Good Genes

My first birthday list item of the new year is checked off. Last weekend, a friend and I saw Deepak Chopra give a lecture on his new book with Rudolph Tanzi, Super Genes. At times, I felt as if we were attending a college biology lecture, and I really wish I had taken notes. Deepak […]

A Reunion and a Mystery

A few weeks ago, my dad and I attended a family reunion with 100+ strangers. Let me explain. About a year ago, as I was doing some genealogy research, I learned that a family reunion was being planned for August 2015 in the town where my mom grew up. The reunion was actually for my […]

Feeling Irish

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’m celebrating with a Shamrock shake, green Peeps, and some Cranberries.                     I feel a little more legit about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day since discovering that I have a few Irish ancestors. According to AncestryDNA, I am 4 percent Irish! I couldn’t […]

Broke Through My First Brick Wall

I broke through my first brick wall recently! A metaphorical, genealogical brick wall, that is. I can’t even describe the surprise, relief, and elation I felt ALL AT ONCE. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime feeling. My family tree has pretty long branches—some going back to the 1600s even. Except for one lonely, stubby branch. This branch has […]

Bloodswept Lands and Seas of Red

  I hurriedly looked at some photos of Will and Kate at a beautiful installation at the Tower of London during a break at work the other day. The purpose of the installation didn’t register with me at the time. But then, a few days later, Abby sent me a link to photos on a […]