January is the season for it. I made some cosmetic changes to StoriesFromThePast last year. I changed my background, and experimented with new designs, but as readership increased and I began making new connections, the potential of this project became clear. I was connected with readers in unexpected ways, and by the end of the… Continue reading Light Housekeeping Before Major Renovation
Warning: Despite my insistence that this blog is all about graveyards and dead people, it's really about family history. This story is about part of my family, and it is part of my children's history, so even though they are still alive to tell this story themselves, I'm going to tell it now to keep it from… Continue reading A Boy and His Sister
Dear Readers, Please accept my most profound apology for ignoring you. I wasn't doing it on purpose. In the last few months I have experienced some health problems that affected both my heart and my ability to think straight. So I was saving my energies for more lucrative ventures, like writing that I might actually… Continue reading Apologies and Some Totally Irrelevant Information
"What's in a name?" Juliet's well-known question, in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, implies that a name has no meaning, therefore Romeo could give up his family's name without affecting Romeo as a person. Despite Juliet's assertion, names, especially surnames, tell us a whole lot about a person. If Romeo had changed his surname, as Juliet asked him… Continue reading What’s in a Surname?