Blogging, Heritage blogs, Science

double genealogy the adoption witness blog

Double genealogy the adoption witness blog

I never intended to write a book, or blog. I wrote a book, and now, I blog, in order to sell the book, so said my publisher. I wrote the book because mine is a skeptical family, who will scorn me out if proven to have offered an uninformed conclusion. If I don’t sell a book, I feel anyway, that I met my mission.

My mission seemed simple; to find my grandfather’s birth document and identify his mother’s heritage from mid-19th century Scotland, and then to inform my family. First half done; second, to roll out this week. The effort, though, revealed that his birth was illegitimate, and he was adopted outside his biological family. Same for his non-related cousin. Such posed huge problems for moving forward. I was able to propose eight parents to cover the two adoptees. However, typical of their time, there existed no documents of adoption, and story-telling had to substitute for DNA certainty, over parent selection. 

How to present the tons of “proof” data, from a five year research effort? Write, cite and caveat. Then to throw it up to the cloud so my worldwide family could capture, and others could cannibalize? Or, copyright. So now, the researcher who is not a writer, is stuck with a book and a blog. OK, I admit, it is fun. 

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Animals blog, Art, Life, Science, Social Justice blogs, Women Blogs

Dear Kitty blog

Dear Kitty Blog

Blogging on animals, peace and war, science, social justice, women’s issues, arts, and much more.

When I started blogging at ModBlog in January 2005, I wrote (and I will repeat it here, to prevent it from going down with, now in 2011, Blogsome):

Dear Kitty,

Welcome, to read the diary as I write.

Like Anne Frank 63 years ago, I am starting something while unable to predict how the world around me will evolve.

I hope this will be a many-sided diary. I hope I will be able to write much on new discoveries on ancient cultures; new poems; new paintings; new scientific discoveries in medicine, the lives of birds, and much more.

However, political and economic power being in the hands where they are now, I fear that I will have to write much on “four more years” of war in Iraq and elsewhere; rich getting richer and poor getting poorer; torture in Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere; environmental destruction by corporations and governments.

Still, I hope that I will also be able to report on people fighting against these phenomena; for a better, more peaceful and just world.

In chaos theory , there is the “butterfly effect “: a butterfly in the Amazon rain forest, flapping its wings, usually does not cause a storm far away, felling mighty trees.

However, in some unusual circumstances, it does.

May there be favorable circumstances for bloggers and others speaking truth to power! “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”, as Muhammad Ali used to say.

Culture, Literature, Parenting, Science

Written In Geek Blog

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Written in Geek Blog

Written In Geek Blog

The key to my site, is to give people a chance to take a break in their day. I try to keep my posts at a reasonable length, and the content can vary between a poem that I wrote, to NASA articles.

My blog is about things that interest me, focusing on writing, geek culture, astronomy and once in a while, something on parenting. I’ve made a lot of changes since I began in April 2016, deciding on what I wanted to cover, how often I wanted to post, and whether to have a logo or not. I scrapped my logo a little while ago, and only post on Wednesdays and Fridays now.

I’m what you would call an introverted extrovert. While I love to meet new people, I’m generally shy. I began my site to help build my confidence, and to also get back to writing, something that I had stopped doing a long time ago. In this “journey of self-discovery”, I’ve made new friends, have become more confident in myself, and returned to writing. While the writing began with NaNoWriMo, and the goal was to write a novel, I’ve found that poetry is more my thing. Blogging has given me the chance to share my work, as well as getting the “job” of writing dark poetry for a horror site (http://www.theboldmom.com/). I’m a “mature” Library Tech student and now work at a rural library, so, between that, this site, and a fantastic family, I guess that I can say that I’m living my dream life! 

Submitted by: Tina McFarlane