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Thankful Thursday – SOPA/PIPA blackout

I just want to take this opportunity to thank all those in my blogging and genealogical circles for taking the time to participate in this very worthy cause. We all know how disastrous both SOPA and PIPA would be to our freedom of speech and freedom from censorship.  Piracy is wrong and needs to be addressed, but these two bills are not the way to accomplish that objective.

I am also thankful for sites like Wikipedia, Google and even Geneabloggers for their contribution to making even the smallest of us feel like our voices were heard.  In this new political age of real-time protests, it feels good to know that even my small little blog and internet presence can make a difference!

Yesterday was an extremely successful day.  But from what I have seen…the battle still goes on.  Time to remain ever vigilant and ready to protect our rights.

Visit the Stop American Censorship website to get and stay involved.

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Eternally grateful to

My father passed away July 13, 2010.  He was a veteran from WWII.  He sacrificed a lot for his country.  He was 17 years old when he enlisted.  He lied about his age to get into the Army.  He didn’t join the army to go to war; but the war caught up with him.  He joined to be able to play his tuba in the Army Band…very plain, very simple.  Plus, by joining the Army he could get paid for what he loved to do – playing his tuba.  My father was in the Philippines when the Japanese attacked in 1941.  He was on the Bataan Death March.  He was a POW for 4 years.

When he passed away we had him buried at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery.  He received a moving and touching military funeral.  We knew it would be six months before his official headstone would be placed.  Unfortunately none of my family lives in California.  As the family historian I had tried several avenues to try to obtain pictures of his headstone.  I did not have much success.  Until I was reading another blog recently that mentioned that Find A Grave had photo request volunteers who take the time to go to local cemeteries and take pictures.  I put in a request and the very next day I received photos.  This was shortly after Christmas and the photographer was able to get a photo with the wreaths that are placed on each veterans headstone.  My family was thrilled to receive these photos.  I have now registered at find-a-grave and have become one of those volunteers myself.  I know what it meant to me to have these photos; I hope to “pay it forward” soon!

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My new portable scanner – VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand

I got a new portable scanner today.  I based my decision primarily on Dick Eastman’s recommendation of the VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner in his newsletter,  Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter.  I am surprised how easy and quick it is to set up and simple it is to use.  This picture of my parents is from a very large and cumbersome yearbook from their freshman year in college.  The yearbook itself is very awkward to handle and almost impossible to place on a flatbed scanner.  It took me only a matter of minutes to scan, upload to my computer and add the text notes to the picture.  I think I am going to be using this scanner quite often!

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Family Recipe Fridays – Peanut Butter Meringue Cookies

    • 2 large egg whites, room temperature
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 cup peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheet.  In a small bowl, with electric mixer at highest speed, beat egg whites until soft peaks form.  Slowly beat in sugar until stiff peaks form.

Stir 1/4 of the beaten egg whites into peanut butter.  Gently fold in remaining egg whites.

Drop by tablespoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet 2 inches apart.  Bake for about 15 minutes.  Remove from oven, let stand for 1 minute. Remove from pan to cool.

These are, by far, the best peanut butter cookies around.  My Mom used to make these all the time because there were only 3 ingredients! Enjoy!

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Jumping in, hope the water is fine!

I have been messing around on this blog since September of last year.  I have kept it quiet as I haven’t really been sure what it is that I am supposed to do with this blog!  But this year, I have decided it is time to jump in with both feet!

This blog is named after a family newsletter I used to write each month.  It was a hodgepodge of different articles about what family members were doing in their lives…a predecessor to Facebook in a way.  I always tried to include information regarding one of our ancestors.  This not only supplied the information to my family, but also gave me the opportunity to pull together some of the research I had been doing.  I intend to keep adding more information here as we go along…

I have been working on my family genealogy for many years.  What I like most about genealogy is that it is a bunch of little pieces that when put together creates a full picture of who one is and where they came from…I so enjoy solving puzzles!

I am going to look around and see what kinds of prompts I can get to help me along the way…I’ve heard they really help getting a blog going.

My husband and I are both retired and have begun to do more traveling to various parts of the world.  I intend to include that information as well!

Thus, a variety of flavors!

So today’s the day….I am finally going to do this…wish me luck!