Category Archive: General Interest

May 25

Wordless Wednesday: 1977 May Snow Storm

5 Granger Road, Westboro, Mass., 10 May 1977

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May 01

Pets – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

Marcus and Saxon

On the 1st of March I wrote a short reminiscence of my child hood pets Eric, the Norwegian Elkhound, and Tip-Tip Toes our cat. For this challenge I’ll share a couple of photos of my son, Marcus, and his first two canine pets: Saxon, a beagle, and Sir Lancelot, a Collie.

Marcus and Lance

 

 

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Feb 25

Radio and Television

Television time. What’s that? My family didn’t purchase one until after my twin and I had left home. There were probably two reasons why we didn’t have one: 1) our family was always struggling just to put food on the table and pay the mortgage and 2) Peter and I really didn’t want one. We loved to read and listen to great mysteries and comedies on the radios-Who remembers “Mr. & Mrs. Keene Tracers of Lost Persons,” “Jack Benny,” “Jack Armstong, the All American Boy,” etc.? Why would anyone want to shut off his imagination and watch the “boob tube.”  We really wanted our younger brother and sister to also enjoy the finer things in life by devouring books like we did. Our family also enjoyed playing games, I was sure that TV would ruin that wonderful family time.

When we graduated from high school and flew the nest (Pete went into the Army and I went off to Keene State), my Dad did buy a TV and cleaned out a portion of the basement to hold his “home theater.” When we came home to visit, we rarely went to the basement to watch the “tube,” instead, we read and played games just like we had before leaving home.

The first TV I owned was a couple of years after I married and you know, we didn’t watch it much at all unless it was in the evening. There were some great variety shows and some wonderful comedies that we did enjoy (the Carol Burnett Show and Laugh-In were two of my favorites) and it was cheaper than buying movie tickets.

My late Sir Charles loved to watch the morning, noontime, and evening news programs, but watched little else. Today my favorites are hockey, soccer, and baseball when I have time.  I also enjoy some of the cooking shows on the Food Network, and Masterpiece Theater on PBS.

Of course, I also enjoy “Who Do You Think You Are?”

Originally published in Anamnesis

(c) 2011 Linda Woodward Geiger, All Rights Reserved.
Linda@LindaGeiger.com

 

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Feb 25

Family History: Personal Anecdotes

As family historians we often dwell in the past one hundred years and rarely write down the stories of more recent family memories. Genealogical bloggers are now challenged to do just that – write down those personal anecdotes. “52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History” is the “baby” of Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog. By providing a different challenge each week, Amy, plants a seed. This is week 6, so you can see I’m a bit behind the eight ball, but perhaps I’ll make my own opportunities to go back and use the first five weeks in future posts.

Thank you, Amy Coffin!

Originally published in Anamnesis

(c) 2011 Linda Woodward Geiger, All Rights Reserved.
Linda@LindaGeiger.com

 

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Feb 25

If You Can’t Say Something Nice…

Alice M. (Brown) Perkins

Most of the older generation frequently heard their elders say, “If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all.” However, very few were very good about following the “rule” themselves. Nana Perkins was an exception! I don’t every recall her saying an unkind thing about anyone.

When I became interested in learning about our family history I’d so enjoy hearing her talk about the family particularly the shenanigans she, her siblings, and her cousins took part in as children. Nana Perkins died when she was 97 years old-her mind still as sharp as a tack. Alas, I never had the foresight to record any of our conversations.

But I digress… let me get back to the theme of this post. Nana would never answer any of my questions about her husband (he passed before I was born), or about his family. Instead she’d simply steer the conversation in a different direction never acknowledging my questions at all. After she died, I asked my mother why she would never talk about the Perkins family. Mom replied, “she didn’t like them.”

Originally published in Anamnesis

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Linda@LindaGeiger.com

 

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Feb 25

New Automobile

 

In April of 1930, my grandfather purchased a new Chevrolet Sedan. Grandmother (I’d recognize that handwriting anywhere) made a notation on the bill of sale that the car was delivered on April 22nd and on May 2nd the car was paid for with a check dated May 1st, 1930. The name Charles Huckins, proprietor jumped out as I recall visiting the Huckins garage and car dealership that was located in Pittsfield with my grandmother some fifteen years later. You see, Nana Perkins’ had a nephew Aubrey Brown who sold cars for Huckins and I recall her taking her car to the garage for service. I’ve located a photograph of my maternal grandparents taken about 1930 or 1931. I’ll bet that the car in the background is that new Chevy!

Originally published in Anamnesis

(c) 2010 Linda Woodward Geiger, All Rights Reserved.
Linda@LindaGeiger.com

 

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Feb 25

My Family Research

When I began blogging in earnest last November, I created two blogs, one for Woodward Family Research (including variant spellings) throughout the United States, and the other “Anamnesis: Musings by Linda” designed to be used for a variety of topics. I’ve learned that “Anamnesis” is too diverse! Consequently, the blog has been split into three addition segments: 1) My Family Research; 2) North Georgia Research (families and Cherokee of North Georgia), and 3) Crafty Lady (scrapbooking, quilting and other crafts). “Anamnesis” will be reserved for my love of nature, and other items that interest me…it will still be a catchall.

This blog will contain documented research on my many ancestors.

(c) 2010 Linda Woodward Geiger, All Rights Reserved.
Linda@LindaGeiger.com

 

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