Learning From Your Family


Persistence pays off.

My Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather, Nathaniel Blackmer fought in the Revolutionary War. In his lifetime, he was not given the recognition he deserved, as no one could find his service records. He persisted until the day he died, trying to prove his loyalty to the U.S. Turns out they had misspelled his last name. In May of 2009, he was honored with a plaque after the misspelling was discovered by persistent family members. A ceremony complete with honor guard was held to put his plaque in place in Richfield Union Cemetary in Davison. Dad and I visted the historic cemetary yesterday, with graves dating back to the 1700’s. Way to go, Grandpa Blackmer!

If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”
Betty Ruth Covert, my mom.
I know, your mom probably said the same thing. This was my mom’s most famous expression, and it is ingrained on my soul. Please, when you are posting online or sending an email to an entire group of people, don’t talk bad about someone or scold them publicly. Think before you post. Nobody likes a public spanking. How do I know? Ouch! Feeling the pains this morning.

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