Friday, February 14, 2014

Accidental genealogy discovery

My lecture/slide show/trunk show entitled "Six Generations of Maine Quilt makers" includes my maternal grandmother, Lillian Robinson.   I am constantly discovering more about my ancestors. Sometimes by active research, other times purely by accident. Although I knew my grandparents lived in Portland, Maine for a time, I didn't know exactly where or when. I certainly could find out by active research, but hadn't yet done so. 
Today, while searching through an old box of buttons, I came upon this: an envelope addressed to my grandmother in May of 1946. My Uncle Bob was in the Navy and had sent her a letter, revealing their street address. Eureka! So, I now have a springboard for more research. My grandmother had saved a set of buttons in this envelope and tucked it away in her box of buttons. We just never know what discoveries await us! 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Thoughts on Blogging

Blogging does not come naturally to me. So I was intrigued by the newly published Kindle book "Plentiful Posts: How to Create Blog Content that Connects with Readers" by Sue Allen Clayton. 
The author lays out a plan for developing a blogger's mindset and goes on to suggest topics to blog about, from sharing travels to sharing your knowledge and more. This approximately 35-page e-book is a quick read packed with great ideas for the reluctant blogger. Now, if I could just implement her suggestions, I would be a blogger extraordinaire! We shall see.