Probate Gold Mine

Week 9: #52 Ancestors – Where There’s a Will By Eilene Lyon This week’s title should really be “Where There Isn’t a Will.” That’s because sometimes a probate case, when a person dies intestate, can tell you more about that person than a will ever could. When I started writing the California gold rush story... Continue Reading →

Absurdities #1

By Eilene Lyon Why does the speedometer on my car go all the way to 140 mph? That's like double (or quadruple) the legal limit just about everywhere. It's not as if I'm driving a Ferrari, either. This is a Hyundai Santa Fe! Are car manufacturers trying to make me think that going 60 mph... Continue Reading →

We Are Not Powerless

Repealing The 2nd Amendment is Possible By Eilene Lyon Here’s a pop quiz for my American readers: In which decade was the last amendment added to the Constitution? No cheating! A.  1930s B.  1950s C.  1970s D.  1990s Some might say that the 27th amendment is inconsequential, and the fact it took more than 200... Continue Reading →

Versatile Blogger Award

It’s so wonderful to be nominated for an award so soon in my blogging “career”! Many thanks to Ruth at HistorianRuby for the nomination. I love reading her posts on history – one of my favorite topics, as you know. (She’s also a great supporter of new bloggers in general.) The rules are: Thank the... Continue Reading →

Going for the Gold

Winter Olympics History By Eilene Lyon I was so inspired by the American women’s relay in cross-country skiing. The first gold medal EVER for the U.S. in cross-country skiing in Olympic history. Go Team USA! The winter games began in 1924, so that’s nearly a century-long drought – it seems only the Chicago Cubs have... Continue Reading →

The Un-Friending

By Eilene Lyon Perhaps it’s happened to you. I want to blame it on Russia’s divisive meddling in American social media, but maybe it’s my own fault. It’s probably more common than I realize, since I don’t spend much time on Facebook and refuse to tweet. Nancy and I became friends nearly 30 years ago... Continue Reading →

Down The Rabbit Hole

Week 8: #52Ancestors – Heirloom By Eilene Lyon I don’t come from families that generally pass down heirlooms. I suppose that might be for the best – I don’t like a lot of stuff (aka clutter) in my life. I do have a family quilt that I used as a bedspread for many years. Unfortunately,... Continue Reading →

Oktoberfest in my DNA

By Eilene Lyon DNA is not necessarily destiny. But recent studies have found genes that can, when combined with environmental and mental health factors, lead a person to have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol. I drink almost daily, but I do not have to drink; I just happen to really like it. It might be... Continue Reading →

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