This Group is dedicated to preserving the Native American Indian heritage for all Tribes. Honor our Indigenous People.

Please contact Franklin “Frank”  Cornstalk (Pankie) for more information about the Group. Frank has worked very hard on this project and they’ll be more details added later. I just wanted to introduce those in the Family to Frank and his Group and he can supply the details.

Can we see that the great spirit calls us to action, on many fronts, this is only one of them proliferate love in your homes and let it be manifest outward in your Indian community, then others… Join us to reclaim our heritage in this country.

We need a healing in the community of the first nations, don’t dispel the idea that we have endured and we suffer from unresolved grief, put aside our prejudices and embrace the need to complete OUR circle, principles over personalities. Ho Miigwetch!

The Native American, refers to honesty n quiet wisdom. Moreover, the culture of the American Indian is highly representative of personal power n a union with nature n all her elements. In this noble figure we find the perfect transcendence of earth n spiritual worlds, traveled freely back n forth by one human being. He is one committed to personal dedication n in social situations are graced with sublime, inner peace n divine simplicity. Any image of a young warrior refers to personal stages of spiritual transcendence. Ho Miigwetch!! ~ Franklin “Frank” Cornstalk – neemewinanong


Tecumseh’s Speech, of August 11, 1810, To Governor William Harrison

Please read, I’m not sure if I have permission to reprint it.


A sad soul can kill you quicker, far quicker, than a germ. ~ John Steinbeck


Give Thanks!

“To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven. ” ~ Johannes A. Gaertner

“He who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part;
The full, the true Thanksgiving
Comes from the heart.” ~ J.A. Shedd

“O Lord that lends me life,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.” ~ William Shakespeare

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.
Have you used one to say “thank you?”” ~ William A. Ward

Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the
honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude
will allow.” ~ Edward Sandford Martin

leave a diary, journal, or collection of letters? Share an entry or excerpt.

These posts will be my writings for my descendants. I only wish I had more from the previous generations. I have pictures where they’ve written on the backs.  I have many recipes that my mom scribbled on anything she found handy. Some are almost too yucky to handle now, but I still them keep in them in my recipe box. I love to fumble through them every now and then, just to see her handwriting. Sounds silly I know, but it is a wonderful little reminder.

Now, I have many, hand written journals, but I don’t want them read by anyone other than me, even after I’m dead. These are very personal and I will destroy them before I pass just to insure they aren’t read by anyone else. I do read Anthony excerpts from them from time to time. I suggest you keep a set of personal diaries for yourself and them a few books  for you children to read. Some things are only for you to know and feel, good and/or bad. I have read many a scrapbook page from my aunts and they are priceless.

Since, I have asked you to share an excerpt; I thought it only fair that I share one of mine from one of my journals:

Dec 31, 2001-Jan 01 2002 – I proposed to Anthony last night and gave him a new wedding ring; a white gold 6MM band. He was so surprised. He didn’t answer me until the kids went back in the house. >>>
We had a pajama party for New Years Eve, Mandy and Alan came. Mandy was so cute. She had on blue pj’s w/ her hair in pigtails.
We made ice cream sundaes and “Watched the Ball-Drop,” in front of the fireplace. After the ball fell we went out and watched the neighbor’s fireworks and then I sang, ‘The Age of Aquarius,” dropped to one knee and asked him to marry me. He said, “Before we die we’ll walk down the isle again.”

Note: I’m not holding my breathe on that wedding.  I do find it funny now whenever I reread the stupid little things I jot down in my journals… we didn’t walk down an isle the first time. We didn’t even have a church wedding. I walked down the staircase at his house.

Oh well, it’s all history now. You don’t have to be exact when it’s a note to yourself. It’s so that you have an idea as to what you were doing on that day. I know Mandy loved helping me plan it. She is a huge romantic at heart. She’s always up for a costume party and ice cream sundaes. But who isn’t?

The next day, Jan 2, 2002: I wrote that I helped Shirley unpack today. I remember now why I said that I would never move again. It’s work. I wrote a few other really non-important things and then I listed the best things that ever happened to me. I read the list back and shook just my head; wow… of course Anthony was number one on my list. I couldn’t believe that I listed getting SAVED as number 4. I guess I should have put that as number one or even two. Hindsight is always 20-20.  See why others’ shouldn’t read your random thoughts and mumblings. They could get the wrong idea. I knew what I was thinking anyway. My kids were number two and my Grandson Little Craig was number three. My 20th Wedding Anniversary was number 8 (we went away together and ate constantly.) Good times. I’ve received 6 new grandchildren since that list was written. I do believe they’re one of the best things that can ever happen to anybody. After getting saved that is.

