Monday, March 20, 2017

Ta Da! Theme Reveal for A to Z!

My theme is really deep,

And no, it's not about gardening.

It deals deeply with humanity.

And not a handy dandy guide to hiding a dead body

It deals with the inner pathos of everyone.

Not just fellow writers who may need to know how their character hid a body

It deals with stories.

From all kinds of writers.

It is a list of more writers you may know or want to check out. Like any of us need more suggestions on books to read. I have a friend who got Kindle Unlimited. Now she no longer has to read lousy free books, her words not mine. If I find time to read, there is no way I am reading a lousy book. I hope you feel the same.

So my A to Z is a listing of writers I have enjoyed. The list is not comprehensive. The list does not include the numerous non-fiction writers or all fiction writers I have read. The list is a crazy quilt. Some letters have a lot of folks, some have one. A to Z dictates more of what is presented. Plus if I get one with the letter, I can talk about a related writer. X comes to mind.

This is my third A to Z. I look forward to using the comment method of sharing my blogs. I intend to participate with my other blog, Science Ladybug  I feel a lot of loyalty to A to Z. It opened me to some terrific blogs, blog friends. What impressed me the first year was how the "bigwigs" of the blogroll stopped to visit my blogs and comment.

Lately, I have done a lot of silent visiting. With A to Z, commenting everywhere I go will be my motto. My strategy is to read the five blogs listed above my comment and the five that will follow my comment. By April 1st, I will post a blogroll of blogs I visit on a regular basis. Maybe I will find the gadget that shows the blogs I visit.

To create a hyperlink this is the formula for Science Ladybug..

Hey, It's the Science Lady at  <a href="http://scienceladybug.blogspot.com/"> Science Ladybug </a>

And this is what it looks like.

Hey, It's the Science Lady at Science Ladybug

I look forward to visiting your blog and be sure to put your hyperlink in your comment on this blog so I can visit you.



Thursday, March 16, 2017

Snoozing til 7 am, what a life!

Tomorrow night, I'm looking my brother in the eye and telling him we are sleeping in. I don't want to be woken up until it is light outside which will be around 7 am. Daylight savings time has come with a thud at our house.

We're all complaining and on edge from lack of sleep, lol, fofl, I wish I could laugh some of this belly fat off.. Except for me and my brother, everyone is snoozing by 8 PM. I liven up a bit. Nobody is going to ask me to stop and do anything. Last night I fell asleep in my recliner.

My brother wakes at 5 am to eat breakfast and that usually gets me rolling. I told everyone when they woke up, after I drop him off, after I get my sister fed, dressed and back to bed,  after I feed the dogs. I am taking a big snooze and then going to exercise.

Well I dawdled on ancestry dot com. I have no intention of doing all that research. While I'm at it,,I'll just start one of those tree things. What has me hooked is my mysterious grandfather Benjamin Franklin Bennett. I've heard he was Irish. I read in the 1940 census he was born in Germany. In the 1820 Census, he has no military service. He was Teddy Roosevelt's personal guard during the Spanish American War and an ambulance driver in World War I.

At first I thought, why did he lie so much. Then I thought of the census. It may not be totally accurate. They may have completed it quickly in 1920 and failed to check he was a veteran. In 1940, I don't know. I had heard from others that our great-grandparents were from Germany which is interesting in that they weren't.

Well with Ancestry DNA, I know who he is, who his brother and sisters are, parents, and can follow several family trees back so far in England, they ain't no way I can share much DNA with them. Plus, my low level of German/French ancestry has to be from my mom who is about half.  Even my mom's grandmother who was supposed to have been Irish wasn't.

Are you bored by now? As a science teacher, you know I love a pattern. The bots visiting my blog has ruined a lot of fun for me. I used to love to look at the statistics. Follow people back who visited me. Now, I get that Whoa from McAfee saying I don't want to go there or worse a frozen screen. But back to the DNA jazz. It is more fun than I thought it would be.

We got the information sometime last year. We were really surprised. There were stories and rumors of Indian ancestry in my mom's family. This is truly baffling in that I thought people tried to hide that around 1900 and I got family talking openly about it. I had told my childhood friend that I might not have Indian. She says, "Oh Ann, with your big nose, you know you're part Indian". I said, "My nose was a Roman Nose". I told her!

Well my sister did the test first. She had no Indian. It was mostly the British Isles and 18 percent German/French. At the time I thought that was my grandfather.

I know, shut up about your Grandfather.

