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Don’t Excise Me! Love Makes a Family

I haven’t posted anything for quite a while. This is probably not the best way to dive back into the pool, but I read something on a blog recently that disturbed me and I can’t get it out of my

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Root of Bitterness

            Root of Bitterness (1) is a fascinating compilation of primary source material about the lives of American women.  Most of these short accounts are written or spoken by the women themselves.  Together they span the time period from

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About a Mariage Part II

I’ve had a hard time getting around to posting Part II of William and Rosa’s story.  It turns out that putting myself in their place and trying to tell their story without veering in to fiction is harder than I

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About a Marriage Part I

The marriage of William Martin and Rosa Cleantha Blood ended badly with William in an unmarked grave, buried at Yamhill County’s expense, and Rosa and her children 25 miles away struggling to eke out a living. I have written a

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Elinor Brown

     It is possible to explore family history and understand it reasonably well, family, on the other hand, is always a mystery.      The problem with trying to understand your own family is that you were a child when you

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