Do you realize how many of your favorite TV shows started life as books? Shows like Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black, True Blood, Pretty Little Liars, Under the Dome, The Walking Dead, and the upcoming Outlander all got their start on the printed page. This concept fascinates me. Why adapt a book into a relatively measly two-hour movie when you can really stretch your storytelling muscles in an ongoing series?
As genealogists, we sometimes get so caught up in what we are doing that we forget who is behind the indexes, abstractions, and transcriptions in books and databases that we use to find our ancestors. They are not well-known authors or famous in any way, other than they took time out of their lives to help current and future generations find their family members. Are you interested in becoming one of these unsung heroes of the genealogy world?
This is the time of year when ice cream is consumed the most. All of us love our ice cream, but do we know a lot about it? As you enjoy your favorite flavor, here are some fun facts about our favorite summertime treat.
Marvel movies have always fascinated me. Growing up, I never read all that many comic books. But into my teens, when Marvel Entertainment began to grow more and more popular, I really delved into it. I learned as much as I could about different characters and universes. One of my favorites just happened to be X-Men.
We're halfway through our Teen Summer Reading Program, and things are going great! The prizes this year are pretty awesome. I'm jealous of all the fantastic books you guys can win. Did you know you are eligible to win up to 12 books over the summer? By earning up to 25 Teen Bucks, that adds up fast. Don't forget that every review you write gets you another chance to win that Kindle Fire HDX. We're so excited to be giving away 31 this year. That's more than we've ever given away before, so your chances are better than ever!
Recently, I paid a visit to Sedalia, Missouri, where my ancestors had lived for several generations. It just so happened that the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival was going on there, all the better to see this small city in all its glory!
I was six years old when I heard my father’s first story. It was a very warm, early summer evening in Phoenix, Arizona. The single-pane glass doors of the tiny back porch patio of his apartment stood open. The breezes filled the room like a liquid filling a vessel – the air conditioner losing its fight to control the atmosphere of the tiny space.
June is national candy month. What better way to welcome summer than with sweets. One of my personal favorites is homemade cherry cordials. Nut clusters are also good.
Sure, you can buy your favorite confections. But why not try making your own? You can make healthier versions of candy you like. The Library has a lot of books to help you put your candy making skills to the test.
Back-to-School Basics for the Rookie Homeschool Teacher: 7 Tips Continued
Last week, I discussed scheduling your school day and setting your academic pace through your curriculum. This week I want to share tips to help you manage all your responsibilities as a parent and teacher.
Warm weather is finally here--Yay! It’s the perfect time for vacations, road trips, and finding your ancestors. As every genealogist discovers at some point, travel is sometimes necessary to help with your research. Some records or artifacts can only be viewed in person, and that means travel. Regardless of the distance, genealogy trips are a great way to get out there. Maybe you will get an opportunity to travel to another country or just the next state over to find the missing link for your ancestor.