A memoir searching for truth or fiction: do we have genetic memory in our cells that retain events from the lives of our distant ancestors? Can the DNA in our subconscious memory recall a wispy image of an event that happened during the lifetime of a long deceased ancestor? Butterflies and birds with brains much smaller than ours, navigate to points known only to their prior generations. It is odd that we humans are losing our senses to navigate, without using GPS.
This quest, to find truth or fiction of genetic memory, will delve into Owen Family history using written and verbal family history, personal letters, original poems and stories recorded by friends of the Owen family. These artifacts offer a glimpse of daily life in a Small World nestled in East Central Iowa, USA. My Small World memoir timeline includes letters from early 1800s to early 1900s, describing events and feelings that seem strangely familiar as I recall my childhood memories. Someone in my memory once said: ‘history does not repeat, but it does rhyme’. Come with me into the portal of My Small World….
Is it possible that we humans also carry memories of our ancestors — rooted deeply within our DNA? Following is quoted from a book: Ancient Land — Current Connections, written by Ellis-Smith in 2003: “… It’s only been about 10,000 years since farming first began; before that, we were all hunter-gatherers, physically and spiritually in touch and in rhythm with Nature and her cycles. Science has just confirmed something that many indigenous people have known for eons and that is: we carry the memories of our ancestors in our bones and blood. Strong beliefs, actions, emotions, ceremonies etc. are written within our genetic structure in blood and bone. We now call it cellular or genetic memory. This influence plays itself out in many ways in our everyday life. Music that inexplicably stirs us to dance; images and shapes that draw deep emotional responses from us; art that attracts and holds our attention with a sense of knowing there is something familiar and connected in the scene…”
For this journey back in time, we’ll look at Owen family memories from 1800s to 1900’s. I believe our childhood memories might be a portal of entry allowing us to ‘feel’ a connection with our distant ancestors. More research might hold the answers to confirm this idea. While I’m waiting for scientific proof, there are other more traditional ways to connect with our ancestors. Searching for letters and obituaries and creating a family tree can be exciting (and time consuming), but the time and efforts expended can yield a collection of historical records depicting daily lives of our ancestors. I was only three years old when he died, but I still have a faint image of my Grandpa Hiland (Hiley) Owen. My Small World includes family history and personal memories from my cousin, Marlis (Bock) Horgen (deceased) compiled from letters written by our grandfather, Hiland Owen; and from letters saved by Marlis’ mother, my Dad’s sister, Mildred (Owen) Bock. I’ve also included childhood memories and original poems written by my Dad.
Come with me now on my search beginning 1939, as lingering effects of the Great Depression gave a promise of many challenges for my parents. Hard times were part of daily life in those clay hills long before my parents and I moved there and long before the First World-War caused farm prices to fall below cost of production. Those hills and hollows in northwest Jackson County Iowa extend twelve miles south along the ridge road, still known as the Cave’s Road, winding along the high ridge to Maquoketa the “county seat of government” for Jackson County. Emeline was the unofficial North end of the Ridge road; Maquoketa at south end of the ridge road was the home town of 4000 “self-assertive” some residents would say “stubborn retired farmers” and several generations of local business owners.
The Ridge Road and Caves Road were interchangeable local
Six inspiring stories, one complete story taken from each of the Tales2Inspire® books. These true stories, each a winner in the Tales2Inspire annual competition, are often compared to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, with one feature that sets them apart: the stories contain original photo images which substantially enhance their power. (And as a bonus, if your e-reader supports full color, these photos will appear in vibrant colors.) Each of the books in the Tales2Inspire series is named for a different gem symbolically tied to the theme of that collection. Below, following each title included in this sampler, you can find the gem collection in which that story appears, the symbolic meaning of that gem and a brief synopsis of that story.THE VOICE by Stan Cupery M.D.: (from the EMERALD Collection)MEANING OF THIS GEM: psychic powers and the promotion of self-knowledge)SYNOPSIS: Time is running out for this newborn infant, rescued from an abandoned tenement building in the dead of winter . . . until one doctor hears a voice which inspires him to try an unheard approach after quiet moment of prayer. Since the Emerald is the gemstone symbolizing psychic powers and the promotion of self-knowledge,THE VOICE seemed a perfect