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  • Oct 29, The Magic of a Seventh Game

    Writing Your Life Story Blog
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Tonight the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants will decide this year's baseball championship. It is the World Series and the ultimate treat for baseball fans - a seventh game! The game this evening is in Kansas City and the fans are rabid for a win. The last time KC was in the World Series was 1985 and they won the championship that year. It's been a long dry spell since.There is a certain magic in a seventh game and I'm looking forward to it!
  • On Hiatus, Part 2

    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    I’m touched by the outpouring of people who contacted me yesterday after reading that terse notice that I’m taking a break from blogging. Thank you for your concern, my friends! I’m deeply touched to realize the extent of the cyber community that has developed among those of us writing our lives. But never fear. All is well. It’s just time to formalize the break that had already begun with  no plan. It’s time to reevaluate the purpose of this blog and what I want to achieve. A month or more offline will be digital detox to restore clear vision and balance.A primary focus for me…
  • Why Did They End Up Here: Ethnic Clusters

    Ancestry Blog
    Amy Johnson Crow
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    The scene plays out in cities and towns across America each weekend. German Heritage Festival. Italian Heritage Days. Irish Fest. Why is it that some areas have enough people of a given ethnicity to have events like this? Why are there so many Scandinavians living in Minnesota? The answer lies in migration patterns.They say that birds of a feather flock together. That is certainly true of our ancestors. When it came time to move, our ancestors didn’t choose their new locations randomly. Our ancestors went with the familiar. They stayed with people they knew and in areas where they could…
  • My Geneaholic Thursday - 30 October 2014

    The Geneaholic
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Hallowe'en is tomorrow...this was a quiet and peaceful and genealogy day at home!*  Read email and blogs, and wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 238: Henry Austin Carringer's 1888 Great Register of Voters Entry and then printed off the OASIS syllabus material for next Monday.*  Researched and wrote Demonstrating Adding Ancestry.com Hints in a Specific Database to my RootsMagic Database.*  Worked in Pennsylvania Death Certificates on Ancestry and finished the Seaver folks.  Added some persons and more content and sources.*  Wrote three blog posts for…
  • The Mean Streets of Detroit

    Before My Time
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    I've been working on the lineage of my great-great-grandmother Theresa Wolfschlaeger, the wife of Henry Joseph Hauer. She came from Helden, Kreis Olpe, Westfalen. In the interest of finding out a little more about that area, I came upon a website where I was able to learn quite a bit, not only about that place in Germany but also about this one in Michigan.The southern part of Westfalen, I learned, is called the Sauerland. It's mountainous, woodsy, and filled with Roman Catholics. The Wolfschlaegers were Catholic, as were Theresa's maternal relatives, the Wiggers, several of whom were…
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    Writing Your Life Story Blog

  • Oct 29, The Magic of a Seventh Game

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Tonight the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants will decide this year's baseball championship. It is the World Series and the ultimate treat for baseball fans - a seventh game! The game this evening is in Kansas City and the fans are rabid for a win. The last time KC was in the World Series was 1985 and they won the championship that year. It's been a long dry spell since.There is a certain magic in a seventh game and I'm looking forward to it!
  • Oct 20, Doorway Memory

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Do you ever get up to go into another room intent on doing something...and once you are in that room you've completely forgotten why you went in there? Me, too! It happens more than I care to admit. APH member Jean Sheppard has had this problem and she thought maybe it was just getting older and forgetting things when she discovered that science has been researching this and that there is actually a name for the memory lapses. It's called "the Doorway Effect".
  • Oct 15, Halfway Through Family History Month

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Did you know that October is Family History Month? Yes, it is true - and if you are now just getting clued in to this you still have half of the month to do something about it.
  • Oct 14, Focus on Small Things and Build Your Story Around It

    14 Oct 2014 | 6:14 pm
    One of the challenges of many memoir writers is the "I" trap. Too much "me" in your narrative can make readers tune out. We don't want to sound too self-absorbed, even if the story is our story and mainly about us!
  • Oct 9, Griot - Traditional Storyteller Title Now Becoming a Personal History Term

    9 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Thanks to a tip by APH member Dick Margulis (he specializes in book creation and printing) I discovered that the word griot, traditionally used as the term for West African oral storytellers, is starting to be applied to those who are electronically recording and storing personal history stories on digital files, computers and "in the cloud".
 
