This Is My Life

Stick a Fork in Me… I’m Done!

Okay!  That’s it! I am sorry to say, but this “new normal” has finally broken me. The endless work from home (both in my profession and now as a “substitute” teacher for my children’s online learning), combined with reduced physical activity and the loss of “me” time has sapped my energy and stripped away my sanity. I am throwing in the towel and pleading uncle, “I give!”

Because of this $@%! coronavirus, my creativity has gone to crap. Consequently, I have decided to stop participating in this year’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. Although I am bummed that I could not continue this endeavor, the constant research and creating connections to sometimes obscure writing prompts have made this challenge… well, challenging.

So, for the remainder of 2020, I will be focusing on pre-planned stories, personal pieces, and book reviews. Hopefully, y’all will stick with me as I go back to my blog’s tried-and-true topics.

As always, thank you for reading and commenting on my posts. You guys are the best!  So, until my next post, may you and your loved ones stay safe and stay sane.

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Book Review: The Book of Lost Names

Heroes in real life don’t wear masks and capes. Sometimes they don’t stand out at all. But real heroes can save a life—or many lives—just by answering the call in their heart. ~Victoria Arlen

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Book Review: The Key to Everything

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving” ~Albert Einstein

The Key to Everything, a novel by Valerie Fraser Luesse, tells the tale of 15-year-old Peyton Cabot. The only child of well-to-do parents, Peyton must watch helpless as his tender-hearted father, broken by the battlefield, drowns his demons in a bottle of bourbon.

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Uncertain

It is week 22 in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks writing challenge. This week’s writing prompt, Uncertain, is an appropriate adjective to describe these past few months. The world is turning topsy-turvy. Amid pandemic, prejudice, and protests live unease, unrest, and uncertainty.

For days, I have tried to focus on genealogy and write about the past, but the present, so chaotic and psychotic, has kept me in the here and now. So instead of writing about our ancestors this week, I will instead highlight the lives and experiences of the living…

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Travel

Lately, life has been moving at a strange pace. In some ways, time seems slower because I am not running from activity to activity or event to event day after day. When the workday is done, I either work outside, go for a walk, grab some take-out, run to the grocery store, read a book, or blog. That’s about it.

At the same time, days and weeks have sped up into one big blur. With no more outside excursions to define my moments, hours, days, weeks, and months are blending together. So much so, that even though it is only week nine of my work-at-home, shelter-in-place stint, it could be week 99 for all I know… it is easy to lose track.

The one thing keeping me “on schedule” in my spare time is 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. According to my calendar, this week is Week 20. Wow! We are nearly halfway through the 2020 challenge! Where has the time gone? Continue reading

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