First Nations Culture and Why It Still Matters

I have been asked "Why is First Nations culture is still relevant in modern society?" ...more

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

NaBloPoMo (11/2014) – Day 20: “The Family Games: Mystery – Part 1″

I’m paying homage to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 by breaking this particular blog topic into two posts. I, however, will not make you wait a full year before you can read Part 2. Instead, I will post the second installment tomorrow night. But first, the set up....more

Trudging Forward

When all I feel like doing is hibernating......more

Weekend Photo Hunt ((portrait & skies) Since part of last week photo hunt theme was selfie so close to portrait. So I decided di

  PAPER and or SUNSET will be next weekend themesSince part of last week photo hunt theme was selfie so close to ...more

Aging Gracefully

Daily Prompt: Young At Heart by Krista on March 22, 2014NaBloPoMo – BlogHerWhat are your thoughts on aging? How will you stay young at heart as you get older?~~~~~~~~It seems to me, I have aged forty-years during the last twenty-years. Life has been hard; with lot’s of lessons to be learned. When my girls left home, I had a small identity crisis. No longer was I ‘mom’ or ‘mommy’ all day long; seven days a week. I found myself with a lot of time on my hands and an empty stillness which I turned into meditation....more

Why I'm the Keeper of the Family Pictures

 By default, I’m the keeper of family junk that nobody else wants—boxes of  Kodak Brownie snapshots from my grandparent’s 1938 driving trip to Colorado, 35 mm slides of my brother and I everywhere from Yellowstone to Cape Cod, hundreds of photos of our own child, and stacks of fading portraits from different generations....more

What to do about Hattie?

I could really use some ideas and feedback on how to deal with my great aunt Hattie....more

Coming face to face with history

As a teenager and then college student, I was a prolific letter writer. I loved foreign languages, and letter writing was a practical way to broaden my horizons, bring academic teachings to life, and indulge my enquiring mind. ...more

Genealogy Proved The Truth - Correcting False Truths

I felt the impression to get a little personal in this entry because of my struggles with the "false truths" in my own family. There were a lot of details in my Family History that didn't quite add up....more