Sunday, July 19, 2009

Rapid City here I come...

I talk to many people in the northern states who enjoy the "warm" 70 degree weather this time of year. Since I live in 110 degree plus weather right now, there are a few moments when I think I would prefer the seventy degrees but when I consider snow, ice, wind chill factors, driving advisories and sub-zero temperatures, I firmly prefer the heat to the winter.

Not that I wouldn't like to visit the northern states for a week or two right now. Since I returned from Canada, I stayed in Chandler and Tempe most of the time. I caught the travel bug again and in September, when it can still be very hot in Arizona, I will fly to Rapid City for the German Russian Heritage Society Convention 2009. Here is a link to their blog and web site for full details.

I will present "Building our Ancestral Bridge to Argentina," workshop once on Thursday, September 10 and again on Friday, September 11. GRHS convention holds multiple workshops at the same time so offering it twice gives everyone a chance to see it. As you are aware, Argentina is one of my favorite topics so I am very excited to have this opportunity in Rapid City, South Dakota.

I have never seen the Dakotas. Some say I have been in the state since my mother visited the Dakotas when she was pregnant with me. She saw Mount Rushmore, the Badlands and all South Dakota has to offer. As historic monuments go, I have seen quite a few including Monticello, the Hermitage and Stone Mountain in Georgia. Yet, I have always wanted to see Mount Rushmore. So, as I envision myself taking a side trip to the monument, gazing at the historic profiles, I wistfully imagine the temperature the cool sixties. What a lovely dream.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy 4th of July! Time keeps on slippin....

Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin' into the future....Steve Miller, 1976

My calendar says it is the Fourth of July but I think I am still in Medicine Hat. Many people to follow up with after the convention, many more pictures to post, stories to write, articles to edit...and time keeps slippin'.

Wimbledon is in full gear so as I multi-task with the Bryan Brothers on the television and my laptop on my lap, I need to share with you the latest from

Their latest round of promotion videos touched my heart. As you are keenly aware, my passion is family history. has hit on the reason why family history should be everyone's passion. Each story touches on a connection or loss which causes a search to re-connect with someone. See for yourself at:

Alton Woodman, Peggy McDowell and Jim Lane's stories come to life here.

Which makes me wonder...if my father had known his father, if I had met all of grandparent's during my lifetime, would I still be as passionate about tracking family history. Maybe...maybe not...but I think there would always be that question lingering in the back of my mind...what is the story of how I became me.

So, time keeps on slippin' and I want to track every minute of it. And, I may need to fly like an eagle to do it.