Sometimes I wonder…

What it would be like to hang out with my Dad.

In different situations.

Like, Memorial Day.

I wish I could hear his epic stories from the Korean and Vietnam war.

My dad died whenever I was five.

I remember watching Tales From the Crypt with him.

I remember toddler memories of him.

Yet, I feel like a whole entire historic library has been burned and destroyed.

I’ll never know his stories.

Sometimes, my mom tells me amazing stories.

My favorite one involves the Hells Angels partying while some tribal people show up and surround them and my mom shoots off a machine gun while my Dad was somewhere rescuing prisoners of war and bringing them back to the party to safety.

I wonder if my drive for adventure comes from him and if that is possible.

I used to talk to my mom about Buddhism and one day she told me that he was a Buddhist.

I wish he would have written his stories down.

I find pictures of him standing next to massive weapons used in the Army in his day and wonder so much about them.

This makes me feel like I should remind myself that maybe one day someone will find my own personal stories to be significant. I tend to slack on writing about them, yet I replay my favorite moments over and over through my mind almost on a daily basis.

After I started really getting into painting, I discovered a painting by my Dad that my sister owns, too.

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It’s amazing!

Is it possible to have traits like these passed down from someone I never had a chance to get to know?

He was an amazing artist that traveled the world in epic adventures.

That sounds right up my alley.

I wonder what else I don’t know about him.

I’m glad that he met my mom and brought her over to America from Vietnam and had a litter with her.

And I’m super glad to be the last of the litter.

Thanks Dad, for letting me be a part of your adventures.

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RIP Evert Van Davis.

❤ Kimlee

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Two and a Half Weeks in Vine City

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Vine City is a really beautiful place with so much potential! The residents here have been hit extremely hard by the financial crisis. Whether it is joblessness, homelessness, foreclosures, or schoolclosings, these people just can’t get a leg up! But we are here to help. In any way that we can. What Vine City is lacking is more available transportation, more local businesses, and definitely lots of localized foodsources like gardens. It seems as though this place has almost been forgotten my big business and the city… which I think is a godsend, since it’s not completely corporatized or heavily controlled. That means that there is so much room for the community to come together and take ownership of the town. 

 

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Shadows on our tent ceiling. It was beautiful to wake up to the sounds of trees in the wind and plenty of birds singing. I’m not sure if I’ve ever heard or seen so much wildlife in the city before. ^_^!

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Vine City is rightly named. There are vines everywhere claiming the landscape and adding a gorgeous character to the place.

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I love the subtle architecture hidden throughout the neighborhoods. It makes for a great place to explore and live curiously.

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My favorite part of Vine City is when the wind blows you are almost guaranteed to smell honeysuckles anywhere. Mmm!

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Picking Mulberries! Yum!

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View of the gorgeous trees from our tent.

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Yes, there is no lack of honeysuckles in Vine City!

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Backyard at Pamela Flores’ home occupation.

http://occupyatlanta.org/2012/04/10/occupy-vine-city-residents-take-on-bank-of-america-to-fight-foreclosure/#.T6MHPrNAuRI

Community Meetings Every Thursday at 7pm! ;D

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Sally Mason is such a wonderful spirit to be involved in helping this community. She’s been cleaning up Joseph Lowery Blvd with the help of some awesome Occupy Atlanta protesters and creating block parties to get the community together for fun and to talk about gardening in the community. It’s very important that people begin to grow their own food and teach younger generations how to garden so we don’t become or continue to be so reliant or dependent on the government or corporate food supply. Take the initiative to become self-sufficient today and your life will become much more enjoyable and stress-free. Promise!

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Music at the Block Party!

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Grill Master Bill made everyone’s day. ^_^!

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When the going gets tough and you are lacking in resources, innovation is key! Haha! Barrel + Pot + Planter wire + a Stick = A Way to Cook Dinner! hehehe

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A kitty found us one day. My friend Mike Anthony gave this kitty to the neighbor of Pamela Flores and he’s so happy with her. :3 

 

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To Be Continued…