Sunday, September 1, 2013

An Oddity...Or Four

There were a few...interesting...things that came up in my three-day time travel adventure.  I didn't post them as part of yesterday's blog because that was more about unearthing family history than wondering about these peculiar little bits...

1.  As a teenager I used to haunt Powell's, a bookstore in Portland, before they went mainstream, and in the heaps and piles and stacks of old books, I discovered a man who wrote perfect, succinct stories that always ended with an unexpected twist.  His name was O. Henry.  At some point in my twenties I began writing short stories and am still inspired by his style today.

One day I wrote a story about a man named Thomas Barrow.  He lived in the 1800s and was a caretaker at a cemetery.  He was in love with a ghost.  That's all I remember of the story and I'm not even sure I finished it; I haven't given it a single thought in years.  Until Thursday, when I discovered that my 6th great-grandfather lived in the 1800s.  His name was Thomas Barrow.

2.  A branch of my family came from Kent, a home county in England.  They lived in various villages from the mid-1500s into the late 1600s.  Time and the centuries roll by.  Their descendants--having landed in America and moved ever westward--set down their roots in a small community south of Seattle.  Called Kent.

3.  I share my birthday with four of my great-grandmothers and one great-grandfather.  I don't know if that's just a matter of the odds and numbers, but looking over the whole list of 148, there are no other shared dates.

4.  Rarely do I pay attention to my horoscope, but for some reason I read it this morning...

Your family life has taken priority over just about everything else for the past few days.  Try to find a little peace and quiet for yourself today.  Take the chance to relax and recharge your batteries a bit.
And on that note, I'm going to do just that...
Enjoy the holiday weekend everyone!


  1. That's so cool about sharing your birthday with so many grandparents. Very cool indeed ;-)

    It's Labour Day weekend in Toronto as well. Enjoyed a family BBQ today. The wasps spoiled it a little while we ate outdoors ;-(

    Thanks as always for your thoughtful comments on my blog. Means so much to me that it means so much to you, friend.

    And hey, guess what? Fall is on her way ;-)

    1. The wasps and hornets are going wild here--hence my stings from earlier in the week. I think it's the final frenzy before Fall...and their demise.

      You're welcome, on the comments. I've truly enjoyed your photos of Toronto and how you see your city.

      It's still in the 90s here and expected to remain hot and humid for awhile yet. Still, eventually it will be another season. Yay!! ;D