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    Sunday
    Jan112009

    The Curator Quilts, too!

    Detail of Lone Star Christmas Quilt, made by Denise Levenick

    Lately I've been bumping into Genea-Bloggers who are also quilters, such as Dear Myrt and The Chart Chick, and quilting bloggers who are also family historians, like Lillian's Cupboard. It's not an unlikely pairing, as anyone who has inherited a family quilt would know. Quilting is like anything else, in that the craft itself can connect us with the past.

    My dad loves tinkering with cars, polishing the chrome until it gleams like a mirror. I remember my grandfather's tidy garage and pristine auto and know that every time he pulls out a polishing cloth, my dad is reenacting a ritual he observed in his own father's garage. When we bake a cake from a heirloom recipe, sew a doll's dress, or harvest the first tomato of the season we honor and remember those who taught us.

    I didn't have the privilege to learn quilting from my grandmother, but in reading her letters, I have found several references to sewing. Evidently, like many women in the early 20th century, Arline was proficient at creating her own sylish wardrobe. She used a Singer machine that she occasionally mentions, although I don't know if it was a treadle or electric model. And from what I have gathered about her busy life, I doubt that she had time or interest to make heirloom quilts. If she did make quilts, it was probably out of necessity, something so common it didn't even garner a mention in her letters.

    I started quilting in 2000 after a friend dragged me along while she purchased a new sewing machine. I took a class to learn about my new Bernina (of course, I bought one too!), and got to work on my first quilt. It was a crib size Flying Geese pattern made from an Eleanor Burns pattern. My boys are over 6'4" tall and I didn't have grandchildren, but it seemed like a manageable project.

    Since then, I have made dozens more quilts from easy to difficult, from doll-size to queen-size. I don't think I will ever be a "Master" Quilter, but I do enjoy making something enduring and comforting. That crib-size Flying Geese brightens my eldest son's sofa in his New York City apartment, and a western-theme flannel quilt warms my younger son and his new bride in Southern California.

    Next week, I'll be at the Road to California Quilt Show in Ontario, California, viewing quilts, meeting designers, and generally getting inspired to make a new family heirloom. Maybe I'll even bump into a quilting Genea-Quilter; leave a comment if you will be there!

    Friday
    Jan092009

    Sneak Preview of a New Weekly Feature: Tech Tuesday


    Ok, ok, I'm a tech gadget junkie, and maybe you are too. My family just laughs and begs me not to gift them with thinigamajigs that are on my wish list. This year I complied, but they are all green with envy.

    Just in time for our family Christmas dinner, I popped my new Eye-Fi wireless SD memory card into my digital camera and snapped away. Moments later, the photos appeared on my computer and then... well, for the rest of the story and my experience with this cool new gadget, check back next Tuesday for the first article in a weekly series featuring technology for the family historian.

    See you Tuesday, January 13th at The Family Curator for Tech Tuesday.

    Wednesday
    Dec312008

    Getting My Tech Together, part 1

    Denise Olson at Family Matters has pushed me over the edge into Twitter which moved me to "get my tech together" starting at the goal-setting site, 43 Things. In fact, I am soooo inspired that I sent out this email to my family and friends this morning, and thought I would just post it here for my blogging pals, in case anyone needs another nudge.

    Hello friends,

    It's the end of 2008 and as I am thinking about hanging up a new calendar I just wanted to share with you my recent tech finds, in case you have an urge to try something new this year.

    www.43things.com
    has been around for a while, but I haven't really used it much. It is a website where you can list goals, and see how many other people have the same ones. Kinda fun. Very easy. and as we all know, making goals is the first step toward getting there.

