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When My Brother Was The Babysitter

At 14, 15, 16, my brother was a man to me.  Because I was 7,8 and 9 then.  He was my hero and my idol.  He teased me unmercifully and I followed him around the house like an annoying puppy. … Continue reading

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Did My Parents Laugh?

Lying in bed last night, I realized something.  I don’t ever remember hearing my parents laugh.  They smiled a lot, but I don’t remember them laughing.  I can immediately call to mind the sound of all four of my grandparents … Continue reading

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Everyone Lies

One thing that I’m learning from genealogy is that everyone lies.  Some are interesting, some are whoppers and some are just silly. Case in point.  One of my grandmothers lied about her age.  Not an uncommon occurrence.  She lied about … Continue reading

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How Genealogy Changed My Perceptions

As anyone who has read my blog knows, I have disappointment and anger toward my mother, which I have worked to put into perspective.  Right now a large number of females reading this are shaking their heads in agreement from … Continue reading

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Memories Burst From Our Hearts

We have hundreds of memories bursting from our hearts.  The problem with writing about them is if we don’t have some perspective, a modicum of humor or some healing around them, writing about them doesn’t help and readers would be … Continue reading

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The DNA Results Are In….Surprise!

In December, I was so excited to find out what my AncestryDNA would be.  In my post Still Obsessed With DNA I said I would share my story and results.  My first look at my Wheel of Fortune showed that unlike … Continue reading

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That Time I Was Left In The Grocery Store

When I was little, I’m guessing four-years-old, give or take, we were visiting my grandparents in Vermont.  Various family members were there, although I was too young to remember now exactly who was there.  We all met up at the … Continue reading

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Things To Change

I just read the latest from one of my favorite bloggers at The Zen Hiker.  He talks about the cool side of the pillow.  Except he says it better than that.  Immediately I thought about things I promised myself I would … Continue reading

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A Matter Of Perspective

Memory is a strange thing.  Three people can see the same event yet see three different things.  Memory is like that.  Everything is about perspective. Here’s my favorite perspective story ever. After my divorce, my kids and I lived in … Continue reading

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November 22, 1963

On November 22, 1963, I vividly remember three things.  My oldest brother had his 20th birthday.  President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.  I was given Coca-Cola to drink out of a crystal sherry glass. I was home from school with … Continue reading

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