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Genealogy Research

So I've been out of work coming on 18 months now. Some of that time I spend substitute teaching, some of I've spent finalizing my grandfather's estate and researching possible values for various collectibles he had; but for a large part of that time I've been researching my family tree. I've taken what info my parents had collected over the years and combined it with my love of history and an intense desire to know where I came from. I was really surprised with the results.

I always knew that my Dad's side of the family had recent (1860's) German roots, but I didn't realize how far back the rest of my family went. I managed to trace one line back to Wales around the time of the English Civil War -that side were some of the first settlers in the US, coming over around 1670. A completely different branch settled in the same area at the same time (the came over on the Arc & Dove), but would not join together for a 150+ years and several thousand miles west. One line may trace back to King Edward I of England, while another was part of a group that tamed the wilds of central PA. Several lines moved west even before the US did, moving into Spanish controled Mississippi/Louisianna, or into French controled Missouri well before the 1804 Louisianna Purchase. One ancestor may have been spying on several Native American tribes, while others were marrying each others 1st cousins for several generations. What suprised me most was how long and how far my roots stretched in this country.

And now I would like to put what I learned from starting this project into helping others who are interested in their family histories find some answers. I don't claim to be an expert, but I have learned a lot about genealogy and world history in a short amount of time. I am available to help whether it is a quick question or creating a family tree from scraps of info. I can help you create and share a family tree on several different websites, or help find historical background to give context to a decision by an ancestor to emmigrate. I will work with you to determine a fair cost for what you want done, and will keep you informed of progress as it happens. If you are interested, you can drop me a line in the comments with an idea of what you want to learn, and how to contact you; or you can drop me an e-mail at joiedumonde @ gmail.





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I wrote these a long time ago when I was bored out of my mind at work. These are all set before CoE (which I like to pretend never happened).


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Moving to St. Louis next month...

I just accepted a new job and now I find myself looking for a place to live. Where else could I turn but to the interwebs to find someone I am more likely to mesh with.

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If you can help, or if you can put me in touch with someone who might be able to,  I would be greatful forever. Suggestions on where to look for more info would also be appreciated.
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WIP Vids: Torchwood and White Collar

I started the Torchwood vid before CoE (series 3), and I had to give it up when WMM decided to go bonkers. I've considered finishing/re-doing it for ages, but I'm not sure how much I really want to get back into the TW fandom.

The White Collar vid I started right after 2.09 (Point Blank), as a way to deal with Neal's betrayal. I thought I would finish it, or come back and redo it once the second half of season 2 started, but I've been exceedingly lazy.

So I will leave it up to you fine folks, which I should work on next. I've got other ideas in the works too, but I feel like I need to either finish some of these WIP vids, or just delete them entirely.
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Merlin Episode Review 101 – The Dragon’s Call

I discovered Merlin a few weeks ago, and I loved it. I sat down and watched all three series in one week. Since then I've been wanting to get down my impressions and figured I might as well subject you all to them as well. I'll update as frequently as I have time, but it will depend on my homework schedule and how interesting I find the next episode. My goal is to work my way through all three series before series 4 comes out. We'll see.

Fair warning: I have watched all three series, and while I try to focus only on the episode at hand, sometimes I slip into ideas of overarcing themes and character progression. I'll warn for specific spoilers, but consider this your generic spoiler warning.

Without further ado: 

 

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Another Merlin Vid!


Title: Camelot Waits For You
Author: Joie
Characters/Pairings: Morgana (shades of Morgana/Morgause)
Spoilers: Clips through the end of series 3
Song/Artist: Vienna by Billy Joel

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Please Remember a Lancelot/Gwen/Arthur vid

Title:  Please Remember Me
Artist: Joie
Characters/Pairing: Lancelot/Gwen/Arthur
Spoilers: Contains spoilers through the end of series 3.
Length: 4:44

A/N: I was snowed in today, and so I thought I would try my hand a my first Merlin Vid. I have one or two more in mind, and given the blizzard outside, I may get around to them sooner rather than later. Until then, enjoy!


 

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Banned Books Week

It's been a long time since something moved me to make a post with actual, you know, content. But today marks the beginning of the American Library Association's Banned Books Week, and I thought it would be a good time to discuss the idea.

An essay of sorts is below the cut, but here are some links to the article that got me thinking, and a few others I think are relevant.

 

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 In your mind is there ever a good reason to ban a book, and if so which book would you like to see banned?

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Tap Tap Tap...Is This Thing On?

A White Collar Video to celebrate my entrance into yet another new fandom.

Title: Neal Caffery is So Vain
Rating: G
Song: You're So Vain
Artist: John Barrowman
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RA Journal -new edition

So day one of the new regimen and I feel a lot better. Yesterday I started Methotrexate (again) and Dr. S gave me a dose of something called Simponi. This morning I took all of my vitamins as well as folic acid and Celebrex. I also used the Voltaren Gel again this morning on my right wrist/hand.

So, side effects so far aren’t horrible or life threatening, but they certainly aren’t plesant. Last night before I even left the office, the Methotrexate was making me nauseous. It lasted most of the night, but it seems to have subsided this morning. I’ll try it again next week, using the pills, and we’ll see how that goes.

This morning I was bad and had doughnuts for breakfast, but I’m having a banana for my snack, and no soda today. I put the top down on my car this morning to help get even more vitamin D (and also because it’s fun).
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