Happy readings and writings and please do share the letters and writings of your female ancestors with us.  It may seem like nothing to others, but it’s very special to me.

Our beliefs about what we are and what we can be precisely what we will be. ~ Anthony Robbins

A valentine is a very special way to tell someone you care. The special someone may be a sweetheart, a friend, a teacher, or your parents. Usually, a valentine has a short rhyme that tells how you feel. One valentine favorite is an old nursery rhyme:

Roses are red, violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet, and so are you.

A valentine also has symbols of love. These can be flowers, doves or cupids. Cupids are chubby little children with wings. They are named for cupid the Roman god of love. A cupid usually has a bow and arrow. It is said that anyone struck in the heart by one of cupid’s arrows will fall in love.

No one knows for sure how Valentine’s Day began… but one of my favorite tales is…

Long ago, people living in England believed that the birds picked their mates on February 14. And so the people chose this day to send messages of love to each other.

It really doesn’t really matter how the custom of sending valentine’s began… whether it was for the Saint’s that were killed on that day or for St. Valentine, when he was cast into jail, and the children him tossed letters into him to let him know they cared or even for the birds. What does matter is that Valentine’s Day is a wonderful chance for you to tell someone how much he or she means to you. And there is one nice thing about a valentine. You don’t have to sign it if you don’t want the person to know who sent it.

Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.  ~Author Unknown and Me!


The Appalachian Forest School
Sponsored by the non-profit Arc of Appalachia Preserve System

presenting: Forests of the Far South – March 10-17, 2010

A week long natural history course exploring
Florida’s Panhandle & the Red Hills of Alabama
with leading naturalist, ecologist, & herpetologist — Dr. Bruce Means
Author of Priceless Florida, and Stalking the Plumed Serpent
Director of the Coastal Plains Institute and Land Conservancy

See course description and details: www.highlandssanctuary.org/WE/AFS.htm

l Witness the North American continent’s first spring wildflowers l visit rare remnants of old-growth longleaf pine forests harboring red-cockaded woodpeckers, brown-head nuthatches, indigo snakes and gopher tortoises l canoe down crystal-clear spring-fed rivers l see the last of the vanishing Torreya Pines l walk through wet meadows of carnivorous pitcher plants in bloom l study Florida’s epiphytes and explore hillside seepage bogs l don your headlight and search for Alabama endemic Red Hill salamanders at night l visit old growth dwarf cypress stands and tupelo swamps

    As part of its non-profit offerings, The Appalachian Forest School is sponsoring a week-long field exploration of the exceptionally rich and diverse ecosystems of Northern Florida and southern Alabama, where the leading edge of America’s Eastern Temperate Forest dances with the evergreen pines and subtropical hardwoods of the deep South.

Leading the trip will be Dr. Bruce Means — the man who literally wrote the book on Florida’s rich plant & animal communities called Priceless Florida. Sixteen years in the making, this is the book that set a new standard for richly illustrated, thoroughly scientific yet readable by the layman, regional natural history guides. On this trip, Bruce will guide participants into a Florida far off the usual tourist paths. His lifetime dedication to preserving Florida’s natural heritage enables him to access destinations which are normally closed to the public or are restricted, giving registrants the opportunity to experience both the romance as well as the natural science of Panhandle’s “Old Florida,” where there remains some of the largest tracts of forest east of the Mississippi.

What is the Appalachian Forest School? The non-profit Appalachian Forest School sponsors natural history courses which focus on the global significance of America’s Eastern Temperate Forest, a biome which covers the eastern third of the North American continent. While it is not difficult to find introductory natural history workshops for beginners, or indoor technical seminars for specialized experts; The Appalachian Forest School fills an important niche for citizens who wish to benefit from in-depth education without sacrificing the relevance of breadth. Courses are designed for professionals of all fields: conservationists pursuing continuing education, teachers, and committed parents. Program content is outdoor-focused, holistic, tangible, and cross-disciplinary. Course text is the out-of-doors. Required equipment are our five senses, sharpened with an inquiring, curious mind.

remind someone of a kindness or act of generosity you have shown him or her. Bestow a favor and then forget it.

You must give time to your fellow men – even if it’s a little thing, do something for others – something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. ~ ALBERT SCHWEITZER

a lot.

Never underestimate the power of simple courtesy. Your courtesy may not be returned or remembered, but discourtesy will. ~ PRINCESS JACKSON SMITH

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