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    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing

  • On Hiatus, Part 2

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    I’m touched by the outpouring of people who contacted me yesterday after reading that terse notice that I’m taking a break from blogging. Thank you for your concern, my friends! I’m deeply touched to realize the extent of the cyber community that has developed among those of us writing our lives. But never fear. All is well. It’s just time to formalize the break that had already begun with  no plan. It’s time to reevaluate the purpose of this blog and what I want to achieve. A month or more offline will be digital detox to restore clear vision and balance.A primary focus for me…
  • Tips for Dealing with Details

    11 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Several pages into a highly recommended memoir, a factual error popped my eyeballs nearly out of my head. Can you find the mistake?In September 1963, the Cuban and Russian governments placed           nuclear bombs in Cuba.In October 1963, the Cuban Missile Crisis ended….In November 1963, John F. Kennedy was assassinated.In December 1963, I was born….The Cuban Crisis was in 1962! Both that event and the JFK assassination are indelibly burned into my memory. The author can’t remember, I thought, but how could something this obvious slip by the…
  • Accentuate the Positive

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Ac-cent-tchu-ate the positiveE-lim-inate the negative Latch on to the affirmativeDon't mess with Mr. Inbetween.Who doesn't recognize the value of this sage advice from the 1945 hit sung by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters? But you may not realize the power of this advice for your writing when applied at the micro-level of sentences. I'm not talking here about avoiding negative topics. I'm talking about the value of rephrasing sentences from negative statements to positive. One of the most compelling examples of this is found in an online article, Kurdish Female Warriors On the Front Lines…
  • Five Powerhouse P's for Your Memoir Opening

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Everyone knows that the first paragraph of a story is the most important and often determines whether a reader will continue or set the story aside. Follow tips in this guest post from Matilda Butler to learn how to gain instant reader connection with a hot opening paragraph. Read the tips, then put them into practice by entering the “First Paragraph” Contest described below the tips. Don’t dawdle about the contest. Entries are due by midnight PDT September 3. It’s only a few words, so you can do it! If you are already nodding your head, then here's the link to the contest rules…
  • Mystery Solved

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    I couldn’t put words to the vision, perhaps because the vision itself wasn’t clear. Looking across the Godfrey’s living room while  babysitting, I vaguely sensed a phantom group of sophisticated people gathered in a dimly lit, smoke-filled living room much like this one. People lounged on sofa and chairs, some sitting on the floor. They sipped martinis or gin and tonic, discussed philosophy, and ascended to levels of vision inaccessible to mere mortals. These beings were in touch with another realm, larger than life. In touch with the gods? This vision stirred a nameless yearning…
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    Ancestry Blog

  • Why Did They End Up Here: Ethnic Clusters

    Amy Johnson Crow
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    The scene plays out in cities and towns across America each weekend. German Heritage Festival. Italian Heritage Days. Irish Fest. Why is it that some areas have enough people of a given ethnicity to have events like this? Why are there so many Scandinavians living in Minnesota? The answer lies in migration patterns.They say that birds of a feather flock together. That is certainly true of our ancestors. When it came time to move, our ancestors didn’t choose their new locations randomly. Our ancestors went with the familiar. They stayed with people they knew and in areas where they could…
  • Welcome to the Silver State! Nevada State Research Guide

    Anne Gillespie Mitchell
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Happy 150th Birthday, Nevada! Nevada was admitted to the Union on October 31st, 1864.Five things you may not have known about the Silver State:Library of Congress, “Silver mine in Virginia City, dates back to 1860,” digital from original, Carol M Highsmith, between 1980 and 2006.Bugsy Siegel gave the Flamingo hotelits name in honor of the long legs of his girlfriend Virginia Hill.Nevada is also known as the “Battle Born State” because of its admission to the Union during the Civil War.Nevada means “snowfall” in Spanish.There are more mountain ranges in Nevada than…
  • A brief history of Halloween. Click if you dare!

