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Old August 20th, 2018, 07:45 PM
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Carla, my child bride, turned 80 on 2018.08.10, and the next day, her two eldest children held a fabulous birthday party for her at her daughter's home in Azle, Texas (a bit west of Fort Worth). It was a wondrous gathering of family and friends.

Carla has 6 "biological" great-grandchildren, and 6 more whose connection involves "step" or "adopted" at one level or another - we say they are connected by "dotted lines in the family tree". 11 of them were present at the party and collateral events. And a 13th (of the "biological" category) is "in the oven".

Here are the eldest two of her great-grandchildren (these of the "biological" category):



Douglas A. Kerr: Taylor and Tawny

Shot with a Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS100

On the left is Taylor, this fall a junior in college. On the right is Tawny, this fall a senior in high school. Hard to imagine!

As Carla says, "The calendar does all the work."

Best regards,

Doug
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Old August 20th, 2018, 08:54 PM
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Carla, my child bride, turned 80 on 2018.08.10, and the next day, her two eldest children held a fabulous birthday party for her at her daughter's home in Azle, Texas (a bit west of Fort Worth). It was a wondrous gathering of family and friends.

Carla has 6 "biological" great-grandchildren, and 6 more whose connection involves "step" or "adopted" at one level or another - we say they are connected by "dotted lines in the family tree". 11 of them were present at the party and collateral events. And a 13th (of the "biological" category) is "in the oven".

Here are the eldest two of her great-grandchildren (these of the "biological" category):



Douglas A. Kerr: Taylor and Tawny

Shot with a Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS100

On the left is Taylor, this fall a junior in college. On the right is Tawny, this fall a junior in high school. Hard to imagine!

As Carla says, "The calendar does all the work." Best regards,

Doug

Taylor and Tawny, both wonderful and with a great future ahead of them! Congrats to both on their academic milestones. Tell Carla she has a lot to be proud of beyond the Red Hat Society, the Theater Company and looking after, (an admittedly super bright), but still cranky telephone engineer!

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Old August 20th, 2018, 09:00 PM
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Hi, Asher,

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Taylor and Tawny, both wonderful and with a great future ahead of them! Congrats to both on their academic milestones. Tell Carla she has a lot to be proud of beyond the Red Hat Society, the Theater Company and looking after, (an admittedly super bright), but still cranky telephone engineer!
Thank you so much. I'll pass that on to Carla!

Best regards,

Doug
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Old August 21st, 2018, 07:31 AM
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What beautiful girls. Charming portrait.
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They are both gorgeous young ladies !
As usual a nice photograph from Doug ! :)
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Old August 21st, 2018, 07:59 AM
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What beautiful girls. Charming portrait.
Thank you so much.

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Doug
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Old August 21st, 2018, 08:00 AM
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They are both gorgeous young ladies !
Indeed, and we are so proud to have them in the family.

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As usual a nice photograph from Doug ! :)
Thank you so much.

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Doug
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Indeed, and we are so proud to have them in the family.



Doug, you wrote:

“Here are the eldest two of her great-grandchildren (these of the "biological" category):”



Douglas A. Kerr: Taylor and Tawny

Shot with a Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS100



Well, there you are, Doug!

One of the most bountiful gifts people have is their human diversity. Fools hug the flag. The happy man has found richness in the beauty and magic of our complex ethnicities

When a thousand years of cold swept over Europe, Neanderthals died, but other hominids could cope and repopulated the vast landscapes!

We must celebrate and hug all “strangers” to us and not be afraid. Here is richness for our threatened communities.

Openness to diversity is not some path to heaven on earth. Rather it’s already heaven on earth!

So, you and Carla and your dear family do not have to pray to get to heaven, you've been there for some time!

Asher


....and you have the wonderful flags to boot!
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Hi, Asher,

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Doug, you wrote:

“Here are the eldest two of her great-grandchildren (these of the "biological" category):”



Douglas A. Kerr: Taylor and Tawny

Shot with a Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS100

Well, there you are, Doug!

One of the most bountiful gifts people have is their human diversity. Fools hug the flag. The happy man has found richness in the beauty and magic of our complex ethnicities
Yes, and as you know, but as I did not earlier mention here, these wonderful girls are both "multiracial". Their mother is "black", and their father is mostly "white" but at least 1/128 "American Indian" (specifically Cherokee). (I put some of those designations in parentheses as they are so far from "objective".)

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When a thousand years of cold swept over Europe, Neanderthals died, but other hominids could cope and repopulated the vast landscapes!

We must celebrate and hug all “strangers” to us and not be afraid. Here is richness for our threatened communities.

Openness to diversity is not some path to heaven on earth. Rather it’s already heaven on earth!

So, you and Carla and your dear family do not have to pray to get to heaven, you've been there for some time!
Asher, my good friend, you bring me to tears, and you have no need to regret doing so.

Best regards,

Doug
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