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How We Met by
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My grandfather, mother and great grandmother Louise Stone Carswell holding me 1945.  I grew up hearing colorful family stories about our English, Irish and Scottish roots. My grandmother would skim down the list of names and dates in an old bible and tell me what she’d heard about our ancestors. My dad’s parents had similar…
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That Family Tree Assignment by
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If I were a teacher these days, I would tread very lightly with that family tree assignment.
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A Whole New World by
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So far, I haven’t had any desire to have my DNA tested, even though so many other people I know are doing it. I don’t really want that information falling into the wrong hands, and more importantly, I don’t think I would find out anything about my ancestry that I don’t already know. However, there’s…
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And the Home of the Grave…… by
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I have no interest in being buried in this cemetery. I'm thinking that cremation sounds warm and cozy.
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The Great British Heritage Mystery by
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Turns out I was "only" 94% eastern European Jewish ...
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Finding a Grandmother Lost to Mental Illness by
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Pauline’s life had been destroyed by mental illness and institutionalization. But what had happened to her children as well as her grandchildren and great grandchildren? Was there a way to make something solid and meaningful from this tragedy?
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A Demon Seed? by
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The schout whereupon demanded that the defendant "shall be punished as a tumultuous and seditious person . . . "
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My Favorite Neighbor: TR by
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This is sort of a trick story, since my titular neighbor had been dead a long time before I became his neighbor.  His name was Theodore Roosevelt; you may have heard of him
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A New Normal Neighborhood by
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Outside my bay window I can see a parade of saris, hijabs, turbans, baseball caps, blue jeans, you name it.
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