    Brian Gallagher
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:04 am
    Halloween is here! Time to dress up and trick or treat, attend bonfires, parties and firework displays, and generally enjoy yourself. Have you ever wondered where these traditions come from?Halloween is a mixed bag of different traditions and customs influenced by diverse religions and cultures. It all began in Ireland’s Celtic past. It was at the end of the harvest season that the Celtic people believed summer gave way to winter, or light gave way to dark. It was essentially the Celtic New Year. It was a time of celebration. The crops had been harvested and the animals brought in from…
  • Bring Your Ancestors to Life: Adding Context with Unique Ancestry Collections

    Juliana Szucs
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    Looking at a pedigree chart can be somewhat uninspiring to family members who haven’t yet been bitten with the genealogy bug. We know that those names and dates carry stories, but to really do them justice we need to add context. There are some fantastic resources available on Ancestry that can help us do just that. Here are a few collections you may want to check out.New York City, Ellis Island Oral Histories, 1892-1976 – Beginning in 1973, the Ellis Island Oral History Program collected more than 2,000 first-hand oral histories documenting the immigrant experience. This collection is,…
  • 13 Spooky Family History Finds

    Ancestry.com
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Witches, ghosts, murder—researchers from Ancestry found them all and more when they started combing the headlines for spooky facts in some current, and former, celebrities’ pasts. Real Witch Found in Emma Watson’sFamily Tree: Muggle actress Emma Watson, famous for playing Hermione Granger, the preternaturally talented witch and ally of Harry Potter, has a real-life connection to the wizarding world. According to family history experts at Ancestry, English records show Watson is a distant relative of one Joan Playle of Essex County, England, who was convicted of witchcraft in…
 
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    The Geneaholic

  • My Geneaholic Thursday - 30 October 2014

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Hallowe'en is tomorrow...this was a quiet and peaceful and genealogy day at home!*  Read email and blogs, and wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 238: Henry Austin Carringer's 1888 Great Register of Voters Entry and then printed off the OASIS syllabus material for next Monday.*  Researched and wrote Demonstrating Adding Ancestry.com Hints in a Specific Database to my RootsMagic Database.*  Worked in Pennsylvania Death Certificates on Ancestry and finished the Seaver folks.  Added some persons and more content and sources.*  Wrote three blog posts for…
  • My Geneaholic Wednesday - 29 October 2014

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:20 pm
    This was a busy day, mainly due to the CVGS program today.*  Read email and blogs, wrote Hallowe'en Costumes in 1960 -- Post 331 for (Not So) Wordless Wednesday and Dear Randy: Do You Research All Family Tree Connections? and set it for later.  Practiced the RM HOA trick with Russ.*  We left at 10:40 a.m. for the library, then for lunch at In 'n' Out, and then to Bonita library for the CVGS program by Annette Hubbell.  Excellent!*  Home by 2:45 p.m. to read, practice the HOA material, and wrote an OBG "Different" Occupations in the 1880 U.S.
  • My Geneaholic Tuesday - 28 October 2014

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:14 pm
    This was an all genealogy day until the evening - then World Series and Finding Your Roots.*  Read email and blogs, wrote Tuesday's Tip - NEHGS Subject Guides at the Learning Center and then New or Updated Collections at FamilySearch - 19-25 October 2014 and set it for later.  Tried to watch the NARA webinar but it was boring.*  Edited the last three OASIS presentations and handouts, and made PDFs.  Put them in Dropbox for safe keeping.  Need to print the handouts on Friday or Saturday and get everything on the laptop by Sunday.*…
  • My Geneaholic Monday - 27 October 2014

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:22 pm
    It's almost the end of October - wow!  Need to find a costume for Wednesday and Friday!*  Read email and blogs, noted that Amanuensis Monday - Post 241: 1873 Deed of Land in Taylor County, Iowa from Devier J. and Abbie A. Smith to James McMonigal posted.*  Joined the Mondays With Myrt panel - see http://youtu.be/qdZIUrTl_04?list=UUZlX5znu6d7CCz6xobwMXOA  Didn't talk about the Record Hints on Ancestry, but did talk about several other topics.*  Read, answered email, renewed my Ancestry subscription, checked FamilySearch and Ancestry for new databases,…
  • My Geneaholic Sunday - 26 October 2014

