Musings on family history, regional history, book reviews, and miscellaneous observations and comments by a genealogist and librarian living near the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee.
Monday, December 12, 2005
Greene County Records
Monday, November 21, 2005
Archaeology and the Bible
Thursday, November 17, 2005
New Tool for Conservatives
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
David McCullough's 1776
Jack the Ripper
IRS Chocolate Layer Cake 1040
Friday, November 11, 2005
Autumn Leaves #9
Autumn Leaves #7
Autumn Leaves #6
Autumn Leaves #5
Autumn Leaves #4
Autumn Leaves #3
Autumn Leaves #2
Autumn Leaves #1
The leaves have just been gorgeous this fall here in East Tennessee. This photo is looking from the Carson-Newman College campus in Jefferson City down George Street.
Thursday, November 03, 2005
You May Be from Ohio If . . .
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Shull Cemetery Photo
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Rosa Parks' Ancestry
Monday, October 31, 2005
All I can say now is, "GO VOLS. BEAT THE FIGHTING IRISH."
Homemaking in the Late 19th Century
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Most & Least Religious Colleges & Universities
It's interesting that a college with the name "Wesleyan" in its name would be on the list of least religious.
Auburn University is probably the most surprising inclusion on the most religious list.
Students Unprepared for College
NYGBS in Financial Trouble?
UNC & Slavery
Photos of Wakefield
You Know You're a Stitcher When . . .
You think the X-Files is a show about cross-stitching.
Your car knows how to get to Michael's all by itself.
You hear on the news that the police confiscated a large stash from a
suspect's house and wonder when floss possession became illegal.
You know that UFO really stands for UnFinished Object and have no idea what
those NASA people are talking about.
You get party invitations with "please leave stitch projects at home"
written under the RSVP line.
Your family finds floss tails in their dinner.
You missed boarding your airplane because you had to finish off one more
You realize you should have bought Rubbermaid stock.
You see a brilliant rainbow and know the DMC numbers for each colour.
(Found on RCTN)
Congratulations Peyton Manning!
It's just a shame that we saw a repeat of a loss to Spurrier with Peyton in the stadium. Spurrier was with a different team, and we have different quarterbacks, but the outcome was the same -- a loss. WE NEED A RUNNING GAME. I think we are either going to see a complete offensive staff turnover or at least new coaches at running backs and wide receivers positions next year.
Forbes on Blogging
LaShawn Barber offers her reaction.
Female Elk Shortage in Smokies
Neat Mystery Fabric Sale
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Cafe au Lait & Beignets
Top 10 Genealogy Web Sites of 2050
Thursday, October 06, 2005
Sunday, October 02, 2005
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Maine Memory Network
Imagine being able to search for, and view, documents, letters, photos and objects from over 160 historical societies, libraries and museums in Maine, all on your computer!
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Long Beach, MS - First Baptist Church
Disaster relief volunteers from First Baptist Church, Milton, have made almost daily trips to Mississippi since Hurricane Katrina to deliver water, food and ice, and offer clean-up assistance. They made it as far as Laurel, Miss., on the first trip and Biloxi, on the second. On Sept. 1, a group including Pastor David Spencer delivered water, ice, disinfectants, diapers and other supplies to Long Beach, a city west of Gulfport, and they have returned to Long Beach almost daily since then.
Spencer served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Long Beach, 16 years before moving to Milton in 1996. Hurricane Camille heavily damaged the church, located only a half-block off the Gulf, in 1969, and the church built a new sanctuary in 1973. Hurricane Katrina demolished all the church facilities, along with most of the city.
Spencer baptized Long Beach Mayor Billy Skellie, and Spencer made use of that connection to obtain permission to minister to the devastated community. Residents of Milton have filled the garage of Long Beach Pastor LaRue Stephens with water and supplies, and are currently working to fill a donated warehouse with everything from diapers to gasoline.
