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Apr.09.2014
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A friend sent me a link the other day. She saw a story about acorns and knew I had to read it. I'm glad she did because it verified a couple of issues. One, when people ask me what acorns taste like, the only thing I can think of is that they remind me a little bit like an olive. As it turns out,...
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Apr.09.2014
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I heard about it from more than one news source, the story about the six-inch humanoid that was found, was it in Africa? Last I heard, a Stanford researcher said it was definitely humanoid and they knew little else about its origins. If I remember this story correctly, this little humanoid lived...
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Apr.07.2014
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German-Jews, the term almost seems an oxymoron, but of course many Jews were at one time, and are today, Germans. I have a Jewish friend who thinks it's amusing that his parents named him Jerry, German slang for a German. The Nazis were so inhospitable, it's hard to understand why Jews would want...
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Apr.07.2014
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If you're lucky enough to trace your ancestry back to Biblical days, you're miles ahead of most genealogists. If you trace back to the ancient Jews, you may find that you trace to another tribe like the Babylonians, Assyrians or Persians. In 636 B.C.E., a Persian ruler named Cyrus the Great,...
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Apr.03.2014
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During the 11th and 12th centuries, in Spain there existed what's known as the Golden Age, where Jews and Muslims, under amicable Mohammedan rule, grew intellectually and culturally. In the years preceding 1492, before Jews were completely expelled from Spain, they lived a grand Spanish existence,...
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Apr.03.2014
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It's a tough road for a genealogist who has an ancestor who was adopted. You may not have a clue which way to look, but instinct tells me not to rule out, that they could have been one of thousands of Jews who left Russia in the late 1800's and immigrated to America. These Jews had been heavily...
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Apr.03.2014
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Ah, New York, New York... and before that it was New Amsterdam. Your New York ancestors could very well have been New Amsterdam Jews. The first Jews who immigrated to Colonial America hid that they were Jews, because they weren't welcome... yet. Politics and oppression kept them quiet about their...
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Mar.31.2014
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Even though Charles Dickens often wrote unfavorably about America, he was so loved, lines to see him were almost a mile long. What didn't he like about America? He was appalled and angry about slavery, and he didn't enjoy traveling any way so didn't appreciate American hotels. He thought the...
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Mar.26.2014
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Today we think we're hot stuff with our 'spring salad mixes' and unusual flavors of vinegar, not to mention the latest gourmet salt craze. But... I suspect the ancient Roman salad would surpass ours when it comes to taste. Imagine... ancient olive oil. Long ago, these Mediterranean people were...
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Mar.26.2014
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I'll bet you didn't know that life was hard for Louisa and John Adams. Yes, the same John Quincy Adams who became president. Though they came from prominent families, John and Louisa Adams were like many young couples, they were not rich. John served as a United States minister to European...
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Mar.25.2014
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Abraham Lincoln did not win the presidency because he got a lot of votes, he won because the votes were spread thinly among many candidates and he happened to garner the most. Many in Lincoln's own political party hated him, fearing the direction he would take the country. His wife Mary didn't have...
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Mar.25.2014
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Spaniards brought wheat to the New World in 1520 and during the 1600's, English Colonists grew it, or tried to, but it didn't work out. Thanks to the Mennonites who settled in Pennsylvania, we have a history of wheat being successfully grown in America. Not that other pockets of Colonists didn't...
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Mar.21.2014
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When I was a teenager, growing up in the 1960's, my mother gave me this advice: "When you get married make sure you comb your hair right away when you wake up in the morning, so you'll look nice for your husband." Good advice for anyone, male or female. But here's a good one I ran across while...
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Mar.21.2014
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If you've never seen a picture of a passenger pigeon, look it up. They were very beautiful. They key word here is were. They're all gone now, every single one, because they were not appreciated. I guess they made good eating and were sometimes a nuisance, and when shooting guns became all the rage...
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Mar.21.2014
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Authors can be a sentimental bunch. Charles Dickens was no exception; he hated to say good-bye to his characters when he finished one of his stories. When he sent off his finished story to his publisher, he said that he felt like he was sending a part of himself "into the shadowy world." No wonder...
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