Sunday, December 6, 2009
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Thursday, November 26, 2009
Inspirations for Fri., Nov. 27, 2009
The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone
in your heart - this you will build your life by, and this you will
James Lane Allen (1849-1925)
Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.
Arthur Christopher Benson (1862-1925)
To me success means effectiveness in the world, that I am able to carry my ideas and values into the world--that I am able to change it in positive ways.
Maxine Hong Kingston
Northeast Ohio Residents:
Buying a computer for Christmas and need some help setting it up for maximum performance? Check out http://www.biz.successisyou.org
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Yesterday (11-23-09) the church staff was kind enough to share several photos taken during that Ordination Ceremony. Those photos have been added to a slide show that you can view at http://www.family.successisyou.org/page16.html Included in the photos are Pastor Scott, family members Glenwood “Tamp” Williams, John Williams, and of course Ronald. There are also two gentlemen we do not know, but we thank them all for their service to The Lord and for sharing Ronald’s special day with us.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.
Leo F Buscaglia
People of character do the right thing, not because they think it will change the world but because they refuse to be changed by the world.
Actor and Author of Michael Josephson
If you have seen this before, please forgive us but we want to make sure we don’t miss anyone. There is an “Off The Hook” (in a good way) young lady taking the FACEBOOK and WRITING community by storm. Her name is Aundria Hawkins Ford and you can check her out at http://www.aundriahawkinsford.successisyou.org.
Thank You to those who were able to participate in BDPA’s Nov. 17th Community Meeting in Cleveland. The feedback on the Student Competition awards, the IT Corp global initiative, and the four presenters has all been positive. Meeting comments have already received national recognition and acclaim on FACEBOOK. The meeting generated a level of excitement that should be an excellent catalyst going into 2010. For those who were unable to attend, there are photos and videos available at http://www.bdpa.successisyou.org/file08.html.
The next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 6:00 PM. That meeting will also be held at the Dolan Center at John Carroll University. Meeting details will be updated at http://www.bdpa.successisyou.org/file31.html. Meanwhile, your questions and your ideas for upcoming meetings are welcome at email@example.com or by calling (216) 773-0700.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Please Save the Dates (Thursday, July 29 - Sunday, August 1, 2010) for the 37th Annual Family Reunion. This and additional details (when received) will be posted on the Family Web Site at http://www.hansiesolomon.org/reunion2010.html.
Please help SPREAD THE WORD!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
A BIG THANK YOU to Ruth Mitchell and Willa Williams for bringing this important event to our attention, and a BIG THANK YOU to Ronnie for quickly supplying information and a photo that we could share on the web page.
Monday, October 19, 2009
To view photos and videos from the ceremonies, please visit http://www.family.successisyou.org/page09.html
Sunday, September 27, 2009
A week ago I had a telephone introduction to a 25-year old great nephew I knew about but have never met. His name is Dontey Davis and I found him on http://www.ancestry.com/ as I was working on our family tree. Dontey's dad is my nephew, Henry Lawrence Ford, "Larry." Larry's dad is my brother, Henry. Dontey is new to Facebook and doesn't know any of our family. I hope you will reach out to him and welcome him to our family and invite other relatives to do the same.
Thanks and love you all,
Update from Henry Ford (Sunday, September 27) – Jean sent me this message a couple of days ago (yes sometimes I am slow), and already there has been at least one response. A BIG THANK YOU to Chandre Ford who has already connected with Dontey on Facebook.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
"I think this is another message that should be shared with the family and encourage them to share it with the young adults in our family."
Click on http://www.events.successisyou.org/page062.html for this important and powerful message.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
The HistoryMakers a national non-profit educational organization based in Chicago, Ill., has received a significant grant from the National Science Foundation. THM is seeking several dedicated, competent people to fill important positions.
The THM collection represents the largest single archival project of its kind in the world. We have taped over 2,000 stories of known and unknown African Americans, from John Hope Franklin to NASA administrator Julian Earls. Their goal is to complete 5,000 interviews nationwide by 2010.
