I’ve been interested in genealogy ever since a childhood 4-H project, where I carefully wrote each ancestor’s name above a colored rhinestone on a poster. And even now, I enjoy exploring the details of historical records, asking for stories, and
After another person used guns to murder American children, we’re back to outrage and defense, a swirl of adrenaline-raising memes and heartfelt posts. But if you’re like me, you don’t believe our leaders will act, if acting means limiting access
Once we understand that search engines can’t do everything, we can look at what search engines can do. Since most of us use Google, I’ll start with a few ways to zoom in on useful information and ignore the rest.
Recently, I’ve had folks ask for my expertise in things like how to do research, how to find things online, and how to be an expert Googler. I have a few tips for web searching that I’ll share in the next
As a wee little one, I drank in folktales in all colors, reading the olive book of fairy tales, the crimson book, the lilac book. And based on these insights, I tried rustling through the coats in our large wooden
I love David Sherlock’s post on the blog posts he didn’t write in 2017. It lets him set aside some rather unwieldy beasts, yet share what he’s been wrestling with. His never-posts range from education to gendered toys to ‘everything
One of my most memorable Christmas gifts was an apple, an orange, and a crisp two-dollar bill. I’m not sure why, but when my great-grandpa handed us fruit, I carried it to the car, tucked my cold feet on the
I’ll be back to Maine next week for Thanksgiving with my husband’s folks. It should be fun. The day after Amos* and I got married, I met my new Aunt Beth. She brought out binders and charts, rolling out a long genealogy
I’ve previously shared what I know of modern Kazakh names, as have other authors. But what about ancestral names? My motivation here is a growing connection to the SCA, a group fond of historical fencing, archery, brewing, and crafts. These
I’ve recently been asked to speak about my research process, so thought I’d share here what I’ll be presenting in person next week! If you have a different process of finding and organizing thoughts, I’d love to hear what you
You’ve probably heard of “culture shock,” the initial wallop when everything’s different. “I have bathed and washed my hair in a bucket, slept in a treehouse, eaten with monkeys, been roommates with scorpions… and eaten foods I can’t pronounce.”
For research purposes, I recently turned into a guy on Facebook. Yet I still get a female-dominant perspective. Not that my lady friends try to be dominant; in fact, many are quite self-effacing. But with 400+ lady friends, the posts-photos-ads-articles all reinforce each other:
Recently, I got fed up with being a lady on Facebook. There they were: advertisements for empowered baby clothes (“she’s a rocket scientist!”) and faintly healthy food (“try three papaya-sweet corn bars for only $12.99!”). I was tired of the
After far too many pages of verb tenses, K and I left our study abroad classroom for a late-afternoon lunch in southern Kazakhstan. She was surprised at the sheer size of the margarita, and I was delighted with her expression.
We’ve tried spreadsheets. We’ve tried task management apps. We’ve tried to-do lists. Yet my husband Amos* and I are terrible at making decisions. I, for one, prefer to ruminate… research… discuss every option with *all* my friends (surprisingly few are