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Good bye Old Year, More Joy to the New: A Soprano’s Aria Part 7

1913 Nov 3 Monday Went down town and did a little marketing. Bought a salt and pepper box. Nov 4. Tuesday Worked on rug all day. Rained some. Nov 5 Wednesday A blue day. Wrote to Emma and worked on my rug. Some sun and rain. 6, 7, 8 Unusually dull and monotonous. Nov 9 […]

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Gentle Genealogy: More Discoveries, more Delight, less Drudgery

Sounds great, right? Well I found this out as a side effect of becoming a Reformed Genealogist. All one needs is to shift your focus from collecting and researching: to resurrecting and writing. It’s  called a Paradigm Shift. I am telling you it will be the best thing that ever happened to you, as a […]

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Who was on the Train? A Soprano’s Aria: Chapter 4

BACKGROUND On the 2,000 mile train trip from Minneapolis to San Francisco we have our heroine Mary “Lulu” (PADEN) MOSIER 45, her husband “Frank” Franklin Stewart MOSIER 45, also known as F.S. in Lulu’s Diary. Then we have their children: Eilene 18, Dewey 16, Milo 13 and Lolita 12. Left back in Minneapolis is Leo […]

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On the Rails: Minneapolis to San Francisco: A Soprano’s Aria Chapter 3

1913 Wed Oct 1 Wed Mrs Haley and Nellie came up in the evening. We had a pleasant time. Oct 2 Thurs Mooved into the New Flat at 1109 E. 17 st. A beautiful sunny day Frank Hoffman [Jessie’s husband] moved us in his auto-truck. Dewey went down to Haleys and got some pickles and […]

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American Women’s League & Good Bye Minneapolis! A Soprano’s Aria: Chapter 2

“Edward Gardner Lewis established the American Woman’s League as a subscription gathering organization. Lewis’ plan was for women to qualify for memberships by selling $52 in magazine subscriptions. The fees that would otherwise have been paid to individuals would be paid to the American Woman’s League. The League would use these funds to provide benefits […]

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A Soprano’s Aria: Lulu’s Diary

Introduction: Chapter 1 “When encountering very unusual and difficult family information in your research, what do you choose to publish?” Ross Williams Vita Brevis 1918 “Wed Mar 6 – I received another letter from Frank imploring me to return to him. He is going to church and is sorry he didn’t take the stand earlier. […]

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The Bluette Diner: What you may be Missing if you aren’t Colorizing your Black & White Photos

A poll asked the question “Which do you Prefer Black and White photographs or color? Asking a photographer such a question is really asking for trouble. I love black and white art photographers, to name a few: Dorothea Lange, Henri Cartier Bresson, Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Imogene Cunningham, William Garnett, Annie Liebovitz, and Margaret Bourke-White. […]

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Writing Stories: Writing Begins With a Title

“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.” Virginia Woolf For many beginning writers or future writers the two hardest things are “what to write about” and “how to get started.” Choosing a title helps me focus my writing and defines the parameters. Occasionally I may refine […]

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A Feral Family Tree: A Genetics Guessing Game

If you are neither interested in cats or genetics—you might want to skip this one. I couldn’t help myself. BACKGROUND: I have been a tad bit busy the past week in an unexpected adventure. I live in a semi rural area that over the past few years was adopted by a few feral cats. About […]

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Family History Writing: The Intuitive Writer and Researcher

“It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover.” Henri Poincare Like so many of my blog posts this started with reading another blogger’s post. This is a particularly good one from Natalie Pithers on How to Go From Boring to Brilliant Family History Writing. I highly recommend it, with many […]

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