CHAPTER ONE: Closing the Circle – My Quest for Reparations

I’m going to try something – “crowdsourcing” the first chapter of my book about my great-grandfather’s quest for Holocaust reparations. I am looking for feedback. Here’s the “elevator pitch” – “Closing the Circle: Finishing My Great-Grandfather’s Quest for Reparations” tells the story of a family whose livelihood was stolen from them when Hitler’s men seized […]

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Mom’s Portrait – Story of the Artist, Malva Schalek

One of the top rules in genealogy is to avoid BSOs – “bright, shiny, objects.” I break that rule all the time and as a result I learn some pretty cool stuff. Ok, maybe I lose focus and don’t finish the actual task I was working on but honestly, life’s more fun this way! Today’s […]

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Life DC (During Covid) – Covid Covers

One of the things I have really come to appreciate during this pandemic is people’s creativity. And their sense of humor. Today’s post is dedicated to the two librarians in our family: Laurel Goodgion and Johanna Holman. I’m not even sure how I found Steph Plant’s parody of Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All […]

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Time Travel – What You Find When You Empty a Box!

It was a beautiful day in Connecticut today – mid-70s, low humidity. Perfect day to be outside. So, of course, today was the day I chose to finally go through the two boxes of my mother’s papers. In my defense, I already went outside a couple times this week! My mother passed away on Dec. […]

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Life DC (During Covid) – New World – New Words

Last week, my 6 year-old niece, Leonie was quite upset by the upsurge in Covid-19 cases where she lives in Ontario, Canada. Her mom, Marion, gave me permission to post her plea here. If she knew the right word to use, she would refer to those who refuse to “physical distance” (or “social distance” as […]

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Life DC (During Covid) – Through the Eyes of the Children

My daughter Meghan recently interviewed her 4.5 year-old about the corona virus. I found her responses so interesting as they gave me a little insight into what these kids are thinking since their world was turned upside down. I sent the questions to my older daughter and several nieces. Paisleys’ Responses: 1. What is the […]

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Life DC (During Covid) – Virtual Graduations

Tonight I participated in the 51st graduation of Hamden Adult Education. Last year was a special event as we celebrated not only 50 years of educating adults, but also 50 years of service by our Coordinator, Carl Mungiguerra. This year, though, was something else. In less than one week, our Director, LuAnn Gallicchio managed to […]

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Day 21 – Reflections on the 21 Day Family Connection Experiment

I did it! I have posted every day of the 21 Day Family Connection Experiment. As explained on their site “It started during the world-wide pandemic by a group of family historians. They collaborated and decided to measure the psychological benefits of increasing family connections during times of crisis, stress, or even personal struggles.” The […]

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Day 20 – Quarantine Bingo

The activity for Day 20 of the Family Connection Experiment is supposed to be to create a family calendar. I think I’ve made one before. But, thanks to Facebook we are now pretty good at remembering the birthdays of our living relatives. Because of that, and because I got really good feedback on yesterday’s post, […]

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Day 19 – Time Capsule- Quarantine 2020

Back on track with the 21 Day Family Connections project. Today’s activity has us creating a family capsule. What a perfect opportunity to capture some memories of our “New World” – where we spend our days at home, listening to the news reports and waiting for THE BIG DAY – the day the numbers of […]

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