Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Trouble with Great-Grandpa Luis

Chasing family history can be fun, but it can also be difficult and even a little surprising. For instance I’ve been trying learn why my great-grandfather Luis Jose Olivera left his family in Scotia, California, and returned to the Azores. … Continue reading

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Two Brothers Arrested in String of Vegas Robberies

In fairness, this news article is about two young men I have known since they were in grade school. Imagine their mother’s heartbreak, seeing one of her two eldest children in the television news, wanted for committing a violent crime. … Continue reading

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Looking for Grandma Agnes’ Roots

For years my family history has remained hidden from me. This is especially true on my father’s side, beginning with my Grandmother Agnes Ingabord Arne Darby, until now… More… And finally… No wonder I crave adventure and identify with Vikings.

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Personal Mail Arrives

Today, I got my first piece of ‘personal’ mail for 2014 — not a bill or an ad, but a real letter. I’m so tickled pink, that I could hardly wait to share it with you. It comes from my … Continue reading

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The Art of Surviving the Flu and Writing

“Starve a fever and feed a cold.” It’s the only thing I could think of, besides dying, when I came down with the flu five days ago. Since then I’ve found my self struggling to complete even the smallest of … Continue reading

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Latest VA Suicide Figures Released

“Suicide Epidemic Among Veterans,” screams the headline from CBS News. But there is more to the story than the report first admits too – and while one suicide is one too many, the report is better than you think. The Department of … Continue reading

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Del Norte’s Memorial to WW II Veterans

Near the current entrance to the Jed Smith State Park campground, a memorial stone sits 20 feet from Highway 199, north of Crescent City, California. Hundreds drive by it daily, never realizing it’s there. Following World War II, a push to form memorials … Continue reading

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