Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all my Irish Friends and Buddies.  According to the DNA testing company 23andMe my brother Stephen and I have a small Irish Ancestry Claim.

Please keep in mind that ancestry is only traced from your mother’s side as only Women carry Mitochondrial DNA which is passed from Mother to child.  In order for me to get information on my Dad’s side one of my paternal cousins would have to take the DNA test.

When I was younger and especially when I was a kid I would get stopped on the street all the time by total strangers asking me if I was Native American. Got the same question from a Korean Sister who was giving me a facial. Obviously the African and Native American genes stand out more than anything else. Or at least to friends and neighbors.

Here is the 411 on our family genetics:

Deborah Palmer


Sub-Saharan African 86.9%

European 11.3%
East Asian & Native American 1.4%
Unassigned 0.4%
European 11.3%
Northwestern European 8.8%

British & Irish 5.0%

Broadly Northwestern European 3.7%
Southern European 1.2%
Broadly Southern European 1.2%
Broadly European 1.3%
Above photos of my Mom Mable Elizabeth Palmer and my Grandmother Hattie Finney Banks. Below Me and Stephen.
Me and My brother Stephen December 1961

Share Your World ~~ 2016 Week 11


Share Your World – 2016 Week 11


With your answers, please remember we are in the SYW world and which may not always match our reality.

How many siblings do you have? What’s your birth order? 

One. Stephen Palmer. I am the oldest. He is the younger.

DeB and Stephen March 1964
Me and Stephen March 1964

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger? 

Mr. Magoo

Now with my poor eyesight my only option is to be a passenger unless anyone out there wants to be driven around by Mr. Magoo!

When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles or turn on the flashlight? How many of each do you own?

So far that has not happened in the time I’ve lived in Brooklyn but my room-mate has lots of candles so we would be lighting the candles. I do have a flashlight but I need to buy some batteries.

List at least five of your favorite types of animals?  (any animal to domestic to wild to marine life)

Cats  ~ I  own one cat Sylvester or should I say He Owns Me!! LOL!!



Fish especially goldfish and Koi

Whales ~~ I enjoyed the few times I went whale watching years ago and hope to do so again.




Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful that my pregnant co-worker enjoyed the baby gift I got for her. She is having a little girl next month.  Looking forward to the two days off work I have this week. I don’t have to return to work until March 17th!!  All photos from Google.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!