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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Health

It is good to be crazy sometimes blog

It is good to be crazy sometimes blog 

My blog is about dealing with mental health issues, trying to get a diagnoses and going through the UK benefit system. I also post about family life and pets. 
I started it to give hope to other people that              others were going through the same thing.

Culture, LGBT Blogs

I will call it Like I see it

I will call it Like I see it  was originally created in August, 2011 and has been active since then. I started it because I was searching for a publisher for my third book: I’ll Call It Like I See It – A Lesbian Speaks Out which is a collection of essays addressing contemporary issues ranging from faith to football as well as six essays relating to my discovering a connection with my mother who had Alzheimer’s disease.

One year later I had a publisher and the book was published in November, 2012, but by then I had a group of followers who enjoyed my reflections on the vicissitudes of life so the blog lived on after publication.In addition to the traditional essay topics on current events, music and poetry and other literature are often my inspiration for posts. I once wrote a series of romance stories based on post cards from the 1920s and 30s. A letter from a soldier to his mother in 1918 was a starting point on one of my more popular posts. One of the most unusual posts was a love story between a Texas woman and her prize bull (sorry – not THAT kind of love story). A beautiful sunset can inspire a post.

I also have an inspirational quote posted on the site. I refresh this periodically. Some readers notice and appreciate it.

I’ll Call It Like I See It is unique because the topics are relevant to any reader but they are seen through the eyes of a seasoned Southern woman who continues the tradition of good Texas storytellers with a lesbian flair. The tone is personal – often intimate – and conversational which makes it compelling. Imagine sitting with an old friend in rocking chairs on the front porch of her home on a quiet street in a small town in Texas. You rock and talk about love, faith, grief, comfort, joy, peace and Elvis.Maybe even Garth Brooks. The more you talk and rock, the more the stresses of your life are lessened just a little bit for a brief moment when you stop by I’ll Call it Like I See It .