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 →

An Invitation to Heidelsheim

Week 4: #52Ancestors Challenge - Invitation to Dinner By Eilene Lyon “Which of your ancestors would you like to invite to dinner?” asked Amy Johnson Crow.  I’d like to turn that around and be the one invited to dinner by my ancestors.  Specifically, the Springers in Heidelsheim, Germany, in 1853. That would be the year... Continue Reading →

Longevity In My Genes

Week 3: #52Ancestors Challenge - Longevity By Eilene Lyon Part of me is convinced that my DNA is really up-to-snuff, at least as far as longevity is concerned.  Cancer is exceedingly rare in all my family lines, for example.  Both my parents are still living, now in their 80s.  But my brother fell victim at... Continue Reading →

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