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Rev. Henry Nichols, Missionary to Pennsylvania

November 23, 2015

St. David's Church, Radnor, Pa.

St. David’s Church, Radnor, Pa.

My 8th great grandfather was born in Wales and died in Maryland.  He came to Pennsylvania on a mission for the Anglican church.  He wrote his own epitaph in Latin which is telling about his beliefs.  He was harsh on himself.

Rev. Henry Nicholls, B.A., 1703 & M.A., 1715, Jesus College, Oxford, Wales. He was sent to Pennsylvania, 1702-1708, during the reign of King James II. He ministered at Chester, Pennsylvania.   The Chester Church is described as of good brick fabric, one of the neatest on the continent, furnished with handsome furniture and pews.  He also served St. David’s Church, Radnor, Pa. and at Concord and Montgomery, Pa. Later, he was transferred to St. Michael’s Parish, Talbot Co., Maryland where he served, 1708-1749, (41 years).

From William King and Virginia Watkins – Their Ancestors and Descendents compiled by Maellen King Ford

Henry Nichols was the first residential missionary to Pennsylvania for the “Society for Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts“, arriving in 1703. His churches were located in Chester, Concord, Radnor, and Montgomery. The members were regular and constant in divine worship, and they contributed 60 pounds a year toward their pastor’s support. The Radnor Church is still in excellent preservation, known as St. David’s Church and has been in use since 1708. Rev Nichols requested a transfer in 1708 and became rector at St. Michael’s Parish Church. Talbot Co., MD – a post he occupied until his death. For years, all records of his life were lost. The early church books had disappeared! Until June 1878 when workmen, employed to demolish the old church building, found his tomb under the Chancel in good preservation.

The following is a translation of the Latin inscription found on the slab over his tomb: “Here lies the remains of Henry Nicols, M. A., formerly a Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, England, and a pastor of this church for 41 years – most unworthy. Born April 1st, 1678; died Feb. 12, 1748. Save his soul, O Christ for Thy own merits. Tread upon salt without savor.” (Henry has ordered these works to be inscribed before his death.) A number of his descendents still worship at St. Michael’s Church. They placed a tablet there to his memory where he ministered for so long. (From the Historical Magazine of the Protestant Episcopal Church, 1943, by Mary Clement, M. A., Principal of the Girls County School Board, Bridgend, Glamorganshire, Wales.)

Rev. Henry Nichols (1678 – 1748)
is my 8th great grandfather
William Nicholls (1709 – 1776)
son of Rev. Henry Nichols
Amos Nicholls (1740 – )
son of William Nicholls
Amos Nicholls (1780 – )
son of Amos Nicholls
Amos Nicholls (1808 – 1868)
son of Amos Nicholls
Emiline P Nicholls (1837 – )
daughter of Amos Nicholls
Harriet Peterson (1856 – 1933)
daughter of Emiline P Nicholls
Sarah Helena Byrne (1878 – 1962)
daughter of Harriet Peterson
Olga Fern Scott (1897 – 1968)
daughter of Sarah Helena Byrne
Richard Arden Morse (1920 – 2004)
son of Olga Fern Scott
Pamela Morse
I am the daughter of Richard Arden Morse

Ermanos for Gourmet Tasting

November 22, 2015 1 Comment

We tried a new brunch place yesterday and have found a new favorite business in Tucson. Ermanos on 4th Avenue serves brunch on the weekend, which is when we like to go out to eat.  We arrived early before the crowds which was lucky because I convinced the chef to make me an off the menu food sampler.  She created a wonderful cauliflower creamed soup that had butter but no cream in the ingredients.  This rich and luscious starter was accented with an herbal oil, green and brightly basil scented.  I was really surprised when she told me there were no potatoes or cream in the smooth rich dish.  She happily shared her recipe so I can knock it off at home. This is one main reason I dine in restaurants (finding new recipes to make), so I am especially pleased when there is no resistance to sharing recipes.  Chef Claire was gracious s well as creative in her approach.  She took very good care of me and my tastebuds.