    26 Oct 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Since the was no Chargers game today, I did some genealogy work.*  Read email and blogs, and finished up Best of the Genea-Blogs - 19 to 25 October 2014.*  We went off to church at 9:30 a.m. and home by 11:45 a.m.  Watched football, then came in and worked on the last 9 1940 US Census entries.  Then went into my AMT and found more lines without Hints, so made Ancestry Hint them too.  Ended up with 99 more 1940 census entries.  *  Wrote the Amanuensis Monday post, then wrote CVGS Program Meeting on 29 October - "Witness to Gettysburg" and set…
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    Before My Time

  • The Mean Streets of Detroit

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    I've been working on the lineage of my great-great-grandmother Theresa Wolfschlaeger, the wife of Henry Joseph Hauer. She came from Helden, Kreis Olpe, Westfalen. In the interest of finding out a little more about that area, I came upon a website where I was able to learn quite a bit, not only about that place in Germany but also about this one in Michigan.The southern part of Westfalen, I learned, is called the Sauerland. It's mountainous, woodsy, and filled with Roman Catholics. The Wolfschlaegers were Catholic, as were Theresa's maternal relatives, the Wiggers, several of whom were…
  • The Wolfschlaeger-Wigger Marriage Record: Some Questions

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    You'll want to view the record below on a large screen. The handwriting is pretty hard to read. I have four questions about entry number 4, but I've left the record intact because it may help to see how other entries were made. You may have to scroll horizontally to see the fourth question. Below the image, I've explained what the record is and what my questions are. Read that first, before you go straining your eyes.This is the German marriage record of Johann Peter Wolfschlaeger, age 25, and Maria Elisabeth Wigger, age 19, who were Catholic. With their parents' consent, they tied the knot…
  • St. Joseph and Sweetest Heart of Mary Churches

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    Let's hear it for drones! This is a lovely little video of two of Detroit's historic Catholic churches. The steeple at the beginning is that of St. Joseph's. Most of the first 45 seconds, in fact, are St. Joseph's, except 0:17-0:24. Sweetest Heart of Mary is the one with the red exterior. The interior shots are also Sweetest Heart of Mary. My only complaint: this video is too short! My Hauer and Wolfschlager ancestors attended St. Joseph's.
  • Genealogical Trick or Treat

    12 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    For all the big kids who are dressing up as family history buffs for Halloween, here are a few tasty morsels.First, we have an interesting piece at Atlas Obscura about the Mormon Genealogical Archives.  I was interested to learn that I'm not the only one worried about water leaking into the basement! Atlas Obscura found this story in a Long Now blogpost by Alexander Rose titled The Mormon Vault. There are no public tours of the archives, but Rose and environmentalist Stewart Brand were given a private tour. (People of my g-g-generation will recognize the name Steward Brand; he was the…
  • Book Notes: Alfred Street by Russell McLauchlin (and now, an index!)

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    Alfred Street (Burton Historical Collection)The other day I was talking with a cousin about someone in our family tree who lived on Arndt Street in Detroit. I thought I'd read a book about life on Arndt Street, but when I tried to look it up, I couldn't find it. Thinking it might have been another street, I looked at a map and realized, yes, it was Alfred Street, not Arndt. I'd enjoyed the book, so yesterday I walked my dog to the library to check it out again. The author, Russell McLauchlin, was a music and drama critic for The Detroit News, and many of the essays in the book originally…
 
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  • An Oral History of Street Fighter 2 - Boing Boing

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    Boing BoingAn Oral History of Street Fighter 2Boing BoingPolygon's exhaustive investigation into the origins of Capcom's classic Street Fighter 2 is an essential look into the commission-fueled rise of American arcades, the accidental inventions of genre-defining mechanics, and the genesis of competitive gaming.
  • Sharecropper's Troubadour: songs and stories from the 2014 OHA Annual Meeting - OUPblog (blog)

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    Sharecropper's Troubadour: songs and stories from the 2014 OHA Annual MeetingOUPblog (blog)The presentation built on Dr. Honey's article in Oral History Review 41.2, “'Sharecroppers' Troubadour': Can We Use Songs and Oral Poetry as Oral History?,” as well as his recent book. The audio below was graciously recorded and provided by the faculty and more »
  • Sharing of oral history among India-Pakistan students - Zee News

