All in the Family

Genealogy is not my passion; it is Dan’s hobby. I do get roped into his hobby when some formatting, scanning, and emailing of documents is needed. I have been busy with those efforts since June. After many years of sharing his family history articles with close relatives, they have reached …

Vegas Family Reunion

The family get together started small. My brother, Tom, asked if we would be interested in using one of his time-share weeks when he did an exchange in Las Vegas. His son and daughter-in-law live there with two young children. We thought it was a great idea. We could see …

Cabin in the Woods

Years ago, 42, in fact, a cabin in the woods was built nine miles south of Berkeley Springs, WV. All these years laters, it is still in the Boyle family. Dan and his former wife, Elaine, built it as their weekend “get-away” to enjoy with their young daughters. The grown …

A View from the Monastery

I always enjoy visits with my youngest sister. I like to say my sister, the sister. She is indeed a Discalced Carmelite (OCD) nun in a monastery in Pittsford, NY, just two blocks from Rochester, NY. We use the iPad to show her the family photos. This time I had …

Life in a Diary

Do you keep a diary or journal? My mother did. She was a diarist using those 5-year diaries that have a small space for five years on one page. After she died in 2012 at age 95, I took possession of the diaries. They started in 1940 and ended shortly …

Funerals

I am so glad I was getting things done ahead of time because when Dan got the call from North Dakota about his cousin going off kidney dialysis, he wanted to go visit him before he died. I am the travel planner so I made reservations for ND to leave …

Rite of Committal

Dan and I are still in St. Paul, Minnesota after arriving last week. My brother from VA, my sister and her family from Minnesota gathered at Calvary Cemetery to bury my parents’ cremains in the Wall family plot. My fathers’s two brothers are buried here. My grandfather left the last …