cauliflower soup

cauliflower soup

My tasting board included black eyed pea hummus to die for, some perfect home style corn tortilla chips adorned with fresh pico de gallo, a seasoned cubed pear, and some fried avocado with sauce.  The flavors were very exciting, each bite a contrasting taste sensation.  I enjoyed this flight of food while sipping my flight of wine.  It was an explosion of tasty  thrills.

vegetarian ceviche

vegetarian ceviche

bites with flights

bites with flights

The hip, cool setting and the vast selection of wine, beer and fresh food on the menu attracted us in the first place.  They feature local musicians often, and hold special events for beer releases, etc.  They run the kind of local business we like to support.  The reason we have instantly become loyal customers is the exceptional service.  Our server Alberto Noeggerath is knowledgeable and very helpful.  Since I rarely drink wine these days I was happy to put myself in his capable hands when selecting three reds to taste in my flight.  I also tasted a cava sparkling that rounded out the flavor party at my place setting.  All the wines were to my liking, but the zinfandel from Wilcox that came highly recommended was the star of the flight.  I would almost order a glass of that next time if it were not for the fun of flighting.  The option of tasting and trying new gastronomy with attentive, happy help from the staff makes Ermanos a great dining destination for us.  We plan to return often in the future.

Regular customers were arriving as we finished, and we spoke to a couple who were as enthusiastic as we are about the place.  We are big fans who recommend Ermanos for party time, gourmet time, or homestyle, homegrown down home downtown Tucson time.  This place is perfect for everyone who likes eating and drinking.

Bob loves beer, and I love dining.  We both love fabulous service.

chef Claire Ferguson

chef Claire Ferguson

server Alberto Noeggerath

server Alberto Noeggerath

Bob ate biscuits and gravy and four beers in a flight.

biscuits and gravy

biscuits and gravy

beer and wine flights

beer and wine flights

We had to try the beer float for dessert.  Loved it!

beer float

beer float

Peach Pie

November 21, 2015 1 Comment

Pamela Morse:

refugees from Arizona….

Originally posted on Catch a Falling Star:

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In the 1960’s back in Iowa, family reunions started happening around this time of year.  We would make long treks to distant parts like Spencer, Iowa or Coralville, Iowa to meet with cousins by the dozens, with Great Aunts and their great families… people we looked somewhat like and were actually related to, but usually didn’t see more than twice in any given year.  And there were some who lived in far off Cleveland, Ohio that you only saw twice in the entire decade.  And it isn’t real easy to play with the kids you are related to but don’t see every day.  Squabbles happen more often than not.  What was the solution to that kind of warfare?  According to Great Aunt Marie, the solution was a nice piece of peach pie.  The offending cousin and I would each get a slice of the solution to eat side by side…

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The Wisdom of Gratitude – #1000Speak

November 21, 2015

Pamela Morse:

Get involved in #1000Speak here

Originally posted on #1000Speak for Compassion:

12246830_760693657374296_8775570206419549353_nFor our link-up this month, in honor of the Thanksgiving tradition our theme is GRATITUDE.

Here’s what the Oxford Dictionaries online have to say about gratitude:

the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

And according to the Thesaurus, some synonyms are:

  • grace
  • gratefulness
  • honor
  • praise
  • thankfulness
  • responsiveness
  • appreciativeness
  • acknowledgement
  • recognition

I agree with all of those. The Thesaurus also includes a few terms as synonyms that I’m not so sure about.

  • indebtedness
  • obligation

And oddly enough, when a quick check of its listing of synonyms for obligation reveals gratitude isn’t among them!

So, like many emotions, it seems there can be differing opinions of what exactly it is. Today we share some quotes about gratitude from famous people in differing walks of life. I particularly like this one by John F. Kennedy.

