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  • Oct 20, Doorway Memory

    Writing Your Life Story Blog
    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".
  • 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…
  • Happy 350th New Jersey! New State Research Guide for the Garden State

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    Juliana Szucs
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    This year marks 350 years since New Jersey’s birth as an English colony. To celebrate, our gift to you is the latest in our series of state research guides on the Garden State. Here are five things you might not know about New Jersey.1. Between 1674 and 1702, New Jersey was divided politically between East Jersey and West Jersey, although proprietors of East and West Jersey continued to control first sales of land beyond 1702. They were reunited in 1702 and shared a governor with New York until 1738 when they parted ways and New Jersey got its own governor.2. New Jersey played a central…
  • What Little Birds Do

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    Kristin Maija Peterson
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    I have a mom-in-law who I simply adore. She is an artist, very liberal and politically minded with a delightful sense of humor that never seems to escape her, despite a lot of difficult episodes throughout her life. She is also 88 years old and turning frail. She hasn’t painted in quite a while and it’s not so much a not wanting to, it’s more her body doesn’t make it easy. Arthritis and the mini-strokes get in the way. She is also my biggest fan. Through the years, I have been sending her cards of my watercolors. Her kitchen has become my gallery. I’ve been trying to send cards more…
  • My Geneaholic Thursday - 23 October 2014

    The Geneaholic
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:27 pm
    My birthday, ho hum.  21 years past 50...was great until the Charger game, then PFFFFFFFFFFT.*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 237: San Diego Library/Archives Special Collections and BillionGraves Plus Features and set it for later.*  Answered email, added to the Best Of post, and filled out the two contracts and sent them off.  *  Worked on the 1940 US Census matches, Did 22 of them, but also added some source citations from other records.  Sources now at 55,820.*  Found an obituary for James Warren Sever to…
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    Writing Your Life Story Blog

  • 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 16, 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 15, 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 10, 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".
  • Oct 8, Personal Historians Heading Back to St. Louis

    8 Oct 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Just like the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team trying to get back to the World Series, hundreds of Personal Historians are heading back to St. Louis, the Gateway City, for an annual conference. In 2012 the Association of Personal Historians held their annual conference, Turning Points, in St. Louis. This year the conference returns to this Midwest city for a few days of great networking, sessions, presentations and to find ways to further the precious mission of preserving our life stories (October 22-26).
 
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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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  • Happy 350th New Jersey! New State Research Guide for the Garden State

    Juliana Szucs
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    This year marks 350 years since New Jersey’s birth as an English colony. To celebrate, our gift to you is the latest in our series of state research guides on the Garden State. Here are five things you might not know about New Jersey.1. Between 1674 and 1702, New Jersey was divided politically between East Jersey and West Jersey, although proprietors of East and West Jersey continued to control first sales of land beyond 1702. They were reunited in 1702 and shared a governor with New York until 1738 when they parted ways and New Jersey got its own governor.2. New Jersey played a central…
  • What We Are Reading: October 24th Edition

    Amy Johnson Crow
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Genealogy happy dances can be brought on by breaking through a brick wall. They can also happen when we find a little nugget of information – an insight, a story – that we weren’t expecting.Many of the things we’ve been reading this week have been around those little stories, whether they were tales of ancestors or of ourselves. (And when it comes to the stories of ourselves, you are recording your own stories, right? If you’re stuck for some ideas, check out our Throwback Thursday topics for some inspiration.)Here’s some of what we’ve been reading this…
  • Between The Leaves: Interviewing Family Members

    Jessica Murray
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    Most of our family history research starts with oral history, the stories passed down from generation to generation. It’s important to capture these moments – whether by recording them or writing them down, to piece together your family history puzzle.On this week’s “Between the Leaves” we asked our professional genealogists Amy Johnson Crow, Anne Gillespie Mitchell and Juliana Szucs to share their stories and suggestions for interviewing family members.Looking for additional tips for interviewing your family members? Visit our recent Family History 101: Tips For…
  • Titanic Captain among those listed as more than one million historic Liverpool crew lists are digitised by Ancestry

