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The Invisible Fence

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A lovely journal as usual with intriguing photos and artwork!

Zeebra Designs & Destinations

P1750084 green vine yellow flower black fruit on fence wire at pond‘The memory is a living thing – it too is in transit. But during the moment, all that is remembered joins and lives – the old and the young, the past and the present, the living and the dead.’ – Eudora Welty – One Writer’s Beginnings

(This was written a few weeks ago ‘between painting sessions.’  Short internet checks have kept my communication skills hobbled, but it seems timely today to ignore the emails, the news updates (I am anxious to check – but will wait to post this.) I often realized my good fortune to have had so much practice with self-imposed isolation. This present marathon of isolation has barely affected my moods – as long as there are paints and brushes and pencils and books to occupy my time, I am happy. (I do miss my connection with nature.)

Even when recovering from the dengue-chikungunya co-infection in 2015…

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Written by Jude Cowell

June 1, 2020 at 3:50 am

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My Ancestors Signature #11 ~ Susan Childress Rucker

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This is great Valerie good job as always! Plus, my paternal great grandmother was Martha Ida Childress!

Genealogy With Valerie

How many of you have searched for any kind of photo of an Ancestor and you weren’t able to find one? Especially for one who lived before photography was invented? Have you ever looked through documents like wills, or marriage licenses and you discover that your 3x Great Grandpa had signed it? This signature is a little piece of him that was left behind. By posting it online we can preserve it for future generations. This is the 2nd female ancestors’ signature I have found!

My 3rd Cousin

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Susan Childress Rucker sign on Bond Apr 3 1878


Bond April 3, 1878

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

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Written by Jude Cowell

May 23, 2020 at 6:17 pm

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A Portrait of Evelynn

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May 21, 2020: Occasionally I still draw on white paper. Here’s A Portrait of Evelynn as an example!

Evelynn cordially invites you to browse my art portfolio of drawings at Jude Cowell Art 24/7.

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May 21, 2020 at 4:30 pm

New Moon in Gemini, May 22, 2020

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Friday May 22, 2020 New Moon 2Gemini05 @1:39 pm edt:

Libra Seeking Balance

Staying tethered to reality is going to be a major challenge on the New Moon at 02° 05′ Gemini, 22 May 2020, 10:39 AM PDT. The luminaries themselves benefit from a trine to Saturn in Aquarius which will hopefully keep them from sliding too far off course. However, they are also square to slippery Mars in Neptune ruled Pisces, who is not noted for being direct under the best of circumstances. This situation brings the duality of Gemini to our attention with Gemini’s ability to gather and disseminate good information on one side, and on the other, it’s gift for telling half-truths and outright lies in a believable manner. The resulting confusion is pure Neptune.

The real source of misinformation is Mercury-Venus conjoined in Gemini exactly square Neptune in Pisces. Usually a Mercury-Venus conjunction in verbal Gemini would be wonderful for articulating our feelings but not this time. Declarations of…

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May 20, 2020 at 10:28 pm

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Monday’s for Me ~ I Caught A Whopper!

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From desert to Oak Grove!

Genealogy With Valerie

Janice SmithWhen I was 12 years old my family moved to Missouri. Oak Grove Missouri to be exact. This small town just east of Kansas City is where my maternal Grandpa and Uncle lived. Grandpa lived in town and my Uncle Gene lived on a farm a few miles outside of the city limits. I was so excited the first time we visited them. Growing up in the desert, I had not experienced all the wonders of farm life. I got to milk the cow, help my Aunt Mae make butter, and homemade strawberry ice cream! I got to help my cousin Janice, who was 2 years older than me, collect eggs and she let me drive the tractor down the road to deliver them to a neighbor. I loved everything about the farm.

During one visit Janice asked me and my sister if we wanted to go fishing. There was…

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Written by Jude Cowell

May 5, 2020 at 3:22 am

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New Moon in Taurus, April 22, 2020

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Helpful insights concerning the April 22 New Moon @3Taurus, the Exaltation of the Moon degree! And a fortunate degree according to Nicholas DeVore:

Libra Seeking Balance

Life is about to get very real under the potent New Moon at 03° 24′ Taurus on 22 April 2020, 0727 PM PDT. Uranus in Taurus conjoins the Sun and Moon with Saturn in Aquarius squaring them. Changes we’ve experienced in our lives since Uranus entered Taurus about a year ago are about to become far more permanent. Keep in mind this is not necessarily bad either, despite the tendency many of us have to leap to the worst possible conclusions. Once the dust settles, we might find ourselves in a situation we find much more compatible with our most authentic self.

Fixed earth (Taurus) dominates this New Moon chart which just about guarantees the focus will be in the real world. We are looking for tangible results, not more endless speculation and theorizing. We need to know exactly what we can do to improve our lot even if that…

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Written by Jude Cowell

April 21, 2020 at 11:38 am

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Thomas Coffey ~ They Called Him “HellFIRE” ~ #52Ancestors ~ Week 15

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This guy sounds — lovely ;)!!

Genealogy With Valerie

Thomas Coffey picThomas Coffey my 2nd cousin 2x removed, was born in Grainger County, Tennessee on December 7, 1852. He married Martha Jane Shockley in 1872. They bought some land in the county and began to farm and raise their 13 children. Life was not easy for the Coffey’s, not because they were farmers, or because they had so many children or the fact that they didn’t have much money. Life was hard because Thomas was a difficult man. There was a saying in Grainger county about the Coffey family: it was said, the reason so many Coffey’s intermarried was that only a Coffey could tolerate a Coffey.  I have found the intermarriage part to be very true.

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It didn’t help that Thomas has redheaded and a lot of people just assumed he had a bad temper because of that. However, in this case, they were correct! He was always ready…

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April 8, 2020 at 7:46 pm

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