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#RootsTech: Something for Everyone!

As I mentioned previously, I am delighted to be an ambassador for RootsTech 2020, which will be held in February of next year. RootsTech is the world's largest genealogical conference, but the appeal goes far beyond die-hard historians. 

RootsTech provides classes for everyone from the beginner to the professional, and if you go to the schedule page on their website, you can filter the classes by difficulty. A special "Getting Started" series of lectures lists classes such as "How to Build My Family Tree", "How I Can Preserve My Family Story", and "What Can DNA Do for Me?" 

The theme for RootsTech 2020 is "The Story of YOU." We all have stories to tell, and the stories of this generation are just as valid as those of previous generations. Family history includes now, and RootsTech helps us connect our current stories with those of the past.



Classes such as "Creating and Using Facebook Groups for Genealogy," "Put a Face …

Ten Things of Thankful: Life is a Gift Edition

I'm old enough that I think I'm supposed to dread birthdays, but I'm not mature enough to do so. I like birthdays, and even though an actuary would disagree, I'm convinced I'm not "over-the-hill" yet. 

I had a birthday this week. I also have a grandmother who, it appears, is nearing the end at almost 103 years old. Combine those two events, and I've found myself in a contemplative frame of mind. 
In last week's TToT post, I listed more than 10 items. (The exact number depends on whether or not you count my typo--I labeled two different items as #11--as one or two things). This week, I'm keeping my list shorter:
1. I am thankful for life. What a gift it is to be here on Earth, have so many different experiences, and meet so many people! When life gets overwhelming or scary, grab onto the hand of a loved one and remember that things will be better soon. 



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Six Sentence Story--Design

The concept fit more neatly into Middle Earth, or perhaps into a future, more well-received environmentally-conscious age, but regardless of whether it was an old idea or cutting-edge, the point was that the House-Built-into-the-Hillside was a dream come true. The planning started well before the blueprints were drawn up, for in order for a passive-solar, underground home to work in cloudy Oregon, the slope and orientation of the hill had to be just right to maximize exposure to the sun. Once the perfect property was located, and the concrete slab was poured so the only exposed side of the house would receive the sun's rays, the outer shell of the house went up quickly. The family moved in prior to interior completion, but the home was abundantly filled with the most important ingredient--love--so what the house lacked in "finishing touches" (i.e., interior doors) provided personality rather than embarrassment. Even the teenager, who wasn't excited about moving away …

Ten Things of Thankful: Can't Stop at Ten Edition

The Ten Things of Thankful blog hop is open from Friday to Tuesday each week, and here it is Tuesday and I'm just now writing my post. I don't usually like to leave things to the last minute, but I've been on a whirlwind of a vacation to Illinois and Missouri since October 5 and just got home last night. Future posts will go into more detail, but I wanted to share some of the many things I've been thankful for recently, before the sun sets on this link-up.

1. I'm thankful for an unexpected upgrade. While sitting in the airport waiting to board, I pulled my boarding pass up on my phone, only to notice my seat assignment was blinking, then changed. Without any request on our part, John and I had our seats upgraded! I imagine that a family needed to sit together, so we got bumped up to "Comfort Plus" seats. We certainly didn't mind the extra legroom.
2. I'm thankful for another unexpected upgrade. When we arrived at the car rental site, we were told we…

Ten Things of Thankful: Autumn Harvest, Weather, and Other Delights

1. I'm thankful for sweet neighbor children, who make me smile for lots of reasons. I posted this on Facebook this week:
I pulled into my driveway as my little neighbor was leaving my porch. He told me he brought us some Asian pears: “One for you, and one for your father.” I was feeling pretty youthful until I got inside, and John told me the neighbor had given him two Asian pears, “One for you, and one for your mom.” 🤣
2. I'm thankful for customer service representatives who listen and quickly come up with a solution. We have a robotic vacuum that has been making a strange noise. The representative quickly came to the conclusion that the vacuum needs to be returned and replaced. So far, the process has been hassle-free.

3. I'm thankful for books, and that I have always had a love of reading. I'm re-reading the Little House books, and am as delighted with them now as I was in my childhood. 

4. I'm thankful for autumn weather. We switched our thermostat from a/c to hea…