proud of you.  I've loved you since the day you were born!

I think what is remarkable about the Rogers tree is that all these men had a son...until my generation.
And of course you've done the same thing my dad did, had only daughters.  But then, your mom (me) changed her name back to Rogers after her divorce, and apparently a couple of my female cousins also still have the Rogers name.  So what's in a name?

I'll only post one picture of you this year...since I posted so many last year HERE. 

Now which one do I want to post, about this one?

A Taco for 49 cents, and Tai was much shorter than you were, just before we left Altanta for Cumberland Island vacation trip...mid 80s.  It was great fun with you and Tai on several summer camping trips.  Now you both have your own summer vacations...outdoors too!

Have a very happy birthday, son.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Teens in uniforms

"D" Co. '34  What is this?  My mother's album, I think.  She graduated Thomas Jefferson Highschool in '34, I think.  San Antonio, Texas.  That's where she met my father.  If he's on that field, I sure don't know.  He didn't ever serve in uniform, I do know.

Here's my mother, Mataley, on the left. 

Did they write letters to soldiers later when they went to war?  Perhaps.

I personally had 2 soldier pen-pals.  One served in the Air Force in Korea in the 50s.  And the other was in the Coast Guard on isolated duty in the Aleutians of Alaska for a year, and then I married him when he returned to civilization.  Sorry, no pictures remain.  But I did enjoy our correspondences.

Check Sepia Saturday HERE for more about soldiers and writing correspondence.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Feeling sad

It's not every day..two illustrious people died within days of each other, both in the entertainment industry.  I imagine they have met and have put their feet up someplace, and are looking out at some vistas and relaxing, sharing some stories.  If not that...then I know that their energies will live on through the many wonderful memories they left with us. 

Actress, Oscar Nominee, Tony Award winner and Kennedy Center Award recipient Lauren Bacall passed away at the age of 89 yesterday. Her career spanned five decades of prominent stage and film roles.

And this just after the day that Robin Williams committed suicide.

When Christopher Reeve was in the hospital, awaiting a back surgery that had a fifty/fifty chance of killing him, a man burst into his room. He was wearing surgical scrubs, talking in a Russian accent, and said he was there to give a rectal exam. It was Robin Williams; the two men had been roommates together at Juilliard. Later Reeve said of his life-long friend:

“For the first time since the accident, I laughed. My old friend had helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay.”

That's sort of what Robin Williams did for all of us.  Source:
Badass Digest

Monday, August 11, 2014

Super Moon enjoyed

 I confess...these are pictures of July's super moon.  For August, too many clouds for the whole weekend long.  But actually the sun is shining right now, so perhaps there will be moonlight tonight...a day after full.

Friday, August 8, 2014

National recognition of our tribe?

More news articles from earlier in 2014 about the Native American tribe of Nansemonds, from whom my Rogers family has descended through my great great grandfather, Col. Richard Bass. I started a year ago HERE, and several following posts are about my Native American connection.

This post also will talk about false pretenses..

Bill to recognize Nansemonds passes committee

Published 9:14pm Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A bill that would extend federal recognition to the Nansemond Indian Tribe and five others in Virginia passed the (US) Senate Indian Affairs Committee on Wednesday.

The tribes also include the Chickahominy, Eastern Chickahominy, Upper Mattaponi, Rappahannock and Monacan.

“I just hope we can finally get there,” Nansemond Indian Tribal Association Chief Barry Bass said on Thursday. “It’s been a long, hard road.”

The bill has passed the Senate Indian Affairs Committee before, but a vote in the full Senate has been blocked by senators who believe the tribes should have to go through the Bureau of Indian Affairs as other tribes have done.

But recognition through the bureau’s administrative process requires documentation that current tribal members have a continuous line of descent from the historical tribes. That has been difficult, if not impossible, for Virginia Indians to prove, in part because of Walter Plecker, who was the registrar of Virginia’s Bureau of Vital Statistics from 1912 to 1946. He replaced “Indian” with “black” for the race on many birth and death certificates that passed through his office, ensuring that no official documentation exists for many tribal members to prove their relationship to ancestors.

“Federal recognition of the Chickahominy, Eastern Chickahominy, Monacan, Nansemond, Rappahannock and Upper Mattaponi tribes of Virginia is long overdue,” Sen. Mark Warner said in a press release. “Members of our Virginia Indian tribes are both part of the history of the Commonwealth and valued members of our present and should be recognized as such.”

“Committee passage of this legislation is a critical step toward granting these six Virginia tribes the recognition they deserve,” Sen. Tim Kaine said in the press release. “These tribes are an integral part of Virginia’s history and identity, and it is both troubling and tragic that they have never been recognized by the United States, even when more than 500 other Indian tribes have been granted recognition.”

NansemondLogo Keziash Elizabeth Tucker Bass

Time for recognition

Published 9:58pm Friday, April 4, 2014

...Virginia has officially recognized Virginia’s Indian tribes, but the U.S. Senate has a chance now to finally make amends with them for Pleckerism. (see above)  Recognition of the tribes in Virginia — the first people Europeans encountered upon reaching the New World and the first people to call this place home — would help restore the identity that a truly hateful and bigoted man began tearing from them a century ago (Walter Plecker)
 Federal recognition would send a message that the nation is also proud of these First Peoples, their heritage and the important place they hold in Virginia’s — and the nation’s — history.

(underlines and bold typeface by BRogers)

I'm submitting this post to Sepia Saturday this week, where the topic does include false pretenses (which is this man's charged offense).  

I'd say Pleckerism definitely qualifies, and certainly was criminal, even unto the seventh (How many?) generations that follow and aren't recognized as American Indians.


I personally find it interesting that still, if a persons parents are white and black, they automatically become black on various pieces of paper.  If American Indian and white, they become American Indian, and if American Indian and black, Pleckerism continues and they are usually considered black.

You don't have to wear a white hood and burn crosses to continue white supremicism. Racism is still an ugly truth in our lives today.  I live in the south still.  

I wonder how things are in the UK and Australia?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Nansemond Indians recognized in parade

 As I mentioned last post, my Rogers family has roots including the Nansemond Indians of Suffolk, VA, a small tribe among those who welcomed the first Western Europeans to the shores of North America in the 1600s.  Chuckatuck is apparently the community where the new American Indian village, Mattanock, will be built by the Nansemonds (see last post).

Last year there was a celebration including Chief Barry Bass...

Chuckatuck looks back — and ahead

Published 9:59pm Saturday, October 26, 2013

This was the...
second annual Founder’s Day in Chuckatuck, VA, with parade and speeches, children singing, and an antique car show....

 Folks lined Kings Highway for the parade to the Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department building. The event’s grand marshal, Chief Barry Bass of the Nansemond Indians, dressed in full regalia, and was driven by Jamie Bradshaw....

Fittingly, (co-chair of event, Kitty) Martin said, "Chief Barry Bass of the Nansemond Indians has been selected as the event’s grand marshal.  We wanted him to be a part, because their land is a part of our community,” she said, referring to 70 acres the city recently conveyed to the tribe, where it plans to develop an educational tourist attraction, Mattanock Town, recreating the tribe’s 1600s village that was located near the site.

Invited up to say a few words, Chief Bass said he was honored to have been selected as grand marshal. “It’s great being here,” he said.
Mayor Linda T. Johnson cited the 1600s Native American village the Nansemond tribe plans to build on 70 Chuckatuck acres recently conveyed to the tribe by the city.
“With Mattanock Town coming to Chuckatuck, we are just going to grow and become a very special place,” she said. “We already are, but it’s going to get better and better.”