House and Home, Staycation Vacation

Life in the 1960s: When Families Had “Company”

Humans are not logical creatures. We commit to spending tens or hundreds of thousands to buy houses or condos, or to rent apartments. We spend thousands more to furnish them. We choose just the right paint colors. We choose just the right sofa, chairs, draperies, area rugs, lamps, bedding, and dinnerware patterns – both everyday… Continue reading Life in the 1960s: When Families Had “Company”

Family History, Genealogy

Deep Roots and Gnarled Branches: Telling Tales of our Dead

I love to do genealogy. I have traced my own family tree and those of friends interested in knowing. I search old newspapers looking for tidbits that might reveal something about my ancestors. Where did they come from? What were they like? Their history becomes a part of us. It determines where we are born… Continue reading Deep Roots and Gnarled Branches: Telling Tales of our Dead

Family History, Gardens, House and Home

Memories of Wetzel County: West Virginia Potatoes

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash As a toddler I called them "West Virginia potatoes." They could be red potatoes or common white ones, but whatever the variety, I would wolf down boiled potatoes whenever we visited Wetzel County. At home in Ohio however, I was a picky child. I loved potatoes mashed or fried,… Continue reading Memories of Wetzel County: West Virginia Potatoes

Family History

Hunting Your History On All Souls Day

November 2. All Soul’s Day. Another church adapted holiday with roots that stretch back to an ancient pagan festival. The Festival of the Dead celebrated the day loved ones were believed to return to eat a meal with their families. An extra place was set at the table and people placed a candle in the… Continue reading Hunting Your History On All Souls Day