New guest book

Well, after 3 nights and many hours, I’ve created a new guest book for the site. The old book was a freebie from a commercial site, and I really detested reading a website filled with Viagara ads. The company was pretty good, considering that they did clean out the spam now and then, but it was an irritating problem and I decided to fix it when I did this update.

I tried to create a few guest books with .cgi script, but for some reason I couldn’t get any of them to post. My husband and son suggested php. It worked very well, on the seventh guestbook script that I tried. Either the version was too new for the server, or it was filled with ugly emoticons, or it just didn’t work. The one I settled on isn’t my favorite, but I can always upgrade. For now, I am just happy that it’s functional (after 7 hours of working on it tonight). Obsessive? me? lol.

I received an email from a distant Palmore connection regarding Booker Randolph Shorter. He was the son of Nancy Palmore and John Shorter. I didn’t have much on the family and this cousin (Mary Beth Shorter Majesty) told me that Booker had children and grandchildren, and that she knew of poems that he had written to his son as he went off to fight in the Civil War.

That intrigued me. I love fleshing out these characters from the family’s history. Mary graciously sent me the names and dates of Booker’s descendants, as well as a moving poem that he wrote to his son. I had looked around the net last night and found another site with info on Booker. Apparently, 3 sons went to war, and 2 were killed. I will post the poem after I get some sleep.

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