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Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. As a symbol of the civil rights movement, MLK Jr is an extremely important figure in history. But what does MLK Jr have to do with my family? Nothing in any direct ancestral sense. But what King stood for–the equality of all human beings no matter their differences–is […]


The Year In Review at Jordan’s Journey

The Year In Review at Jordan's Journey

Well, here we are. 2012 is quickly drawing to a close. This time last year this blog didn’t even exist. I was working feverishly to get everything set up on the back end, not to mention finalizing the actual Jordan’s Journey book. I opened the blog to the public on January 1st, 2012. And it’s […]


Blackout! (or, A Time To Reflect)

Blackout! (or, A Time To Reflect)

Regular readers of this blog will know that while I write about my Georgia homeland, I actually live in New York City. So that means the past week has been a rough one. My apartment was without power from Sunday, October 28th around 8:30pm to about 4:30am on Saturday, November 3rd. That’s a long time […]


Photos from Jordan’s Journey lectures

Photos from Jordan's Journey lectures

My lectures and art exhibition in northwest Georgia were well attended by many locals as well as a few people hailing from farther away, including Panama City Beach, FL; Knoxville, TN; and Nashville, TN. Thanks to everyone that stopped by. It was great to see so many old friends and meet a number of new […]


The Union in the South

The Union in the South

One of the exciting things about the research behind Jordan’s Journey was the opportunity to learn about topics I had never explored before. One such subject was the Civil War. Like most things we learn about in history class growing up, the Civil War is glossed over and never examined as closely as it should […]


Armuchee (ᎠᎽᏥ)

Armuchee (ᎠᎽᏥ)

When I tell people I grew up in East Armuchee they almost inevitably say, “Ar-what?” If you spell it out for them, they say, “Ar-MU-chee?” It’s hard to make people understand the way we say it: Ar-MUR-chee. Yes, it’s weird, I know that. But it’s the way we say it. It’s like how in New […]


Ridges and Valleys and Streams… Oh My!

Ridges and Valleys and Streams... Oh My!

The area of northwest Georgia where I grew up is part of the Valley and Ridge region. This region is made up of “long northeast-southwest-trending valleys and ridges that give the region its name” (Geology). The region is not unique to Georgia and “extends continuously from New York to the edge of the Coastal Plain […]


Where are you from?

Where are you from?

Growing up in the rural south, people never ask, “Where are you from?” (unless you have an unfamiliar accent that automaticaly marks you an outsider). It’s assumed that you are American and, more precisely, Southern. There’s no ethnic or national identity beyond that. But living all my adult life in New York City–a virtual stew […]


What’s in a name?

What's in a name?

What’s in a name? When it comes to genealogy: a lot! Family names are the doorway into the world of genealogy and can lead you down roads full of interesting stories no matter how “normal” or “boring” you think your family may be. These stories are a big part of what Jordan’s Journey is about. […]


Join me on Jordan’s Journey

Join me on Jordan's Journey

In the beginning this blog will be made up of extras and outtakes from and expansion upon the Jordan’s Journey book. In most cases this means the stories and images that just didn’t quite fit into the narrative or the space constraints of the book. These “extras” are no less interesting and will always tie back […]