BROOKLYN_BORN's SparkPeople Blog BROOKLYN_BORN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community When Sparkers Meetup in NYC, What do they do? Ride the Carrousel in Bryant Park! <BR> Left to right, that’s Phebess, Sylphinprogress and me. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here we are with “Patience” one of the lions guarding the New York Public Library <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Exhibit “Love in Venice” was especially meaningful when you have an art teacher as your guide. Than... Tue, 23 May 2017 08:53:20 EST How to get to Carnegie Hall? How to fit into your gown? Practice, practice, practice is the jovial answer to the first part. <BR> As for losing the weight to fit into your performance gown, that's where Spark People comes in. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I posted this picture of my DD (Hayburner1969) on my feed, I received several inquiries. <BR> <BR> Some about the performance, some about the significance of her "horsey" screen name and some about how she did it.... Thu, 18 May 2017 15:03:28 EST A Vacuum attracts Junk - What Choices Will I Make? My vacuum cleaner picks up the dirt and junk that gathers daily on my floor. <BR> That's the job it was designed for and it does it automatically. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, the same thing can happen in our daily lives unless we make a conscious effort to fill our life with valuable things instead of trivia or junk. <BR> <BR> Is it human nature that more people follow the daily activities of celebrities than the accomplishments of those working to make a positive difference? <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 12 May 2017 05:40:18 EST A Salute to All the Younger Sparkers "No reason to apologize to me" I told the young mother ahead of me at the grocery checkout. She had a child by her side and one in the seat of the cart which I noticed was full of healthy selections (oatmeal not sugar cereal, produce etc.) There was some problem with an item and the clerk called for the customer service guy. <BR> <BR> No one WANTS to wait. <BR> <BR> However, as a retired person: <BR> I have no boss to answer to. No job where I MUST show up or not be paid. <BR> I don't ... Sat, 6 May 2017 06:28:51 EST Going HOME - Where is that exactly? A building? A town? "Where the heart is?" A state of mind? <BR> Does it even have to be a real place anymore when so many of our connections are electronic? <BR> <BR> I have "HOMEpages" - One is on my website, one is here on Spark. <BR> People visit my "homes" both the current real one and my virtual homes as well. I visit theirs too. In fact, if these virtual homes didn't exist I would miss out on so much. <BR> So over time I've learned to value both. <BR> <BR> My Dad used to say that "... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 06:16:54 EST The Power of Blogs Some blogs are descriptions of daily activities. I read those. Keeping connected with friends is important. I do that on Facebook too. Spark can be an extension of social media. You might even stumble across a kindred spirit and make a new friend. <BR> <BR> Then there are those blogs that incorporate the Spark Message and “spark” my day. Sometimes it’s with information. Sometimes a unique perspective. Sometimes I see a reflection of myself. <BR> <BR> These are special and often I wa... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:06:01 EST Sparked to Go For It! I login to Spark every morning for my daily dose of motivation. I especially like the list of new blogs. Those are the people from all around the world who are sparking right along with me at that very moment. <BR> <BR> However, yesterday was the only time that the first blog in the list has ever been directed right at me and just in time too. <BR> <BR> Friday night we went out to dinner with family and friends. We had a great time, but I stayed up too late. <BR> I was registered for a 5... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 07:06:18 EST One hundred years ago today The USA entered World War I and 2 babies were born hundreds of miles apart. <BR> <BR> One was the son of immigrants. <BR> One was the descendant of a family that had lived here for centuries. <BR> <BR> It was a time of great upheaval. Europe was ruled by royal families. <BR> Common people were on the move seeking safety and freedom. <BR> <BR> These babies had very different early lives, but a common future - service in WWII and the marriage of their grandchildren. <BR> <BR> This was... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 09:59:09 EST The Crisscross Effect - My checkbook balance and my scale display Both are just numbers. <BR> Both give me a snapshot of a particular moment in time. <BR> Neither one defines me as a person, but I cannot dismiss either one as irrelevant. <BR> Both give me important information that I ignore at my peril. <BR> <BR> Both numbers are often affected by circumstances beyond our control or some individual life challenge. <BR> The furnace breaks - balance goes down <BR> Medication has side effect - weight goes up. <BR> In addition, statistics clearly show a re... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 06:32:08 EST The "Crisscross Effect" - Connecting Goals in Different Areas of Life At first glance these two photos do not appear to have anything in common. But they are indeed both personal challenges that Spark principles are helping me to conquer. Both are examples of testing the limit of my ability. <BR> <BR> My house is on a curvy country road. Here is the beginning of my one mile hill. I believe in the benefits of a run/walk regimen. Walking one minute per mile is my usual routine. I sip some water, check my heart rate manually and wipe my nose (darn allergi... