Showing posts from December, 2010

Advent Calendar - If Only In My Dreams...

"I'll be home for Christmas... If only in my dreams..."

Today's Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories is a grab bag, so I thought I would talk about those times I was unable to be home for Christmas.  As a retail manager this has happened often.  While at FYE I would work Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas, so driving home was difficult with the 4-hour trip each way.  Now that I am at Starbucks, I often work Christmas, as they do not often find people and it means I get off Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, which is when my mom's family tends to get together.  Coming home to Buffalo when it is only 2 hours away is much easier.

Those years when I did not get to go home at all I was always very lucky to have friends who were like family that I could spend the day with.  Lauren, Sterling, Matt and Christmas Eve at Emily's parents' party, are the ones that stick in my mind most.  Now, I spend the day with my husband and in-laws.  It was always hard to be a…

Chrome for a Cause

For the next four days, you can donate books, trees, water, vaccines or shelter just by using the tabbed browsing in Google Chrome.  Just install a free extension, available here.  I will be browsing for Room to Read, one of my favorite charities and one I hope to work or volunteer with one day after I receive my library degree.

Blog Caroling - Oh Holy Night

My favorite Christmas Carol is "Oh Holy Night".  The best I have ever heard it sung was when I directed The Best Christmas Carol ever and, after the show finished, we had each of the kids line up along the auditorium with plastic light-up candles.  First, they recited the Christmas story that has become best know as Linus' speech in A Charlie Brown Christmas, turning on their candle as they said their line.  Then, in the candlelight, they sang Oh Holy Night a capella.  Unfortunately, the video camera didn't work that night, so it lasts only in our memory.  Here for your hearing pleasure, is Josh Groban's version:

This post is for footnoteMaven's Tradion of Blog Caroling.

Pearl Harbor Day: Marion F. Hubler

On Pearl Harbor Day, I will be remembering those who died in the attack.  I will also be thinking about those who survived, such as mu uncle Marion F. Hubler.

Here is an image of the muster roll for the quarter the attack took place of the ship he was on.

And here is a close-up of his name:

Source: Marion F. Hubler, muster rolls of the Ship Medusa (AR-1), 31 December 1941; Muster rolls and reports of changes, 1939-47; Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel, 1798 - 2003, Record Group 24; digital images, Footnote, "Pearl Harbor Muster Rolls," Footnote ( : accessed 7 Dec 2010).

Advent Calendar - Christmas Ornaments

We always had quite the mish-mash of ornaments on our tree while I was growing up; a tradition that continues through today.  There were the paper and Popsicle stick ones my sister and I had made.  The ones that were knitted by crafty relatives.  A multitude of those made by Hallmark.  Even fun ones of national monuments that attached to the string of lights and would light up and make noise every time they turned on.

As I got older, I started collecting miniature ornaments.  I love the detail each one has.  I have a small tree, just over a foot height, that I decorate with them each year.

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy: Week 48

This weeks 52 week challenge by Amy Coffin of The We Tree Genealogy Blog is:
Examine different online tools for cataloging your personal genealogy library and keeping track of the books you read. LibraryThing ( is a site where you can catalog and tag the books in your own personal library. It is a great tool for keeping track of the genealogy books you have. You can ever create tags for books you want to purchase. Good Reads ( and Shelfari ...( are web sites that help you keep track of books you have read. All three of these sites have social networking components. Your challenge this week is to browse these sites and see how genealogists use them. Bloggers, do you use any of these tools? How do you organize your own personal genealogy library?

I have been using Good Reads since I talked about it in a class presentation last fall.  It is very user-friendly; easy to add books, write reviews and create tags.…