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) – 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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In the Paper- The Value of Using Newspapers in Your Research

The activity for Day 18 of the Family History Connection experiment is to write about traditons. I could do that. We do have some traditions – Christmas Eve, peach and plum cake baking in the fall, and… um… uh… Honestly, I’m kind of at a loss on this subject. Shameful! Not only can I not […]

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Day 17 – Family Trees, Flags, and Crests

In my last post I shared family trees created by the youngest members of our family. Today I will share two more. My niece Meghan sent her twins’ tree drawings along with a school project they did this past week. Their project reminded me a fun activity I used years ago. More about that in […]

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Day 16 – Draw Your Family Tree

The activity for Day 16 of the 21 Day Family Connection Experiment is to draw a family tree. That is quite the daunting task for me. Two parents, multiple step-parents, full siblings, half-siblings, step- siblings, adoptions,. That’s why I characterize our family tree as a “bramblebush.” My father thought that was funny. Good thing. It’s […]

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Day 15 – The Food of Our Family – Part 5: Cookbooks

This is may be the last post in my recent series – “The Food of Our Family.” You never know though, I may have more to share on the subject!! My mother had an amazing collection of cookbooks. I think she even used many of them! I also amassed a decent size collection, but as […]

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