September 28, 2014

My Teen Years - High School Graduation

High School Class Ring

I graduated from high school in 1978.  My senior class of fifty-two was one of the largest in school history.  As I was the baby of five, this would be the last time my parents had to fork out the money to pay for such things as class rings, graduation invitations and senior portraits. They were probably as excited as I was over this momentous occasion.

Invitations to Graduation Ceremonies
Senior Portraits Receipt

Like most high school seniors, I was eager to start a new chapter in my life.  I loved my little hometown yet I was determined to move away to a larger place and experience things small towns did not offer.  It would take a little over ten years, with many ups and downs along the way, before I would actually find myself living in 'the city'.

Graduation from High School

As the years have passed, my perspective on life has changed dramatically.  Growing older seems to do that to most folks.  Now, I find myself yearning to leave the rat race and city living behind.  My compass has been pointing towards home for quite some time.
One of my favorite movie quotes is from 'Apollo 13'....

"You never know what events are going to transpire to get you home."

September 22, 2014

The Big Easy

Corner of St. Louis and Bourbon Street, New Orleans - 2012

This photograph was taken in December of 2012 while visiting New Orleans.  Our hotel was only a couple of blocks off Bourbon Street and all the night life it offers.

September 14, 2014

Mystery Photograph #19

Mystery Photograph #19

This WWI era photograph was found in the belongings of my maternal grandmother, Flora Jane McIver Bynum.  It is possible that one or both are McIvers, Bynums or Sumralls who lived in the Lamar County area of Mississippi. Any help identifying them would be appreciated.

September 9, 2014

Street Car Tracks

Canal Street, New Orleans - 2012

This photograph was taken while visiting New Orleans in December of 2012.  We stayed in a hotel near Bourbon Street and walked and walked and walked the entire time we were there.  I thoroughly enjoyed my visit but I was ready for my car by the time our visit was over.

September 8, 2014

My Teen Years - Mu Sigma Initiation

Mu Sigma Initiation in 1977 (from El Tigre Yearbook)

The photograph above was taken during my junior year in high school.  My classmates and I were being initiated into the Mu Sigma Honor Society.  Yours truly is the third girl from the left.

Mu Sigma was a high school honor society with state and national chapters.  Membership to this honorary society was based on grade average.  Students had to maintain a B average for five consecutive semesters.  The society's objective was to encourage high moral and scholastic standards as well as develop good citizens for the future.

Schools now have the National Honor Society.  I'm not sure why Mu Sigma was dissolved locally and I am unable to find any current news on this once well-known and respected honor society.