    www.twitter.com
    is a social networking site (like facebook, but easier). I'd heard about for a while, but after reading an article in the Wall Street Journal earlier in the month I decided to give it a try. I also read a good piece about using Twitter to keep in touch with family in the event of a disaster. It is a website where members communicate in "tweets", very short text messages. You can "follow" other people's twitters (tweets?) to see what they are up to. So, if I am going out to lunch and post "going to lunch" anyone who follows my twitters will know this. Who cares? Well, it is fun to know what folks are doing, and if there is an emergency it is a very fast way to say "we are ok". This is a good little clip about what else it can do. Also, you only have to follow people you want to, and you get to allow people access or not to your own twittering. Oh, you can also do this via cell phone, which makes it really useful.

    youtube intro to twitter

    Denise Olson's article about using twitter in emergencies

    Denise Olson's great intro to twitter from FamilyMatters blog

    Let me know if you try any of these out. Can you tell that one of my top goals for 2009 is to be better prepared for an emergency?

    xo, Denise

    Wednesday
    Dec312008

    The Proximadade Award

    Graças a Msteri and footnoteMaven for nominating The Family Curator for The Proximadade Award.

    Proximidade (from the Portuguese)

    proximity, nearness, imminence, neighborhood, vicinity

    This honor seems to be quite international, having been bestowed throughout blogdom on scrapbookers, blogging moms, and other creative types. Now it is making the rounds of genea-bloggers, and in my turn, I hereby nominate the following:

    Jeanne Kramer-Smyth, Spellbound Blog, writing about archiving, digitizing, information, and a host of topics that are always timely and interesting.

    Thomas MacEntee, Destination Austin Family, the go-to-guy for recipes, tech questions, crafts, and a good tale. Definitely, a Destination Blog.

    Linda Stienstra, From Axer to Ziegler, a past Californian with non-stop adventures wherever she roams.

    Lori Thornton, Smoky Mountain Family Historian, gathering local and family history for her thoughtful articles; and she's been at it since 2004!

    Dawn Thurston, Memoir Mentor, inspiring and encouraging family history writers, and providing an outlet for their writing.

    Becky Wiseman, Kinexxions, blogger extraordinaire sharing stories and photos that make me smile, laugh, and cry. Her goal-setting is nothing short of inspirational.

    Back-at-You Msteri, Heritage Happens, because yes, "heritage happens" in the little everyday things of life, and I love the way you let your readers glimpse a Real Person behind the blogger.

    And footnoteMaven, one of the original hostess-with-the-mostest of the blog-neighborhood coffee klatch.

    Wednesday
    Dec312008

    Happy 100th Posting from The Family Curator

    It's rather like The Big Birthday. I've anticipated the One Hundredth Posting for some months, but mostly in the wee hours of the night when I am not at my computer to speculate when exactly that date will occur. So, I was taken quite by surprise today when I realized that this very post will be that special one. Spontaneous serendipity. A lovely surprise. And a grand adventure.

    Henry David Thoreau, always one for finding meaning in meaning, "moved" to Walden Pond on July 4th. It was his own Independence Day. As 2008 comes to a close, it's a good time to look back and The 100th Posting is a good place to reflect on The Family Curator.

    What began as an online research journal has become a forum for new ideas and a place to connect with like-minded family historians. Certainly I have learned more from these blogging connections than I ever did muddling around on my own; and not only about family history and genealogy.

    I have been prodded toward organizing my files and piles; I have stretched the creative limits of file naming; I have tried a Carnival performance or two; I have "talked" with bloggers on all sorts of subjects; I have cajoled reluctant new readers to blog-world; and I have rediscovered my own writing.

    Our stories go round and round building communities of "cousins" both by blood and by byte. I know that most of us will never meet face-to-face, but I do feel that if we were to find each other at some event we could easily continue a conversation begun days earlier in cyberspace. Thank you for your readership and your comments. I look forward to the next hundred postings. . . at The Family Curator and at your blog as well.

    Friday
    Dec122008

    A Christmas Carol for Arline and Anabelle


    Arline would be so very happy to meet her great-great-granddaughter Anabelle. Just two years old, Anabelle is the perfect age for learning one of our family's favorite Christmas carols. I know that Arline would be singing along with her:

    Away in a manger
    No crib for a bed
    The little Lord Jesus
    Lay down His sweet head.

