Welcome to the May 18, 2008 edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. The topic for this edition is: Mom, how'd you get so smart? It's a tribute to the wisdom and knowledge of our beloved mothers and mother figures. Some of the best lessons learned don't come from a text book as you will see in the articles that follow. If the weather is nice enough in your neck of the woods take your laptop outside to a shady spot with a tall glass of strawberry lemonade and enjoy the beauty of the words as we salute moms!
Sandusky Library Archives Research Center presents Sandusky History: Hansen posted at Sandusky History, saying, "The Archivist at Sandusky Library posted this blog entry about Helen Hansen. Helen went out into the community of Sandusky and took pictures, interviewed residents, and corresponded with residents and descendants of former Sandusky area residents. Helen was a writer of local history books and a local history newsletter. She paved the way for present day researchers to learn more about the pioneer families who founded the city of Sandusky. She helped in obtaining acquisitions to the Follett House Museum. She was a dynamic lady, even in her late 90's! While she was not a mother biologically, she was like a mother to many Erie County researchers and genealogists." Great intro, 'nuff said!
Kathryn Lake Hogan presents She Was One Smart Cookie! posted at LOOKING4ANCESTORS. Kathryn's mom was certainly "one smart cookie". This is a very touching tribute to a woman devoted to nursing and her grandchildren. Stop by and appreciate! Thanks for sharing your mom with us Kathryn!
robert lord presents Lord and Lady: Mom How'd you Get so Smart posted at Lord and Lady. Here's an interesting story with a twist. Robert tried to pull one over on his mom but you know how moms are... Check it out! Thanks for sharing, Robert!
Randy Seaver presents How did mom get so smart? posted at Genea-Musings. Randy's mom got a college degree at a time when not many women did so. She was also artistically gifted. Do stop by and read Randy's tribute to this lovely woman (and check out the great period photo). Thanks for sharing, Randy!
Bill West presents West in New England: MOM posted at West in New England. Bill writes a lovely tribute to his mom, acknowledging among other things her love of reading. Now why doesn't it surprise us, Bill, that your mom loved books? Thanks for sharing!
Laura presents The Virtual Dime Museum: Perseverance, and Learning to Smile Out of One's Eyes posted at The Virtual Dime Museum. Laura writes a great tribute to her grandmother who overcame a lengthly illness and graduated high school at the age of 22. What perseverance! It turns out that she was quite the writer too. Now why doesn't that surprise us, Laura? Thanks for sharing!
Ken Spangler presents Just What Is ?Smart?? posted at Beyond Fiction. There are all sorts of ways to measure "smarts" and that's what Ken tackles in his very insightful and honest article. He has beautiful pictures of his mom too! Head on over and read Ken's take on the subject. I think you'll find it thought provoking. Thanks for sharing, Ken!
Jasia presents Mom Was A Student Of Environmental Education posted at Creative Gene. My mom didn't have an advanced degree but she was quite knowledgeable about the world around her. She took to learning from the technology of her day, radio and TV. Come meet her!
Miriam Robbins Midkiff presents Mom, How'd You Get So Smart? posted at AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors. Miriam writes the intro to 3 delightful articles written by her mother. She gets extra credit for finding some great photos (she didn't know she had scanned) to share with us. Thanks Miriam!
Faith Valk Robbins presents "School Years: Part I" by Faith L. Robbins , School Years: Part II" by Faith L. Robbins, and School Years: Part III" by Faith L. Robbins posted at AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors. Welcome to Faith, a first time COG participant! Faith writes warm and wonderful stories of her school memories via her daughter Miriam's blog. You'll enjoy these honest and heartfelt stories so don't miss them! Thanks for sharing, Faith! We hope you'll write for the COG again!
Janice Brown presents My Brainy New Hampshire Mom posted at Cow Hampshire. Janice's mom had a knack for numbers and loved to read. And apparently she became bilingual by circumstance not by choice. It all combined to make for one very sharp lady. Would you have guessed any different knowing Janice as we do? Thanks for sharing, Janice!
Janet Iles presents Mom, how did you get so smart? posted at Janet the researcher, saying "After my father's death, my mother and I took a few special trips together. We shared a room. How could I remember which set of towels was mine in the bathroom? My mother's answer was "Mine are on the right because mothers are always right." And she was right!" I just had to include that snippet because it's a great intro to Janet's wonderful tribute to her mother. And you just have to see her image of an antique school bus... picture a Model T converted to a "snowmobile" pulling a covered wagon on sled runners! Absolutely precious!!! Thanks for sharing, Janet!
