Posted by Liv | Filed under Genea Musings
My brothers and I are rounding up the Chapple ~ Smith descendants for a Family Dinner Saturday afternoon, 1 December 2012, that we hope will parlay into many family gatherings and reunions for years to come. I sent the invitation below to relatives and 30+ have RSVP that they’re coming. So I’m very EXCITED about seeing my family!
Posted by Liv | Filed under Military Monday
When family members notice the two flags on display in my parents’ home for the first time, they often ask, “I know one flag is in honor of your dad, but who’s the other flag for?” When I tell them the second flag is in honor of my Uncle Joseph, they will look back at the display case and ask, “really?” as though they may have misunderstood what I said. Once I assure them that it is indeed his flag and not a figment of their imagination, they try to keep a straight face as they apologize for their behavior. But it’s too late — their reaction to my uncle’s flag is so comical that I cannot help but laugh out loud (LOL) myself. Read the rest of this entry…
Posted by Liv | Filed under National Day of Listening
Yesterday — November 23, 2012 — marked the 5th anniversary of the National Day of Listening! This new national holiday started by StoryCorps (pronounced story core) in 2008, encourages all of us to set aside one hour the day after Thanksgiving to honor a loved one through listening! Why? Well, it is the least expensive, but most meaningful, gift we can give this holiday season! There are 5 ways to participate in this national event: 1) Listen to stories at StoryCorps 2012 Wall of Listening; 2) Record a story; 3) Ask friends, family, neighbors, and community to participate; 4) Get your company/organization involved; 5) Tell StoryCorps about your National Day of Listening experience on Facebook and Twitter.
So how did I celebrate this national holiday?
I celebrated this event by recording the life memories of my oldest “living” family member — my mom! Just the thought of being able to share my mother’s life and the lives of her parents and grandparents with future generations of my family (especially my three grand-daughters) made this national day of listening a very special one! Read the rest of this entry…