    The stars in the sky
    Looked down where he lay
    The little Lord Jesus
    Asleep in the hay.

    The cattle are lowing
    The poor baby wakes
    But Little Lord Jesus
    No crying He makes

    We love you Lord Jesus
    Look down from the sky
    And stay close beside us
    Til morning is nigh.

    Be near me Lord Jesus
    I ask you to stay
    Close by me forever
    And love me I pray

    Bless all the dear children
    In thy tender care
    And guide us to heaven
    To live with You there.

    Monday
    Dec012008

    A Holiday Tradition: Fire in the Kitchen!

    What is it about food and fire? Yes, fire gives us heat for succulent roasts and warm, fragrant bread. But it can do so much more. In our quest for deliciously unique sweet treat, our family's holiday meals often culminate with a Flaming Dessert.

    This tradition began over a decade ago when Crème Brulee was all the rage. Sure it's yummy, not too difficult to make, and (bonus) can be prepared ahead of time. We wanted drama, however, and decided to put the kids in charge of the presentation. They felt too old to give us a Christmas pageant, but the thought of using a blowtorch was acceptable.

    The formal Christmas Eve dinner was delicious, I am sure, although no one recalls the prime rib or Yorkshire pudding. What they all remember is the moment when 14-year-old Christian and 16-year-old Heather entered the dining room bearing a tray of custard desserts. Heather was dressed for the occasion in her dad's firefighting gear and thoughtfully carried a fire extinguisher. Christian pulled out his own dad's tool of the trade, a full-size construction blow torch.

    In less time than Santa could round up his reindeer, Christian ever so carefully, carmelized all 15 crème brulee desserts. Heather stood at the ready, but never needed to unlock her gear. The dessert was passed around, and received a round of applause. Success! Now, what about next year?

     

    Crème Brulee

    Serves 5

    2 cups whipping cream
    5 egg yolks
    ½ cup sugar
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
    Fresh raspberries and mint for garnish

    Combine first 4 ingredients, stirring with a wire whisk until sugar dissolves and mixture is smooth. Pour evenly into 5 (5x1-inch) round baking dishes; place dishes in a large roasting pan or a 15 x 11 x 1-inch jellyroll pan. Add hot water to a depth of ½-inch.

    Bake at 275 for 45 to 50 minutes or until almost set. Cool custards in water in pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan; cover and chill at least eight hours.

    Sprinkle about 1 ½ tablespoons brown sugar evenly over each custard; place custards on clean metal pan.

    Carmelize sugar with propane blow torch. Let stand a few minutes until sugar hardens. Garnish with fresh raspberries and sprigs of mint.

    Don't try this at home! The Family Curator accepts no responsibility for the actions described in this posting, and reminds the reader that fire is indeed very dangerous [see forthcoming post on "The Day Dede's Dress Caught Fire."]

     

    Friday
    Nov212008

    On the Subject of Citing Sources

    FootnoteMaven recently posted an article on Working With Citations in which she shares her own method for organizing citations and using them in her writing. Fans of fM's blogs know that she is conscientious and meticulous when it comes to citations, so it should be no surprise that she is an advocate of the citation-guru, Elizabeth Shown Mills, and most of all, an advocate of standardizing sources.

    As an English teacher using MLA citation standards, I regularly encountered citation-psychosis diagnosed from symptoms exhibited in the classroom and on various assignments. Most notably, students suffering from this malady exhibited few outward signs. When the announcement was made for research papers requiring citations, these students accepted the assignment without comment. In contrast to those free of the disease, students who were later diagnosed with citation-related psychosis rarely asked questions or expressed confusion about the assignment. Unfortunately, this made it particularly difficult to determine those persons afflicted until it was too late. When the papers were submitted, one quick glance revealed students suffering in all stages of the disease. Instructors are quick to blame themselves – perhaps the lessons were too fast, too slow, the proximity to reference materials too far, too close. . .

