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From Prague to Kansas with love – an orphan’s story

At the young age of 10, Marie Frances and her younger brother Frank Joseph, age 8, headed off from Chicago, Illinois to live with the Susank family in Hoisington, Kansas. I do not know if they really knew any more than the fact that their adoptive family shared the same ethnicity – Bohemian. Marie had already experienced a lot in her short life. She was born Marie Františka in Prague – which was a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire – on September 6, 1905. She was the second child – and the first daughter – of Frank William Macháček and Marie Macek. Her brother, Václav (Jim) was two years older. Her father, Frank, was a cabinet-maker by trade. Her parents had been married in Prague, where her mother was born.  The couple and their young children lived with Marie’s family in Nusle (Prague) prior to leaving for America . I’m not sure what precipitated the move. The only family either of them had in America was Frank Hodek, Marie’s great-Uncle, who had immigrated there in 1902. But by June of 1906, the family had left Prague for the land of opportunity.

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Forest Secrets by Laurie Woodward – Book Review

Today I am a reviewing a book called Forest Secrets by Laurie Woodward.

The book is 150 pages and written for young adults.  The heroine is 11 years old, and I feel the best age for reading the book would be 8-13 years of age.

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So it starts

I have been doing genealogy since my dad first introduced it to me back when I was in my early teens. I don’t recall the exact moment when I was bit by the bug. I have a letter I sent to my grandfather back in 1990 asking for information about his family, which is really the first documented item I have that I requested. Since then I have done genealogy off and on – mostly depending on what else I had going on and whether I could afford the Ancestry.com subscription.   Back when I first started, your research options were nothing like they are today. I remember going to libraries to check out books, actual locations to talk to people who might have known the person we were searching for, even going to the national archives to look at census records on microfilm. The digital age has changed all that. I believe it started with Rootsweb, and then Ancestry.com and Cyndi’s List. Today there are way too many sites to even try to cover (just look at Cyndi’s List!!)

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What do I want to be when I grow up

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You might think that this is an odd title for a blog post.  Especially seeing as though I am in my 40’s now.  Where did the time go?!  But I have thought a lot recently about what I want to be when I grow up.  How do people figure out what they want to do with their lives – what they’re “meant” to do?  Sometimes I feel like I just throw things at the wall to see what will stick.  I discuss struggles with finding my passion in my previous blog post Another day, another butterfly.  If you haven’t watched the link in there to Cass Phillipps TedX talk, I highly suggest watching it.

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My favorite podcasts

Unlike children’s books, the podcast market is wide and varied.  You can find a podcast for almost any topic.  While I believe there are a variety of ways you can listen to them, I personally have only used iTunes.  I’ve only been listening to podcasts for about a year – I was first introduced to them by my husband.  And it took him bugging me to listen to one of his before I finally had a listen.  I found I was pleasantly surprised.  I don’t listen to a lot of podcasts.  Some of the ones I’ve tried I’ve ended up turning off about 5-10 minutes into them because they just didn’t work for me.  In this post, I will share with you the ones that I do listen to, and why.

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Fangirling out again 20 years later

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So today one of my favorite bands, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers tweeted out that 20 years ago today the Refreshments started touring with the Gin Blossoms and Dead Hot Workshop.  I tweeted a response about how, once upon a time, a couple of college girls traded cigarettes for autographs along with a picture of a 20 year old box of cigarettes with signatures (see below).  A short while later I get a notification on my phone… Roger Clyne (@azpeacemakers) retweeted your Tweet!  Now being the mature, 40+ year old mother that I am, I started fangirling out.  I mean, I literally just joined twitter two weeks ago – and my very first retweet was from Roger?!!  Would I jump up and down in my kitchen about a tweet?  Maybe….  So I thought I would share how it all went down 2o years ago.

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