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Not My Paradise


Not My Paradise

Where are you going when you’re alone
When times passes and you’re on your own
Why don’t can’t we live in our paradise
We’re not at home, this is not our paradise

Now I went out looking for my friend last night
He wandered far from familiar street lights
He was in trouble somewhere once or twice
I kept telling him this is not your paradise

When there’s darkness and you can’t see the light
When everyone looks strange and you it’s not right
Why do you keep go backing to that darkest place
There’s not a friend there in the whole human race

Why don’t you stop searching for your paradise
This life you don’t get to live twice
Why don’t I live in my paradise
It’s just my home, and not my paradise

Many thoughts go racing through your mind at night
You can’t believe what you see and what you fight
The demons you face are real and really out of this place
This hell you found could be the future someday you’ll face

So why don’t you stop searching for your paradise
This life you don’t get to live twice
Why don’t I live in my paradise
It’s just my home, and not my paradise

Stop searching for your paradise
This is not your paradise
Stop searching for your paradise
This is not your paradise

© Copyright 2016, Paul J. Elliott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where there’s a will, there’s a way … to discover your family history

What the 1852 Paul Moss will tells me about my Warren family roots and Mayflower ancestry.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way … to discover your family history

Forget the leaves

I know people love to discover whole family trees, loaded with generations of undiscovered family members. But beware, many of these family trees contain not only errors, but seriously challenged relationships that in many cases have been outright disproved by genealogical research.  Bad family trees spread their blight all over to unsuspecting novices, who assume that if it’s on the Internet, it must be true!

There are some great resources to double-check your genealogy.  The New England Historical Genealogical Society and the Mayflower Society are great arbiters of family pedigrees.  Many of their published articles can be found online through Google Books.  Your local library is also a great resource that should not be overlooked.  Although good documentation is important, good genealogical research requires a little creativity, a little inside knowledge that you have about your own family.

Finally, don’t forget to ask yourself if this makes sense.  The more information you have the more clear things become that a family you thought was yours actually is not.  When names, places, and dates don’t line up, it’s time to rethink what you have and where you’re going with it.  Only then will you be rewarded with turning over a new leaf of discovery, one that you have found on your own with a little help.

 

A fresh look at a familiar face

Killing Lincoln: A retrospective look at the artistic rendering of Abraham Lincoln

Killing LincolnKilling Lincoln

A video presentation project that looks at the different styles and approaches used by artists historically and more recently to depict Lincoln.