Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hundreds of Besieged Yazidis Evacuated in Northern Iraq - WSJ

Hundreds of Besieged Yazidis Evacuated in Northern Iraq - WSJ



I gather that the evacuation and the humanitarian efforts are somewhat complicated by Syrian Kurdis soldiers who are designated by our country as terrorists.  What's the story there?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Genealogy Roots Blog: Online Indexes for Death Records, Cemeteries and Obituaries - Latest Additions

Genealogy Roots Blog: Online Indexes for Death Records, Cemeteries and Obituaries - Latest Additions



Thanks, Joe Beine!  If you were my teacher I'd bring you an apple.  Attention Beginning Genealogists:  Need a clue where to find records.  Check at this blog and follow "Online Indexes".

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino:

I am on vacation to visit family and enjoy a break from my routine and from the humidity and heat of Fort Walton Beach, Florida.  My dau-in-law has a book club meeting coming up soon and she asked if I wanted to read their monthly selection.  That's how I began a journey into the mind of Ishigami, an unassuming individual who just happened to earn a living teaching math.

In the book are some situations and events that stimulated me to review the current moral standards I adhere to as opposed to the standards that Ishigami chose to follow.  A different time, a different clime, and a faraway nation with a culture unlike any other on the planet is the setting.  I can't really say much more than that without revealing the plot and story that is Ishigami's life.  I think you might find it worth reading.

I have to thank my sweet daughter-in-law for directing me to this book.  She is a hardworking person at two libraries, right now.  Libraries are amazing places and the people who work there are, often, the very person who can help you find the reading material you are looking for. 

Saturday, June 07, 2014

What to Do with Those Old Family Photos, Letters, and Documents

What to Do with Those Old Family Photos, Letters, and Documents



This news reminds us that having a dedicated time and place to scan our documents will help us carry through with our goals.  Scanning your documents and photos straight to your FamilySearch account makes the chore a one-step process.  

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Baker forced to make gay wedding cakes, undergo sensitivity training, after losing lawsuit | Fox News

Baker forced to make gay wedding cakes, undergo sensitivity training, after losing lawsuit | Fox News



I was under the impression that if the product or service was one not essential to life as we know it....



Stand the issue, the specific issue, on its head.  Turn it around.  While wedding cake is possibly considered an essential part of the revelry following the marriage, does it really matter who makes it?  I guess if you want the best possible wedding cake, you go to the top baker, right?  Or maybe the only one in your town who makes wedding cakes?  Would you really want to have the guy bake the cake if he didn't want to?



There are all kinds of ways to look at this.  Personally, I am not sure I would care who was ordering the cake, but then again, I might want to preserve my right to refuse.  I wouldn't be excited to be doing business with an abortionist, for example.




Sunday, April 20, 2014

Because of Him

Because of Him



As many of you did, today, I attended church.  Sometimes, people who don't regularly attend every Sunday, come out on Easter.  It is always good to see old friends.  I've been "subbing" for the pianist. only right now we don't have a regular pianist or organist.  It's difficult for me as it has been many years since I had practiced my skill and I don't have a piano, right now.  I get a little nervous (stressed).



However, what a privilege it is to play the Easter anthems or maybe there just plain hymns, but to me they are anthems!  I really look forward to celebrating Christ's triumph over sin and over the grave, and from what I've heard on the news, I'm not alone.  People in the Ukraine greet each other, "He is Risen!" and I hope for them a peaceful resolution to their current challenges.



Because, Easter is all about Hope, isn't it?  Jesus Christ, we believe, gave Himself, a Sacrifice, that we might be triumphant over sin and over the grave.  Hosanna! they shouted when rode through Jerusalem.  Hosanna!  May we hold onto our faith with even greater vigor than in the past!  We are not alone and there still are thousands, and tens of thousands that Believe, all across the world.  Let that be our strength in the unity of the faith.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

FGS 2014 Conference Home

FGS 2014 Conference Home

 What a wonderful way to beat the summer doldrums!  Wish I could go; I've been to one FGS National Conference and is was full of wonderful surprises.