During November, we take time to salute our veterans. My father, Thomas, was a United States Marine during the Korean War era. After high school, he enlisted in the Marines, and during the time he was in basic training, the cease fire agreement was signed. Thankfully my father never saw combat, but he did spend 14 months in Korea as part of a peace keeping force. However, his older brother, Jack, who was serving in the Navy was part of combat missions in Korea.
I had just started reading James McBride’s The Good Lord Bird when I heard it had won The National Book Award. I was pleasantly surprised to hear this because I had enjoyed the book from the beginning. The story centers on Henry, a child slave who is sort of “abducted” by abolitionist John Brown when Henry’s father is killed in a skirmish between Brown and Henry’s owner. Brown thinks Henry is a girl, partly due to the sackcloth he’s wearing, and nicknames him Onion. The boy pretty much just goes along for the ride, but finds he’s become fond of this incredibly strange man.
It is the year 4,000,000,000. Beneath the baleful glare of the red giant Sun, post-human cyborg archaeologists are working frantically to excavate, record, and preserve the history of Terran civilization before the planet is consumed by the ever-swelling Sun. As they reach the deeply buried strata corresponding to the 20th and 21st centuries and analyze the artifacts, these future scientists come to the following conclusions about our society:
I came home the other night to a warm home filled with the smells of a wonderful meal my wife had just prepared. As I took off my coat, gave her a peck on the cheek, and got myself a beverage from the refrigerator, I asked her where our oldest daughter was and if she was joining us for dinner. She said that the teenager was in her room and would be joining us. My wife then pulled out her cell phone and typed something. She was sending a text message to the girl to let her know dinner was ready! Now, this girl has a room downstairs in part of our finished basement.
School Teachers: This Is Why We Perform Background Checks
William Clarke Quantril was a Confederate raider, bushwhacker, guerilla leader, and...school teacher? William Quantril was born in 1837 in Ohio and was well educated to follow in his father’s footsteps to become a school teacher. After his father’s death, he became a teacher at the age of sixteen in 1853. However, he soon switched jobs to a lumberyard worker before he shot a man claiming self-defense. This foreshadowed his later life. He was soon released as there were no witnesses.
Have you ever tried MCPL's database, Books & Authors? This database allows you to search for your favorite books and find other books with similar subjects, settings, time periods, or main characters. You will find information on fiction titles as well as popular nonfiction books.
I have discovered that sometimes the best mentor we could ask for comes to us from a rather unexpected time and place, and they lend us some of the most profound insights that only time helps us make sense of it. Sometimes, this place and time is the here and now. Other times, this person makes their entrance from a completely different avenue—a period that does not, did not, nor ever will exist. And yet they are just as real and influential as any friend or family member you know today.
If you have ever been skeptical that you may not be able to learn about your ancestors from Central or Eastern Europe due to language barriers, border changes, countries’ name changes, or different spellings of names, then perhaps now you may be more optimistic.
Can we help you? Yes, of course we can. Loyal to our name--the Midwest Genealogy Center--we carry plenty of resources for the Midwestern genealogy enthusiasts. However, we have resources not only for the entire United States but for European research, as well.