    Brian Gallagher
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:20 am
    We are all familiar with the ill-fated maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic. On the night of the 14th of April 1912, 1,500 people lost their lives after the liner hit an iceberg and sank to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. The captain on that tragic voyage was Edward Smith. Smith joined the White Star Line shipping company in 1880 and quickly became one of its most respected captains. He was regularly trusted to guide the largest new vessels in the fleet. Edward Smith can be found in The Liverpool, England, Crew Lists 1861-1919 collection on Ancestry. The collection features the names of crew…
  • Throwback Thursday: Fun in the Water

    Juliana Szucs
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    This past weekend was pool closing weekend. When we bought this house 12 years ago, it came with the pool and while my daughter enjoyed it, I think I’ve been the one who has spent the most time in it. I’ve loved the water since I was little and although we never had a large pool growing up, we did have many little ones like this one. And we loved them no matter how small. Note that awesome slide. It actually came with a one-step ladder. Not sure why that was necessary, but we thought it was super-cool.When we didn’t have pools, we still played in the water. We made games…
 
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  • What Little Birds Do

    Kristin Maija Peterson
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    I have a mom-in-law who I simply adore. She is an artist, very liberal and politically minded with a delightful sense of humor that never seems to escape her, despite a lot of difficult episodes throughout her life. She is also 88 years old and turning frail. She hasn’t painted in quite a while and it’s not so much a not wanting to, it’s more her body doesn’t make it easy. Arthritis and the mini-strokes get in the way. She is also my biggest fan. Through the years, I have been sending her cards of my watercolors. Her kitchen has become my gallery. I’ve been trying to send cards more…
  • Day 13: The Smell of Nostaliga

    Kannaki
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    A spirit smell, of gas mixed with medicines, is the smell of my parent’s return home after their day’s work. It is the “hospital smell” that many people have told me they abhor. It is the familiar smell of my childhood. It is the smell that clings to the folds of my mother’s cotton sarees and my father’s hair. It is the smell on their fingers on late evenings. When I go to the hospital that my parent’s run it is the impatient smell of the many expectant mothers waiting. The smell invaded our home despite my mother’s best efforts at scrubbing off the smell from my father’s…
  • Gendered Pt. 2

    trianakvetch
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:35 pm
    (Click here to read Part 1) I now work for an amazing company with some of the brightest and most creative people I have ever met. I have grown immensely in my job, have been given challenging opportunities or encouraged to seek them out, and in my 2.5 years have forged a career path in an industry that I originally thought wasn’t even possible to work in. But because my role and position involve working very closely with multiple teams and departments, I started seeing things that made me first feel unsettled and confused, and then made me angry once I realized what I was actually…
  • Computavid Expansion - 1985

    kpkilburn
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:03 pm
    A program that a friend of mine wrote on the Commodore 64 to promote my father’s expanding video store business. This would often play on a TV in his main store to attract potential partners. He also used a printed version of it when he met with people. This is screen capture of the program running in VICE, an emulator for Mac OS X (et al). I pulled the program from the original disk I had with a device called the ZoomFloppy that interfaces modern computers with the Commodore 1541 disk drive.
  • Commodore 64 Sprite Gallery - 1984

    kpkilburn
    27 Sep 2014 | 3:55 pm
    A gallery of sprites I made on the Commodore 64 circa 1984. I used “Sprite Magic”, a type-in program which was featured in a magazine called Compute!’s Gazette, to create the sprites. These were to be used in an adventure game, but I never did finish it. This gallery is taken from an actual 5 1/4″ Commodore 1541 floppy disk that I copied to .d64 format for use on an emulator on my MacBook.
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  • My Geneaholic Thursday - 23 October 2014

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:27 pm
    My birthday, ho hum.  21 years past 50...was great until the Charger game, then PFFFFFFFFFFT.*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 237: San Diego Library/Archives Special Collections and BillionGraves Plus Features and set it for later.*  Answered email, added to the Best Of post, and filled out the two contracts and sent them off.  *  Worked on the 1940 US Census matches, Did 22 of them, but also added some source citations from other records.  Sources now at 55,820.*  Found an obituary for James Warren Sever to…
  • My Geneaholic Day - 22 October 2013

