My Parents’ Divorce Decree

I remember going to the lawyer’s office with my mother. It must have been sometime in 1963. The lawyer offered me a purple lollipop. It tasted like soap! Put me off grape pops to this day! I’m not sure of the purpose of the visit but my guess is my mother was filing the papers […]

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They Watch Over Us – Family Photos

Two family pictures have been hanging in our dining room for years. Rosa Weiss Oppenheim The first one is a portrait of my great-aunt Rosa Weiss Oppenheim. Rosa was born in Austria in 1868 and died at the very young age of 32, leaving two young children to be raised by their father Max. The […]

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Love My Collections- They’re “Food for My Soul”

This week will be kind of a “cheat week” for me. I’ve been fighting a low-grade fever which has impacted my ability to focus (aka “thinking and writing!) As would be expected around Valentine’s Day, the most recent prompt for the 52 Ancestors challenge was “love.” Now, Valentine’s Day is probably one of my most-disliked […]

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Surprises! Who is The Little Girl in the Photo – and Whose Bed Am I Sleeping In?

The prompt for the #52Ancestors challenge this week was “Surprise.” I planned on writing about why Scott and I were at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC last week, but as usual, another opportunity presented itself which is an even better match for the topic this week. A Seeley Surprise If you have been […]

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At the library – Literally!

                                                          The blog prompt for this week’s 52 Ancestors challenge is “At the library.” I planned on writing about my connection to all things “library-ish,” but I […]

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If Only I Could Ask Her… But Which Grandmother to Ask??

Who Owned the China? When my father passed away in the summer of 2008, he left a list directing who should receive what. I use the word “list” instead of “will” because I truly don’t know for sure he had an actual will. There weren’t a lot of family heirlooms other than photographs to mark […]

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Unusual Name: “Hochwohlgeboren Frau Spiegel”

I often felt my mother, Doris Lichtenthal Falcone, was prone to exaggeration. She told me her paternal grandfather, Sigmund Lichtenthal, listed Expert on his business card. He did – I found the card. She told me there was a buzzing noise in her walls. There was – the bees actually drilled through the drywall! So, […]

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Oy! This IS Going To Be A Challenge!!!

This week’s blog prompt for Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is “Challenge.” My theme this year is “Our Stuff.” As I explained last week, I have a lot of stuff. This week I’m giving you a little peek into the “abyss.”  In the pictures below you see my genealogy/bedroom space. It actually looks […]

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"First" Day of School Never Happened

   Should I or shouldn’t I? I’m trying to decide if I want to commit to another year of Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks blog challenge. This past year was a great success for me. I responded to 49 of the 52 prompts plus wrote additional posts as the spirit moved me.   […]

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