We used to home school

After twenty-five years of service, the Salvageable Family Home School has closed its doors. That’s not bad news—we celebrate the high school graduation of our youngest child and the successful educational paths they all have chosen. All have been accepted into colleges. All who are not currently enrolled have completed […]

More about my family

When I composed yesterday’s post, I got so excited sharing the history of my family that I forgot part of what I wanted to say. Here it is: This month I have been posting historic family pictures on FaceBook each day. Sometimes it’s a single picture, sometimes it’s two or […]

Photographs and genealogy

Years ago, when I first saw this picture in the family collection, it puzzled me. I knew that the little girl to the left was my grandmother, and I suspected the other two children on the floor were her brother and sister. I assumed that the man to the left […]

Genealogy–the study of your family tree

I’m an archivist, but the research room where I spend some of my hours to help the public (when the public is allowed to enter) attracts more genealogists than historians. In the past, when someone came to the research room and said, “I’m interested in tracing my family tree—how do […]

Keep your soul diligently

We’ve all seen those memes on Facebook and other places where the letters of each word are scrambled, but the first and last letters are kept unchanged. Sometimes these memes are accompanied by statements such as, “Only intelligent people are able to understand this message.” Actually, most adept readers are […]

Dyscalculia and Other Uncommon Learning Disabilities

Almost 2.5 million American students suffer through what can be diagnosed as a learning disability like dyslexia. These disabilities can hinder a student’s abilities to read, write, spell and speak – and often go undiagnosed. But dyslexia isn’t the only learning disability from which kids suffer. Two other  examples are dysgraphia and dyspraxia.  Learn more about the rare learning disability dyscalculia, and […]

Back to School: Top 5 Grammar Tips

No one can dispute the importance of grammar, and at this important back to school juncture, it’s a good time to revisit the rules of the written word. A clear link can be drawn from grammar to professionalism, becoming an intellectual, and attention to detail – all of which will help students […]

Classroom Management: 9 Free Virtual Field Trips

Virtual field trips have become an excellent classroom management idea for teachers and schools that don’t have the budget to take real field trips, or who can’t hit the road with their class for other reasons like insufficient staffing. To pull off taking a virtual field trip, you class only needs a […]

How Parents Can Prepare for Back to School Time

In our ongoing series about planning for going back to school, today we examine the ways in which all moms and dads can get ready for the inevitable – the first day of school. It’s a stressful time for kids and parents alike, but with our guide on how to prepare, teachers and […]

Technology in the Classroom: Ways for Teachers to Connect

21st-century educators can enjoy the spoils of new technology in the classroom to communicate and learn. From social media to Google docs to, many good websites (most free) offer teachers easy to opportunities to log in and connect with other educators. Today’s article gives an overview of the myriad of ways that […]

Technology in the Classroom: A Look at Google Classroom

Teachers entranced with using the latest and greatest technology in the classroom were excited when tech titan Google announced its latest rollout, Google Classroom. Designed to help teachers and students alike go (more) paperless and enjoy ease of sharing documents, Google Classroom was rolled out to select educators this week. In today’s […]

Back to School:’s Ultimate 5-Week Prep Guide

This week we launched a content-packed feature dedicated to help teachers return back to school by preparing them. Today, our back to school feature series includes articles on starting a blog, icebreaker activities, a pre-planning checklist, and how to create a helpful bulletin board. Check back to each day during the next five weeks to learn […]

Holy Week and Easter in the time of pandemic

Last April, Holy Week and Easter were marred by the fire in the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris and by terrorist attacks upon churches in Sri Lanka. This month, Holy Week and Easter seem overshadowed by the COVIN-19 pandemic. Good stewardship of our own health, and love for our […]

A wedding story

My daughter got married this week. She and her husband had originally intended to have their wedding May 2, but the virus crisis clearly was going to prevent that gathering. Instead of delaying the wedding until the crisis passes, they chose to be married one month early in an essentially […]

Day of Prayer

Our governor has declared today, March 29, to be a special day of prayer for our state and for our nation, particularly in regard to the current virus pandemic. In response, I offer three timely prayers as written in The Lutheran Hymnal (published in 1941). I considered modernizing the pronouns […]

The Beatles

In April 1973, Apple Records released two double albums (eight sides in all) containing fifty-four songs that had been recorded and released by the Beatles between 1962 and 1970. Officially named The Beatles 1962-1966 and The Beatles 1967-1970, the recordings quickly became known as “The Red Album” and “The Blue […]

Explaining cousins

From time to time I’ve noticed fellow bloggers expressing confusion about distant cousins. They will write something like “my second cousin twice removed (whatever that means).” As a professional historian who also assists with genealogical research, I am here to end your confusion. People who share the same mother and/or […]

Press Communique

At a ceremony held today (November 18, 2019) at 0930 hrs in the Durbar Hall, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Shri Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde was sworn in as the Chief Justice of […]