    In Stage One, students exhibited minor errors such as misplaced punctuation or incorrect spacing and indenting. These were correctable with regular therapy.

    In Stage Two, papers were presented with multiple errors. Often the wrong format for the type of source was used, in addition to missing information. These problems were more severe and required remedial therapy and grade modification.

    In Stage Three, students exhibited listless and lack of emotion over the diagnosis. There were many many indicators of the disease. At times, the Works Cited page would be mislabeled as Bibliography, sources would be numbered rather than presented alphabetically, or sources would be incomplete missing major components. These students were often the most creative in presentation of the disease, but the least interested in recovery. Unfortunately, grade modification and therapy were rarely successful in reversing the illness, and parental intervention was often indicated.

    If a student fails to follow clear instructions for citing sources, it is usually due to plain old laziness. Online citation guides such as NoodleBib and EasyBib require some knowledge of source forms and considerable Thinking; often students just start guessing and even these "wonder sites" turn out a Works Cited that is incorrect. They can only be as accurate as the information they are given. Students have given many reasons for incorrect citations and Works Cited, some of my favorites:

    "This is how my mom/dad/brother/sister said to do it. They learned it that way in school and it is RIGHT." [when? What year?]

    "I couldn't find the format guide/MLA book/handout/library…" [hmmmm]

    "I remembered how to do it." [Right. It's wrong.]

    "Oh."

    "Too much work."

    Unfortunately, citation-related psychosis is found in the RW (Real World) as well. When I returned to graduate school in 1997, I learned that MLA had changed quite a bit in the years since I had first learned its rigors. I would have nothing to gain except ridicule if I insisted on using out-dated protocol.

    As difficult as it may be to "learn new tricks," I think that genealogists and family history writers too have much to gain by accepting a standard format for citing sources. Since Elizabeth Shown Mills seems to have taken up the banner for proper citations, I am glad to follow along using her guidelines. I am not as careful as I should be with citing sources in blog posts, but I like to think that my family history writing is carefully and correctly documented.

    Thank you fM for starting this conversation. Maybe we can all jump on the bandwagon and help fight for consistent citations!

    Friday
    Nov142008

    Ten Tips for Making Family Connections

    The Family Curator appears at Shades of the Departed today on the subject of finding family connections through the internet. I am delighted to share my most recent reunion with cousin Scott Angus MacPhee, great-grandson of Mercy Kinsel MacPhee, and appreciate the efforts of footnoteMaven in making it all happen.

    As I wrote about Scott and the other family connections I have made through Shades and through blogging, I came up with a few more ways that web-wanderers can scout out elusive cousins. My mother, Suzanne Winsor Freeman, has become somewhat of an expert with forums and message boards, and is the inspiration for many of the suggestions that follow.

    10. Post the family names you are researching on a popular genealogy message board or surname list. Go to the Query page at Cyndi's List for a comprehensive listing of sites and helpful information on how to craft your query for results.

    9. Post your family name on the Virtual Surname Wall at the Southern California Genealogical Society. This organization has been helping researchers find their family roots since 1964 and currently hosts the popular SCGS Jamboree conference each year in June.

    8. Locate the historical society in your family's hometown and request a listing in their newsletter or online bulletin board. A small donation would certainly be much appreciated! Check back regularly to discover any replies to your posting. Consult the United States Genealogy and Historical Society Directory at censusfinder.com for a list of U.S. societies.

    7. Join the local or state genealogical society in the region your ancestors lived and post a query through their publications. Societies welcome members from around the world, and their publications are filled with informative articles about an area that may be unfamiliar to you.

    6. Listen to genealogy podcasts with an ear out for your family surnames. Subscribe and listen through iTunes, or check out the links at Cyndi's List.

    5. Respond promptly to any queries you receive. Offer to share information, and compensate others willing to share with you for any expenses incurred such as shipping or photocopying.

