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Book Review: Mother Courage And Her Children

Mother Courage And Her Children, by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Tony Kushner If this play is the best known of Brecht’s works at present, there is a good reason for that.  This play is a deeply tragic one that depends … Continue reading

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Book Review: Late-Talking Children

Late-Talking Children, by Thomas Sowell This particular book is a deeply interesting one when it comes to the issue of learning disabilities, as Sowell talks about his own son and other people (mostly boys) that he had known, as well … Continue reading

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It’s A Small World After All

Recently I was having dinner with some brethren in this congregation and, as is sometimes the case, I received a request to speak about a particular topic that one of the people at dinner was interested in, namely the connections … Continue reading

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Goldie Linderman’s Ancestors: A Case Study In Pedigree Collapse

One of the more fascinating aspects of genealogy is the problem of pedigree collapse.  Within some families there are marked tendencies towards endogamy, or cousin marriage, which was often pursued in earlier eras as a way of preserving the family … Continue reading

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On The Joys Of Genetic Genealogy

A few weeks ago, around Father’s Day, my mother convinced me–in truth, she did not have to convince me very hard–to take advantage of a deal to sign up for a DNA test from Ancestry.com, although I had earlier taken … Continue reading

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Book Review: Cowboy Joel And The Wild, Wild West

Cowboy Joel And The Wild Wild West, written by the Gagnon family, illustrated by Seth Yoder [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Adams PR Group.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] Sometimes good books come out … Continue reading

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Exploring Vallejo

If Vallejo could be best compared to any of the songs on Train’s California 37 album, it would probably be “50 Ways To Say Goodbye,” because the mariachi-themed brass part of the song would work well with the general population … Continue reading

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To Badger And Back

Today our mission was to see one of our party’s first cousins just outside of the “blink and you’ll miss it” census designated place of Badger, California, not too far outside of Squaw Valley.  We managed to make it there … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Marches

The Marches:  A Borderland Journey Between England And Scotland, by Rory Stewart As a human being I have often found myself dwelling in middle lands, border regions, contested territories on the periphery fought over by multiple parties, with complex views … Continue reading

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Book Review: Greetings From Witness Protection

Greetings From Witness Protection, by Jake Burt This is a fantastic middle-grade novel with an immensely relatable heroine, kindly kleptomaniac Nicki Demere.  This is the sort of book that begs for a sequel, although as of yet the author has … Continue reading

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