Posts Tagged ‘Spirit’

The Family Tree

February 23, 2014

Image “Spirit of the Island I” by Allison L. Williams Hill

On January 26th of this year I took notes as I listened to my mother talk about what she remembered about her family.  This past weekend I spoke to my uncle, her brother after he received my letter stating I would pursue documenting our genealogy. 

 I learned for the first time that my mother’s parents are from the southern part of the United States also.  I always thought they were born in New York as she was.  My father’s family is also from the south, the same state and both parents grew up not too far from each other. 

I’ve always known my uncle by his nick name.  I learned he had that nickname until he started to go to school.  There was a debate on what he should be called: grandma had one idea, and grandpa had another.  Grandma won.  

“There are a lot of skeletons in the closet,” said my uncle.  When he finished, I looked over my notes.  I called my mother a little while after.  She was busy, I left a message.

“There are a lot of skeletons in the closet,” I said.  “It appears that it’s standing room only.”

I learned that we had a cousin that was kidnapped by a babysitter.  Neither the child nor the babysitter was found.  My uncle did not remember the child’s name.  I did not ask if he remembered if it was a boy or a girl.

I did not know about the artistic capabilities of another uncle.  I never got the chance to see his work.  Mom said he taught her how to color in a coloring book.  He taught her how to outline the form and fill in the color.  My mother said she’d just color in and beyond the lines.  This uncle coughed so much from smoking, he’d break his ribs.  His third wife dies from cancer.  It was a surprise to him; she was his caregiver and kept it a secret.  He was left in the hands of his daughter who, upon returning from the store he asked her to go to, found his body bleeding out from the shunt he removed for dialysis. 

She took pictures and distributed them to the surviving brother and sister.  When my husband and I return to New York, I thought I’d have a little fun with her by telling her we never married and lived together.  She is really into church. I told my friend, a Yoruba priestess, who is considered a heathen in her family that I’d stack her up against her relatives any day.  After hearing about the pictures, I’m not so sure.  

We have few pictures, few dates but a great opportunity for me to conduct a hell of a lot of interviews with people I never met.  I mentioned to my uncle since his father loved the women, I might have cousins all around us where we are.

I knew many, many years ago that my great great-grandfather was a white Irishman.  While talking to my uncle, I wondered where on earth would I be able to find information about him and the reason he was a part of this family. 

 

We’re Back

August 16, 2013

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After we relocated to the US, a lot of my time continues to be used for caregiving.  My husband and I are concentrating on his wellness.  On my Creative Caregiving website I discuss that the VA clinic and medical center where we are have been responsive and wonderful in their support of my husband’s health. 

My husband is now a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and through them I found out how much the federal government is delinquent in processing pension applications.  I thought about looking up the names of the veterans used to discredit  John Carey when he was running for president against Bush 43.  Carey was a veteran; Bush was not and still is not a veteran.  He played at being a pilot and that is a dripping wad of spit in every pilot’s eye. 

Questions about Carey grew from testimonies about his shooting bullets into the heads of prone enemy soldiers.  A nun, tortured in a South American country, managed to survive by appearing dead in a mound of tortured nuns and other people.  She remembered hearing the supervisor talking on a phone in between the pain.  “How are the children?” he asked.  He had an American accent.  The nun’s experience was aired on 60 Minutes several years ago.

So, it was not possible that some of those prone enemy combatants could have risen and injured American soldiers.

The Veterans Administration did poorly addressing vets’ needs during Bush 43’s eight years as president.  The difficulty began during the Iraqi invasion.  It seemed as if Rumsfeld was more concerned about minimizing the publicized numbers of the fallen than providing adequate services for the wounded. To those veterans who spoke out against Carey:  How did you like those eight years?  Got all of your needs met?  Perhaps you did because you successfully helped non-soldiers “play” at being proficient as fighters and experienced strategists (called Republicans).  Know anyone who did not get their needs met?  There were many veterans who did not and still don’t. 

In light of my husband’s pending application at the VA at this point in time, I had to make a choice: either work outside of the home and place my husband in a facility or stay home to care for him.  My work has resumed fulfilling the latter, really the only choice, around the time that care is given. 

The stream to attract people to my work and services has been stocked with more information, videos I enjoyed creating, and products.  I do energy work for healing and for clear communication with Spirit.  One of the insights I received was that only one of the websites is important: In-Vesica: “Do All Things In-Vesica.”   The slogan means do all things from a spiritual place.  My husband’s website, Hill International Group, listing his work on small business development from his PDE (Project Demonstrating Excellence- a term used by the Union Institute and University where he received his doctorate degree) will be separate as will Full Spectrum Living, a gift from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to all graduates of the program for health coaching. 

Allison L. Williams Hill has over thirty years of experience from various architectural firms in New York City, her own practice there and in the Caribbean. She began studying spirituality over twenty years ago and enjoys channeling through art.  The architectural firm, L5 Design in the United States and L5 Associates in the Caribbean, was moved into In-Vesica where she integrates architecture and alternative medical therapy and her signature process, psycho-ecological design.