From the Faraway Nearby

From the Faraway Nearby

I read Rebecca Solnit's The Faraway Nearby a few weeks ago, back when I got word that my students would be returning to school in-person for four days each week. I had spent the year alternating back-and-forth between remote learning and hybrid teaching, and I wanted normal. Not-staying-home-not-wearing-a-mask-not-teaching-second-grade-online-and-in-person-at-the-same-time normal. We're all in the same place; [...]

New Year, New Site

New Year, New Site

A photo from my trip to Buffalo over Labor Day weekend--the leaves outside this café/bookshop on Elmwood caught my eye and inspired my site's logo. I'm a teacher. In training. I've referenced my teaching job in a half-dozen posts on the blog before--in posts highlighting the stories of my schoolteacher ancestors or reflecting on the post-graduation [...]

Random Acts of Photo Restoration

Random Acts of Photo Restoration

"The Original Photograph" Frances (Nelson) Merrill has always been one of my most elusive "brick wall" ancestors, but little by little, I've found clues to her larger story. Frances, my 3rd great-grandmother, was born on November 3, 1856 in Potter County, Pennsylvania to Leroy and Melvina Sarah (Baker) Nelson. Her mother, Melvina, died when she [...]

Feeling Grateful

Feeling Grateful

Back in May, I was a recent college graduate who started a genealogy blog in the midst of applying for teaching positions, moving out of an apartment and studying to take the Praxis. Life was hectic and stressful and confusing, and I needed to find a way to take my mind off of these competing [...]