Saturday, September 4, 2010

A Little of This and A Little of That

A sunrise in the Texas hill country (Ingram, T...

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I’ve been enjoying my weekend, researching to my hearts little content.  Best of all, it’s free.  Ancestry.com is hosting a free weekend for it’s immigrations records.  I have found all kinds of things so far, and the weekend has just started.  I’ll be sharing information about what I find on Footprints In Time.

I’ve also found a new mil blog.  Flying O is written by a member of the US Air Force who is starting her deployment to Afghanistan.  I plan on keeping up with her stories, for I do still have a connection over there.  My Nephew is stationed there, pounding the ground with his buddies.  Plus one of the old milblog I used to watch, is going back to the danger zone.  You can read about it over on Ruminations of a Small Town Mountain Boy later today.

I don’t know if I had mentioned it before, but my son is back from Iraq, and finished his commitment with the Army.  He will now be studying locally, to get his degrees in different computer technologies.  It sure is nice to have them around.

Quote of the Day:
No one can be free who does not work for the freedom of others.
--Anonymous

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

I Won a New Book!

I did it!  I actually won something for a change.  The contest I participated in last week has closed, and I was informed today that I won the novel.  As you may remember, it is titled, A Question of Trust written by Carole Thayne Warburton, who by the way also has a blog called Musings from “OLD” Paradise.

To participate, I wrote two blog posts, one on Ruminations of a Small Town Mountain Boy, and the one here on Side Notes,  Twittered about it, and shared it on facebook.   I was going to write another for Footprints In Time, but ended up getting all involved in some research.  Before I knew it, Monday was over and I was getting ready for work on Tuesday.  Yep, worked right through the night, and didn’t even notice it. 

Be sure to check out Carole Thayne Warburton’s new book Sun Tunnels and Secrets available at Amazon, and I’m sure at your local brick and mortar book store.  For my part, I’ll be sure to post a review of A Question of Trust, and let you know what I think of it.  Not that my opinion carries any weight, LOL. 

As for me, if you have not been keeping up with me on Footprints In Time, I have made some fabulous progress on the family history.  Things are really getting interesting and a lot of fun.   I have even started researching given names, their meanings and possible reasons they were chosen.   It is a fairly unique subject, but quite enlightening.    I started this little side track of research because I noticed that many of my ancestors from the early 1800’s used specific names repeatedly, even within the same family.  They simply changed up the order, and added at least one more.  It’s really fascinating to explore.

Quote of the Day:
Every successful enterprise requires three men - a dreamer, a businessman, and a son of a bitch.
--Peter McArthur

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Here’s an interesting read

Headline of the New York Times June-29-1914

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A few years ago, I was involved with a collaborative writing challenge, the David’s Past Live’s stories.  My contribution to the process was a story about a German trapper who’s parents immigrated to the US. It was David’s Past Live’s part 10

I get a kick out it these days, because of the recent new series on television called Past Life’s.  I’ve watched every episode since it started, my interest peaked because of this little project I was involved in a couple of years ago.  I find the concept interesting, yet I’m not really sure if I believe in reincarnation. 

Today I read an article in the New York Times about this very belief.  Remembrances of Lives Past, is a very interesting article, and if nothing else, a pretty sweet little love story.  It’s worth a read if you have the time.

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