The Web site is: (http://www.thehistorymakers.com/)
The positions are:
-- Video Oral History Archivist
-- National Science Foundation Project Director
-- Executive Administrative Assistant/Operations Manager
-- Web Designer
-- Science Researcher/Writer
-- Education and Programming Sales Coordinator
-- IT/Video Production Manager
Qualified applicants should send resume and writing samples to:
1900 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL. 60616
(No calls, please.)
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Jean and Emmanuel thank you for your prayers (keep them coming), e-mails and phone calls.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Thank you for your e-mails and calls inquiring about Jean and Emmanuel and the status of the California Wildfires that are nearby their home. I spoke with Jean around 8:30 PM and the situation is basically unchanged. They are fine and there is an expectation of slightly cooler temperatures tomorrow, which should help the firefighting effort.
Unless something changes dramatically, we will plan to post updates on this blog. That way you will have access to the latest information we have without constant e-mails that might contribute to an "overload" in your INBOX.
Thanks for your prayers and concern, and please keep them coming!
Henry & Dianne
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Dear Family & Friends,
If you believe that your success as an individual and our success as a family with 36 reunions behind us is only of interest to us, please visit http://www.family.successisyou.org/page02.html and the links from that page. There you will see documented evidence of people reading The Family Affair and visiting our web site not just across the United States, but in at least five other countries. The several snapshots of web site visitors includes people from Canada, China, two locations in India, South Africa, and even from Ummul Qura University in Saudi Arabia.
While we don’t or shouldn’t need this to confirm us, it doesn’t hurt to know that we are in the spotlight. THANKS to everyone who helped make our latest issue of The Family Affair the interesting (and now international) publication that it has become.
Henry & Dianne
Monday, August 10, 2009
Dear Family & Friends,
Even though the “Under Construction” sign is still posted at http://www.hansiesolomon.org/history2009.html, we have completed adding 327 photos and 15 video clips of the 2009 Reunion. The majority of the video clips are approximately five minutes each. You can access all photos and videos from the above link. If you want your reunion photos posted on the web site you may do so by e-mailing them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Henry & Dianne
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Dorothy Taylor of the DETROIT CHAPTER
Monday, August 3, 2009
Family Members and Friends,
We hope all of you have made it back to your respective homes safe and sound. We would like to thank all of you who participated in our 36th Annual Hansie Solomon Reunion in Sarasota, Florida this past weekend. For those family members who were not able to attend, please know that we missed you!
Your Florida Committee enjoyed hosting the reunion this year and providing the opportunity to create new memories to share with each other. We are so thankful, first of all to God who created the most perfect weather that could possibly happen in Southwest Florida this time of year. There were many situations that could have been happening with our weather in Florida at the end of July and the beginning of August. Thank you to all the people who participated in our different events, you know who you are, and thank you to all who offered help throughout the weekend. Our family received many compliments and accolades about how well we conducted ourselves throughout the weekend. It was a great family effort and I know our ancestors are proud of us.
We look forward to seeing you all in Detroit next year and wish the Detroit Chapter the best of luck!
Love and Blessings,
Jo Ann Ford and Rasool Jackson
Bonita Pratt McKoy
Marcus and Gabrielle Pratt
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adam-winkler/obama-was-right-about-the_b_244888.html, and please don’t blame the messenger!
Thanks to family member Arthur Hunt for sharing the above link.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
July 20, 2009
My message went something like this…are you related to Aaron Bryson/Brison? Do you know Ms. Fannie Pearl Bryson-Solomon that lived on Dolly Street?
Her response was “Yes I AM”. She also commented on knowing Ms. Fannie Pearl.
Then I thought about all the wonderful conversations that I have had with my mother, Ella Pearl Williams and remember her talking about her cousin Lainne. For some strange reason I felt compelled to write and ask Tracie the following question “Are you related to Lainne? Tracie Bryson’s response “Yes, I am the oldest granddaughter of Lainne Bell Gray.
