Friday, February 07, 2014

Ethan Stiefel Makes a New Zealand Ballet Troupe His Own - NYTimes.com

Ethan Stiefel Makes a New Zealand Ballet Troupe His Own - NYTimes.com  

Who, in your family, sacrificed comfort and close proximity to family members, for a higher calling?  How generous Mr. Stiefel is to share his vision with the NZ Ballet Troupe!  I'll just bet he has accumulated a lot of sky miles, going back and forth to the U.S. of A.

I think of our military serving, sometimes, thousands of miles from home.  Not only is it their sacrifice that must be noted, but those of their families, as well!

Back to the Ballet:  Maybe there is little about the art of dancing on your toes to compare with what the men and women in uniform do, but I do believe that there are occasions when the easy choice is not always the right or best choice.  I've found that the dreams that you pay for with sacrifice are dreams that bless your family and posterity and perhaps the fight for world peace.

My son lives in New Zealand.  He chose to be there where he could make a living in the field in which he received formal training.  He chose New Zealand, also, because he liked it.  Do we miss him and wish he was closer to "home"?  All the time.  However, he is broadening his horizons in several areas, starting a new family, and making a contribution. 

Our ancestors didn't stay, (some of them), in the same place all their lives.  There was always that one that chose a different life, a less traveled path.   Hopefully, they enriched their lives, the lives of their family, and the lives of those around them.  Hopefully, we can document the footprints of their "beyond the blue horizon" walk and bring them back, at least on paper, to back to the memories of those who stayed behind, or rather, to their descendants.

Kaylee, born a year ago in Auckland, New Zealand.  My son, living and working there, married a lovely girl from the Republic of China, and voila!  I am the grandmother of a sweet new branch on our tree.

A Grave Interest: Cemetery Statues of Hope

A Grave Interest: Cemetery Statues of Hope

Learning more about graves and cemeteries extends our understanding of the culture of the past.

Scientists find 800,000-year-old footprints in England | Fox News

Scientists find 800,000-year-old footprints in England | Fox News

If you are a genealogist and get back this far, I'll give you this blog!

Monday, February 03, 2014

A Work in Progress

What is a "Blog"?  One of the things it isn't: It isn't static.  In fact, you might consider it as a body of work that is in progress. 

EOGN (Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter) has several facets to it.  One such facet is an encyclopedia of genealogical terms and information.  I love that this particular addition to the Encyclopedia is information about a Texas genealogical society.  So, have you explored this resource to find a society that is in the area where you're researching?

If you're wondering how Dick Eastman can accumulate so much information for his blog, it's really no secret that he accepts submissions for the Encyclopeida of Genealogy.  Has your historical or genealogical society submitted their information?






Follow the Global RootsTech Conference Online



Ten thousand people will be in Salt Lake City, Utah, this week, for the annual RootsTECH Conference.

Would you like to join them?  Well, in a sense, you can!  Several sessions will be shared online, and you're invited to attend.  Follow the conference online, at no cost or inconvenience.

Look at the list of topics and tell me which ones you don't want to miss!