story to include in a book filled with ‘Beyond Coincidence’ stories.AND THE MUSIC PLAYS ON by Charles Musgrave, Ph.D.: (from the TOPAZ Collection – Stories of Awakenings & Aha Moments: MEANING OF THIS GEM: self-realization, promotion of energy, truth and forgiveness)SYNOPSIS: A talented musician lies in a deep coma, and his family is advised to start planning his memorial service until . . . , his trumpet literally brings him back to life.Since the Topaz is the gemstone symbolizing self-realization and the promotion of energy, AND THE MUSIC PLAYS On seemed a perfect story to include in a book filled with ‘Awakenings ‘ stories.MY SPECIAL BOY, OBI by Ashley Howland: (from the SAPPHIRE Collection)MEANING OF THIS GEM: a helper with communication, insight, intuition, and inspiration)SYNOPSIS: A lab named Obi becomes one teacher’s chief motivational tool as she works with her most challenging students. Obi surely proved his worth when his teacher used him as part of her school behavior management program. This story is filled with Ashley’s wonderful recollections of her beloved dog, Obi. Since the Sapphire is the gemstone symbolizing communication, peace, happiness, insight, intuition and inspiration, MY SPECIAL BOY, OBI seemed a perfect story to include in this book for Obi too was filled with ‘Insight and inspiration’. SEVEN MARATHONS – SEVEN CONTINENTS by Winter Vinecki(from the RUBYCollection) -MEANING OF THIS GEM: opening of the heart to friendship and love)SYNOPSIS: Instead of sitting around just feeling sad after her Dad’s untimely death, Winter set out to fulfill a promise she made to herself, a challenges fulfills in her dad’s memory. Her accomplishment lands her a coveted place in the Guinness Book of Records.Since the Ruby is the gemstone symbolizing opening of the heart to friendship and love, Winter’s story seemed a perfect fit for a book filled with gifts of compassion.PANTOMIME HUNTER by James Osborne (from the CRYSTAL Collection MEANING OF THIS GEM: sparkles with laughter, giving off their own special energy)SYNOPSIS: This quiet schoolboy shows a surprisingly wicked sense of humor when called upon to do a pantomime before the class.Since the Crystal, like laughter, sparkle while giving off their own special energy, this story seemed a good fit in a book filled with humorous stories. Finally we have the sixth story in this sampler, THE MIRACLE OF MAGGIE (from the GARNET CollectionMEANING OF THIS GEM: protective energy, commitment, honesty and faith)SYNOPSIS: Once you read this story, you too will be convinced that the survival of a horse named Maggie is nothing short of a miracle. Since the Garnet is the gemstone symbolizing protec
New series from the Amazon Bestselling author Willow Rose. Ben is supposed to be in school. It’s Monday morning but his parents are still asleep after a night of heavy drinking. Ben Waits patiently, even though he knows he is missing out on today’s field trip to the zoo. But, when his black Labrador suddenly runs upstairs and comes down with a finger in his mouth, Ben knows he’s not making it to school today at all. Detective Jack Ryder is chaperoning his kids’ field trip when he gets the call from the head of the Cocoa Beach Police Department. A body has been found and they need his help. Soon, Jack finds himself up against a killer, a predator who ruthlessly chases women and kills them so they can never leave him. The case soon causes serious consequences for him and his family once the truth is revealed. With her new hero, Jack Ryder, as a loving father and committed detective, a new location in tropical Florida, and a story that moves at an incredible pace, Hit the Road Jack is Willow Rose at the top of her game.
This is a true story about a young girl, Jane Smith, who falls ill to a mysterious illness at the tender age of Fourteen years old. The doctors are left completely baffled, eventually seeking help from medical professors from around the world. These doctors flew in from all over the world, to South Africa, to study Jane’s case personally. Jane’s illness was eventually diagnosed as rare, but Jane’s parents always believed she was wrongly diagnosed. This story brings across her bravery and courage, more so her will too live, as well as the turmoil that smothered her family’s lives along the way. Its a story of true dedication and a grace of never giving up. A tearjerker, that teaches you the true meaning of family and love.
Persistent faith brings redemption and reconciliation.
Propelled by blind love, Mary Rachel Buckmeyer defies her father to elope with Caleb Wheeler. The newlyweds run off to California then partner with his cousin in his dry goods business.
Unbeknownst to the young bride, her new husband sends his kissing cousin ahead. He wants his love and his new wife’s money, too. Betrayal and murder drive Mary, soon a young mother, to the depths of despair. But she hates the man who loves her enough to cover her sins and deliver her out of the horrible pit she’s dug for herself in. Or does she?
Mary Rachel travels from frontier Texas to the raw bone boomtown of 1850’s San Francisco gold rush days, then all the way to genteel New York to find redemption for the sins of her mothers.