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    Sharing of oral history among India-Pakistan studentsZee NewsKolkata: Attempting to bridge borders between school children of India and Pakistan, Kolkata students are participating in an oral history exchange programme with their Pakistani counterparts. During the 14-month exchange for change program organised and more »
  • 'The Wake of Vanport' Oral History Screening Nov. 15 - The Skanner

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    'The Wake of Vanport' Oral History Screening Nov. 15The SkannerSave the Date! Mark your calendars! The screening of the NPMTC 2014 Vanport Multimedia Project oral histories will be presented November 15 at 2 p.m. at the Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, 3138 N Vancouver Ave, Portland, Oregon. “The Wake of ...and more »
  • An oral history of The Worst Witch - Telegraph.co.uk

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    Telegraph.co.ukAn oral history of The Worst WitchTelegraph.co.ukThis year, The Worst Witch turned 40. Jill Murphy's children's book about Mildred Hubble, a hapless pupil at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches was an instant success when it was first published in 1974. Many decades and sequels later, her pre-Hogwarts ...and more »
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    NPR: StoryCorps Podcast

  • StoryCorps 398: His Other Family

    NPR
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Shirley Parrello speaks with former Marine Sergeant Kevin Powell, who was with her son Lance Corporal Brian Parrello when he was killed in Iraq in 2004.To hear more stories visit http://storycorps.org/listen. If you'd like to write to participants you can do so at podcast@storycorps.org. To make a donation visit http://www.storycorps.org/donate.Music Info: "Traveling Made-Up Continents" by Gillicuddy from the album...Plays Guitar.
  • StoryCorps 396: Pray for Me

    NPR
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Paul Braun, a Sergeant with the Minnesota Army National Guard, and his interpreter, Philip, remember working together in Iraq. Today, Sgt. Braun and Philip are roommates in the U.S., but Philip recently returned to Iraq in hopes of bringing back his wife and children.To hear more stories visit http://storycorps.org/listen. If you'd like to write to participants you can do so at podcast@storycorps.org. To make a donation visit http://www.storycorps.org/donate.Music Info: "Ticking AwayY by Cranston - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Cranston/Time_Sessions/Ticking_Away "The Mute Girl"…
  • StoryCorps 394: No Comfort

    NPR
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Epidemiologists Anne Purfield and Michelle Dynes talk about responding to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.To hear more stories visit http://storycorps.org/listen. If you'd like to write to participants you can do so at podcast@storycorps.org. To make a donation visit http://storycorps.org/donateMusic Info: "The Temperature of the Air on the Bow of the Kaleetan", by Chris Zabriski  http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/Undercover_Vampire_Policeman/01_-_The_Temperature_of_the_Air_on_the_Bow_of_the_Kaleetan_1165  "John Stockton Slow Drag" by Chris…
  • StoryCorps 397: Evolution of Forgiveness

    NPR
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:33 pm
    17 years after Darius Clark Monroe robbed a bank at gunpoint, he came to StoryCorps with David Ned, one of the customers who was in the bank during the robbery. To hear more stories visit http://storycorps.org/listen. If you'd like to write to participants you can do so at podcast@storycorps.org. To make a donation visit http://storycorps.org/donateMusic Info: "Vladimir's Blues" by Max Richter:www.maxrichtermusic.com"Everything is Changing" by Noi - https://soundcloud.com/noi/noi-everything-is-changing
  • StoryCorps 395: Bright in Spots

    NPR
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Phil and Philip Mortillaro, a father-and-son locksmith team, talk about the family business. Also on this podcast, retired New York City sanitation worker Angelo Bruno speaks with his friend and former partner, Eddie Nieves, about working together on their daily route. To hear more stories visit http://storycorps.org/listen. If you'd like to write to participants you can do so at podcast@storycorps.org.To make a donation visit http://storycorps.org/donate Music Info: "Saunter" by Podington Bear from the album Backbeat
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    Brooklyn Historical Society Blog

