Friday, December 9, 2016

It's been awhile since you've heard from me...

It's been so long since I've posted anything it feels foreign to me to write in this space. I'd like to be able to get back to writing again and sharing with you some recent stories and whatever is on my mind.

I'm going to try and avoid talking about the events of November 8. As my birthday fell on the following day – it was a sad day – and one to remember for sure. That's all I'll say about that.

I'll post a few photos to start.


These are the looks
I get when Jake
and Lucy want
my attention.

This happens usually around dinnertime or bedtime.

I'll let you guess who wants what.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Yogi Berra: The future ain't what it used to be

 
I was saddened to hear 
about the death of Yogi Berra.
He was a NY baseball icon
from another era.

Though I couldn't shake off,
my ever-increasing smile. 
Memories of teasing brothers,
when we lived on Miles.

I can't remember if Yogi, 
was coaching or playing,
at the time my brothers teased me
by repeatedly saying:

"If I married Yogi Berra, 
my name would be Sarah Berra."

- RIP to the MVP

Monday, August 24, 2015

My Recent Fascination with the Amish


I recently made a trip to Chicago for business purposes. Since one quarter of my family tree stems from Chicago, I decided to take a little vacation before and after the work part of the trip to focus on genealogy research. Stay tuned for more postings on this blog, with some of my newest discoveries. It's very exciting!

This particular photo, however, has no relation to my family. 

I was driving in Indiana and I came across an Amish settlement and was captivated. I'd only read about the Amish, or seen them in movies or, at worst, referred to in several reality television shows. But after driving around for several miles swerving in and out of dozens of buggies, all I wanted to do was read/know about them more. I devoured the PBS series on my iPad in the evenings on my trip, along with other documentaries, blogs, and Lifetime movies – till I was fully satiated. 

Though it's a complicated religion, I do admire their intent to simplify. One of the themes of my business trip was essentialism, and in retrospect, my extra-curricular study of the Amish fit in most appropriately. 


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Edwin R. Ambrose Whaling Research Papers




My dad would be tickled that you can google his name and up comes a link to his unpublished research on whaling. Here he leaves the legacy of his passion, even if his work was unfinished.


Thursday, July 16, 2015

All Time 10 Best Songs

Random clipping from my parent's files. Most is in my mother's handwriting, but I see dad's there too.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Photo of the Day: Old MacDonald's Farm


For many summers, my family visited Old MacDonald's Farm on the Darien/Norwalk border. This "farm" began operating in 1955, and closed in 1979.  The farm consisted of a restaurant, general store, bakery, a large petting zoo, and an amusement park. I remember they made the most awesome cinnamon donut holes! Here I am standing up in my stroller trying to get a closer look at the ducks, next to my two brothers and my mom. I really loved this place and even worked there one summer in high school, managing the general store. 

You can find more information/photos on Old MacDonald's Farm here: https://othemts.wordpress.com/2009/07/17/old-macdonalds-farm/





Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Oh No, It's Almost Summer!


And I haven't done the change of my wardrobe!

I promise after that is done next week, I will begin posting regularly again. It's been a crazy, hectic, and unsettling year, and I miss posting regularly to this blog. I have many more family stories to post and photos to share. I hope you come back. I am committed to posting at least once a week.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Photo of the Day: Luna Park, Pittsburgh

General market in downtown Pittsburgh, circa 1900-1910. © Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Photo of the Day: Frances Steiner


Thanks to a distant relative that I met through Ancestry.com, Bonnie Chaffee, I have this wonderful photo of my great, great, great grandmother, Frances (Frannie) Koomer Steiner (Bonnie and I both share Frannie as our 3x great grandmother). Frannie was born on April 26, 1818, in Switzerland and married Johan Jacob Steiner when she was only 17. They had a few children, moved to Pennsylvania, and had a few more – ten children in all. She died when she was 71, on April 11, 1889, seven years before Johan. Thanks, Bonnie, for sharing such a wonderful photo with Louisa's ancestors!


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Happy Veteran's Day, Cousin Jack Veckly



My first cousin once removed is the little boy on the left, Jack Veckly, with his father John. My mother Nancy is on the right, with her mother Sally. Jack and Nancy were very close throughout their childhood, having been born only four months apart. Both families lived in the same house together in Cleveland when they were born. Jack died when he was only 19 years old, on November 1, 1951, in the Korean War. Jack was in Company 2, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Division. He died in the battle referred to as the "Battle for the Punchbowl", the hardest fought battle of the Korean War. This post is dedicated to him, and to all other veterans who lost their lives in the Korean War.