Life DC (During Covid) – A Very Merry Covid Christmas

It’s been a while since I documented our COVID experiences. As 2020 draws to a close and a vaccine is on the horizon perhaps (and I pray this will be so!) I won’t have much time left to share stories of our lives during this pandemic. Thanksgiving turned out to be a far less stressful […]

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A Glimpse of Our Family Through Mom’s Cards

In 2007, as part of our mother’s 75th birthday celebration, we arranged for her to receive 75 cards from friends and family. To make up the balance, I created 16 cards. I recently came across the cache of cards while organizing papers. Since I haven’t posted much lately, I decided to share my “creations.” It […]

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What’s in Mom’s Purse?

It has been nine years since my mother left us. When I posted about my mom’s purse three years ago, I merely shared a photo and returned the sacred object to languish on the dusty floor of my closet. It is time. I need to dismiss the feeling I’m invading her privacy and deal with […]

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Wordless Wednesday (NOT!)

There’s just no way I can do a “Wordless Wednesday” post correctly. I always have to say something! (Maybe that’s why the schoolbus driver put tape on my mouth back when I was 7 or 8.) Anyway, a few days ago Thomas MacEntee of Abundant Genealogy posted on his Genealogy Bargains Facebook page about the […]

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SIGMUND AND ROSA – MARCH 1941 – Escape From Nazi Vienna

In my last post, I shared a chapter from my new book project about my family’s quest to obtain Holocaust reparations. Today, I’d like to share what I learned about the emigration of my maternal great-grandparents, Sigmund and Rosa Lichtenthal. I’ve learned quite a bit more since I orginally posted about their trip a couple […]

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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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