First Baptist, Milton, mostly recovered from Hurricane Ivan in 2004 but still suffering the effects of Hurricane Dennis in July, is reciprocating the kindness shone to them by the Mississippi congregation. First Baptist Church, Long Beach, brought 10 truck loads of supplies to Milton after Ivan struck there a year ago.
“They were so kind to us,” Spencer said. “They brought all kinds of supplies – fuel, food and even fresh fruit- right off the boats in Gulfport.”
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Katrina Response Not Slow
Saturday, September 10, 2005
Ramblings on Katrina
Disasters such as Katrina make us realize what is important and what isn't. I am so tired of hearing the "blame game." No amount of preparation could have prepared us for the enormity of Katrina's devastation. It takes time to clear roads and get into affected areas. The response was may not have been as immediate as anyone wanted, but I don't think that the blame game helps and I'm not sure that large level response was possible sooner because of the damage to roads and logistics of moving aid workers into the areas affected.
I have admired Haley Barbour's leadership in the crisis, but I've been dismayed with that of Ray Nagin and Kathleen Blanco. Why was the New Orleans disaster plan not followed? Why are there enough buses left in the city of New Orleans to have transported nearly 15,000 folks out sitting there underwater? Why did they put people in the Superdome without having emergency items such as food and water there? There are lots of questions to answer. Maybe one day we'll have them. I'm not saying Nagin and Blanco are to blame, but I do want answers to some of those questions. I've not seen a satisfactory answer yet.
After waiting all week, Knoxville finally received some evacuees. One lady that I'm sure had never been outside of New Orleans in her entire life was very impressed with the beauty of the region. I'm sure we'll hear more of their stories in the days to come.
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Monday, August 22, 2005
Computers & Incan Archaeology
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Love These Pictures
Monday, July 18, 2005
Friday, July 08, 2005
RIP Thomas Clark
Monday, June 27, 2005
Weapons Cache Found
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Stupid Things Preachers Say
Monday, June 06, 2005
Friday, May 27, 2005
Saturday, May 21, 2005
A - Ancestry.com
B - Bloglines.com
C - Clarion Ledger
D - Daily Journal
E - Enterprise Journal
F - Frisco Papers
G - Gmail
H - Hotmail
I - Internet Movie Database
J - John Howell's Genealogue
K - Knoxpets.org
L - L. L. Bean
M - Mississippi History & Genealogy Notes
N - Natchez Democrat
O - Oxford Eagle
P - Press Register
Q - http://quake.ualr.edu/public/nmfz.htm
R - Roger Bennett's Midnight Meditations
S - State Department
T - Tunica Times
U - USGenWeb
V - Vicksburg Post
W - WTVA
X - no hits
Y - Yahoo!
Z - http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?brd=1377
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Stitcher's Question of the Week
DEFINITELY buy my own floss. The stuff they put in the kits is trash! Besides I love to make substitutions (especially on kitties so that they look like my "owner").
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
Teachers Are Not Underpaid
I know that I often hear colleagues of mine in the library profession complaining about our salaries. This study does show that teachers are compensated more than librarians; however, I suspect that the library compensation figures are significantly lowered because of small to medium-sized public libraries. I've actually seen some comments on listservs lately ridiculing low salaries offered for some positions. Some of the comments do have validity. For example, a position requiring a lot of education and experience which pays poorly is going to have a high rate of turnover. However, some of them fail to take other factors into consideration. I believe that most school librarians are compensated similarly to teachers. I believe some academic libraries may fail to compensate librarians for the difference in a 12-month vs. 9-month appointment which is typical for teaching faculty; however, there are some academic libraries which also have librarians on 9-month contracts with reasonably comparable pay scales.
Sure - we'd all like a little extra cash! Part of that is the consumer-based nature of our culture. Part of that is driven by rising prices of gasoline and other goods (which are transported by vehicles requiring gasoline). Most people who have not gotten themselves in debt up to their eyebrows can actually get by on a little less by making small adjustments which may actually increase the quality of their lives by allowing more time with families and friends. People can have fun without spending a lot of money. I know we did that when I was a kid. It could be done today as well.
