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Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday's Poetry Corner—To the Polite Racists

The New York Times dedicated a full page to a poem by Langston Hughes called, I, Too.

This week, Keith Lamont Scott became the latest victim of a fatal police shooting in North Carolina.  In my opinion, he was shot because he was a black man surrounded by out-of-control hysterical police who screamed at him, cursed at him, and then shot him to death in the street.

His wife recorded the incident on her phone.  Do you see a gun near his feet?  I don't.  

Everyday racism is so common that most of us politely ignore it, gloss over it, and tolerate it.  But, the irony is that we're not keeping the peace.  We are promoting racism in all of its forms, and people are still dying in the street as a result.

If keeping the peace means keeping my mouth shut when I witness a racist act or hear a racist comment, then I am not for keeping that peace.  I will roar it down every time.

To the Polite Racists
by TA Nelson

I am tired 
of the fear
that feeds the ignorant
and the entitled
their daily dose of hate

I am weary
those who 
blame the victims

I am disgusted
with cowards who don't stand up to it  

I am worried
about the next generation of kids
who will not learn about inequality

I am sick
of a new generation of parents
who teach their children
to ignore discrimination

refuse to allow 
one more person to express
their bigotry to me  

I have not forgotten
 about lynchings and segregated drinking fountains 
and civil rights workers who died
in Mississippi

that racial profiling is 
not the same as an opinion

I will not tolerate
racism, now or ever

I make no apologies 
for standing up to
racial profiling

and the polite racists in my family

I do not care
if this makes me unpopular.

• fight • racism • every • day •

Sunday, September 25, 2016

New Week, New Goal: Get in Shape!

Fall is a great time to set end-of-year goals

My New Goal:  Shape Up!

Take a walk & enjoy the Fall colors
A tree at the Lafayette Reservoir where I walk & run

[Insert photo of my new birthday Saucony Guide8 running shoes here]

(Thank you, person who gave me the Amazon birthday gift card.  
You know who you are!)

My new shoes get here on Wednesday

to go with those 
AWESOME running shoes

(same deal as above)

It's more fun to work out in new workout clothes!  My new orange teeshirt gets here on Tuesday.  
Photo to come.

My new pants don't get here until October 6-17, so I will have to train in my underpants until then.  Sorry, reservoir people.

Pray that my pants get here sooner.

• use it • or lose it •


Thursday, September 22, 2016

#TBT—Nevada Report Cards

1936 & 1942 from my Aunt Beverley's collection

1st Grade
Public Schools 
of Caliente, Nevada

8 September 1936

"We give two separate reports.  The first indicates the progress made by the pupil in the formation of the essential traits of character and attitudes of mind that make for good citizenship.  Upon these depend the future of democracy and the stability of government.  In this training we recognize that the school shares responsibility with the home.  The second report indicates the progress in the regular studies."

-- Golden Hollingshead, Principal

First Grade_Fall 1936
School Subjects 1st through 8th Grade:
Phonics, reading, spelling, writing, language,
history, geography, arithmetic, mental arithmetic,
music, drawing, hygiene, civics, business forms, current events,
health work, athletics, cooking and sewing

Promoted to 2d Grade

"Your signature indicates that you have inspected the card—not that you approve or disapprove.  Please return the card promptly."

7th Grade
Las Vegas City Schools

8 Sept 1942

7th Grade_Fall 1942

A = Honor
B = Satisfactory
C = Passing
D = Failure

Perfect Attendance

Printed by the Review Journal

K.O. Knudson, Principal

• education • in • nevada •

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Tuesday's Cupboard—Tandoori Roasted Cauliflower Stew

Adapted from Weight Watchers Magazine_Sept /Oct 2016

Souper time!

tandoori roasted cauliflower stew

prep 25 mins / cook 45 mins / serves 8

equipment:  Silpat or parchment paper; immersion blender

Warm & spicy & bursting with exotic flavors

  • 8 cups cauliflower cut-up & divided in half
  • 2 T. curry powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt, divided (1/2 tsp each)
  • olive oil PAM
  • 1 T. coconut oil
  • 2 c. red or yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. chopped garlic (jarred, packed in water or 1 clove, fresh)
  • 1 tsp. minced ginger (jarred or fresh)
  • 1 tsp. mustard seed
  • 1 tsp. cumin seed
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 2 (14 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups fresh green beans, cleaned & cut into 2-inch segments
  • 1 T. lime juice (preferably fresh)
  • paprika for sprinkling on top
  • chopped fresh basil (optional for sprinkling on top)
cauliflower & curry powder