  • Shop Talk with Brooklyn Makers: Brooklyn Rehab

    Katelyn Williams
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Welcome to Shop Talk, our regular series highlighting some of the fantastic Brooklyn-made products (and their makers) available in the BHS Gift Shop, open daily from 12pm to 5pm! Alyssa Zygmunt, the creator of Brooklyn Rehab, uses her daily observations of NYC culture to create inspired and unique products that make the perfect souvenirs for out-of-towners and seasoned New Yorkers alike. From key chains and salt and pepper shakers, to glass bottles with labels of local bodies of water, such as the Gowanus Canal (because that water must be tasty!), and 100% authentic New York City pigeon…
 
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  • lightness of being

    Elissa Jane Mastel
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:24 pm
    yesterday, I embarked on a bit of woo woo healing action, and worked with my friend Michelle, an energy healer, to dig deep into some stuff that's coming up for me.  in my latest bout of self exploration, I've come to the realization that I have developed an intimate relationship with my anger.  it's not something new, it's a hindrance that has walked along side me for most of my life. as a little girl, there's a moment indelible in my mind, I'm with my father.  in this moment I'm complaining, gossiping and judging, and he turns to me, and says, "when did you become so…
  • divorcing my mom (working title)

    Elissa Jane Mastel
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    I think most daughters have challenges in their relationship with their mom.  It's probably also true that most people struggle to identify and connect with their parents.  We all have things about growing up we wish we could change.... and for a long time, I thought my life at home was just those things. My parents taught me I was a difficult child.  My mother wished I had never been born, and scolded me and hit me for so many things I lost track of all the wrongs I committed from when I was very young to the very present.I don't know how many times I've said sorry but not…
  • limits to love

    Elissa Jane Mastel
    4 Aug 2013 | 5:33 am
    Sangham saranam gacchāmiI go for refuge in the Sanghathere are three jewels of practice. the buddha, dharma and sangha. sangha, community, support network... I find that the more that I morph, the more challenging it is to keep a strong support system around me.  and the more I grow, the more distant I become to a life that once defined me.last night, I had a glimpse into the heart of someone who chooses self-destruction.  it was a repugnant place, and I'm not interested in going there ever again myself or vicariously through someone else.  he expressed that my inability to…
  • the little gorilla loves himself

    Elissa Jane Mastel
    21 Jul 2013 | 1:45 pm
    "Everybody in the forest loves the Little Gorilla,But like all little gorillas, he begins to grow,and grow, and grow. Until one day, Little Gorilla is BIG!"each year, at my son's birthday party I go around the table of his friends and ask the same question, "what do you like best about Zoren?"this year, his little group of pals answered; he's the wild card, he's like a labyrinth, he's crazy, you never know what to expect.... maybe I had already doled out too much sugar and junk food before posing this annual poll to his pals, but I found their responses fascinating. to me, he's just this kid,…
  • this guy was meant for me.....

    Elissa Jane Mastel
    17 Jul 2013 | 10:51 am
    I’m going to tell you a story so personal, only a handful of people know it. A story about me that reveals more than most people know a story I was trying to spit out over dinner yesterday with a friend... but couldn’t... because I’m better at divulging myself more eloquently on "paper" than with my mouth...If you could see a younger version of me... the one that was twenty nine, you would meet a woman who commanded a certain power and leadership. Independent, smart and rising in the ranks of the NYC agency scene, I was racing to the zenith of something with a wake of broken hearts…
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  • Indiana’s Hoosier genealogy records to be digitized by Ancestry.com.

    Christine Blythe
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    The Indiana State Archives have announced that their Hoosier genealogy records will be digitized by Ancestry.com over the next three years. The records include over 13 million birth, death and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions – 26 Oct 2014

    Christine Blythe
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Following are the Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions for the period up to October 26, 2014.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions Argentina Argentina, Marriages,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 23andMe and MyHeritage pool their resources.

    Christine Blythe
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    The cooperation of 23andMe and MyHeritage to combine their databases for the benefit of their users opens a world of possibilities. As I work year after year researching my family’s ancestry,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cool gadgets and gifts on every Genealogist’s wish list !

    Christine Blythe
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    Over time, I have developed this list of my favorite and most wished for cool gadgets and gifts on every genealist’s wish list whether the occasion is Christmas, birthday, graduation, or any of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Jack the Ripper mystery solved? Don’t trust what you read on the internet.

