2-15-14 Enjoyed showing school kids a presentation about growing up in slavery at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, NC and then a book signing the next day. I tried to pass my costume off as an 18th century farmer, but the kids weren't fooled. They told me I looked like a pirate.
2-1-2014 Kindle copies of "...and Remember that I Am a Man." are free from Amazon Kindle Feb 1 -5, in honor of Black History Month.
1-20-14 Just returned from a Caribbean cruise with Diane to celebrate our 40th anniversary. I'll be lecturing to schoolchildren at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, NC for Civil War Days, as I did last year, on the 7th and 8th of February,. I'll be wearing period costume (circa 1800) -- which means my pirate outfit less the eyepatch, sword, guns, etc. I'm looking forward to it, but I'd better make sure the powerpoint presentation is still working properly, since I've changed computers.
10-31-13 We attended the annual Ocracoke Pirate Jamboree on Ocracoke Island last weekend, which is leading up to the 300th anniversary of Blackbeards death in 1718. It was an enjoyable event with pirate ship battles in the harbor, guns blazing and swords brandished. It ended with a memorial march to the shore, where a ship's gun salute and a wreath laying occured.
10-2-13 Well, we didn't break the pirate record, less than half the number. It wouldn't even have been that close, but they changed the rules at the last moment and counted anyone with rolled up pants, a t-shirt, and an eyepatch as a pirate. Here's my costume (pants and shirt were made by Diane):
I'll be at the Mariner's Museum in Newport News next weekend (Saturday, Sept. 21) to participate in "Pirates Pack the Park," an fund-raising event that will attempt to break the Guiness world record for the number of pirates at one event. I'll be sure to post pictures here and on facebook.
I've been very busy the last few weeks. My son and his fiance, Rosie Stien, were married in New York state, and then Diane and I took our usual vacation on Ocracoke Island on the Pamlico Sound of North Carolina. We fished, clammed and relaxed, there for the first time without the children or friends. Between that and the animals, the mowing, and the gardening, I've been to busy to write.