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:56 pm
    This was not much of a writing or research day, but I did do some genealogy work.*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Aunt Marion and Aunt Gerry Visit in 1978 -- Post 330 for (Not So) Wordless Wednesday and researched and wrote Searching for Persons and Cemeteries on BillionGraves and set it for later.*  Checked the San Diego Central Library catalog for archival items - found some.  Left at 11 a.m. for lunch at McDonalds and then to the parking garage for the carpool to the San Diego Central Library.  *  We got there at 12 noon, staked out a table,…
  • My Geneaholic Tuesday - 21 October 2014

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:41 pm
    This was an interesting and full day - stayed home, did some research, and added some content to the database.*  Read email and blogs, then researched and wrote Technology Tuesday - Billion Graves Mobile App.  Wrote Three Interesting MyHeritage Announcements and set it for later in the morning.  *  Looked for the 1902 Alexander Sovereen article online but didn't find it.  Should be in my notebook!  Didn't find it on Google, or in Ancestry trees either.  Wrote New or Updated Collections at FamilySearch - 12-18 October 2014*  Worked in…
  • My Geneaholic Monday - 20 October 2014

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:11 pm
    I didn't journal on Saturday or Sunday, mainly because I did little of interest in genealogy.1)  Saturday, 18 October:*  Quickly read email and blogs, then off to the Men's breakfast at Marie Callenders.  Home at 9:30 to note that Surname Saturday - LNU (England to colonial Massachusetts) posted.*  We left at 11:45 a.m. for Carlsbad to meet Tami and the girls at 12:30 for lunch.  Got my Charlie fix, and the girls too...we went to the mall after lunch, Tami shopped, and I used Charlie as a chick magnet.  We left at 3:45 p.m., home by 4:30.*  Took a…
  • My Geneaholic Friday - 17 October 2014

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    I'm getting forgetful I fear...see below!*  Read email and blogs, noted that 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 42: Sarah (Feather) Carringer (1804-1848) posted.*  Watched Russ's video, and wrote More on Finding Record Hints for a Specific Database on Ancestry.com and set it for later.*  Was working away at 12:20 p.m. when my iPhone gave me a Calendar alert - I needed to be in San Carlos (almost 20 miles away) in 10 minutes.  I totally forgot about my Genealogy-Be An Ancestor Detective talk at the library from 1 to 2:30.  Printed off 30 handouts in a…
 
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  • 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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  • StoryCorps 395: Pray for Me

    NPR
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:45 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…
  • 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
  • StoryCorps Podcast 394: No Comfort

    NPR
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:54 pm
     Epidemiologists Anne Purfield (L) and Michelle Dynes (R) 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 393: Two Peas in a Pod

    NPR
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Sonia Vasquez and her daughter, Tina Vasquez, talk about what it was like to grow up broke in the 1990s.Music Info:"Opening Credits" by Johnny Ripper- http://johnnyripper.bandcamp.com/"Jubilee" by Unwed Sailor - http://www.unwedsailor.net/
  • StoryCorps 392: Outcast and OK

    NPR
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
     Marcia Sutton talks to her partner, Sandra Sowder, about what happened after she came out.  Darnell Moore tells his friend Bryan Epps about an incident that shaped his youth. Music Info: "Genius and Theives" by Eluvium http://eluvium.net/works/"Hello is This Your House?" by David Wingo and Explosions in the Sky http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/18317-explosions-in-the-sky-prince-avalanche-ost/"Demus", by Charles Atlas http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Charles_Atlas/
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  • Photo of the Week: Food vendors at Wallabout Market

    Julie May
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Wallabout Market, Brooklyn, ca. 1895, v1973.5.994; Brooklyn photograph and illustration collection, ARC.202; Brooklyn Historical Society. This week Brooklyn Historical Society is hosting our annual fundraising party, Brooklyn Bounty!  Unlike last year, we will be holding this event at a new venue in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn.  There will be music, beverages, auctions, and food.  We expect it to be as bountiful as the Wallabout Market, pictured above.  Not too far from DUMBO, the Wallabout Market was the host for many of the farmers who supplied food to Brooklyn and beyond from…
 
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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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  • 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! ]]
  • Genealogy obsession in Iceland opens academic doors.