Sunday, May 01, 2005
Proffitts and McRaes Sold to Belk
Thursday, April 28, 2005
Baked Blue Cheese Halibut
Monday, April 25, 2005
Time Magazine Fiasco
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Luther G. Presley's Songs
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Praise for Librarians
Friday, April 15, 2005
Bush to Visit the Smokies
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Tax Freedom Day Graph
Prison book writer accused of strangling librarian in crime spree
Monday, April 11, 2005
Annotated New York Times
Update: Roger Bennett has a great tribute to George posted!
James Madison Papers
Royal Connections Link Camilla Parker Bowles to New England
This week at NotableKin.org, Gary Boyd Roberts writes about "Genealogical Aspects of the Forthcoming Royal Wedding" in which he connects Camilla Parker Bowles to Henry David Thoreau through the New England couple Elisha Jones and Mary Allen. Bowles (née Shand) is a sixth great-granddaughter of the Jones/Allen union. Henry David Thoreau is a great-grandson of the couple.
An attractive pedigree chart, created by Don Stone at LineageCharts.com <http://www.lineagecharts.com/>, accompanies the article, providing an overview of the ancestry that connects the bride of Prince Charles to New England and French Canada. Roberts notes that "Mrs. Parker Bowles has considerable French Canadian ancestry through ... Charlotte [Coursolles]; there is also a line to a very few Pennsylvania residents."
Other relationships covered in the article include Camilla Parker Shand's genealogical link to the late Princess Diana and another rather distant connection to Prince Charles via the 2nd Duke of Newcastle, among others.
Visit www.notablekin.org to download the pedigree chart and read the complete article. For those more interested in famous musicians than in royalty, NotableKin.org has also recently been updated to include four new articles culled from the NEHGS website, NewEnglandAncestors.org. These articles feature notable musicians such as the Beach Boys and Janis Joplin.
Media contact only:
Laura G. Prescott
NEHGS Director of Marketing
Tuesday, April 05, 2005
Virtual Cemetery Visits
Sunday, April 03, 2005
Teaching State History
Thursday, March 31, 2005
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Thursday, March 24, 2005
Cannon Ball Removed from Plantation Home
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Crafts Making a Comeback
Sunday, March 20, 2005
Genealogy of Jesus
Saturday, March 19, 2005
Friday, March 18, 2005
Amish Apple Dumplings
Update: Expect higher prices, experts say.
I was just curious how many gallons are in a barrel to see if the price increases are actually justified. MSN Money reports:
A barrel of oil is 42 gallons, so every dollar increase in the cost of
crude pushes up pump prices by 2.4 cents.
Thursday, March 17, 2005
I've been busy this week, so I haven't had time to blog here. I hope to be able to blog a bit more in the coming days.
Wednesday, March 02, 2005
Tuesday, March 01, 2005
Sunday, February 27, 2005
Where Ya Been, Where Ya Going?
Bold the states you’ve been to, underline the states you’ve lived in and italicize the state you’re in now
Alabama / Alaska / Arizona / Arkansas / California / Colorado / Connecticut / Delaware / Florida / Georgia / Hawaii / Idaho / Illinois / Indiana / Iowa / Kansas / Kentucky / Louisiana / Maine / Maryland / Massachusetts / Michigan / Minnesota / Mississippi / Missouri / Montana / Nebraska / Nevada / New Hampshire / New Jersey / New Mexico / New York / North Carolina / North Dakota / Ohio / Oklahoma / Oregon / Pennsylvania / Rhode Island / South Carolina / South Dakota / Tennessee / Texas / Utah / Vermont / Virginia / Washington / West Virginia / Wisconsin / Wyoming / Washington D.C. /
Eastman's Encyclopedia of Genealogy
Friday, February 25, 2005
Reading & Digesting Books
Michael Gorman on Blogs
Mississippi's State Parks Get Funds
Thursday, February 24, 2005
Do you participate in round robins? NO
If so, how many have you participated in? N/A
Do you participate in more than one at a time? N/A
Summarize your experiences (good and/or bad). N/A
If not, have you thought about it? Not really. I don't really know enough about the concept, and I am rather picky about what I stitch.
