What would you take?

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With all the wildfires and forest fires going on this August and September of 2017, many people are displaced from their homes, praying and wondering if they will have a home to go to when the fires have either burnt out on their own, or have been put out by the many firefighters and volunteers fighting the fires. Many people have had little notice to leave their homes, some are waiting to hear if they need to leave and to find a place to live until it is safe to come back to their homes, if their homes will even be there.

Sep2017https://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/firemap.aspx

(This article gives a timeline of the fire)
“The Latest: Coast Guard closes Columbia River due to fire – The …
https://www.washingtonpost.com/…environment/…fire…/f7df5910-9298-11e7-8482-8d…
10 hours ago – The U.S. Coast Guard has closed the Columbia River to all vessel traffic … has closed an interstate highway and forced hundreds to leave their homes. … People at the White River Campground are being encouraged to leave.”
septfire2017 http://www.oregonlive.com/wildfires/index.ssf/2017/09/eagle_creek_fire_rages_in_colu.html

“Washington residents on evacuation notice after fire jumps Columbia …
http://www.kgw.com/news/local/washington/…on…fire…columbia-river/471357268
13 hours ago – More than 100 people are at a shelter run by the Red Cross in Stevenson, Wash. … It’s pretty surreal but the view of as we were leaving the house which … from the Eagle Creek fire flew all the way across the Columbia River …”

“Eagle Creek fire grows overnight; rescue underway for hikers …
http://www.oregonlive.com/…/eagle_creek_fire_grows_overnight_hikers_still_trapped.html
3 days ago – Gallery: Hikers trapped by Eagle Creek fire reunited with friends and family … trailhead, after a fire broke out near the popular Columbia River Gorge trail. … of Interstate 84 are being told to immediately leave their homes. … A portion of the Eagle Creek Trail had been closed for weeks due to another fire, the …”

“Ash covers Oregon cities, wildfire smoke chokes West | The Columbian
https://www.columbian.com/…/interstate-84-remains-closed-due-to-eagle-creek-fire/
13 hours ago – The Eagle Creek fire has been burning in the Columbia River Gorge since Sept. … to warn residents on the Oregon side of the river to leave their homes. … 84 was closed in both directions because of thick smoke and falling ash and … People living in about 700 homes in and around the Columbia River …”
It is not just here locally, but across the world, too:
“As many as 37,000 residents have been forced to leave their homes and are … because of wildfires in 2003, when more than 50,000 people were … B.C. wildfire resources ‘stretched’ as around 37,000 residents forced to …https://www.thestar.com › News › Canada”
“Up to 40,000 people face being told to leave their homes as 34 high …
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/…/40000-people-told-to-evacuate-grenfell-tower-fire/
Jun 26, 2017 – UP to 40000 people face being told to leave their homes over fire safety …”

Would you be prepared for a natural disaster?, an earthquake, a fire, a flood, a tornado? What would you take at a moment’s notice – besides your family and pets? Is “it” easily accessible to grab and go? Is “it” packed away somewhere?

bagsarepackedhttps://justsuminspiration.com/2015/11/19/going-somewhere/
Perhaps you have “it” in a safe so if you have to go, you don’t have to worry about it while you are gone? Perhaps “it” is in a storage unit somewhere that is not in danger, or burnt_gun-safe-300x225
http://gunsafereviewsguy.com/articles/myths-about-gun-safe-fire-ratings/ 9 Myths about Gun Safe Fire Ratings

Perhaps the storage unit is in danger, but you and your family are not?
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http://ww2.kqed.org/news/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2014/08/RS11370_ARCHIVES_stacks-lpr.jpg

When your health is on the line, do you even think about “it”, or have you prepared ahead of time so you won’t have to worry about “it” when emergencies do arise. Disasters are never comfortable to think about, but you have precious memories that need to be cared for . Now is the time to prepare and plan ahead to protect what you have, so you can share it with many generations of descendants. Pass along to them the ways in which they can be protected. So many documents, photos, letters, and items have been lost to fires and flooding because of no protection or little protection or of not understanding how to protect them. Now is the time to learn all you can, in an affordable and manageable way to protect your family treasures. You can contact your local genealogical society, museum, archival center, library or even search on-line for ways to best protect the items you have.

columbiagorgefire2017http://www.oregonlive.com/wildfires/index.ssf/2017/09/eagle_creek_fire_rages_in_colu.html

Air Quality is important too:

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No mail today, because no ‘thing’ will last forever.

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rusty-old-mailboxThis rusty ol’ mailbox has definitely seen better days.  I remember driving by it on vacations, in those days of when I was much younger than I am today.