    Christine Blythe
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    Jack the Ripper mystery solved? Not quite. It’s so true that you can’t believe everything you read on the internet, even from me. Recently, I wrote a post about the DNA analysis of a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Old Halloween Recipes from Our Ancestors’ Kitchens

    Gena Philibert-Ortega
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    Old Halloween Recipes from Our Ancestors’ Kitchens was originally published at .Introduction: Gena Philibert-Ortega is a genealogist and author of the book “From the Family Kitchen.” In this blog post, Gena searches old newspapers to find recipes used by our ancestors to celebrate Halloween. Getting ready to entertain some ghosts and goblins? How about trying an old Halloween recipe for your party? I know it can be difficult to come up with Halloween-themed foods (after all, you can only eat so much candy). In my many years of celebrating Halloween I can only think of two recipes that…
  • Mayflower Heritage: Jack Howland Loved His!

    Thomas Jay Kemp
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    Mayflower Heritage: Jack Howland Loved His! was originally published at .Take pride in your Mayflowerheritage—just like Jack Howland did. Painting: “Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor” by William Halsall, 1882. Source: Pilgrim Hall Museum; Wikimedia Commons. According to Howland’s obituary: His Mayflower heritage was something that he was immensely proud of. He served as historian and archivist for the Pilgrim John Howland Society for many years. This role allowed him to communicate with fellow descendants from across the country and around the world. Jack was also captain of the Maine…
  • Your Top Genealogy Challenges & Frustrations

    Mary Harrell-Sesniak
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    Your Top Genealogy Challenges & Frustrations was originally published at .Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this blog post, Mary shares some of the responses her social media friends gave when she asked the question: “Just what frustrates everyone about genealogy?” Earlier this year, the GenealogyBank blog published my article “Why Do You Love Genealogy?” The responses were engaging and it was clear that there is a world of genealogy addicts out there. So I decided to query my social media friends again:…
  • How to Standardize Your Geographic Locations

    Thomas Jay Kemp
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    How to Standardize Your Geographic Locations was originally published at .You’ve been working on your family history for years and have gathered a lot of information. You keep careful notes and are consistent in putting down full bibliographic citations so that others may quickly know where you found each of your facts. But—how are you adding the places of birth, marriage or death for your ancestors? Photo: View of Elm Street in Manchester, New Hampshire, looking south. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Here’s a tip: write out the complete geographic location for each event. Instead of…
  • Are You Celebrating Mother-in-Law Day?

    Mary Harrell-Sesniak
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Are You Celebrating Mother-in-Law Day? was originally published at .Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this blog post, Mary searches old newspapers to learn more about a special day coming up this Sunday: Mother-in-Law Day. They say that there is a holiday for everything—so it should come as no surprise that Mother-in-Law Day is a time-honored tradition, at least in parts of Texas. Modeled on the more-familiar counterparts of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, Mother-in-Law Day was the inspiration of newspaper…
 
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  • Four Easy Ways To Keep Halloween Harmless

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    28 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    “Guest post by Marcie Wahrer of Obviously MARvelous“ I love Halloween! It has always been one of my favorite holidays and between decorating our house with spooky skulls and spiders, dressing up in the perfect costumes, and eating all of those super sweet treats, I wish we were able to celebrate it more than just […]
  • New Jersey sues Home Improvement Contractor

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    27 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    Christopher N. Molosso Sr., owner of ShorePro LLC is being sued by the state of New Jersey on 9 counts of fraud. The claims received by the state’s Division of Consumer Affairs varied from substandard work performed, to pressuring customer into buying unnecessary extras during repairs and renovations. For anyone who has ever done home […]
  • Community Improvement Infographic

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    21 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    In today’s day and age, the concept of community is constantly changing. To keep up with these alterations both on and offline, we have put together an infographic that details the five best ways to improve everyday aspects of your community. Click here to get our full community infographic. While 68% of Americans want to […]
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  • Vietnam Veteran Finds Old Military Friend

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    17 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    In honor of all of the veterans and active military personnel, we’re dedicating this Find A Friend Friday to two Vietnam Vets who have been reunited after a 38-year search. The two men, Rick Mueller and Joe Martinez had been inseparable while aboard their navy ship overseas, but sadly lost touch upon returning home. In […]
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