Hail in Los Angles is highly unusual. Hail that lasts longer than a minute or two basically never happens. But that’s what we got on the first day of Spring, a.k.a. Persian New Year! A hailstorm that lasted twenty minutes and was followed with brilliant sunshine! Surely this means we’re off to an interesting season… Continue reading Video: Hail! Hail! All Hail Hail! by da-AL
A letter to God from Dog (as discovered by da-AL)
My doggie and I were at her vet's office, waiting for her anal glands to be expressed (eeeewwww!!!! indeedy) when we saw this anonymous missive posted on the doctor's wall: Dear God, Is it on purpose that our names are the same, only reversed? When we Dogs get to heaven, can we sit on your… Continue reading A letter to God from Dog (as discovered by da-AL)
Happy Un-Holidays by da-AL
Are you feeling holiday-ish?
I Slept With My Bully by Kally: Reblog
I love your column Whisper and I hope by sharing my story, perhaps some young girl out there will learn from my mistakes and maybe save herself from evil.
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Tips for Sleuthing the Past by Margaret Lossi: Reblog
Writers and readers alike, for times we’d like to look into our histories, author Margaret Lossi offers tips for how to get started. My two novels are works-in-progresses! Lossi says that when it comes to looking up one’s family background, be prepared for surprises…
The Family Tree
Warning: family history can lead to emotional discoveries.
It may seem counter-intuitive, but you begin at the end! That is, you begin with you.
Check your birth certificate, verify your parents. It may seem like a given, but just sometimes people find they are adopted, or their mum is really their grandma. It pays to check.
Check your parents birth certificates, to verify your grandparents. Then work your way back through the generations, verifying birth certificates.
These first steps build the strong foundation of your family tree, so worth doing well.
It is not a case of how far back you can go, but the quality of your data
You may wish to answer a family question. I knew my parents were second cousins, so wanted to find out about this link. Set yourself a goal to work towards. Whatever your motivation, make sure you verify each…
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