Snail  mail as it is called today, is becoming a thing of the past, like the Pony Express riders.  There will still be packages to deliver and rush documents, but the art of writing a letter is overtaken by Snaps, Tweets, Texts and sometimes email.  Email, I have heard, seems to be used less and less by the younger generations, so it will also be a thing of the past.

Where are those Snaps with a 24 hour life expectancy? or, The Tweets that the world can see? The texts could be saved and printed, but will anyone take the time to do that and would it make any sense to someone else 20 years from now, or even to ourselves?

Email has a better chance, but unless the printout is preserved with both sides of the conversation, will it make sense at all?

What are we leaving our future generations to learn about us? All those digital photos we take, will there be a machine to read them? Does anyone use 3.5 floppy’s or have a reader in today’s laptops or notebooks, notepads, Surface’s? Does anyone have the old computers with a drive to use it with or a monitor that can display it for us?

Now is the time to create some photo-journals, or journals for our children and children’s children to be able to read. Perhaps the journals you keep will document something in history -current events to us- that is only assumed to be recorded in time, but yours is the vital piece to tell others about it.

Thank you to: Big Map Blog for the use of the photo of the Pony Express Route.

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Love letter from another Mother, for Father’s Day

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DNAsurprise

I have my own opinion about draft dodgers, but I didn’t have to walk in their shoes, so it’s not my place to say one way or another. The fact is, we are all human beings and all in need of the same courtesies,  unconditional love that we want for ourselves.

But, this story is not about that, it is about life itself:

DNA test produces surprise and new family ties.

                I was reading the paper this morning, [what else to do on an early morning at a hotel], and as I thumbed through the sports page, here was the “>continued from 1c” part to the title above. I went back to the page, 1c, and began to read why there would be a DNA test results in the sports section. I was surprised to read the unfolding story that began in 1947. Earlier really, as far as life stories go. If a certain young man had not chosen a career in baseball, none of this story would even exist.

                I don’t want to give away the story with it’s twists and turns, and surprises of its own, please read it for yourself. It’s about adoption and not having the desire to find birth parents, because the adoptive parents were exactly that, parents. It’s about a doctor stating, You need to find out your family medical history. It’s about a life that began, but ended before it could be born. It’s about lives connecting that didn’t even know each other existed. It’s about …an epic love letter. It’s about more than all of this.

“God knows it hurts to let go, though,” the letter ends. “My thoughts and love will be with you three forever. Take care.”

And, it’s not the three you might assume.

This is one read you need to read it for yourself, here:

USA TODAY, Thursday, June 15, 2017

pages 1c and 4c

Titled – Major league revelation

[you will have to click to go to the right page and then grab the article and scroll up to read it]

http://ee.usatoday.com/Olive/ODN/USATSample/default.aspx

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Conducting an Interview with a Family Member

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Conducting a Professional Family Video Interview  From

Discovering Your Past – Episode 2  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lTLbFgJE6g

discoveryourpast(if the links do not work, type in to Youtube search Discovering your past – Episode 2)

 

Pre-production – preparation

What kind of questions to ask – lots f good resources out there, here are two

(a)Family Tree Magazine sites http://www.familytreemagazine.com

(b)UCLA Library Center for oralhistory.library.ucla.edu

ii)  ask open ended questions

(a)what was it like in the town you grew up in

vs

(b)what town did you grow up in

iii) ask the interviewee (before you get there, or as you are setting up) to gather some old heirlooms and photos about the house that you might have always wanted to know about and might have been afraid to ask

(a) who is that in this photograph, how did you get the photograph, why do you keep it

(b)what is this item, where did it come from/how did you get it, why do you keep it, what is going to happen to it when you no longer want it or need it?

(c)item – tell me about the person that owned it before you got it.

iv) this may bring back memories or information they may have forgotten about or make connections they hadn’t thought about before.

v) see 2.v) below – Artist in the family – what to do ahead of time of the interview

Production – the interview itself  – Have the person you are interviewing state their full name first

i)ask permission to film or tape first

ii) with video

(a) you get to see reactions, –some are camera-shy, find a way to hide it, with their permission

(1) make sure batteries are charged up

(2) make sure you have a clear place for electricity and bring an extension cord

iii) with audio

(a) cell phones, recorders, digital or other — see 2. viii)(b) below

(1) make sure batteries are charged up

(2) make sure you have a clear place for electricity and bring an extension cord

iv)notebook

(a) maybe they can write down the names and places accurately

(b) perhaps write down subjects or items you want to come back later in the interview