Monday, February 21, 2005
Saturday, February 19, 2005
Friday, February 18, 2005
1805 Georgia Land Lottery
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Stitching Bloggers QOTW
My reply: 14 ct. Aida. I guess it's my old favorite.
Carnival of New Blogs
New Education Carnival
Sunday, February 13, 2005
Heritage Foundation Library
Saturday, February 12, 2005
Yummy Looking Dessert
Friday, February 11, 2005
Buried at Wal-Mart
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
Monday, February 07, 2005
Carnival of the Capitalists 2-7-05
Sunday, February 06, 2005
Check Your Sources, Prof!
Update: Ahhh - I knew I recognized his name. He's the Colorado dude who made those controversial remarks. Glenn Reynolds offers some comments and links.
Ossabaw Island Slaves
Friday, February 04, 2005
Carnival of the Recipes #25
Thursday, February 03, 2005
Copyright and Electronic Memories
What does this have to do with genealogy? LOTS! Think of all the genealogists out there who post scrapbooks of their memories online. What happens to those when they die? A legal decision on the above case could prevent the next of kin from gaining access to those "precious memories." Let's hope not.
I can only hope that the courts side with the parents!
Monday, January 31, 2005
Women in Entrepreneurship
Good Post from Glenn
Glenn Reynolds has a great article on Slate this week. He talks about Clinton's victory in Iraq. It's so much fun to look at "that was then, this is now" scenarios and see all the flip-flops! By the way, you might also check out Glenn at Instapundit.
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
I'm Craving Skyline Chili
$760/hour for Eating Donuts
Researching Online Gets Better
Sunday, January 23, 2005
But, according to a 1997 poll, only one out of three U.S. citizens is able
to name the most basic of Christian texts, the four Gospels, and 12% think
Noah's wife was Joan of Arc. That paints a picture of a nation that believes God
speaks in Scripture but that can't be bothered to read what he has to say.
Full article here.
In the days following 9/11, it seemed as if there was a "great awakening." Of course, this poll was taken several years before 9/11/01. It would be interesting to see if there has been a change since then, but I fear not.
Friday, January 21, 2005
Rating Super Bowl Ads
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Flash Movie Military Tribute
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Tennessee Theatre Photos
Sunday, January 16, 2005
Carnival of the Recipes #22
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
My Ancestors' Diet
Hobbs on TennCare
Also see Nashville Files Blog.
Reality TV News
Online Sales Set Record in 2004
Book Banning Followup
Monday, January 10, 2005
Two in a Row
Related: Love the headline from Sunday's game coverage.
Tennessee Theatre to Re-Open
Blogger Reaction: Hugh Hewitt calls it "whitewash."
Powerline has a great summary and analysis.
Instapundit offers lots of blogger reaction links.
TennCare Gets Reductions
Censorship or Selection
Update: I didn't read the article as closely as I should have. I guess they already had a copy. Still, if the library has received "challenges" because of its content, they have the right (acting under the direction of the library board) to deselect it from their collection. The article doesn't give enough background to know whether or not it was challenged by a member of the public who noticed it or a staff member, but I'm guessing that if it made it through processing and into the catalog that a member of the public challenged it.
Mona Lisa Deterioration Mystery Solved
Sunday, January 09, 2005
Your Famous Blogger Twin is InstaPundit
Smart, well-informed, a true polymath
Don't be surprised if your blogging brings you fame as well!
Who would have thought I'd get one of my favorite bloggers as my twin?
