Friday, June 14, 2013

The Art of Manliness: How to fold a Flag

Do you know how to fold a Flag?

June 14th Flag Day

I’m writing this post today in regards to how to fold a flag to commemorate the adoption of the United States Flag by the Second Continental Congress in 1777. I hadn't folded a fly in awhile and decided to look up how to fold it. The Art of Manliness website was one that offered entertaining instructions on this and other bygone year’s daily routines; like how to tie a bow tie, give a manly handshake, and other manly skills.

My reason for folding the flag came when the manager of our complex asked me do I know where to take flags that are tattered and needed to be retired. I answered in the affirmative. He then proceeded to give me five flags rolled up in a ball with disregards to the respect and honor they deserved. I did not refuse them because I felt I needed to provide tender loving care and return them to some semblance of glory before turning them over to the Catholic War Veterans for a proper disposal. There are other organizations that also provide this service; local Boy Scout Troops, American Legion and Camps of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

In today’s busy world, so many forget how to provide the daily courtesies once thought of as common practice. Technology advances have isolated us as much as they have helped us in our genealogy research. Schools funding sometimes leads to eliminating what they consider fluff classes like sewing, cooking- the homemaking skills. 

My goal is to continue teaching those skills even if it is through the technology that isolates us. I know my family goes to their computer, smart phone, or I-Pad using Google, Bing or whatever search engine they have to find the information they need. I blog with compassion of saving all that is our heritage: daily skills, ancestors and their history.

The Art of Manliness is not gone just a little forgotten until we take a moment to remind our loved about those skills. I hope you enjoy reading the Flag Ceremony as presented in the following PDF link.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Where in the State is Mom?: Graduation Reflections

Where in the State is Mom?: Graduation Reflections: Pinkerton Academy original Buildings This time of year is when I reflect on my own graduations over the years from the differen...

Graduation Reflections

Pinkerton Academy original Buildings

This time of year is when I reflect on my own graduations over the years from the different schools I attended; Pembroke Academy, New Hampshire Technical Institute of Portsmouth and Springfield College now known as Southern New Hampshire University. My own children graduated Pinkerton Academy in Derry, New Hampshire one of the oldest continuing running schools in America.

Pinkerton Academy will be celebrating it's 200th anniversary in 2014. The Spring 2013 Pinkerton Alumnus  provides a brief history of Pinkerton Academy and information of the upcoming celebration. 

Robert Frost, the well known American poet, Pulitzer Prize, taught at Pinkerton from 1906-1911.

Notable alumni are numerous that include: first Astronaut in space, Alan Shepard; former president of Dartmouth College,Samuel Colcord Bartlett; American Olympic ice hockey player, Tricia Dunn; Civil War Brevet Brigadier General, Aaron Fletcher Stevens; among many others over the years.

I join in celebrating my brother's and niece's graduations. My brother will be ordained on 8 June 2013 as an interfaith minister. My niece will graduate from my Alma mater, Pembroke Academy on 16 June 2013. 

The list of those graduating is excellent informational source for genealogist and families looking for their ancestors. That possibly could include someone from Harvard as early as 1642. 

Harvard in Cambridge,  Massachusetts has a list of their graduates all the way back to 1642, when nine colonists graduated. In 1634, ground was broken for the "College at Newtowne", later to become known as Harvard,  just fours years after families from the Winthrop Fleet settle the Watertown, Massachusetts area. 

Dear Myrtle would say "Happy Family Tree Climbing."

Friday, May 24, 2013

Memorial Day Remembrance: Lost names but not forgotten

Nelson William Stearns

Nelson served in the Army during the Korean War. His grandson Michael Joseph Butka, currently serving his country since 1999, was stationed at the the same base  at Osan, South Korea during one of his deployments. These men are two of my family that gallantly fought for our  freedom. Nelson is my father and Michael is my son. In honor of them and all service men and women I salute you.

Thank you for your service and bravery.

Please help me identify these bunk mates of my Dad during his 1953 tour of Duty in Osan, South Korea.

Hugging our son goodbye as he left on his recent deployment. 
Photo courtesy of Fred Schottler

In remembrance of all that gave the ultimate sacrifice, I post this in your honor.
You are not forgotten.

From one loving Mom to all children, no matter what your age that are serving. 

I am sending Hugs to all of you protecting our basic right to Freedom. Thank you. Be Safe. Be Brave. Be Proud. 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Pictorial View of Goffstown, New Hampshire

Here is a few photographs from my trip to Goffstown, New Hampshire, including the Historical Marker for Parker Station. The Parker Station building houses the Goffstown Historical Society.

I notice at least two interesting gatherings for anyone interested in history.

May 20 Edie Clark: Baked Beans and Fried Clams - How Food Defines a Region
(Available through a grant from NH Humanities Council)

June 17 Dan LaRochelle: History of Pinardville

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Technology, Webinars and Ancestral Journeys

This week I have spent my time researching how to best post my ancestral journey on my blogs. I can learn from the comfort of my home at anytime thanks to Webinars.

What is a Webinar? Webinars are shared training on the internet in what is called a podcast, videos, online workshops, interactive conferences in either real time or multi-cast viewing. It can be used for presentations, training, meetings and just to hangout with people with similar interests.

I have watched several of  Leagacy Family Tree Webinars . I participated in the live version of  "Blogging for Beginners with DearMyrtle." I was able to watch an older Webinar that she had done on "Blogs: Easy to Make Web Pages with Carrie Keele and DearMyrtle" and re-watched the "Blogging for Beginners... " stopping it as needed when I updated my Where in the State is Mom blog site. I left a comment on DearMyrtle's blog with a question which was promptly answered.

The steps were easy to follow. Legacy has several other Webinars with DearMyrtle scheduled. DearMyrtle also has her own "Hangouts" for her Google+ circle that offers a plethora of information on genealogy and blogging.

Dear Myrtle commented on how Fun is technology? I had to agree that technology is Fun when you know how to use it. She makes it fun in Webinars and so easy to follow her step by step instructions.

My virtual hands are clapping for both Lagacy and DearMyrtle for making technology available to those of us that are still struggling with this new fangled thing called Blogs. 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Way to Go Dear Sister

Check out my Damegussie posting about the achievement of my sister Sarah A Montgomery. Well done sis. She does the Equine Family ancestry in our family. They knew the importance of following and recording about the females not just the males in our lineage.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

I'm Back, So Watch Out!

I have returned to blog about whatever comes to mind. It may be about the the Historical subjective novel I am writing of Isaac and Mary Stearns decision to come to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630. It might be about my ancestral journey as I search for those who came before me. I could surprise you with where I spent my day; the interesting people I meet along my journey called life; or just something that caught my eye that I think you will find interesting..

Please join me on my life's journey.

today I am posting photographs showing the breath taking view from the 12th floor Presidential Suite of the Raddison Hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire. The New England Genealogist Conference and Expo is going on this weekend. Great workshops, interesting people and lots of goodies at the Expo. The Expo is free to everyone.

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