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; [...]

The Fumble

The Fumble

So, I dropped the ball. Because for one year, I was writing a post every Friday about my newest find of the week. And this week? I didn't. I know what I wanted to write about--I found a few records indicating that one of my relatives spent the last years of his life in an [...]

Amy’s Boys

Amy’s Boys

"The Bugle Calls" section of The Fredonia Censor took submissions from friends and family members regarding soldiers on the warfront during World War II Amy (Merrill) Horey published hundreds of articles on herself, her husband and her nine children--Kathryn Clara (b. 1908), Leota Jean (b. 1909), Vera Ethel (b. 1911), George Merrill (b. 1914), Kenneth [...]

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 [...]