    4. Be a name dropper. Use your family names liberally on your genealogy/family history blog or website. Who knows what search engines will grab a relation and steer them toward your site.

    3. Join Facebook or another social networking site and watch for genealogy and family history groups to add to your Favorites. This will allow you to keep up on news, events, and interact with other researchers.

    2. Comment on blog posts! Blog writers love comments. When you see your family name or locale mentioned, inquire about a connection with your own research.

    And, my #1 Tip for Making Family Connections . . .

    1. Write or post a comment with footnoteMaven at Shades of the Departed. She seems to have the Magic Touch!

    Monday
    Nov102008

    The Family Curator Shares Connections at Shades

    footnoteMaven sent along an email from a Kinsel-line cousin last week, with a note that "it looks like I live in the middle of this branch of your family." It isn't the first time that a "cousin" and I have connected through Shades of the Departed, and I have a feeling that more leaves will be shaking out in the weeks to come.

    The email came from Scott Angus MacPhee, the nephew of my grandmother Arline Kinsel. Readers of The Family Curator will recognize Scott's name from that of the dashing Scotsman, Angus MacPhee who married Arline's younger sister Mercy. In a column for Shades last July, I described a classroom project using correspondance between Arline and Mercy with my English students for a lesson in "Reading Women's Lives." Scott found the article, and me, through Shades.

    As I said, this isn't the first time fM has introduced me to an relative. I am delighted to be a guest author and share a bit more of the experience at Shades this week, in "The Family Curator Makes a Connection Through Shades." I hope you will join me at Shades on November 14.

    Monday
    Nov032008

    Women. . . You Have the Vote!

    Arline A. Kinsel photograph, 1915, Pueblo, Colorado.
    Privately held by Suzanne Freeman,
    [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Green Valley, Arizona. 2008.

    Here is a special photograph in recognition of Tuesday, November 4 -- Election Day!

    Just when I thought I had seen all the family treasures, my Mother sent this photocopy to me in the mail. It is an early photograph of Arline posing before a Colorado voting poster --

    WOMEN OF COLORADO!
    YOU HAVE THE VOTE
    HELP GET IT FOR WOMEN THROUGHOUT THE NATION
    BY VOTING AGAINST WOODROW WILSON AS THE
    DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS
    THE NATIONAL WOMAN'S PARTY
    Mom deciphered the complete poster, only shown partially in the photograph, by using other pictures taken the same day of Arline's friend and her little boy standing with the same background. Little Gaylord was so small that the lower half of the sign is quite visible.

    Although women in Colorado were granted full voting rights in 1893, when this photograph was taken in 1915 some states were still barring women from the polling booth. It would be a full five years until the 19th Amendment gave women in all states the right to vote.

    On Tuesday I will be working in my Precinct reminding voters to take advantage of this privilege and urge you, too, to Get Out and Vote!

    Monday
    Oct272008

    It's That Time of Year. . .

    Thank you one and all for your participation and support of the Treasure Hunt. I am inspired to keep looking; who knows what we will find in those hidden recesses?

    The Family Curator has donned another hat the past few weeks to write college recommendations for students. More frequent posting will resume when the Muse returns. Thank you for your understanding.

    Thursday
    Oct232008

    Treasure Hunt Challenge Round-Up: Just Look What We Found in Our Cupboards & Closets & Boxes!

    Official Treasure Hunters Badge by footnoteMaven

    Treasures abound from the Treasure Hunt Challenge posted at The Family Curator in mid-September. Congratulations to the brave adventurers who accepted the challenge, and then went on to follow their maps and "dig" for buried treasure.

    It has been encouraging to know that many family historians and genealogists share a common obstacle – a certain closet, box, or cupboard that just refuses to yield all its secrets. It's the one place to stash something special, but it can also be the one place forgotten when we go looking for that gem again. Thank you for joining me, hunters, and especially for sharing your treasure tales will all of us.

