From the Vault: Diary

By Eilene Lyon I would guess that most people who become writers have a journaling habit. My “daily” diaries are mostly compendiums of minutia, a way to remember what I did for all those countless yesterdays. One’s first diary is special. I don’t recall who gave this to me for Christmas in 1972. Maybe my... Continue Reading →

Odds and Ends

By Eilene Lyon Article Published In July 2020, I posted a blog called “Justice for Mrs. Loftus.” In March 2021, someone shared it on North Idaho History, a Facebook Group with 14,000 members, and it quickly became my number one post -- ever. Given the interest, I decided to expand it into a full-blown article... Continue Reading →

Reflections

By Eilene Lyon Happy New Year and welcome to 2021!! Well, I'm pretty sure we're all happy to say "adios" "adieu" and "farewell" to 2020. But it wasn't an entirely bad year - I had the company of my fellow bloggers to cheer me along the way. This is the third anniversary for the Myricopia... Continue Reading →

Buh-Bye

By Eilene Lyon This isn't a permanent departure. But I don't know when I will return. I went under the knife yesterday - yep, got a new knee. I assume all went well and I am getting a little snooze in before going home. At any rate, Job One for the next couple months will... Continue Reading →

Blogging Bicentennial

By Eilene Lyon I know that people generally celebrate blogging anniversaries, but since I was on hiatus when my anniversary came around (and likely will follow suit each winter), I decided to celebrate this, my 200th blog post. For something a little different, I “borrowed” these questions from Ally over at The Spectacled Bean. Think... Continue Reading →

Women’s Suffrage: My Wiki Life

By Eilene Lyon A Major Milestone This year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution. It was ratified in 1920, so we can celebrate another centennial next year. In recognition of women winning the vote, the National Archives (NARA) has a special exhibit opening in... Continue Reading →

The Huntington

Week 5: #52 Ancestors – At the Library By Eilene Lyon Before she died, my great-grandmother, Clara Ransom Davis, made a priceless (at least to me) donation to the Henry E. Huntington Library in San Marino, California. Why she chose the Huntington -- not the Bancroft Library at UC-Berkeley, the California Historical Society, or the... Continue Reading →

Blogging and Ancestry.com

By Eilene Lyon A disconcerting thing happened to me recently as I was perusing photo hints on Ancestry.com. Ancestry is a great place for people to share information about family. Old photos and excerpts from old books, as well as old documents, are all fair game. But things seem to be getting out of hand.... Continue Reading →

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