As a kid growing up in the 1970s, I was sure that when I grew up, I’d have a personal robot servant. We do have household robots, but an autonomous vacuum cleaner that bears a striking resemblance to an overly large hockey puck wasn’t exactly what I was imagining. No, the films, TV shows, and books I loved described a humanoid-machine equipped with true artificial intelligence. The closest thing that exists to such a machine is Honda’s ASIMO.
The Uncorrupted Heart: Journal and Letters of Frederick Julius Gustorf, 1800-1845 is a wonderfully written travel journal by an educated German gentleman who came to America in the 1830s. His desire was to investigate the German immigrants who had settled in Illinois and Missouri and to see how they were getting along in America. Gustorf also wanted to compare his experience with those of other German authors.
The time is coming soon those who love to garden. Soon, the snow will melt away (hopefully), and you’ll start to prepare your garden for spring. Me, I love to garden, but I never know when to get started. I also have trouble deciding what I want to grow. Do I want tomatoes, fruit, lettuce, roses, potatoes…? It usually takes me about two weeks of arguing with myself before I finally decide what is going to be planted in the garden.
Do you have trouble choosing just the right book for your child to read? Pairing the right book with your child can be challenging, but we are here to help! Please join us at our North Oak Branch on March 18 or 19 to gain some tips and tricks to discovering good books that your grade-school child will devour. We will have informative displays to view as well as a staff member on hand to answer any questions you might have.
This is an open house style program, so come anytime from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Over the past few months, MGC staff have been working very hard developing some new classes for our customers. Many of our new classes are hands-on, and we think everyone will enjoy getting to actually use some of the Online Resources that will help you with your genealogy research.
Ishmael Beah was a child soldier in Sierra Leone. He wrote about his experience in his memoir, A Long Way Gone. When I read this work, I was filled with sadness that life could contain the evils he experienced. Now Beah has written a novel.
Recently, I visited the open ice skating rink at Crown Center in Kansas City. I was pleasantly surprised to see people of all ages. I started skating. Naturally, I started thinking and comparing my experience with how it could have been in the past. Did our ancestors enjoy any such pastimes?
I can't believe how having a couple of extra days makes such a huge difference in many months. Here it is, March 5 and I'm just now beginning my blog. Keep in mind, my typical blogs are the culmination of hours of research, painstaking labor, and carpal tunnel-inducing typing. Then I narrow it all down to a readable length.