Memories From The Heart



Memories From The Heart


Poetry Inspired by My Blogging Buddy Geetha.  Please Check out her most excellent blog for more poetry gems and jewels.


Fleeting memories as the sewing box plays, “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.” Little I was and Little did I know that she would return to her beloved sweetheart husband in a future that played out too soon.



Opening my Grandma Eva’s Musical sewing box and seeing her all over and again. Returning to her apartment in Harlem. An apt that was huge to the 5 year old me. Hearing Grandma give a lighthearted scolding to her son, my Dad. Memories of a Great Day in Harlem with Grandma.



Each Memory is like a reflection captured within a diamond.  Precious. One glance returning you to a pleasant past event repeatedly Looped in Luxury.






Share Your World – February 5, 2018



Share Your World – February 5, 2018

Share Your World – February 5, 2018


What would be your ideal fantasy way to spend Monday?

Sleep and work on my Artwork

What one person that you are out of contact with would you like to say thank you to?


My Maternal Grandmother Eva Sophronia Gordon Palmer.  She died when I was a little girl and I did not get to know her very well.  My memories of her are faint. My Older cousins have told me what a wonderful person she was.  I miss her.


Eva Sophronia Gordon Palmer -- Grandmother



List your favorite toys or games as a kid?


Any of those Pop O Matic games

Jumping rope


Playing House

Riding My Bike

Easy Bake Oven (I like to eat. Still do.)


What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 


My most recent mixed media art piece


Pirouetting Pinks and Purples







Me at around age five or six

Throwback Thursday ~~ Vintage Family Photos

Traces of the Past


Throwback Thursday ~~ Vintage Family Photos

A Pictorial Ode to Happier Times

Once Upon a Time When Innocence and Joy Reigned in Our Lives



Dads 1st car
Dad’s 1st car early 1950s. DeBorah Ann Palmer


Those I hope to see again in Heaven


Happier Times of Long Ago when Life was simpler and filled with Joy

Childhood when I was Happy, Healthy and the World was my Oyster






Old Tyme Family Photos

William Henry Halstead Tombstone
William Henry Halstead Headstone ~ Sleepy Hollow

These are some some Old Tyme Family Photos mostly from my Dad’s side of the family some of which date back to just after the Civil War.  The photos cover both the 19th and 20th Centuries.


Rosalie Palmer My Grandfather’s Sister




Shout Out to fellow Photography Blogger Cee Neuner!!

Share Your World – 2016 Week 40


Portraits | Faded Photos ~~ Vibrant Memories


Paint a picture with words, capture someone on film, sketch a face in the crowd — this week, share a portrait.

Eva Sophronia Gordon Palmer -- Grandmother
Paternal Grandmother Eva Sophronia Gordon Palmer

Eva Sophronia Gordon born 1891. Married William Junius Palmer January 1919. First child Stanley born September 1919 died of Polio. Daughters Helen, Thelma and Eva all Lived. Eva’s twin William born 1922 also died of polio. Her last child my Father Edward Gordon Palmer was born 1930. He was the only boy to survive. His nickname was Precious.

I often wonder how my grandmother coped with losing two of her children but I suppose in those days there was little time to grieve plus eventually other children to care for. My Grandmother was a member of Mother Zion A.M.E. church so I’m sure that gave her comfort.

My Grandmother Eva was my Grandfather’s second wife. His first wife died and he needed a wife to care for him plus his first set of kids. My Grandmother needed a husband so as the story goes it was arranged for my Grandmother to cook my Grand Dad a meal. Must have been a good meal because they got married and stayed married until the early 1960s when they passed away.

Funerals tend to present you with unexpected family information on or about people you never knew existed. In May 1995 when my father Edward G. Palmer passed away I encountered some cousins I never knew I had. What shocked me was the man telling me that we were related was a tall white guy with blue eyes!! Then the stories of my Grandfather’s first wife began to make sense and the reason why he had a sudden departure from Petersburg, VA. His first wife was white! All during my childhood I had heard how my grandparents took in these kids, white kids but as I grew up that made no sense. Jim Crow was the law of the land and Miscegenation (whites marrying Blacks and vice versa) was a crime (Miscegenation Law was not abolished until 1968). I suppose my grandparents had to come up with some kind of story so that’s the tale I was told. It also explains why he never discussed his childhood or young adult years with my Dad. Some things are better left unsaid.

My Grandfather died when I was very young so I have no memory of him and very little of my Grandmother. I was around five or six when she passed away so my memories of her are faded, distant and dim but I always try to hang onto our trips into Harlem to visit her. This has imprinted on my mind. When I think back I can still see her apartment and envision the living room, kitchen one of the bedrooms and some of her furnishings.  It’s very important to keep those Memory Portraits fresh in ones mind.

Again in 2010 when the last of the Greatest Generation my Aunt Helen Palmer Garcia made her passage to the other side I met more of these “hidden” cousins. Unfortunately even though at that time I exchanged information with them we have not stayed in touch and I moved in 2012 so it would be difficult for me to find them or them to find me.

As we gathered in Aunt Helen’s church for the repast someone took a photo of our Rainbow Family but like everything else on my hard drive it has decided to hide. When you see my relatives we truly are a mixed race mosaic of America.


Edward Gordon Palmer 1935
My Dad Edward Gordon Palmer as a child in Harlem. This photograph was taken by famous Harlem Renaissance Photographer James Van Der Zee.



Grandfather William Palmer with his children 1922, Mt.Morris Park, Harlem, New York.


Grandma Eva's Music Sewing Box
Grandma Eva Sophronia Gordon Palmer — Grandmother Music Sewing Box


Family Photo_Collage (1)


Memory Lane – Minnie Riperton




Sly & The Family Stone – A Family Affair