make it!
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a SILPAT.  Spray lightly with olive oil PAM.
  2. Place 4 cups of the chopped cauliflower in a large bowl & coat with olive oil PAM.
  3. Toss with 2 tsp. curry powder & 1/2 tsp. kosher salt.  
  4. Spread cauliflower on prepared pan; roast, stirring once halfway through, about 30 minutes.  Set aside.
  5. While cauliflower is roasting, heat coconut oil in a large soup pot.  
  6. Add onion & remaining 1/2 tsp. salt, stirring often until slightly softened, about 5 mins.
  7. Add garlic, ginger, mustard seed, cumin seed & remaining curry powder (about 1 tsp, or more to taste).  Stir to combine.
  8. Cook, stirring frequently, about 1 minute.
  9. Add broth & remaining 4 cups of uncooked cauliflower to the pot.
  10. Increase heat to high & bring to a boil.
  11. Reduce heat to medium-low & simmer uncovered until cauliflower is soft, about 15 minutes.
  12. Remove from the heat & place on a heat-proof surface.  Using an immersion blender, purée soup in the pot.  
  13. Stir in canned tomatoes & fresh green beans.  
  14. Cook uncovered until green beans are tender, 5 to 7 minutes.
  15. Stir in lime juice & roasted cauliflower.  Heat through for 2 minutes.
  16. Serve in bowls topped with paprika & chopped fresh basil.
Tip:  This is even better heated up the next day, after the flavors have combined overnight.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

#TBT—My Pioneer Ancestors

On the Jones side through my dad's grandmother, Annetta Clark Jones

jones • clark • carpenter


my father

Reynold Uther Jones was born in Carson City, Nevada, on February 19, 1935.  He died in Las Vegas on 26 Nov 2013.  He is buried at the Veterans' Cemetery in Boulder City, Nevada.  

my grandfather & great-grandparents

My grandfather, Uther Clark Jones, was born 25 Dec 1907 in Malad, Idaho.  He died 25 July 1975 and is buried at Bunkers Memory Gardens Cemetery in Las Vegas.

My great-grandfather, William Uther Jones, was born 25 March 1880 in Malad City, Oneida, Idaho.  He died 22 August 1958 in Henderson, Nevada, and is buried side-by-side with his wife, Annetta, at Bunkers Memory Gardens Cemetery.  The marker appears to be located in the Garden of Devotion, Section 5.

My great-grandmother, Annetta Erminia Clark (Jones) was born 25 April 1879 in Mt. Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah.  She died 25 July 1962 in St. George, Washington County, Utah.  She is buried next to my great-grandfather at Bunkers Memory Garden Cemetery in Las Vegas.   

This photo was taken in the front yard of my grandparents' house on Earl Street in Las Vegas.  William Uther Jones went by his middle name, Uther.  My grandfather, Uther Clark Jones, was often referred to as "jr," even though he was not technically a junior.  This photo is dated, December 1960, but it is probably incorrect since (WM) Uther Sr. died in 1958.  


my great-great grandparents

These are the parents of Annetta Erminia (Clark) Jones 
(Annetta is my dad's grandmother)

Orrin Smith Clark was born on 7 Nov 1832 in Chautauqua County, New York.  He died 29 Dec 1911 & is buried at the Chilly Cemetery in Custer County, Idaho.  His parents were Joseph Chandler Clark & Phylinda Carpenter Clark.

Orrin Clark is listed in the Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel database as having made the journey to Utah as a member of an unknown company in 1851 at the age of 18.  He was traveling with his parents and his sister, Sophronia, probably from Council Bluffs, Iowa.  All four of them are listed in the 1850 Iowa census as residents of Pottawattamie County.

He was married on 25 Sept 1855 in Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah to...

Sarah Elizabeth Gilson She was born on 25 Oct 1840 in Virginia.  She died on 6 May 1915 and is buried in the Chilly Cemetery, Custer County, Idaho. Her parents were John Gilson & Sarah Susanna (Conklin) Gilson.

They had 13 children, including Annetta Erminia Clark, my great-grandmother.  

Sarah Elizabeth Gilson is listed in the Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel database as a member of the James C. Snow Company which departed from Kanesville, Iowa, (present day Council Bluffs) on 5 july 1852 and arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on 9 Oct 1852.  She was 11 years old at the time, and she traveled with her mother, Sarah Susanna (Conklin) Houghton.  


my great-great-great grandparents

These are the parents of Orrin Smith Clark (Orrin is Annetta Clark's father):

Joseph Chandler Clark was born 7 Oct 1798 in Hampshire, Steuben County, New York.  He died on 25 Oct 1866 in Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah.  He is buried in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery, Pleasant Grove, Utah.  His parents were Jonathan Clark and Susan Clark.

Married in 1820 in Chautauqua County, New York;  sealed in the LDS Church 7 April 1958 to...

Phylinda Carpenter was born 10 April 1802 in Brookfield, Madison County, New York.  She died on 10 Jan 1853 in Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah.  

Joseph & Phylinda Clark were early Mormon converts.  At some point after Orrin was born (in 1832), they moved the family to Kirtland, Ohio, where Phylinda's parents were living.