(1) make sure you have multiple working pens or pencils and erasers

v)Telephone interview

(a/b) audio record both sides of the conversation and/or use notebook to write it all down

vi) are they a painter, artist, writer? Do This Ahead Of Time

(a) Painter–have them paint a family tree ahead of time if they want to

(b) Author–have them write some stories down ahead of time

(c)Artist — use their medium to portray a family event or member

vii) how to do the interview

(a) chronological

(b) as you talk about things

(c) ask followup questions

viii) take breaks, this can be a lot for anyone

(a) ice cream

(b) a walk around the room — this may be a good time to keep a digital recorder in your pocket

(c)drinks of water or teas, no liquor,

(d) check notes to see what you have covered, to see what you need to cover, to remind yourself in case a question had come up and you want to go back to it.

(e) be courteous, don’t keep on a subject that the person doesn’t remember at the time or want to talk about it, gentle nudges only, keep them as comfortable as possible and

(f) ask them if there are questions they wanted you to ask about

(1) Is there something that you thought I would ask and am surprised I haven’t asked about?

(2) Is there something that you want to ask me about?

Post Production – Analysis

i)What information did you find in the interview itself

ii)Do this ASAP, even sooner

(a) look at 15-20 minutes at a time

(b) look at one subject at a time

(1) if the subject takes longer than 15-20 minutes, break it up into 15-20 min segments

iii)Facts – separate what you talked about into 4 different groups

(a) facts (my father was born…)

(b)I think facts (I think my grandfathers middle name was Alexander – something to look up later)

(c)Stories for Research (my mother used to work on Steel Pier)

(d)Historical Tidbits (the trolleys in Atlantic city were called “Gitneys”(?), all of the streets are named after states, so I knew all the states because of those street signs)

Clan, Clan

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When you hear the word ‘Clan’ images of Braveheart or Ireland may come to mind. However, there are many nationalities that have or have had Clans, which can be loosely defined as a group of close-knit and/or interrelated families.

ClanImage (Thanks to http://www.scotclans.com/scottish-clans/clan-ogilvie/ for the use of the photo)

Recently speaking with a friend of mine who is from Native American lineage, she told me about some of her clans, and this new app that someone took a lot of time creating. It is my understanding that this app not only alerts you to your cousins, and also helps you find who is in your clan or not.

http://clanmaker.navajowotd.com/

( or this one)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/navajo-clans/id507878457?mt=8

In her discoveries, there are also two movies translated in Navajo,

Star Wars- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VR13lIRLficstarwars

and Nemo- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt-8qW6tFZQnemo

http://www.nativepeoples.com/Native-Peoples/May-June-2016/Finding-Nemo-Finds-Its-Voice–in-Navajo/

and this webpage gives even more info on other things you might enjoy in addition to Nemo:

https://navajonow.com/2016/04/23/nemo-hadeestii-is-amazing/

NavajoIf you are looking for more translations in Navajo, type Navajo translations into Google and see what you get, this is what I got:

https://www.google.com/search?q=navajo+starwars&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8#q=navajo+translation

(photo from http://www.navajo-nsn.gov/ )

What language did your ancestors speak? Have you learned a second language, one from your family history? If your family spoke a different language, what was the journey that led to your speaking American or the main language that you do speak? Click on link below to view the world languages – will open in a new window/tab.

The Ethnologue catalogue of world languages, which is one of the best linguistic resources, currently lists 6909 living languages. About 6% of them have more than a million speakers each, and collectively account for 94% of the world population.

What is available for you and your descendants to learn a new language, or to  keep the language that you speak now? You may or may not have noticed how even the American language is changing to a different way of speaking today, 2017, compared to 1950; it seems as though slang has become common place and the dictation is changing, even the ‘proper’ English learned in school since the 1970’s seems to have lost its clarity, at least in my humble opinion.

Take a listen to those who are 16-24 years of age and what do you hear?

cellphoneuse

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/news/desktopnews/teen-drivers-often-ignore-bans-on-using-cellphones-and-texting

Does this mean that it is a bad thing? I don’t think so. It seems to me that change is going on all the time, and each generation brings with them a different way of thinking and doing things and that includes communicating with each other and the world. As new technology comes into play across the world, there will be changes made in how we interact with each other. Again, in my humble opinion, but tell me, what do you think?

(for more information on the Navajo Windtalkers:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Po9vUB0vV74

the movie preview:

Original Windtalker:

and

The Marines’ Hymn sung in Navajo by Code Talker Joe Kellwood

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bx0Z9gwiGlU

The map below is not complete, click on it to go to a webpage that lists all the states and who is there:

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