Love letter from another Mother, for Father’s Day

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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:

North_American_Indians_Map