Friday, February 13, 2009

President Jimmy Carter....Who can argue with peace?

I attended a Presidential book signing today when Changing Hands bookstore hosted President Jimmy Carter this evening. The staff had over 1600 books on hand. The secret service coordinated everyting and made the hour wait pass swiftly.

President Carter spoke for a few mintues and then signed his new book We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land. It was great to meet the former President especially since my mother and daughter accompanied me.

Carter's message was short and sweet. And, whatever your politics, who can argue with peace? Besides knowledge of our own family history, what better legacy can we leave for our children?

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Busy Weekend....

Yes, I am watching the Super Bowl but need to share part of my Saturday with you. I drove to Florence to spend time with Andy and Joyce Kroneberger at their winter home. I met Andy and Joyce in Hays, Kansas almost two years ago at the AHSGR convention. Last year Andy and I started to work together to publish his book A Man Called Andreas. We met yesterday to discuss the book and his upcoming talk at the Arizona Sun meeting. Here is the information from the AHSGR web site on Andy's presentation.

February 21, 2009
Our guest speaker, Andy Kroneberger, will present "A Man Called Andreas, One Family's Struggle in Bolshevik Russia." Andy will share the story of the Kronebergers and Stoessels from Dehler detailing their struggles to leave Russia and their transition to the Americas. Andy's quest to find his family has taken him from Minnesota to Germany and Argentina. During his investigation he researched his family tree back to 1719 in Gochsheim, Germany. Andy is the author of "I Found My Family" and the upcoming "A Man Called Andreas" which will be published in the spring. Retrieved from

We took a short break from the book and Andy shared a few songs with me. I hope you enjoy the video above.

Wouldn't it be great if Andy plays music for us at the Sun Meeting? If you are in the Phoenix area on Feb. 21, please stop at the Glendale Foothills Library at 19055 N. 57th Avenue, Glendale, Arizona. As you may remember, Glendale was the site of the Super Bowl last year.

Also, GO CARDS! LOVE THE INTERCEPTION. (Ok, the first interception...)