Author Archives: Kelsie Lou

About Kelsie Lou

Therapeutic Foster Parent, Teacher, and Runner who believes that life is what you make it. Envision, Empower, and Educate.

My Jewels: Phillip and Alice Smoot

I told my mom that we should have some photos taken.  Our last photography session was in summer 2016 before my parents moved to Florida.  We needed to break the monotony of the pandemic restrictions and have a reason to … Continue reading

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A Tribute to Lucy L. Smoot

I want to share the beautiful obituary written by my aunts and uncles to pay tribute to my paternal grandmother, Lucy L. Smoot:   LUCY LINTHICUM BENNETT SMOOT passed away peacefully at home at the age of 96 on March 3, … Continue reading

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Points of Interest in Senegal

Senegal, Africa is divided into 14 regions, which are broken down into 45 departments, branching to 103 subdivisions, and several ethnicities.  The term “African” should not be used loosely as a generalized term to identify people who are born or … Continue reading

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Gorée Island, Senegal

“Welcome home.” Those two words held so much power when I was greeted at the historic site of the transatlantic slave trade which took place on Gorée Island.  The largest slave trade area off the west coast of Africa is … Continue reading

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The Original Dakar Rally

One of the world’s most dangerous off-road endurance events is called the Dakar Rally.  Thierry Sabine was a French motorcycle racer who established the Paris-Dakar rally almost 40 years ago.  Lac Rose in Senegal was the final leg leading toward … Continue reading

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Peace & Harmony in Joal-Fadiouth

Joal-Fadiouth is in the Thiès region of Senegal.  The village and commune names are combined because the narrow peninsula of Joal is linked to the small island of Fadiouth.  Fadiouth, also called Shell Island, is a name given from the … Continue reading

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African Safari: Bandia Wildlife Reserve

Move out the way Disney Animal Kingdom.  During my two week visit to Senegal, Africa I went on a real safari at the Bandia Wildlife Reserve, also known as the Foret de Bandia.  A 30 minute drive from the coastal … Continue reading

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Central Florida’s Best Kept Secret

Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens is a Japanese inspired botanical garden retreat between Gainesville and Ocala, Florida.  The once abandoned lime rock quarry was purchased by Dr. Raymond Webber to build his residence.  What miners used as a resource to … Continue reading

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When the Reward Outweighs the Risk

I went to visit my Grandma in West Virginia after a long interruption to protect her from possible exposure to Covid-19.  We spoke on the phone and she genuinely wanted to see me.  My Uncle Rodney, who is her primary … Continue reading

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Hugs and Quiches

Hey Blog Friends.  I’ve been M.I.A. over here because my new Instagram account, @kelsielou.c0m has gotten my attention.  I like the interaction on the blog better because I like  words to accompany photos, topics and experiences.  This post is for … Continue reading

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