Monthly Archives: October 2011

Discoveries and Surprises

Paige Some amazing stuff has surfaced since last I accounted for discoveries and surprises found among my mother’s effects.  Here are a few: First, a longstanding mystery for my brothers and me has been the chronology of my father’s WWII … Continue reading

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Study In Natural History On The Jackson Farm

Mayla Another story from my great-grandfather’s youth: It seems as though there never was such an opportunity for the study of wild life as there was in the summer of 1867, especially in the hay field. There was no limit … Continue reading

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Butter And Plug Hats On Jackson Farm In 1866

Victoria Since I’m presently editing the family book of my great grandfather’s and his brothers’ and cousins’ childhood stories, and noticing once more how very humorous they really are, I thought I’d share them with you. They are tales of … Continue reading

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Reflections Of The Morning After

Edith by Herman Lee Meader [my father transcribed this from Meader’s early 20th century collections of epigrams — it verges on misogynistic, but he felt it important enough to save it for about forty years — found in his files … Continue reading

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The Great Divide

Heather Apologies for the extended absence from these pages. It won’t be the last absence, however, as my priorities have definitely shifted – at least temporarily but for an extended period – toward continued intense concentration on family matters, family … Continue reading

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A 50-Page Love Letter

Scarlet My great grandparents, Lizzie Frances (Keys) Jackson and Chester Jackson: To travel from New York City to the island of Antigua in the Caribbean’s Leeward Islands takes between seven and nine hours, requiring one stopover. Chester Jackson, traveling from … Continue reading

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Worth Listening, Worth Reading

Meg I’ve commented before that I think the Obama administration’s decisions have had devastating consequences for preservation of civil liberties in this country.  The TSA scope and grope program is only one of the more egregious examples. Jonathan Turley wrote … Continue reading

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A Joke 100 Years in the Retelling

Scarlet My grandfather had his prankster side, which all of us grandchildren witnessed from time to time as we grew up.  Family reunions, especially over the 4th of July weekends, were always a time of great merriment until his later … Continue reading

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Approaching Truth

Anonymous It’s been an interesting 48 hours.  It began with a negative — a medium-format negative.  A formal pose, probably a man in uniform.  In an envelope marked “1943.”  Now, that could mean one of two things:  first, another portrait … Continue reading

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Edith In case anyone was wondering, 1) yes, I’m still alive, 2) I’m thoroughly  involved, partly-voluntary and partly-forced, with my mother’s estate and especially her papers, so 3) I’m doing neither any photography nor am following my traditional sources of … Continue reading

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