I am confident that you will agree with me when I say this is all very odd. COVID-19 has altered our reality and our sense of community. Spring is arriving on time in Virginia, but nothing is as it has been in the past. Last week I posted a list of the things that I … Continue reading My First Week of Social Distancing is in the Books
We have split into two cells at work to keep the numbers down in the office. This allows us to alternate weeks of self-isolation. I work in the Department of Defense, so there is plenty to be done to support Civil Authorities during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is also the job of protecting the homeland. … Continue reading Eight Days, What To Do?
I was looking at my blog this morning, thinking it was time to dust off my brain and get back to writing. 2019 was a challenging year, personally and professionally. I had to confront, head-on, some old demons, deal with a minor medical issue and adjust to a promotion at work for which I did … Continue reading 2019 was a Challenge, I am looking Forward to 2020
Author's disclaimer: There is no link or blog trick that will play the song "Last Christmas" by Wham anywhere in this post. I give you my word that, if you are still in the game, you are not taking a risk of being Whammed by reading this post. I swear on my reproduction first edition … Continue reading Whamageddon
I have not posted on the blog since last summer. In the interim I have been working on my other blog. If you know about that blog, you know about it. If you don't, let's just say I do not want to cross contaminate between the two blogs. This is the lighter of the blogs, … Continue reading I am getting back to work here
It was my youngest sister's idea. In recognition of our parents' 60 years of marriage, we would return to where it all started. Brooklyn! The plan was pretty simple, Mom and Dad would come down from their home in Massachusetts with my sister and meet up with the rest of their children in Brooklyn. I … Continue reading Brooklyn Tour
My parents, Regina and Jerry Baumann were married on June 3, 1957. Today is their 60th wedding anniversary.
I am knee-deep in genealogy paperwork this weekend. A package from the National Archives containing the military records of my great-grandfather, Sidney J. Kelly, Sr. spilled over 100 photocopied pages across my table that probably have not been disturbed since the 1920's at a time when his widow was seeking assistance with pensions and death … Continue reading The Perils of Disproving Family Legends
It is once again New Year's Eve. I am ending this year in the same place I began it, along the Herb River in Savannah. It is really the place I want to be because She is here. That is more than enough to make me happy. We all have rituals that go along with … Continue reading Looking Forward, 2017
I am startled that I do not remember some significant moments in my family history from my childhood. A Facebook post by my father yesterday jarred my thought process and brought me here. One of my early posts in this blogging experiment had to do with a treasure trove of slides sent to me from … Continue reading An old photo and a 49 year memory shared