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Why Do Genealogy?

The reason I got involved in family history research was the standard reason. I wanted to know more about not just the forebears I personally knew, i.e. my parents and grandparents, but those who had lived in earlier times, before I was born. I was particularly curious to learn more about my maternal grandfather’s maternal […]

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The Rambling Writer’s Pacific Northwest Summer Solstice(s)

A look at the variable turnings of the seasons here in far northwest Washington State. This year, after unseasonably cool days and rains in June, we suddenly hit a stretch of hot weather (upper 70s, wow!). And I’ve been picking up more energy in my long healing process, so it seemed like the time for

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The Rambling Writer’s Quest for Home: Thor Builds a Sauna Fit for a Nordic God

Progress continues on our dream home with sunsets over the Salish Sea, as Thor builds a sauna — a feature he considers essential for a home. Thor keeps worries at bay by always making sure he has projects to build (heaven help us all if he runs out of things to build and places to put

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The Rambling Writer Takes a Pacific Northwest Spring Forest Hike

Join Thor, Bear dog, and me as we revel in lush “forest bathing” this spring. Thor and I love the expansive openness of our new Salish Seaside home, but since I am fourth-generation here in the far northwest corner of the U.S., I need a regular dose of enfolding lush forest. And running water, moss,

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Cheese Ends, 20240519

I’ve been in a cranky mood the last couple of weeks. Health issues have been rearing their ugly heads and the world hasn’t been particularly pleasant to read about. Then, several articles came across my desk that clearly came under the why-we-can’t-have-nice-things category. In pure pseudoscientific babbalese, I interpret this as the universe telling me

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Reading the Classics: CLARISSA

Once you accept the lugubrious plot of the longest English novel (pure and innocent girl is Wronged, fades away into angelic death) Clarissa, by Samuel Richardson,  is fascinating on so many levels. Apparently Richardson worked on it for years. And that includes after initial publication–he amended it significantly twice, after reading both published and private

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