Tracie Brison and I wrote and talked to one another. It appears that Tracie has been working diligently to form a family reunion. She has been searching for her family for years. Tracie has gone to the County records and gathered marriage and death certificates. She also had a family reunion where approximately 30-45 people attended. I listened as she was reading the names of all the relatives that she had on her list and then I realized the magnitude of what was really happening. Tracie is a descendant of Peter Bryson/Brison who was the brother of Aaron Bryson. Aaron Bryson was my great grandfather (the father of my grandmother Willie Mae Bryson- Ford).
Our cousin Tracie Brison is the link that has reunited us with major missing pieces of our family history. We possibly will be able to reunite the descendants of the both Aaron and Peter Bryson.
President Obama’s slogan is “Yes, we can” while the Ford-Bryson slogan is simple “Yes, I am”.
Just in case you missed the questions, here they are:
Are you a descendant of Aaron/Peter Bryson?
Are you a descendant of Henry Ford?
Are you a descendant of Hansie Solomon?
Answer “Yes” to any of the above questions, and your response with chest poked out and head held high is “Yes I Am.”
Words cannot describe nor can emotions be contained when one reflects on what has just been shared.
Synnia Solomon and other charter members of the founding Ford-Bryson Chapter of our reunion must at this moment be looking down from their Heavenly Home and smiling upon the work that is continuing.
Those who are continuing that work should feel a new-found sense of pride, accomplishment and spiritual renewal in this connection. Whether your connection to the family extends from the Ford-Bryson line is not of consequence. All who have worked through the challenges of the past thirty-six years, and enjoyed the harvest of the good times have yet another reason to celebrate. Even friends of the family (who are still “family”), who are often our biggest supporters can consider our new-found family line as a victory. When you can go to sleep one night and wake up the next morning with 30 – 45 additional family members, all with hopes, and dreams, and stories to share, you have been truly blessed.
Barbara Williams saw past “what is” and imagined what “might be." She refused to let the task at hand (wishing one person Happy Birthday) fog her memory (the conversations with her mother), or cloud her vision or dampen her spirit (the strengthening of family).
As visionaries do, Barbara took the high road, the road filled with imagination, possibilities and hope. As visionaries do, she took the technology that some blame for intrusion, and used it as a tool for inclusion. As visionaries do, she took a tool called facebook, that some see as social networking nonsense, and used it to continue the dream!
Thank you Barbara!
And to our “new” family members, the descendants of Peter Brison.
We don’t yet know all your names, or where you live, or what your stories might be. What we are certain of is that all of that will change, and we pray that it changes sooner rather than later. You are important to us, and we understand that at least one member of your family plans to attend our reunion later this month. We are excited about that probability, and look forward to doing a lot of catching up in the very near future. Thank you Tracie, Ruth, and everyone who has worked tirelessly over the years toward uniting us as a more complete family.
For those who have computer access, we urge you to:
Visit the Family web site at: http://www.hansiesolomon.org/
See the Family newsletter at: www.hansiesolomon.org/familynews200907-00.html
See the Family Blog at: http://www.hansiesolomon.blogspot.com/
Contact the Editor at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, July 17, 2009
While you may have seen most of these photos, having them displayed on the blog site gives the added convenience of having them available on the same page on which you can view recent communications, and if desired, provide feedback to blog entries.
The blog also provides the advantage of "One Click Access" to previous communications. This will become more valuable as more articles are added to the blog.
If you have any photos you would like added, please forward them to email@example.com.
Thanks again for visiting the blog and providing any feedback you would like.
Monday, July 13, 2009
In the spirit and memory of the founders and early pioneers of our reunion, please join with me in these efforts to spread the love and goodwill that our family enjoys. We have been commended by people from around the world for our accomplishments. My plea to you is "Let us continue" beginning with our upcoming reunion in Sarasota later this month. If you still need details about the reunion you can go directly to www.hansiesolomon.org/reunion2009.html.
Even if you are unable to attend the reunion, please take advantage of the numerous ways in which we can stay together and grow together as a family.