Fall Color Crystals

Sugar Maple Crystals, first frost 2013

Sugar Maple Crystals, first frost 2013

Fall Color: Large Tolype Moth

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Large Tolype Moth on Oak

Large Tolype Moth on oak

Large Tolype Moth on oak


*Identified with help from Butterflies and Moths of North America website: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Tolype-velleda

Mystery on a Horse


Mystery on a Horse

Dapple Gray with Unknown Rider
This photograph was found between pieces of sheet music, collected by my grandfather, Donald C. Minor, in the first half of the 20th century. It appears to be a poor copy of either a Carte De Visite or an early Cabinet card. The hat, sideburns and shirt will likely provide clues for dating. At this point, however, I am only able to surmise that this portrait is of a Minor, proudly showing off a favorite horse.

Frederick Buechner On One’s Vocation


Vocation is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s hunger meet.


Driving up Ceylon LaneWelcome!  and perhaps, welcome  back!  This family history blog was formerly known as d kays days, a play on my initials DKS.  What can I say?  I got tired of that name, uninspired  by its rhyme, and so I am starting fresh this summer; a new name, a new theme – Shoots, Roots, and Leaves, powered by HUM, a WordPress theme.  Beginning June 22, 2013, the the new domain name will be shootsrootsandleaves.com, though the old domain dkaysdays.com will continue to link to this blog, at least for a while.  

I hope you will join me as I travel down memory lane, to the towns and homes of the Sayles, Dodson, Strickland, Minor, Bradford, and Roahrig families.