Category Archives: Genealogy

When You Can’t Do Anything Else…

. …clean your desk. . This is advice I learned from a genealogical magazine years ago–in that wonderful public library in Rutherford, New Jersey. When stuck, tidy up. It’s magic, every time. This little “back office”–a third bedroom when we … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving CCCXCVIII

Today is the three hundred ninety-eighth Thanksgiving–or would be, assuming that it was rigorously and routinely observed, which it wasn’t.  (However, it was never forgotten and then piously reconstructed.  There were many Thanksgiving feasts before the official federal establishment of … Continue reading

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Remembering Dad, 35 Years Later

I’m just like my old man. It was hurled at me as a despicable insult for years and years.  Despite that, I’ve learned that it’s really true, and I embrace it.  Belatedly, but sincerely.  When I finally learned how to … Continue reading

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History Is This Close

I’ve heard of a few cases like this over the years.  I am amazed that grandchildren of the 18th century are still alive in the 21st.  Amazed, and delighted. History fascinates me, in part because it is incredibly close.  It … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving

The turkey is defrosting.  Bags of fresh cranberries await.  So do white potatoes, sweet potatoes, leeks, brussels sprouts, small white onions, and makings of both fresh and pre-made stuffing–I haven’t decided that detail yet.  A half-gallon of pasteurized but non-homogenized … Continue reading

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November 11

Happy Veterans Day to all who served, and to all who have benefited from those who serve.  To my veteran friends, and especially to former choir members who have also served at West Point, thanks and congratulations. I remember my … Continue reading

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Dad and Me

This picture was taken about a week ago.  A very nice couple–good friends and former neighbors in New Jersey–drove up to celebrate his birthday.  We had a memorable lunch at a local waterfront place that emphasizes German food and culture.  … Continue reading

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