    Some hunters were so eager to find a treasure that they completed their quest before the ink was dry on their maps!

    Hats off to First Responder, Wendy Littrell at All My Branches Genealogy who found a box of treasures right before her very eyes – on her vanity! She tells more about her discovery and shares photographs in "X Marks the Spot." I think we must all wish we had a box like yours, Wendy.

    Coming in a close second, Midge Frazel at Granite in My Blood not only FOUND Treasure, she presents a model Archival Treasure Chest complete with supply sources, photographs, and evaluation in "Treasure Chest." I discovered a new archival resource from her post, and a reminder to preserve, preserve, preserve. Thanks, Midge.

    Tucked away on a closet shelf, footnoteMaven found an archival box with a treasure saved for "another day." We are delighted that the day is here and we can share in your discovery, fM. She introduces the treasure in a note "The Way It Was" and promises a series of articles at Shades of the Departed "relating to the Victorian custom of visiting cards." This sounds like an intriguing new series; I can hardly wait!

    At CanadaGenealogy, or 'Jane's Your Aunt', M. Diane Rogers organized and preserved the treasures on a bookshelf, and discovered a wonderful family letter she transcribes in "Genea-Blogger Treasure Hunt – Report." I love reading other people's mail, and this letter from Diane's "Aunty Grandma" is a true treasure, thank you.

    "I've Gone about as Far as I Can Go in my Treasure Hunt," declared Linda Steinstra at From Axer to Ziegler. Oh, to have only that one box! Linda shares great photos of family medals, photographs, and mementos and adds a descriptive note of provenance to each family heirloom. The last bit is something we so often overlook; thanks for the nudge, Linda.

    While many people are thinking about their stock investments these days, Julie Tarr at GenBlog is trying to figure out if her old stock certificates might still have some value – from 1914! She did the background checks for "The Stock Search Begins" and is now researching further. Now, wouldn't it be a treat, Julie, if one of those companies were still in business?

    Becky Wiseman at kinexxions teased us with a sturdy cardboard box, unopened since moving day. In "So, What was in that Box?" she cuts the tape and pulls back the flaps to reveal some true retro treasures and then, a treasure beneath a treasure. Sometimes those are the hardest things to find, so sealing the box for another day is the best thing we can do. Good questions, Becky, good thoughts.

    Concluding our Treasure Hunt Challenge, after much procrastination and angst The Family Curator finally did reopen The Magic Cupboard. Fearful that the magic was gone, she was much relieved to find that is was in fact still there, and revealed a wonderful travel photo album and accompanying travel journal complete with expenses for the trip. You can read about my surprise at "Treasure Found! A Clue to Military Service in Vacation Photographs."

    Thank you again, treasure hunters for accepting the Challenge. You deserve to proudly fly the Official Treasure Hunters Flag designed by footnoteMaven. Congratulations on your bounty!

    Monday
    Oct202008

    Treasure Found! A Clue to Military Service in Vacation Photographs

     

    "Boys and Wives Reunion"


    The Magic Cupboard hasn't lost it's sparkle, and once again revealed a wonderful surprise for the Treasure Hunt Challenge. Usually I find treasures from my maternal grandmother, Arline Kinsel, but this cupboard held memories from my father's side of the family. First, I came across a vacation photo album from my paternal grandparents. My school-teacher grandmother was meticulous in all things, and her photos are carefully labeled with subject, date, and place along the white border of the snapshot. It's a good reminder of an easy way to identify photos, and probably a reason to return to the old-fashioned border prints instead of the more common borderless style.

     

    At the back of The Magic Cupboard I found a companion treasure -- a little six-ring notebook with my grandmother's Bible Study notes and a packet of loose pages from another memo book. Those loose pages were a travel tournal for trips in 1962 and 1964, corresponding to the dates and photos in the album. Now, that's a Treasure.

