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January 20, 2020

 Juxtaposition

The fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect.  That is the nature of life, the nature of existence.  We can have both joy and pain, life and death.  The beginning of a new year, searching for the past years.  Juxtapos...

March 27, 2019

I don't think I have kept it a secret that one of my passions (strange or not) is pioneer cemeteries.  It seems too be evident from several of my blog posts.   In part, I don't see them only as cemeteries.  I see them as stories, stone stories, left behind.   Each one...

April 8, 2018

On Friday I had a patron come to visit me at the library.  I have been helping Pat with a "brick wall" she had been trying to break down.  In genealogy, a brick wall is basically a stopping point in research.  There are no records to be found, the trail has gone cold,...

September 7, 2017

The Japanese word for "books you buy but don't read."  I read this somewhere on another site.  I am admittedly a book collector.  It is a dangerous thing that I work as a Librarian and thus have access to enough books to feed my habit.   I have piles, stacks, shelves o...

October 23, 2016

This past summer my husband and I attended the ADVANCED Pioneer Cemetery Restoration workshop.  It was a day long experience in repair, resetting, and properly cleaning stones.  This is all part of my grand plan to drive around the country and repair pioneer cemeteries...

June 25, 2016

I love pioneer cemeteries.  Is that weird?  I love them because they are a wealth of stories, history, and the people buried there represented a resilience that we don't see as often anymore.  These people created homesteads, raised crops, started businesses, and began...

January 11, 2016

This is me at Intial Point.   This is a rock, in the ground in the middle of the woods in southern Indiana.  I made my husband go with me to find it. He is very brave and led the way.  Nothing scares him but bees.  Why is it important? ( Not the bees but the rock...) I...

January 11, 2016

This is me with one of the stones that I restored.  This was a cemetery restoration project in 2009.  We go in, reset the stones, clean the moss, and record the information.  I was covered head to toe in dirt and happy.  Happy to remember and happy to help.  This is Li...

January 6, 2016

Mystery solved!

 

We had an old unidentified photograph at work from the early 1900's.  The photograph showed 2 young men sitting on a stone bench.  I consider myself a "remnant genealogist" (a term I made up in my head, at least I think), because I love to go find the l...

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