Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Name Game

by Debra DuPree Williams  @DDuPreeWilliams

I am a member of a private DNA-study page. On that page, a cousin posted about using names in a not-so-obvious way to find one’s relatives. In one of my lines, I have three Andrews in a row, my great-great-great-grandfather, my great-great-grandfather, and my great-grandfather. It was difficult to distinguish between all of them. And, in my opinion, a middle name has been assigned to one that wasn’t truly his. But he did give that middle name to his son, my great-grandfather, Andrew Jackson, plus the family name. And that great-grandfather gave his name to one of his sons, thus creating a senior and a junior. Thank goodness, that wasn’t my grandfather. I think I would have been thoroughly confused by that point. Then consider that I gave the name Andrew to my second son as his middle name, long before I knew that any of my family members bore that name, let alone that I had three greats in a row and a great-uncle with that same name. Just way too many Andrews!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

My Second Mother: I Call Her Sissy

My Sister and Me, Easter about 1952
By Debra DuPree Williams

Mother’s Day has just passed. I wish that I had thought to write this prior to that Sunday. I can only trust that God’s timing is always right, even when it comes to what and when we write our blog posts.

You’ve read a couple of blogs about my mother lately. She was an amazing woman with so many talents and gifts. She left us far too soon. She was only seventy-three. But I have another woman in my life, a second mother, if you will. I call her Sissy.

My big sister Bobbie has been like a second mother to me all of my life. Our mother worked outside of our home, but Sissy was always there with me. She kept me out of trouble and made sure that I knew I was loved.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

It's Not a Coincidence, It's a God-Incidence

Indian Rocks Beach, Path from our Home There
  by Debra DuPree Williams

I quote Jeremiah 29:11 and Proverbs 3:6, to my children all the time. If they remember nothing else of their mother, I know they’ll remember these two verses. Both of these scriptures speak of putting your faith and trust in God and following the paths He has set forth for your life.

Childhood Dreams
I never dreamed of the places I’ve been or the relationships I’ve formed over the past four years. I’m talking about in the writing world. When I was in the seventh grade in Andalusia, Alabama, I began writing a novel. Every night before I turned off my lights, time was spent putting another chapter into my idea of The Great American Novel. Let me tell you, it was pitiful. But a friend waited daily to read what I had written the previous night. Thank you, Anne Evers Mount Brown. I don’t know what happened to that great achievement.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Where There's a Will, There's a Way: Accessing Your Digital Assets

by Debra DuPree Williams @DDuPreeWilliams

My husband and I just moved to Florida. We had to revise our wills to be in compliance with Florida laws. One of the things that came up was this question, “In the event of my death, or if I should become incapacitated, what happens to all the things I have written that are on my computer, thumb drives, external hard drive, etc.?” I had no idea and frankly, hadn’t given it a lot of thought. I had read an article in my SCBWI newsletter back in the summer of 2015, but I had long since all but forgotten about it. This article is a great one for writers. It covers everything from agreements, royalty payments, to the good old IRS.

It’s one of those things we don’t like to think about, but eventually, we are all going to die. It’s just a matter of when. None of us is promised today, let alone tomorrow. What have you done to prepare for that day?