Throwback Thursday: Plane Crash

Perusing an online auction site last week, I was stunned by a photograph that suddenly appeared on the screen. It was a newspaper photographer’s photo from 1946, of a plane crash on Long Island — with my grandfather’s name in the caption! I’ve always known that he was riding in a small plane piloted byContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Plane Crash”

Happy DNA Day

April 25 is National DNA Day! This annual event celebrates the completion of the human genome project in 2003 and the discovery of the double helix in 1953. I’ve posted about my genealogical research various times, but never about the results of my DNA test. Partly that’s because the results keep changing. As the testingContinue reading “Happy DNA Day”

Throwback Thursday: Father Turon

I’d always known we had at least one Roman Catholic priest in the family. I also knew that my relatives seemed exceptionally proud to be related to him. Lately, my mother passed on some documents about his life, and I discovered more in my genealogical research. And now, despite being a less-than-devout Catholic myself, IContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Father Turon”

Postcards From the World: Calendar Girl

I received a Postcrossing card in the mail this evening that, for a moment, had me stumped. The sender, Emma, in the northern part of China, began her message on the card by complaining about the hot summer weather. Of course, it’s February. Then I looked at the date, and saw that she mailed thisContinue reading “Postcards From the World: Calendar Girl”

Six More Weeks of Winter…Again.

It’s Groundhog Day 2022! This morning, the world’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, emerged from his winter home and saw his shadow, forecasting the continuation of winter for another six weeks. That’s no surprise here, given this weekend’s forecast of still more snow and ice. (Here’s a link to live footage of Phil from thisContinue reading “Six More Weeks of Winter…Again.”

Throwback Thursday: Steamship

I just found an image from an old postcard of the S.S. Chicago, the steamship that brought my great grandmother and three of her children to Ellis Island in 1909. Francesca Piccioli was from the Marche region of Italy, but she had been working as a wet nurse in France, which explains why she boardedContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Steamship”

Throwback Thursday: Mister Peanut

I remember a room filled with Mister Peanut cookie jars, key rings, beer steins, and coin banks. I had thought I was remembering them in my grandparents’ basement, but my mother recently told me it could not have been there; my grandmother disliked the Mister Peanut memorabilia and would not allow more than a fewContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Mister Peanut”

Photo Friday: Providence

A few weeks ago, walking along the Alexandria waterfront, we came upon this lovely tall ship, the sloop Providence. There’s something special about seeing an 18th century replica ship in the port of an 18th century city. We do like our history here. The original ship Providence began life as the Katy, used as aContinue reading “Photo Friday: Providence”

Throwback Thursday: Pope in the Tree

My genealogical research has turned up something interesting in my family tree. All my life I’ve heard family rumors that I’m related to a Pope (no, not a direct descendant) but I never knew for sure. And I had no details about which Pope or how I might be related, if it was true atContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Pope in the Tree”