The Genealogy Black Hole

Cross-posted from Tiffscribes blog:This past weekend was a wash, work-wise (so much for progress on the next Bastille novel *sigh*). Why? Because I decided to trace my family tree.My grandmother has been ill lately and, since she is my last surviving grandparent, I decided that it might be a good idea to gather her anecdotal rosebuds while I may.[sidebar: why is that we never realize the importance of ancestral history until after the ancestors are gone? *sigh*]...more

Downloading Dad: Searching for Black History

When my father, age 91, told me a few weeks ago that a woman, born Augustine Lemieux Stevens (a.k.a. Gussie), had died, I shuddered for moment in a spasm of grief. I grieved not because I knew Ms. Gussie but because I did not know her....more