Friday, July 11, 2014
Ancestry.com will be making a change in it's site.
"WeĀfre making updates that may impact your Ancestry experience. Certain features on Ancestry will have reduced functionality or may not be supported when using Internet Explorer 8 or 9. Check out the recommended browsers for more information. " It also menitoned other browsers to use. Recommended Windows Browsers
Ā°Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 (although the girl said to use 10)
I called and know i won't lose my tree, but I may not be able to get into some sites especially once I'm not a paid member, then there will be more I can't get into.
I was told to download Windows 10, but I remember someone telling me to never do that, why I forget.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
I never cared about sports, but something sparked an interest when I watched the end of the World Cup between Portugal and USA. We had it made but in the last seconds Portugal kicked a point.
I don't understand the game so still learning. I noticed that they wear the same color shoes on each team, yellow, orange. Not just one team wear one color. I guess shoes don't count in color.
I watched off and on the game with France and switched to see some of the one with Switzerland. I missed when Switzerland got a point so is it one point for getting the ball in the net? Also, they don't do a play off if it's a tie. USA might still go on if we lose or tie. So much to learn.
It is raining so I wonder if they will play. I'll miss most of the tame since we have to run out and go to a dental appt for DH.
Any tips on how the game is played would be helpful.
Monday, May 19, 2014
Monologue on Margaret Tobin:
(The curtain rises. The room consist of a lamp on a stand next to an overstuffed chair. There sits an older woman dressed in a stylish 1800s cream colored dress with a small ruffle around the color. She looks up and in surprise)
Why hello there (she stands and walks center stage) Itís nice yíall could come visit me today. My name is Margaret Tobin and I was born on July 18, 1867 in Hannibal, Missouri, which was later called Denklerís Alley, but thatís neither here nor there.
I grew up in an Irish Catholic family; my parents were immigrants from Ireland. My, it was a house full, what with five siblings. Catherine Bridget from my fatherís first marriage and Mary Ann from my motherís first marriage then they went on to have four more kids, me included. (pacing across stage left, still looking out at the audience) my parents were both widowed young. Times were hard back then. (stops and shakes her head remembering) .
Yes, times were hard. I went to school run by my aunt and when I was thirteen I went to work in a factory. (walking back to center stage)
My older sister Mary married Jack Landrigan and moved to Leadville, Colorado, a rough and tumbling mining town and when I was eighteen my brother Daniel and I followed. Daniel worked in the mine while I took a job in a Daniels and Fisher Mercantile, working in the carpet and drapery department. I was a fairly good seamstress I guess. It wasnít exactly what I wanted for the rest of my life though.
(standing with hands on hips and head held high)
And thatís why I made up my mind that I was going to marry a rich man, no more working by sewing and mucking about in these mining towns for me.
(slowly walks to stage right & smiling lovingly)
Then one day in the summer of 1886 I fell in love. I met James Joseph Brown; of course, everyone called him ĎJJí. His parents came from Ireland too. He was a learned man and wanted to better himself then to just be a mere miner. We struggled and had our kids but eventually JJ rose up in the ranks of the mining community.
We had the stylish life I always dreamed of. I was a very busy lady; I raised money for childrenís causes and worked for the Women's Suffrage Association.
(excitedly she adds)
Oh and then on April 6, 1894, we bought a home on Pennsylvania Street in Denver and built a summer home, Avoca Lodge, in the foothills. ImagineÖ.two homes!!!
(marches to center stage again, hands on hips)
Why, I was one of the first WOMEN in the United States to run for political office, and ran for the Senate eight years BEFORE women even had the right to vote. (nods head)
Over the years JJ became one of the most successful mining men in the country. But it was all to much for JJ. He didnít like the limelight, so we separated in 1909. (pauses in sad memory)
But hey, I was still a prominent figure. I even organized an international women's rights conference. Howís that for coming from a young nothing in a mining town?
I took trips around the world. My daughter Helen, and I traveled throughout Europe. (pauses and looks serious). On one such occasion we were staying with the John Jacob Astor party in Cairo, Egypt, when I got word that my grandson was ill. I took the first ship back to the United States; a ship named (pause) RMS Titanic.
(leans toward audience) It was suppose to be indestructible. (rolls eyes)
I guess you know how that trip went. After hitting the iceberg, I couldnít just stand there, I had to do something, so I helped load others into lifeboats and eventually they forced me to board lifeboat six. Oh, the sounds of people in the water crying, (shakes head) I urged the quartermaster to go back to help those in the water, but he refused. He even refused to row so the other women and I worked together to row. I just wanted to throw him overboard if truth be known.
There were some pretty scared women who had to leave their husbands behind on that ship. I knew I wanted to keep up their spirits until we were rescued.
Afterwards, I had well wishers and I wrote a note back to my lawyer: "Thanks for the kind thoughts. Water was fine and swimming good. Neptune was exceedingly kind to me and I am now high and dry."
Yes, I had adventure and fame, why they even made a movie of my life. Maybe you saw it. It was called, ĎThe Unsinkable Molly Browní.
(sitting back down in her chair, hands folded in her lap, she pauses for a few seconds),
I died in my sleep in New York, on October 26, 1932, at the age of 65 ÖÖÖthe doctors later discovered I had a brain tumor. But, I had a full life. (smiles and curtain goes down)
Friday, May 16, 2014
Do I feel actors are still looked down upon for their personal lives or overexposure, and if so, do I think this is fair? (Remember, historically actors were considered lowlife - even in Shakespeare's day!).
I think sometimes we put our favorite celebs on a pedestal, then when they do something wrong we think "How could they do that?", "How could they let me down?" They are human and make mistakes like us 'commoners'. It isn't fair that we think so highly of them.
I may be guilty of looking down on some stars, like Justin Bieber. He was up there but I think he let it go to his head that he can do no wrong. ( I know I probably shouldn't mention names, but it was an example of what I mean).
I don't hold them as high as I used to when I was younger, in my youthful teenage years.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Do I think of fame as success?
I don't tink of it necessarily as success. There is good fame and there's bad fame.
Some people's fame comes from what they are known for, take for insrance Billy the Kid. He wouldn't be the the picture of successful fame to me.
Now take the Pullizer Prize winners or Nobile Prize winners, take Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein and Amelia Earhart.
It is all how they lived their lives, They can be famous, but it depends on what you consider success as being.
As far as actors go, I think the successful ones are those who make people happy and love their job of entertaining.
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