My mom and I both did the test. I recommend getting grandparents and further back to do the test if they are still living. My mom's profile was interesting in that some of the trace amounts that disappeared in me did show up in her DNA profile. But no Indian, no Africans. My mother had Mennonite ancestors. Mennonites formed from European Jews and Christians. My mother was one percent European Jew.

Ever since I was about three years old, I have had people telling me I look Indian. When I got mad in fifth grade about being teased about my brown legs, dad told me I was a kickback. When I told a group of black teachers who asked me if I was part Mexican, they understood when I said I was a kickback. In the black community, some people appear white.

Throughout my life, people have approached me and told me about their Indian grandmother. I thought maybe. They had round eyes, I have narrow almond shaped eyes. In my mind, that made me the real thing.  People talk about my high cheekbones. In my family, it was big teeth, a flat butt, long face or a big head of jet black hair. My hair was almost black with a visible redness

The problem with looking Indian is North and South America are vast continents and each Indian group looks different. Add to that the DNA profile used is for Northern tribes. I understand you can download your data and run it through another one and get a more accurate measure of your Native American ancestry. I would do that.

Except, I wonder if they have created a registry to tell you what you may want to hear. I hear that ancestry dna ad in which the woman discovers she is 26% native American promotes sales. Many want to find native American ancestry. Some have a monetary reason. Native American tribes do receive funds due to treaty deals. Slice that pie more and there is less money to go around which is a problem for actual Native Americans.

I remember going to Cherokee, NC with my girl scout troop. There was an Indian man dressed in Plain's Indian regalia who would let you take a picture of him for a quarter. I was 14 and understood what poverty looked like. It was a very sad moment for me. Here I was meeting with my imagined people and they weren't doing very well.


I haven't taken a snooze. Will not be taking a snooze. I will not go to exercise until this evening. So I will soon stomp through the house and ask everyone if they want to eat Captain D's take out tonight or Captain D's take out. What is it going to be. Because a lazy day requires no cooking! Even if my cooking is the speedy deedy sort.

But I'll be up early tomorrow morning. My sleeping late is about as reliable as family stories. But I decided to believe my grandfather was Teddy Roosevelt's personal guard. It sure beats telling people my dad was a member of the civil service. Luckily in elementary school, most of the kids didn't know their dad was civil service too..

This is my senior picture, true story. I'll post a recent picture sooner or later. Have you noticed once a picture ages, it's not that bad.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Last night it rained and I could hear all the water hitting the window panes, tinking on the gutters. I really like my room in the garage. It was the first night I felt like the new room was my room.

A dog jumped into my lap with little Bo Duke already beside me. In the jossle, I spilled a hot cup of coffee on the keyboard of my laptop. It worked for awhile. But unfortunately, I got to see the blue screen of death.

I haven't been posting regular, I have no ideas. I've got a story cooking for sure. But mostly I have been cooking, picking up, washing loads of clothes, feeding dogs, dreaming about what I want to do and know it is not going to happen. And heck yeah I got opinions. They are the same opinions that my friend Laverne is posting all over Facebook.

I would say I was in a "blue funk"; but, I feel pretty good. I'm just overloaded. It seems like the purpose of my life at times was to learn how to function with very little control. I've given myself permission to just be lazy after I get my sister in bed at night. I used to get it all done.

I was not going to do the A to Z this year; but, I have a theme. I've always been a huge reader. So I have mapped out an A to Z listing of writers. Interesting enough, I took the time to find a Z to realize I already had a Z listed. It was the N that was difficult.

Ho Hum,

I'm also going to do A to Z for my science education blog. It will be a fact versus opinion tour.

There is a new writer's group here at the edge of the universe. We had an older man who has all the answers to the universe written in several thin volumes about religion. Hopefully he won't talk too much and let me do all the talking. lol  I'm just excited to have someone to talk to in the evenings. Everyone else seems very interesting.

There is a newly graduated from college kid. He sits there continuing to write his Sci Fi saga. What he has read aloud is quite good. So a writing career may happen for him. The leader and two other women were much like me. Writers and big time readers. One of the women was considerably younger than the three of us.

Our prompt this week in the meeting was to write a haiku about the upcoming Cherry Blossum festival in Macon, GA.  The young man blew all of us out of the water by the way.

But this is the one I wrote,

Pink limbs twirl in flight

Against warm green grass delight

Beauty in bright sunlight.


吉野町飯貝 本善寺にて「懐の桜」 Omoi-no-sakura 2012.4.10 - panoramio
Nankou Oronain (as36… [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Yoshino Cherry tree in Nara Prefecture, Japan