Wendy Littrell presents On the Spot Education posted at All My Branches Genealogy, saying "She is a storyteller, a confidante, a friend, a teacher, a world traveler, a cook, a seamstress, a pilot, an accountant, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a grandmother, and a wonderful Mom!" Well, I just couldn't write an intro any better than that! Stop by Wendy's blog and read about her amazing mom. Thanks for sharing your wonderful tribute Wendy!
Apple presents Apple's Tree: Mom's School Memories posted at Apple's Tree, saying, "This was written last year. I'm quite proud of Mom and her recent decline is very hard to watch." Apple has some wonderful memories of her mom's school days recorded in this article. We never want to see the decline of our loved ones but remembering the touching moments of their lives will keep them in our hearts and memories for many years to come. Thanks for sharing, Apple!
OMcHodoy presents The Smartest (Mouthed) Mom on Earth posted at Orations of OMcHodoy. Colleen shares the little that she knows about her mother's school years and regrets that she doesn't know more. She has a great story to tell about her mother's class ring and a message to parents and children everywhere. Visit Colleen's blog for all the details. Thanks for sharing, Colleen!
Steve Danko presents Gee, Mom, How'd You Get So Smart? posted at Steve's Genealogy Blog. Steve's mom was working on computers back in the days when most people probably had no idea what a computer was. It fits because she had a knack for working with numbers and details. Stop by Steve's blog and check out some great school pictures of his mom. Thanks for sharing, Steve!
Craig Manson presents How'd My Mother[-in-law] Get So Smart? posted at GeneaBlogie. Craig's mother-in-law seems to have an insatiable curiosity and that's what has contributed to her wanting to learn how to repair a car... at age 50... when she didn't even drive or own a car! Hat's off to this lady!!! Thanks for sharing her with us Craig!
Becky Wiseman presents Lessons Learned posted at kinexxions. Becky's mom credits flexibility and a willingness to learn as the keys to her success in life. A social personality didn't hurt her either. Check out her charming grade school picture on Becky's blog and read more about her too. Thanks for sharing your mom with us, Becky!
footnoteMaven presents A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody posted at footnoteMaven. fM looks into the life of her mother as a school girl and finds that she doesn't know as much as she'd like to. I think everyone reading her post will identify with her feelings. Great period photos too. Don't miss this one! Thanks for sharing Lillian with us, fM!
Elizabeth O'Neal presents Momsense: How'd You Get So Smart? posted at Little Bytes of Life. Elizabeth gave her mom one of those personal history books to fill out with questions about her life and laments now that her mother never filled in the pages. There's a good lesson to be learned here... give your mom or wife or self one of those books and nag, nag, nag until it's complete! That said, Elizabeth has some wonderful photos of her mom's school years. Do stop by and meet her! Thanks for sharing your mom with us Elizabeth!
M. Diane Rogers presents Mom, how'd you get so smart? Carnival of Genealogy posted at CanadaGenealogy, or, 'Jane's Your Aunt'. Diane's mom had a real love of learning and got her college degree as a senior citizen! Yeah! What a great attitude! Do stop by and read more about Diane's mom. Thanks for sharing her with us, Diane!
Thomas MacEntee presents Smart Is As Smart Does posted at Destination: Austin Family. Thomas shares with us another affectionate article about his mom and what she taught him. This one has a precious photo of his mom at age 10. Head on over and don't miss this read. Thanks for sharing your mom with us, Thomas!
Terry Snyder presents The Year of the Great Bean Soup Dilemma posted at Desktop Genealogist. We'll end this edition with a bit of humor courtesy of Terry. This one will make you laugh and charm you too! Check out Terry's blog for a great read. And while you're there, add her blog to your feed reader... she has an RSS feed of her own on her blog now :-) Thanks Terry!
That concludes this edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. Can you feel the love and admiration we have for our moms? I never cease to be amazed at what our talented crew of authors comes up with. Thanks to all who participated!
And now it's time for a Call for Submissions! The topic for the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy will be: Swimsuit Edition! Why should Sports Illustrated have all the fun? This is your chance to show off the bathing beauties in your family. Pull out the old photos of Grandma Moses in her seaside bloomers, Auntie Mae in her pin-up girl suit from the 1940s or 50s, cousin Paula in her psychedelic bikini from the 1970s, or even yourself in your Speedo! Let's have some fun here! Memorial Weekend is knocking on the door and that means the start of the summer sun, sand, and seaside season so let's get in the mood with summer fun photos. What? You don't have any swimsuit photos you dare to share? No problem! Tell us your best family beach stories instead! The deadline for submissions is June 1st.
Thanks to the members of the ScanFest crew who suggested the Swimsuit Edition topic!
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