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One thing I have struggled with while uncovering my family’s complicated past is the lack of consistency in naming conventions before the digital age. In the Information Age, if you type in your name or ID with a single letter missing or out of place, your application gets rejected by whatever online program it is […]
It has been said that men write history but women live it. In my family, it’s also been the women who were the keepers of family history, the tellers of tales and stories. The saver of old photographs and documents. Which is why I have this photograph of four generations of women who brought four […]
Since I wrote about an ancestor on my father’s side (one of his side’s anyway) from the 1920s, I thought the next story to introduce should be from someone on my mother’s side, from roughly the same time period. But one generation later. And with a theme of religious intolerance. And possibly related to 19th […]
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Just over 5 months ago, my year-long child care leave ended and I went back to work. Since then, I haven’t posted on this blog for a very good reason: I was insanely busy. Of course, not too busy to … Continue reading
I go back to work tomorrow on April 1st. My year-long paternity leave is over. No April Fools.
My last post, about something now that seems totally innocuous, was on Friday, March 11th, at 10 or 11 in the morning. Japan time. We all know what happened just a few hours later.
These past few weeks have reminded me of an old Catholic joke. St. Peter’s at the Pearly Gates, and he’s checking his list of the recently departed when a new soul suddenly arrives without warning. St. Peter glances down at … Continue reading
(This was originally meant to be posted before New Year’s, but was delayed due to holiday-associated craziness. It will be presented in two parts: Christmas and New Year’s) We put up the Christmas tree just before the beginning of Advent … Continue reading
Click here for STAGE ONE. STAGE TWO START Some time after the dental advice (maybe ten or fifteen minutes), we were called to see the second advice consultant. Sitting down at a small cocktail-size table with my daughter in a … Continue reading