    Christine Blythe
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    As I’ve written in previous posts, much of human history has involved the management of relationships, marriages, etc. to safeguard against incestuous relationships, and has resulted in an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Please excuse the mess!?

    Christine Blythe
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    For the next few weeks, both this and my Feathering the Empty Nest site are undergoing some experimentation, the end result of which will be the theme and layout frequently changing. This is to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • 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…
  • Annie Edson Taylor: 1st Person to Barrel down Niagara Falls

    Tony Pettinato
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    Annie Edson Taylor: 1st Person to Barrel down Niagara Falls was originally published at .For years, male daredevils had gained fame and fortune by daring to brave the rapids near Niagara Falls while floating in barrels—being very careful not to go over. However, it was a destitute, widowed, female school teacher who took the ultimate plunge: on 24 October 1901 Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Although suffering a scalp wound and some bruises, she survived her daring feat without any broken bones—but, as noted in the newspaper article below,…
  • Edgar Allan Poe’s Death as Mysterious as His Stories

    Duncan Kuehn
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Edgar Allan Poe’s Death as Mysterious as His Stories was originally published at .Introduction: Duncan Kuehn is a professional genealogist with over eight years of client experience. She has worked on several well-known projects, such as “Who Do You Think You Are?” and researching President Barack Obama’s ancestry. In this blog post, Duncan describes the puzzling circumstances surrounding the death of writer Edgar Allan Poe, a real-life story as mysterious and macabre as any tale or poem he ever wrote. Edgar Allan Poe died 7 October 1849 after a mysterious medical condition that…
  • Salvatore Buchetto’s Obituary Celebrates His Well-Lived Life

    Thomas Jay Kemp
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Salvatore Buchetto’s Obituary Celebrates His Well-Lived Life was originally published at .Obituaries often celebrate lives well lived—but rarely with the enthusiasm this recent obituary does. Advocate (Stamford, Connecticut), 17 October 2014 You’ll want to read the full copy of this one. Click here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stamfordadvocate/obituary.aspx?n=salvatore-buchetto&pid=172835303&fhid=11211#sthash.f8Roq5Qv.dpuf His obituary states: “Sal measured out at 73 1/2 inches, and a bouncing 232 pounds, 9 ounces.” Enter Last Name After reading a few lines from…
  • Odd & Hilarious Names: You Responded with Your Funniest Finds

    Tony Pettinato
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Odd & Hilarious Names: You Responded with Your Funniest Finds was originally published at .Last week, we posed this question to our GenealogyBank friends on Facebook: “What’s the funniest name or surname you’ve ever come across?” Well, your responses were wonderful: 98 of you have commented so far sharing your funniest name finds! We enjoyed some laughs reading these names so much that we decided to compile them into one list to give everyone a chuckle. Some of these people’s names seem too outlandish or funny to be real—but, time and again, you appended messages swearing…
 
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  • Community Improvement Infographic

    radaris
    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

    radaris
    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 […]
  • Online Dating Study with Shocking Results

    radaris
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Earlier this month, a study done by Michigan State University shook the online dating Community. The study simply stated that online dating is not as effective as researchers and daters think. Statistics apparently showed that “60% [of] couples who met online were in non-marital romantic relationships, and a minority reported being married.” Meaning that the […]
  • Reunion with Long Lost Furry Friend and Companion

    radaris
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Every year, thousands of people search for pets that have run off. Sometimes you may find your pet in there strangest places! Guiseppe DiBella’s dog Nika, a toy terrier, got loose in 2012 in New York. Without knowing if someone had stolen his little friend, or if she had run off, he gave up hope […]
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