The Flowering Vine: A Family Story



Have you guys seen this commercial by a large cosmetics company that purports to tell the ‘story’ behind a given celebrity’s skin color?


In one spot they have a celebrity like J-Lo saying, “There’s a story behind my skin.”  And there, near the bottom of the screen, flashes the phrase “100% Puerto Rican.”

Or another celebrity’s “behind the skin” story is “100% Mexican-American.”

Better yet, there is a well known singer/performer who is identified as “African-American, Native-American and French.”

Now, in the words of Oprah Winfrey- circa 1987, “Caller you say what?”


I think part of the problem is the confusion that so often accompanies terms like race, ethnicity, nationality and God knows what else.

Granted, these are all human constructs but that’s a conversation for a different day.

Anyway, I decided to touch on subjects of ethnicity and race in order to introduce a new series that will explore the experiences of a Southern family with an extensive biracial heritage.

Just so we’re clear, it is my family’s story.

Guys, believe me when I tell you that I am so excited about this endeavor because it is a collaborative effort among several family members including me and my cousin Ron as well as our parents(his Mom, my Dad) –whom most of you know are full siblings.

There may also be guest posts or pictures from others in our family who might like to contribute.

By the way, the new series will be called “The Flowering Vine” and it will replace Ron’s Time Tunnel on Fridays.

Now, before you decide to gather the villagers and attempt to burn me at the stake for replacing Ron’s Time Tunnel, I’d ask you to note that “The Flowering Vine” is Ron’s brainchild and it was his decision to end the Ron’s Time Tunnel series.


But, that said, he will continue to share his amazing writings on his own blog, The Time Tunnel.

And so…

You know they say you should never mix metaphors.

Now watch me mix the aforementioned floral imagery with talk of food.

Here goes…

Like most African-Americans, the story behind our family’s skin color can best be described as a tasty gumbo or stew–No doubt a complex preparation that took years to perfect–albeit often involuntarily.

That said, for those of you who would like to know more about the recipe, I am including the following list of countries/ regions/groups that have contributed ingredients to our particular stew:

Cameroon, Ghana, Senegal, Mali, Nigeria, Benin/Togo, Belgium, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Denmark, Italy, Slovenia, Czech Republic, England, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Sweden and Asia.

Don’t forget a dash of Native-American.

Oh yeah, before I go, let me advise you that with this new series comes a caveat.

In the words of my dear cousin Ron, “All the lies we tell are true!”


No seriously, The Flowering Vine will include writings based on historical records,  DNA ancestry reports and events involving real people and places. However, we reserve the right to include a little hyperbole, exaggeration, imagination and poetic license.

That’s how we do it in the South 😉

Also, when reading these posts, please bear in mind, that one person’s perspectives and version of reality are his own and they may or may not resemble or align with those of another person–even when referencing the same set of events.

—–End of Caveat!

I hope you guys are open to explore this new project with us.

Any thoughts?

Hit me up in comments 🙂

Lady G 😘💋
















71 thoughts on “The Flowering Vine: A Family Story

    1. Hi Natalie!!! 🙂
      It is so very nice to meet you love.
      Thanks for stopping by to read “The Flowering Vine.”
      Warmest regards to you, your Dad and the rest of the Wise Family 🙂
      Let’s stay in touch 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Ms. K! I was just telling someone else that I am also behind with reading blogs. I got to get some strategery going! LOL!
      And thanks for the suggestion about this becoming a book…Psst…I won’t tell nobody! LOL!!
      BTW, how’s your book doing?

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  2. Woebegone but Hopeful

    What a truly worthy project. You come up with some truly cool ideas Gwin
    This is going to be such an interesting read.
    “we reserve the right to include a little hyperbole, exaggeration, imagination and poetic license.”…Of course!……. There’s no entertainment in a story without any of those!!

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        1. I know what you mean. I’ve been posting more than usual so I haven’t had as much time to read other posts–but I absolutely will as soon as I get time 🙂
          BTW, I love the idea of adding a bit of music to the mix. Maybe I’ll do that too 🙂

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        2. Woebegone but Hopeful

          And then I went onto Blondie’s Greatest Hits…
          And then some chores butted in!
          (And now Mr Silc of Patchwork has told me I’d better get his chapter finished otherwise he’ll send around ‘some of his boys…to help me’)!!

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    1. Or maybe, you can share some things you DO know! Think of it like decorating the vine like a Christmas tree, you too may have an ornament or two, or three, or four (lol). That you may choose to hang there. All contributions are encouraged and welcome.

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  3. T. Wayne

    Looking forward to this series…of course, right when I’ve got my pad and pencil to take notes on those Friday Time Tunnel posts, I got to learn something new!!! No worries though, I’ll keep my pad and pencil handy!

    Who am I kidding-I almost never use a pencil!

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  4. angsfamilysandwich

    Lady G,

    LOVE this! Cannot wait to read this series. And although I briefly considered finding a book of matches when you spoke of the end of the Time Tunnel series, I was quickly reoriented by the intrigue of your new venture! Looking forward to it! ❤️❤️

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  5. In the words of the GREAT Lawrence Welk! WUNNERFUL, WUNNERFUL! I’m talking about your introduction to the new feature on your blog, my beautiful and talented Cuzzin! You brought it in smooth as silk with just the right touch of sugar and spice and everything nice.

    Believe me folks, you’ll enjoy this feature. Just keep on reading our efforts and supporting as you always have. We will try not to let you down.

    You’ll see history
    You’ll sample the Black experience
    You’ll get a taste of folklorish-ish
    You’ll see science
    You’ll read poetry
    You’ll have a real Southern experience
    You’ll read stories and anecdotes from different:
    generations and perspectives

    Watch the vine grow and flower with us.



    Again, great job Cuz!

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        1. Absolutely Lady G! You sho didn’ need no pumpin tho. You done that already by yo sel’. You sho gotta good one there with cuzzin Ron – he gat yo back ‘oney! How’s my Amerk-can? Am I ready to go to level 2 yet? Or cos I failed on the last assignment: stole Purdy, do I have to go back a grade? :))))


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