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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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Happy International Day of Older Persons

  Yes, October 1 is really International Day of Older Persons, at least according to the United Nations and who am I to argue with the UN. I was completely unaware of International Day of Older Persons until a desperate

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Trip to Willamette Heritage Center

On Thursday, July 19th I was finally able to visit the Willamette Heritage Center and meet all of the people who have done so much for me. I have written about the wonderful file of 80 family photographs and their

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Crossing a Cultural Divide

If we could take a trip back in time it would be very much like a visit to another culture.  Cultures are living entities and like families and the individuals that comprise them cultures change.  What was common, acceptable, even

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