In 1838, Joseph C. Clark signed the family up to join the Kirtland Camp, the first organized Mormon overland travel company of 59 wagons and 515 pioneers (249 males & 266 females with 27 tents, 97 horses, 22 oxen, 69 cows, and 1 bull).  The company drove west into Missouri to join other church members.  It is documented that Joseph Clark's family wagon broke down near Wooster (Ohio), on July 5, 1838.  It was repaired, and they were able to finish the 870-mile journey.

They arrived at Far West, Missouri, on October 2, 1838.  By the end of the month, the governor of Missouri identified church members as enemies of the state and ordered the state militia to drive all church members out of Missouri.  Two years later, in support of the effort by the church to hold the State of Missouri legally accountable, Joseph C. Clark went on record and wrote the following statement from his residence in Quincy, Illinois:

"Quincy, Illinois  March 16, 1840
"I, Joseph Clark, certify that I was a citizen of the State of Missouri in 1838; and when peaceably traveling the highway, I was shot at twice by Govenor Boggs' exterminating militia, commanded by Major-General John B. Clark.
-- Joseph Clark
Sworn to before C. M. Woods, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Adams County, Illinois"

Joseph and Phylinda Clark eventually moved to Pottawattamie County, Iowa.  They were living in Iowa when the 1850 Census was taken.  I'm still researching to see if they ever lived in Nauvoo, which is 47 miles north of Quincy.  

It is hard to imagine that they would not have joined their Mormon traveling companions in Nauvoo.  They were part of the original group of converts from New York, and they had followed the members to Ohio, through Missouri, and back to Illinois.  They were definitely among the faithful.  Nauvoo (aka, Commerce, Illinois) was purchased in 1840, so the Clarks may have been waiting for the land deal to go through before they could move to Nauvoo.

The Nelson ancestors arrived in Nauvoo in 1841, and my Clark ancestors were living in Quincy in 1840.  The Nelsons remained in Nauvoo after the Mormon migration to Utah.  The Clarks relocated to Iowa and came west with the Mormon immigrants in 1851.  

In 1851, the Clarks joined an unknown company of 597 Mormon pioneers and crossed the plains of Nebraska and Wyoming into the Salt Lake Valley.  Phylinda was 48 years old, and Joseph was 52.  Their son, Orrin Smith Clark (my great-great grandfather), was 18, and his sister, Sophronia, was 21.  Family lore has it that the Clarks pulled a handcart along the way.  They settled in Utah, while their son, Orrin, eventually settled in Idaho.

This established the Clarks in Utah, then in Idaho where my grandfather, Uther Clark Jones, was born. 

On the Jones side:  The Jones • Reynolds branch were Mormon converts from Wales who settled in Malad, Idaho.  My father, Reynold Uther Jones, was named after these Welsh ancestors.  My cousin, Bryant Clark Hess, carried the Clark name.  My brother, Mason Uther Jones, was named after my dad, my dad's father, and my dad's grandfather.  The name, Uther, is significant in Welsh history and goes back to Uther Pendragon, "chief of warriors," the father of King Arthur.   


my great-great-great-great grandparents

These are the parents of Phylinda Carpenter (Clark).  Phylinda is Annetta Clark's grandmother.  Annetta Clark (Jones) was my dad's grandmother.

Phylinda Carpenter Clark's father was Ezra Joneth Carpenter, born 10 Aug 1764 in East Greenwich, Kent County, Rhode Island; died 7 Aug 1849 in Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio; buried in Kirtland Historic North Cemetery, Kirtland, Ohio.

Phylinda's mother, Susan (or Susannah or Polly) Button, was born in 1786 in Chautauqua County, New York.

Phylinda's father, Ezra Carpenter, served in the American Revolution at an alarm station in Rhode Island in December 1781.  He was 17 years old, serving under Captain Jacob Ide, commanded by Col. Darrett.  

After the war, Ezra moved to Madison County, New York, where he established a home in Brookfield.  This is where my 3d-great grandmother, Phylinda Carpenter, was born.  He and his wife, Polly, pioneered the community and later moved to Chautauqua County, where Phylinda married Joseph Chandler Clark in 1820.

And, the rest is family history...  William Uther Jones Family Tree (incomplete) 

• know • your • history •

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Good forYou, Good for Bento Boxes!

Love these portable, dishwasher-safe, microwavable, recyclable lunch boxes!

cool bento boxes

Great for packing small bites, veggies, cut-up fruit, salad dressings, dips & sauces!

Made in New Zealand by Sistema

Available for about $11 on Amazon & at the Container Store
The bento boxes are hard to come by, but you can order the pieces separately on Amazon.

• good • foryou • take-out •

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tuesday's Cupboard—White Poms 2016

From our tree in BC

glorious white poms

These are so naturally sweet & the juice is pale pink.

a nice harvest

Picked & shipped a little early so that the birds wouldn't get them

• 2016 • pom • joy •