When the weather is cold and snowy in January and other winter months, it is so very tempting to stay at home, drink hot chocolate, and genealogy-surf on your home computer. There are many sites you can go to again and again since new data is added frequently these days.
When we think of the Volkswagen Bug, we often think of the Disney movie series Herbie, which is almost an American icon. But what were the origins of this famous vehicle? While researching for a patron with German ancestry, who was in the auto industry, I found out that the Volkswagen Type 1, more commonly known as the Beetle, was built for the Third Reich in Nazi Germany.
We were out of town when the call came. Our Alaskan cruise would become a reality. There was one caveat. We would be booked on an "on your own" tour. Cruise-sponsored land excursions would cost extra. We placed a deposit and buyer's remorse hit immediately. Red flags waved in my mind. Would we wander aimlessly through Ketchikan? Could we find interesting, yet affordable, areas of interest in Skagway? What about the other two ports of call?
Do you ever feel like your ancestors are just names and dates on a chart? I thought nothing exciting happened to my ancestors until I started researching them in newspapers. As I was searching through the library’s newspaper databases, the headline "Another Lunatic Asylum Case" caught my attention. With a headline like that, I had to read it.
Several times over the last year, my husband causally mentioned it would be nice to have an MP3 player. He is a farmer, and out in the country, there are many places where radio signal isn’t great. When you are out in the tractor in the middle of nowhere, talk radio can get rather old rather quickly.
The recently released movie, Lone Survivor, is based on the New York Best Sellers, Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10. It is the true story of four Navy SEAL soldiers on a covert mission who are ambushed by the enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan. They are cut off from any support, and they confront unthinkable odds.
My book group has a tradition. Every December, we read and discuss a classic novel. I have to admit that without the inspiration of my fellow librophiles, it wouldn’t have occurred to me to dust one off.
I’m not a Jane Austen fan. Don’t tell anyone, but I don’t even watch Downton Abbey. My attitude used to be, why take the time to read something written fifty or two hundred years ago? New, exciting titles come out every day. Read something that’s "good for me"? Voluntarily? Who has time for that?
On a fall trip to Delaware and eastern Pennsylvania, my son took us on a drive through the back roads of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, also known as Amish country. It is a beautifully serene land, full of perfectly-kept farms, gently rolling hills, the occasional buggy, and covered bridges that capture the imagination. The bridge pictured here, Weaver’s Bridge, was built over the Conestoga River in 1878 and is still in use today. Cat’s Back Road was one of the more memorable roads we traveled.
Mirabelle has grown up in what feels like a box. A loving, beautiful box...but a box nonetheless. Her godmothers are so over protective, they won't even let her visit her parents' graves! She can't shave with a razor, or use scissors, or drive a car, or or or... So, for her 16th birthday, she's got a plan. She's going on an adventure, and this time, no one is going to tell her she can't. By the time they figure out where she is, it will be too late to stop her. (Note: Do not try this at home, kids!)