    On June 8, 1964 she writes
    Left home 5:00 -- sprinkles -- fog. Victorvile at 7:00 for breakfast. Lunch under trees before Kingman at high noon. Williams 3:45. Arrived in Canyon by 4:00. Mix up in reservation. 45' tie up. Have a nice cabin. Had chicken etc. in room. Out for walk. Wind about us off path so headed for warm cabin. 551 miles.

    She also kept an expense log at the back of the packet of notes, and itemized her expenses for that first day

    Mon 6/8/64
    Breakfast Victorville $1.46
    Tip .15
    Gas- Barstow 3.91
    Gas - Needles 3.70
    Gas - Williams 4.93
    Grand Canyon 10.30
    Cards .10
    Fountain drinks .46
    $25.01

    From the Grand Canyon, Walter and Edna traveled through Durango, Colorado to a reunion in Eagle, Nebraska.

     

    As I looked at the photographs, initially I thought the men and women, "Boys and Wives," were gathered for a family reunion; fortunately, the notes identify the photo of men and women in the photo with the 314 Supply Train, Co. E, 89 Div. This must be my grandfather's WWI Army unit. Tucked behind one photo of men taken in 1964, I found a second photo of the same group taken in 1963. What unexpected clues to my grandfather's military service.

     

    "314 Supply Train, Co. E, 89 Div, Reunion"


    The return trip brought them through Torrington, Wyoming and Grand Junction, Colorado before arriving home in Santa Ana, California on June 25.

     

    Edna noted that they drove 3,950 miles spending $244.32.

    The website, Flashback 1964! highlights the tunes, the tv shows, and the trends of the year. What fun to think that as my grandparents were cruising west in their Plymouth four-door sedan they might have been listening to the Supremes croon "Baby Love" or The Beatles "A Hard Day's Night," although they were much more likely to be listening to the news or the Billy Graham radio hour. Gas was 25 cents a gallon and they could fill the tank of the Plymouth for $4.93. This year, I paid nearly $5.00 for ONE GALLON of gas. Of course, in 1964 the average yearly salary in the United States was $6,080 but those do seem like "the good old days."

    Thursday
    Oct162008

    Tagged by The Chart Chick

    Photo by Paul Moody, used under license by Creative Commons

    Tag is always so much fun in the waning sunshine of Autumn. If you play late enough in the evening it becomes Flashlight Tag... much more fun if the players are coed. Thanks for tagging me for this Memory Meme, Janet, The Chart Chick. It's much more fun to play then be left in the Mushpot.

    Ten Years Ago (in 1998) I --

    1. was in my second year of teaching high school English
    2. working on my graduate degree in American Literature
    3. knitting socks for stress relief
    4. celebrating my son's 20th birthday
    5. cleaning up the basement
    Five Things on My ToDo List --
    1. clean up the basement
    2. clean up the garage
    3. clean out the closets
    4. get organized (do you see a theme here?)
    5. read War and Peace
    Five Snacks I Enjoy
    1. apples, oh hurray for autumn
    2. beef jerky
    3. cheese and crackers
    4. chips and salsa
    5. hot buttered popcorn
    Five Places I've Lived
    1. Orange County, California (not Laguna Beach)
    2. Malibu, California (much better than Laguna)
    3. Santa Barbara, California (even better!)
    4. Pasadena, California
    5. Moscow, Idaho
    Five Jobs I've Held
    1. newspaper sports writer, now that was a fun job!
    2. society page photographer
    3. technical editor
    4. publications editor
    5. English teacher
    Five Blogs I Tag -- "You're 'It'"
    1. Linda Steinstra at From Axer to Ziegler
    2. Lori Thornton, The Family Historian
    3. Miriam Midkiff, at AnceStories
    4. M. Diane Rogers, at CanadaGenealogy
    5. Lisa at Small-Leaved Shamrock
    This has been a great little meme, fast and fun. I only wish I had time to write longer lists a la Terry Thornton over at Hill Country of Monroe County. Terry's descriptions are always a delight, and this post is no exception.