JFK Gratitude

Just as he suggests, let’s not just utter words, but live by…

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Entitlement vs Gratitude #1000Voices

November 20, 2015 6 Comments

1000 Voices

1000 Voices

I read the many helpful prompts for this month’s 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion posts with interest. The theme that coincides with Thanksgiving and the aftermath of the violence in Paris is gratitude.   Gratitude is always part of compassion, but this month we will attempt to show what part gratitude plays in the openness of our hearts. I was stuck on the question, “What is the opposite of gratitude?”, a prompt that made me think more deeply on the subject.  In order to know the shadow of some quality one needs to know the true nature of that quality.  What exactly is gratitude?  What are the elements of a sincere grateful spirit?  We can’t dissect or analyze this literally, but must define what it is by what it is not. After sleeping and dreaming about it I have a few ideas about the real enemies of thankfulness.  I have a little list.

  • Entitled social classes
  • Entitled nations
  • Entitled religions
  • Entitled families
  • Entitled children

What I realize about this problem is that it is purely a matter of perspective.  While some people are grateful to survive others are sore winners.  Sometimes being the individual or group with privilege or advantage obscures reality for those people.  Who can forget (once you know the story of the historical Buddha) the well meaning parents of Siddhartha Gautama who hid all suffering from him by royal decree.  Nobody in his kingdom who was old or in poor health was permitted to be seen by the young prince.  The fact that people suffer, grow old and die was a reality from which his parents thought they could protect him.  Eventually, of course, he accidentally caught a glimpse of this truth.  He left his palace, family, and weirdly artificial environment to find out what else he had been missing.  One of my favorite sayings attributed to the historical Buddha is:

I believe that separation through a feeling of entitlement is cruel and isolating.  All beings suffer and all beings deserve peace and happiness.  The illusion that some of us are better than others prohibits the appreciation of the gift of life.  Entitlement in all of its various disguises is a limitation to thankfulness and therefore to enlightenment.  I wish all my gentle readers the experience of deep gratitude and compassion now and into the future.  Please read more about this subject or add your voice here.




November 19, 2015 1 Comment

“That until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned: That until there are no longer first-class and second class citizens of any nation; That until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes; That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race; That until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained; And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes that hold our brothers in Angola, in Mozambique and in South Africa in subhuman bondage have been toppled and destroyed; Until bigotry and prejudice and malicious and inhuman self-interest have been replaced by understanding and tolerance and good-will; Until all Africans stand and speak as free beings, equal in the eyes of all men, as they are in the eyes of Heaven; Until that day, the African continent will not know peace. We Africans will fight, if necessary, and we know that we shall win, as we are confident in the victory of good over evil.”

Haile Selassie address to United Nations Oct 6, 1963

Many music fans may think that Bob Marley wrote the lyrics to the popular song War.  The song was created to immortalize a speech given at the UN in 1963.  We are farther from the dream of lasting peace around the world than we were in 1963 because technology has served good and evil with equal measure.  Now war moves faster and can potentially do much more damage quickly.  I always loved this song and the idea that a tiny man from Africa delivered this truth, eloquence, and enlightenment to the United Nations.   It was prophetic.

It has always made me feel uplifted because as I sing along I get louder and more committed as we arrive at the part about the victory of good over evil…right over wrong, yeah.  I am one of those who fiercely believes in that victory in the long run.  At this time I am having  problems envisioning how the good is going to mange this conquest.  Most people in history were dragged into war, forced to fight, because it is insane to take these violent risks.  The ease with which the youth now is being convinced to start and end a private suicide war shows how far out of control this war/peace balance is.  We must find ways to support compassion and fairness on earth because our futures depend on it.  Jah, Ras Tafari, gentle reader.  Keep the faith, baby.

Anonymous enrols the Ku Klux Klan on Grindr

November 18, 2015 2 Comments

Pamela Morse:

Cyber pranking for good

Originally posted on Flibbertigibbet News:

Having already shared the details of hundreds of alleged white supremacists, the hackers’ collective have now gone one step further to ensure that lonely racists can find the right love match.  Members of the KKK have now found themselves inundated with date requests from Tinder, Grindr and the newly created ‘Blinkered’ – the app ‘for the narrow-minded’.

Only white hearts need apply Only white hearts need apply

An ‘Anonymous’ spokesman said: ‘If we are outing racists, we might as use this as an opportunity to incorporate geosocial networking. With a simple slide-screen menu you can instantly see if you are near the racist of your dreams – be it a drunken Mel Gibson, an intoxicated Charlie Sheen or an utterly sober Katie Hopkins’.

