I had something very exciting happen this week… I connected with a cousin I didn’t even know I had, while researching my Irish ancestry. It started with an Ancestry.com hint, but the deal was closed by trading family stories! Read more…
I have toyed multiple times in the past with genealogy. I could kick myself now for not being more aggressive about it when so many more of the older generation of my family was alive, but no use crying over spilled milk. A colleague, who also happens to also be a cousin of mine, showed me a old census form for a shared relative that he found on Ancestry.com, and I was intrigued.
A writing a journal for your children is a wonderful thing to leave as your legacy to them.
- Buy a nicely bound journal that looks like it would be neat to inherit – one for each of your children. I bought 3 Moleskine notebooks. I selected it because it because I thought it had a rich history of famous writers, then when writing this entry I read in the Wikipedia entry that the rich history was marketing hogwash, but I digress…
- Get a slick looking pen with acid free ink. I actually don’t know if it makes a difference, but I feel more authoritative writing with it
- When the spirit moves you write a letter to your child in the journal. The goal is to leave a little bit of yourself for your children, forever.
- When you pass, make sure the journals are someplace such that your progeny will find them.
I am very crappy at keeping a journal, but I figure even if I only write an entry or two annually, that will still be some substantial messages from me to my children. I am assuming I will survive many more years, which may require some exercise, but that is a different story for a different day. :o)
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I recently had a windfall and sold a domain name I wasn’t using. I buy domain names with the best of intentions, but most typically they just sit there unloved. In researching for the sale, I stumbled across sedo and parked the rest of my domain orphanage.
Parking is that annoying activity where you fill a domain with ads so if someone accidentally types your site name, you interest them in something you are advertising. It’s like taking a wrong turn reading a book and ending up in the yellow pages. Sedo does all the work so you can aggravate people with little or no effort (oh yeah, and maybe make some money).
One of my random domains “hughesmail.com” gets some activity and I am now obsessed with the income it is producing. So far it is on track to four times the annual cost of owning it – roughly $3.50/month. Next step – find 5000 more that are as “lucrative”. I check it daily to see if I have earned a few more cents, intelligently trimming my progress window down to 17 minutes a day.
About 3 weeks ago we had quite a scare. At my daughter’s 2 month appointment, the doctor noticed that she was tending very strongly to turn her head to the right, or rather not to the left. The doctor also noticed that she had an elongated head, which the doctor said was called (in street slang) a toaster head. She told my wife that there was probably nothing to worry about, but recommended a sonogram. As soon as possible. There was a possibility that some of the skull bones had fused together and were causing the head to not have a circular growth. What’s to worry about?