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 at the supermarket has an unusual manicure, rather than just thinking it, I tell her and I always am rewarded with a smile.

When I was nominated for a Liebster Award for my blog, I was flattered. It made my day.

Now that I have written a book, I get excited when someone takes the time to review it. I don’t care how many stars I am given, because that is so subjective. It is the carefully chosen words that are so meaningful to me. While it nice when the reviewer compliments my writing, what is the most meaningful is the appreciation for the story, the research (particularly from fellow genealogists), and the understanding of the hardships experienced by my father and his family. Sharing the tale of my grandparents, aunts, and uncle, traveling nearly fifteen hundred miles on foot, boat, and unheated trains in snow and temperatures approaching forty degrees below zero is the point of writing the book.

When I have been told that my story brought the reader to tears, I feel I have accomplished my goal. Someone understood the unimaginable ordeal my family suffered. Now I am going to pay this forwarded by beginning to review the books I have read. I know it makes a difference.

Boarding Train

Boarding a Train



About kjw616

I am a genealogy detective. I have already written one book about my Irish family's journey from 19th century Ireland to the United States- a family history sprinkled with personal anecdotes. My second book was intended to be a similar story about my Russian ancestors. Instead, it turned into a tale of just my father's immediate family. It is the tale of what happens when 6 children from New Jersey are moved to the Soviet Union by their Russian-born parents during the Great Depression. It details who lives, who dies, and who is able to return to NJ during a time when leaving the USSR was not an easy endeavor, particularly during World War II and the Cold War. It is my hope that those interested in history during this time period will find this story fascinating as well as those fellow amateur family historians who will learn some of the tools such as ancestry.com, visits to the National Archives, and local libraries I used to uncover this story.
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2 Responses to Just a Pat on the Back

  1. chmjr2 says:

    I think I have read your blog from your first postings. You are a good writer and I hope you can keep on with your writing talents.

    • kjw616 says:

      Thank you. I will say to you how much I have enjoyed your blog, since it is genealogy-based which is right up my alley. But writing and publishing this book has interferred with reading blogs regularly such as yours which I love. I am anxious to relax and get back to it soon.

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