Phyllis Harper 1/9/05
Saturday, January 08, 2005
Stitchers' Question of the Week
More Attacks on Christians
It looks like Christians may well be in for an age of persecution the way things seem to be headed lately, but history shows that the church has enjoyed enormous growth during such times of persecution.
Carnival of the Recipes #21 is Up
Thursday, January 06, 2005
Next Time . . . Get Someone Who Can Sing
New Maps Being Drawn Because of Tsunami
Related link: "The Maps Have Been Washed Away"
Election Certification Debate
Historic Knox Structures to Be Spared
1951 Nashville Blizzard
Is "Confederate" a Taboo Word?
RELATED: The fittest (and fattest) cities. [Free registration required.]
Wednesday, January 05, 2005
Tennessee Gets Bad Grades for English and Math
Tuesday, January 04, 2005
Free Utilities Software
Sunday, January 02, 2005
Carnival of the Cats #41
Blogging on the Rise
Saturday, January 01, 2005
Happy New Year
1. What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before? Visited St. Augustine, Florida. I'd been to other places like Orlando, Tampa, Homestead, the Keys, Panama City, etc. but never to the oldest city! I'm sure there are lots of other things, but that's the first one that came to mind.
2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don't bother to make a list that won't be kept anyway.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? My niece had a daughter and my nephew's wife had twin daughters.
4. Did anyone close to you die? Yes, although not immediate family.
5. What countries did you visit? Just the good old USA.
6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004? A house of my own.
7. What dates from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Election night - I was very relieved when I saw that Bush could win with Ohio. I had checked online and knew from when I had lived there that the precincts that weren't reporting were Republican strongholds so I knew Bush would win and that I could go to bed and sleep peacefully. (I should have called some of my friends so they could have done the same.)
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? I'm not sure.
9. What was your biggest failure? Again I'm not sure. It's just too early to look back and really assess things like this.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? The usual sinus stuff and headaches.
11. What was the best thing you bought? A digital piano for
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Those responding to the hurricanes in Florida and the tsunami in Asia.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Easy one--Michael Moore.
14. Where did most of your money go? To pay the bills.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? The election outcome.
16. What song will always remind you of 2004? I liked Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying."
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? sadder
b) thinner or fatter? thinner
c) richer or poorer? about the same
18. What do you wish you'd done more of? cross stitching
19. What do you wish you'd done less of? working (Don't we all wish we had more free time?)
20. How did you be spend Christmas? with my parents
21. Did you fall in love in 2004? no
22. How many one-night stands? none
23. What was your favorite TV program? Emeril Live
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? no
25. What was the best book you read? The Bible - but I'll also mention Shem Creek by Dorothea Benton Frank. I liked it so well that I bought the previous novels she had written. I didn't like them quite as much as Shem Creek but they were good. Maybe a little more graphic than I like in places though.
26. What was your greatest musical discovery? Not sure there was a big one. Maybe the great price on the digital piano. I just can't think of an artist that I discovered for the first time that I thought was great.
27. What did you want and get? affection from my cat
28. What did you want and not get? affection from my cat (Cat lovers will understand why this was in both places.)
29. What was your favorite film of this year? My cat says to put Garfield the Movie. I don't think it's my favorite, but I'm not a big movie goer, and I did buy that one because I love Garfield. I tend to watch older movies. The more recent ones are too graphic for me usually. Was The Passion of the Christ this year or last? It was good.
30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I have no idea, and it's impolite to ask a woman her age.
31.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? I can't answer this one without discussing personalities so I'll not answer it.
32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004? My usual is to find great priced separates of good quality.
33. What kept you sane? Church.
34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? I'm not big on celebrities but it would probably be one of the chefs on the Food Network.
35. What political issue stirred you the most? Rathergate.
36. Who did you miss? Ronald Reagan (after he died).
37. Who was the best new person you met? In the interest of omitting someone, I'll skip this one.
38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004. I need to think on this one. I'm not a person who can answer a question like this without a lot of reflection.
39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. "Here in the real world, it's not that easy at all."