Monday, October 25, 2010

So Many Choices, So Little Time


ALL ROADS LEAD TO ATLANTA on November 12-13, 2010 for the 2010 Atlanta Family History Expos. I've been busy finalizing my travel plans and preparing for the upcoming expo and I am so thoroughly excited about attending this conference and meeting so many genealogists from around the country.

Conference Workshops. Part of my preparation has been examining the conference program to plan for the workshops I'd like to attend. This has been a challenging task with so many choices of workshops, and so little time. There will be only ten workshop sessions (nine room each session,) but since I will be conducting one during one of these time slots, that leaves me with only nine possibilities. So now my task is to PRIORITIZE and determine which nine workshops I need the most. Ah, Decisions, Decisions. I'm sure that other conference attendees are having this same dilemna.

My Workshop. I'm glad that I examined the conference program again because I see that my workshop, Let Your Voice Be Heard in the Digital Conversation, has been moved up to the Friday, 11:30 a.m. slot instead of Saturday at 2:30 p.m.


The focus of this workshop is on adding audio or voice messages to spice up text‐based communications in documents, emails, and Internet sites. This workshop will help participants discover free audio recording tools on their computers and guide them in understanding the added benefits of enhancing digital documents with audio and voice messages.



I am also excited that I will be a Blogger of Honor at this conference.


REMEMBER THAT ALL ROADS LEAD TO ATLANTA on November 12-13, 2010. Hope to see you at the conference.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sacred Sunday: When the Church Rocks

This video of Queen Esther White Young singing the song “If Jesus Goes With Me, I Can Go Anywhere” at the Tabernacle Echoes Grand Reunion Concert stirs up so many images and stories of the rich tradition of African American gospel music and choirs.




Uncle Willie's Stories. Although the speed of this song is not extremely fast, but rather a slow-medium speed, watching and enjoying this video reminds me of stories I heard from my Uncle Willie Johnson (1915-2000), a brother of my maternal grandmother. In describing the church services of his youth during the 1920s and 1930s in Warren County, NC, Uncle Willie enthusiastically recalled the days of his family’s church when there was no piano or musical instruments. “As we walked through the woods towards the church, you could hear the church rocking and the saints singing and clapping and praising God,” he recalled. “Then we would walk or run a little faster to get to church.” These were also the days when rural churches typically had wood floors, so I’m sure Uncle Willie also heard foot tapping along with the singing and hand clapping.

The Choir Rock. One thing I notice in this video which stirs up memories is the choir rocking from side to side in unison to the beat of the music. Sometimes a Choir Director gestures to the choir which direction to begin moving. At other times, some choir members may just begin moving to the music on their own. This takes me back to my days singing in the church and college gospel choirs during the 1970s and 1980s.

The Choir’s Attire. I knew this had to be a special occasion concert just by looking at the attire of the choir members with the ladies all dressed beautifully in varying black dresses accessorized with white beaded necklaces and a red flower, and the men dressed in black suits with white shirts and red ties. The red flowers and red ties are the accessories which make these various styles of dresses, suits, and necklaces look uniform.

The Soloist. Sister Queen works this song and I love it when she comes down into the church aisle. You can hear and feel the electricity in the audience as she walks down the aisle bellowing this great tune. The sound of the hand clapping gets louder and it is at this climatic peak that the church is officially ROCKING! This is the point where my mind drifts back to Uncle Willie’s recollections of the church rocking during his youth and I sit in front of my computer singing, clapping and swaying from side to side in my chair as I enjoy this song and travel down memory lane.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

One More Month!




Looking forward to attending the 2010 Atlanta Family History Expos next month this time. One more month today will be Saturday, November 13th when I'll be presenting a workshop at the Expo entitled Let Your Voice Be Heard in the Digital Conversation.


The focus of this workshop is on adding audio or voice messages to spice up text‐based communications in documents, emails, and Internet sites. This workshop will help participants discover free audio recording tools on their computers and guide them in understanding the added benefits of enhancing digital documents with audio and voice messages.


I look forward to being one of the Bloggers of Honor at this conference and writing about events at this wonderful conference. I am thrilled that I will have an opportunity to meet numerous bloggers and genealogists whom I've gotten to know through the Internet during the past few years.