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The Pen is Still Mightier than the Sword: A Soprano’s Aria Chapter 8

Jan 1, 1914 New Year day dawned bright and sunny after so many days of rain. Albert went over to the Fair grounds and saw Beachy do his loop stunts in the air over the bay. Uncle came up to supper. Albert and Uncle are thick as molasses in January in Duluth, not S.F. They […]

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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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Family History Writing: Sequencing Challenge

I have an issue with sequencing. Many years ago this was diagnosed during a learning styles assessment. Do you remember in grammar school where you read a story and then had to put a series of items in the order in which they happened? Well I could never do it. Only if there was a […]

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Listen to Your Ancestors: What Story do they want you to Write?

When I was thinking about my great grandmother’s diary, A Soprano’s Aria: Lulu’s Diary, I really struggled with the title. And if you read my piece Writing Stories: Writing Begins With a Title you will know that the title sets the stage for the story you will tell. It really got me to reflect on […]

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FAMILY HISTORY WRITING Assignment #1: Pick a Heirloom

This is a very focused writing assignment but be forewarned it can lead to more than you expect. You will need to pick an item. It can be something of your own or something passed down through the family. INGREDIENTS: an item to write about (more on picking an item below) an interest in the […]

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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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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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Knotted Strands: The Misattributed Heirloom

The one thing you learn in doing genealogy is that just like the old children’s game of telephone things get a bit muddled when passed from child to child or generation to generation. As I have written elsewhere there is usually some truth in the stories and legends passed down through families, even if they […]

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