Geni Hits 100 Million

Geni.com, the genealogy site with the “let’s create a World Tree” goal, has hit 100 million profiles.  Hurrah!   I love Geni, and I’m on the site regularly.  Since they made me a curator, that’s only right, really.  I have a job to do. Since the goal of Geni is indeed to create a world…

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Things I Know About Alice

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about Alice — she of the Wonderland and Looking Glass fame. This is appropriate:  It’s the 150th anniversary of the original text.  Happy Birthday, Alice!   I first read the books when I was 5, and they’ve been favorites of mine since then.  And I used to teach the…

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The Old Town Skirmish

During the Civil War, New Mexico was not, really, to be truthful, an important field of operations.  At least, not much, and not for long.  We did indeed see some action — the Confederates invaded the territory with the goal of, eventually, controlling the gold in Colorado (sort of a latter-day Seven Cities of Gold action, really). …

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The Rail Runner: Yes and No

For the last couple of months Laura has been working at an internship up in Santa Fe, for a law firm that gives her nice lunches and treats her very well.  It’s a lovely job. But it entails commuting from Albuquerque — that’s an hour drive each way.  So it’s LOVELY that there’s an express rail…

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Post-Holiday Errands

So there was December, and I was ill and all, and there were holidays, and it was busy, and what with one thing and all a Bunch Of Stuff did not get done. And now it’s the new year!  Hooray!  So I ran errands. First there was the last of the Christmas gifts to mail…

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Heavenly Creatures

Laura and I have been, over the years, reading detective novel series at about the same time — we’re not reading the same book at the same time, we pass them on to each other, but we’re reading in the same series.  We went through all of Tony Hillerman’s Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee series,…

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Update on Some Dolls

Here’s what I’ve been doing in my spare time lately: getting the small but well loved doll collection into shape. Some examples follow, for those of you interested.  First, the oldest (and most magical) of the dolls, Emily, a china head doll from 1860, needed new clothes (none of her original clothes exist): And a…

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What Breaking Bad Missed

Yeah, yeah, you all already saw all of Breaking Bad, like, when it was actually running.  But my method of watching tv shows is mostly to wait until they are over, and then watch Netflix streaming while I’m working.  Late to the party, whatever. And so I am watching it now. So. It’s of course excellent,…

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