‘Anonymous’ have also used KKK email addresses to swell the membership ranks of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.  A magnanimous NAACP spokeswoman said: ‘We welcome diversity, even if…

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Avengers Square Off on the Digital Battlefield, #OpParis

November 18, 2015 1 Comment

Strange alliances are being formed after the Paris attacks.  An interesting turn of events is the war declared on twitter by Anonymous.

Three days later Anonymous is teaching people how to hack ISIS and has published guides on how to do it.  This is a new phase in avenging strategy.  Not too long ago wars were declared by heads of state and fought by nations.  ISIS initiated war in order to create a nation, and recognizes no borders or boundaries in their avenging.  The avenger archetype has always existed in history.  I sometimes feel a bit of avenger at work in my personality because I am highly sensitive to injustice.  I do indulge in both self righteousness and indignant feelings on behalf of all mistreated sentient beings.

The new world of avenging made available through hacking, retweeting, and blogging has opened up many healthy avenging options that do not involve violence or terrorism.  Now it is possible to use hashtags like #OpParis to openly attack enemies.  Digital trash talk and taunting will continue.  I wonder how much effect this digital line of attack will cause.  Since social media has been used so well to radicalize new fighters it makes a lot of sense to me to work to shut down those propaganda opportunities.  Since both groups are avengers without borders they are well pitted against each other.  It is a heavyweight fight.  I plan to hide, watch and retweet for the side of justice because I am more of a poet than an avenger.  Perhaps I will dedicate some poetry to #OpParis to show my support.  How do you  view this new style of warfare, gentle reader?  It has the feel of a video game, but it is completely real.


#Anonymous vs #ISIS: the ongoing skirmishes of #OpISIS

November 17, 2015 3 Comments

Pamela Morse:

Cyber war on twitter and beyond

Originally posted on The Cryptosphere:

Anonymous OpISIS via  @lexinerus on Twitter Anonymous OpISIS via @lexinerus on Twitter

In the realm of social media wars, some are more fraught than others. There are the inevitable, tiresome third-glass-of-Malbec Friday night spats, and then there are the ones where lives, and possibly immortal souls, are at stake.

Anonymous is expert in both.

For months now, Anonymous has been doing what it does best. Not hacking. Not DDoSing to take websites offline. Nope. What they do best is hunt people, find those people, and taking them out, whatever it takes. And now they are after ISIS.

ISIS has done much of their recruiting work through social media channels: Facebook and Twitter, as well as more esoteric platforms. They use social media, particularly Twitter, as a propaganda tool and on this front they are considerably in advance of NATO and other Western forces, who tend to view such use as more of a risk than an advantage…

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The Health Bank

November 16, 2015 3 Comments



Health and vitality are valuable assets and worthy investments of time and money. In order to preserve our good feelings and ease into our senior years we need to budget wisely. This budget is less about money and more about effort and habits.  I consider the transactions such as good diet and sound sleep to be deposits into the account and less healthy choices like overeating or loosing emotional composure as withdrawals.  Nobody can be perfect all the time, but if we balance the deposits with the withdrawals we will be more likely to maintain our health.  Bouncing a well being check might have some disastrous consequences.

What kind of assets make up the wellness investment portfolio?

  • strength and flexibility
  • good balance
  • healthy tools to manage stress
  • healthy eating
  • regular exercise
  • clean uncluttered environment
  • good relationships with friends and family
  • satisfying hobbies or activities
  • sound sleep

What kind of practices diminish the value of the well being portfolio?

  • insomnia
  • worry and stress
  • poor nutrition
  • lack of movement, including too much sitting
  • all work and no play, or all play and no work
  • financial mismanagement
  • lack of pleasurable social contact
  • addiction and over indulgence

You will have to balance the budget each week to stay in line with the goal of staying in good health.  The first step to proper management is honesty. Once the balance has fallen below zero sincere action is needed to restore good health.  It is easier to maintain than it is to recover once it has been lost.  I wish you health and happiness this winter, gentle reader.


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