First Goes the Farm

Week 37: #52 Ancestors – On The Farm By Eilene Lyon I feel compelled to record stories about relatives who, for one reason or another, left no living descendants. One of these is the brother of my great-great-grandfather, Alton P. Crandall. Alton was the oldest child in the family. Next came a set of twins,... Continue Reading →

Tracks Across Borders

By Eilene Lyon On a recent camping trip, I took the opportunity to discover portions of Colorado’s newest scenic byway (which continues into New Mexico). Called “Tracks Across Borders,” this byway follows the historic route of the narrow-gauge Denver & Rio Grande Railroad between Chama and Durango. (I’m one of those people annoyed when state... Continue Reading →

Daredevil

By Eilene Lyon A few months back I told my husband (70s and adventurous) that I planned to get him a Go-Pro for Christmas. “What for?” he asked. “So when they find your body, I can say ‘Oh, that’s how it happened!’” Fortunately, The Putterer’s latest adventure did not win him a one-way ticket to... Continue Reading →

Rascally Rabbit

Week 5: #52 Ancestors – In The Kitchen By Eilene Lyon Aunt Betty (Lyon) Dremann took the time to write her memoirs before she passed. I wish everyone would do that! However, she only wrote to the point where her sons were of the age to begin forming their own memories, as if her own... Continue Reading →

From the Vault: Swimming Lessons

By Eilene Lyon The “From the Vault” series features an artifact or family photo from my collection to illustrate a tale from my distant past. In retrospect, I’m grateful my parents insisted we learn to swim as young children. That doesn’t mean I enjoyed the process, though. I don’t recall where I first began taking... Continue Reading →

Watch Tower Wreck

Week 28: #52 Ancestors – Transportation By Eilene Lyon I just discovered that The Putterer and I both have an ancestor who died in a similar gruesome fashion: having legs severed by a railcar. Adding to the coincidence, both of these ancestors were German immigrants and their birth names were Carl. I’ve previously told the... Continue Reading →

No Mountain Too High

Hulda Hearn Shanks (1832-1885) By Eilene Lyon “She holds that true companionship between man and woman necessitates the possession and the exercise by both of equal rights, privileges and franchises, believing, as she does, that in nothing else is the civilization of any people apparent as in the closer and ever closer approximation of woman’s... Continue Reading →

A Father For Cyrus

Week #15: 52 Ancestors – Brick Wall Week #24: 52 Ancestors – Father’s Day By Eilene Lyon Since I’m not doing all 52 Ancestors prompts this year, what the heck, why not combine a couple? Sometimes breaking down a brick wall is just a matter of finding a piece that doesn’t fit properly. Remove it... Continue Reading →

The Missing Blogger

By Eilene Lyon One or two of you (three?) may have noticed my absence. It's not my intention to disappear from the blogosphere, yet. I've been dedicated to working on my manuscript and other projects related to getting the book done and "out there." But I am ready for a little break from that. Time... Continue Reading →

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