November 22, Catching Fire will start playing in the movie theaters. I know I am excited, but I have to get ready for this movie. I will need a checklist of what to do before I can go and see the movie at midnight.
There is a growing trend towards using DNA testing to help trace one’s ancestry. But what types of information can be discovered using one of the many products on the market that are DTC (Direct to Consumer)? Are they worth the expense, and can they fill in information relevant to your family tree? There are currently several hundred genetic tests of many different types in use, with more being developed all the time.
Do You Like Spending Lots of Money for a TV Series That You Will Only Watch a Few Times???
Recently, my friends and I were talking about how there aren’t many family friendly shows on TV anymore. We were laughing and talking about our favorite shows that we watched back in the 80s and early 90s.
Where would we be without Cinderella? That feisty, scullery maid-turned-princess has made an eternal footprint on our collective imaginations, showing up wherever fairy tales are told. The most famous version of the story, even overshadowing the one by the formidable Brothers Grimm, is the French variant codified by Charles Perrault. Perrault’s account gives us the pumpkin-into-a-coach, the fairy godmother, and the glass slippers (the Grimms’ version has golden shoes, no fairy magic, and 400% more eyes gouged out by birds).
When I received the diagnosis of breast cancer, I knew my life had changed. What I hadn’t expected was that there would be some positives. One of those was that I now fit the criteria to use resources provided by Turning Point. Turning Point, a non-profit organization, is a Kansas City area community resource for hope and healing.
Just to let everyone know, we have a monthly event called Heritage Scrapbooking that is open and free to the public. It’s always on the 1st Saturday of every month. If you are interested in participating, please come join us. You can share your ideas, meet new people, have a good time away from home, and learn from each other.
It’s almost Halloween… are you spooked yet? If not, then allow me to suggest that you’re not trying hard enough! Here are some books to keep you up at night, with a handy ranking system to help you determine which one is right for you. Or, if you’re feeling exceptionally brave, read them all!
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place the whole month of November. Have you been thinking about writing your family history? Maybe a memoir? OH OH! What about a historical fiction? MGC, and other branches across MCPL, have the space for you to come write-in, in addition to resources that can jump start your success. But what does success look like during NaNoWriMo?
The goal is to write 50,000 words during the whole month of November. But don’t panic!
October is once again upon us, and it brings with it our annual entrance into the world of ghosts and ghouls. To get into the spirit of Halloween, I have been looking at the films that I have seen that feature the dearly departed who ended up sticking around. Everyone should see a good ghost story this time of year, but people often have a different opinion about what makes a good, scary story. The thrills and chills that we expect from these tales can come in several forms, and the most popular these days seems to be the Horror genre.