We all know how the story goes. There’s an evil witch who casts a sleeping spell on Snow White who awakes when kissed by Prince Charming. The same is true for sleeping beauty; Rapunzel is trapped in a tall tower saved by Prince Charming’s heroics. Finally, Cinderella hooks up with Prince Charming only through the help of a fairy godmother.
The recent demise of beloved actor James Gandolfini inspired me to get out my Sopranos complete series box set and begin watching the series all over again. I loved this show. It was truly the best drama/soap opera ever. In an age of DVRs and “waiting until it comes out of video,” The Sopranos still saw people arranging their Sunday evenings around the television schedule.
It seems like every week I discover a new research database that helps me with conducting better and more thorough genealogy searches. One of my favorites is the National Park Service’s Soldiers and Sailors Database. Compiled using thousands of Civil War records, the Park Service indexed the names of participants who served during the American Civil War. A successful search will list the ancestor’s name and their service record, along with a detail of the action seen by their units.
Bad Poetry Day is August 18th, and apparently, a good contender for worst poet ever is Scotsman William McGonagall. Around 1877, when he was about 50 years old (it’s hard to say for sure, because his exact birthdate is unknown), he believed God spoke to him and told him to write; and that’s what he did for the rest of his life, which amounted to about 25 more years. McGonagall seemed oblivious to all criticisms of his work and retained an amazing level of self-confidence in his abilities as a writer.
The 2013 Summer Reading Program has come to an end, and it has been a great success. This year, just like every year, I have had numerous parents come up and ask me for suggestions for a good book for their son. Finding a book for a boy can be difficult because there is a stereotype being passed around that boys don’t like to read. As a result of this false generalization, books in the Juvenile and Young Adult sections seem to be geared increasingly towards girls.
I love sports. I love how logical people believe sitting in a certain chair or wearing certain clothes will help their team win. I love the belief by fans that the reason their team (or in some cases, the city (Cleveland) is cursed is because of a billy goat or player trade. This brings me to my husband. He is originally from Wisconsin and wears the cheesehead proudly for the Packers and Brewers.
During our Ancestry Day event this spring, we had a member of the Lincoln-Lancaster Genealogical Society visit here. She noted that we had issues of their society newsletter on our current shelf, but they weren’t the most current. So she asked me about it, and we discovered that the society had gone to digital copies for members and were no longer sending the hard copy issues.