Monthly Archives: September 2016

Check it Out

When you ask your elderly parent or grandparent a question about their past or to identify a loved-one in a photo and they say, “I just don’t remember,” what do you do and how do you feel? For me, that … Continue reading

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Seeking Genealogy Mystery Solutions

Don’t you just hate it when you cannot solve that genealogy mystery? We all have many, but one which just continually bubbles up and gnaws at me is regarding the sale of my grandfather’s house prior to the big move … Continue reading

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Just a Pat on the Back

Feedback is a wonderful thing. Whether it is a compliment for a new hairdo or a new outfit, it helps to enforce an action or a decision. I try to remember this when I interact with people. If the cashier … Continue reading

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Thanks Everyone!

I imagine that most writers of books did not do so by accident. Maybe they got up one morning and said, “Gee, it’s time to write that great American novel,” or maybe they were a celebrity or politician or inventor … Continue reading

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Our Cosmonaut Cousin

I have written of my famous inventor cousin Louis Brennan, whose life was commemorated in a ceremony in London in 2014. Louis’ leaf sprouted from my mother’s tree. My father’s family had their own legendary leaf—cosmonaut Gherman Titov. Among his … Continue reading

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Never Assume the Name is Correct!

What was my father’s intended first name? Did he even know? I remember watching him speak of being named Mark but then he said “I changed it to Martin.” He was so nonchalant about it. Why? When? In my mother’s … Continue reading

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Liebster Award

I was flattered when a fellow blogger nominated my blog for a Liebster Award, although I was not aware that awards were bestowed upon blogs. I learned that the Liebster Award was created to recognize and hopefully promote blogs with … Continue reading

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Editing Until I Just Can’t Anymore!

Once I decided to self-publish my book and knew the burden of editing was on my shoulders, I examined my options. I looked into hiring a professional editor, but abandoned the idea because of the cost. I reminded myself that … Continue reading

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Trump and Russians a Long Time Ago- TBT

I never realized just how long Donald Trump has been part of the news cycle with prominent Russians until I began reading my father’s old newspapers. Because of Dad’s Russian connections, I was not at all surprised to discover that … Continue reading

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