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:27:09 EST Thank You Kelliebean - my personal motivator of the day I woke up with negative thoughts. The wind was howling creating a wind chill of 24 degrees. <BR> That is NOT how this weather wimp wanted to do a 5k training run this morning. <BR> <BR> I truly would have bailed except for my daily Spark login and reading: <BR> "Reframing" <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330818 </link> <BR> <BR> Check it out and even bookmark it for whenever the "I don’t wanna" bug strikes in any area of your life. <BR> <... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 13:04:31 EST A Most Important Message for the Young and Future Generations If you are overweight, do not fall for the hype to lose the weight quickly! <BR> There is a dark side to following that path. <BR> <BR> Through the weight loss/regain chronicles of celebrities, reality TV shows, statistics of the general population or personal stories of friends and acquaintances, the term "yo-yoing" has become part of our vocabulary. It's an unfortunate choice of word since like a yo-yo, it implies that the journey will be the same each go round. Yet we know that ea... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 06:29:06 EST Why spending time on Spark is different and more worthwhile than Facebook "I have legitimate conversations with others about weight loss, health issues, the ups and downs of the journey. And for this - I have become stronger, I have become more motivated, I have become a better me!" <BR> <BR> I didn’t write that. I read it on a blog by VirginiaGirl <BR> "True Confessions of an Ex-FaceBook Addict" <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327144 </link> <BR> <BR> As I login here I know that the observations in that blog ar... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 17:39:07 EST What to do when things don't go as planned? Turn to the best resource Spark has to offer - the Spark People! <BR> <BR> I always turn to the blogs first, especially the blogs of the "helpers" <BR> Something there always gives me my daily dose of motivation. <BR> <BR> Yes, there are lots of useful resources and challenges on the site . But it's connecting with people who are also on the journey that makes it real. It's different from reading about one celebrity celebrating weight loss in some magazine. Here REAL people are working thro... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:33:18 EST A Different View of Functional Fitness Some years ago my daughter Jeannie (Hayburner1969) gave me a set of dumbbells for Christmas. My mother was in her eighties and not only needed a walker but also could not raise her arms above her head. That meant she needed help getting dressed and even combing her hair. I think Jeannie was concerned that might be my fate someday as well. So, the functional gift of a weight set. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:32:45 EST What can we learn from our Spark friends? How to SUCCEED with their encouragement! <BR> <BR> I woke up 3 hours late lacking motivation. <BR> Maybe I’ll just read or putter around the house. <BR> Oh, why not check in with those who understand how this program works. <BR> <BR> And I read: <BR> “I Succeed With the Help from my Friends” (JStetser) <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319174 </link> <BR> <BR> That sometimes the friend isn’t even human <BR> Weigh No More: Lessons From India... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:10:48 EST Any Sparkers near Munich? Pianist Sparker Hayburner1969 makes her European debut on March 3rd as part of a 3 day International Concert Series. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pianoforte-pianomarathon-international<BR>er-meisteramateure.html,v47088 </link> <BR> <BR> I’m so pleased she has returned to the stage after a break to raise a family <BR> I’m sorry that her Dad and I can’t be there. <BR> I don’t read German but I do understand the “hausfrau” description. <BR> <BR> Following Spar... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:40:18 EST I Know You Love Me - It's OK to Skip the Chocolate It wasn't always this way. Feb 14, 1964 my boyfriend of 8 months brought me the biggest box of candy I had ever seen. It was a HUGE valentine box, 2 feet wide. I even knew how much it cost because I passed that "homemade chocolate" candy shop every day on my way to high school and the box was the centerpiece of the window display with the price right there, front and center. <BR> <BR> I knew it cost $25 which was just about his week's earnings from his part time job. That sealed the de... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 06:27:46 EST "Hold on until Rescued" - Strength and Endurance It was 1964 and I was a high school senior. It was the first year our school participated in the President's Physical Fitness challenge. It seems that statistics showed we were getting "soft" or maybe it was another attempt for us to keep up with the Russians. <BR> <BR> Anyway, suddenly we girls were to do timed runs, pull-ups, push-ups and the standing broad jump among other things. Most rebelled. We had been conditioned since our 50s childhood to sit and look pretty so some boy would n... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 07:03:14 EST "To Have and Have Not" - Finding an Unexpected Spark Lesson I spent most of Saturday at a high school swim meet. <BR> It was the conference championship and I had a connection to two of the schools. <BR> <BR> Two of my grandchildren are students at school 'A' and one more is a graduate <BR> One of my grandkids is a student at school 'B' and one more is a graduate. <BR> <BR> The schools are about 100 miles apart. <BR> One is in an affluent area. <BR> One is located in a city at the low end of the socioeconomic spectrum <BR> . <BR> My daughte... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 05:38:48 EST Going the extra mile for the team - the 5% challenge team Although I like being active, running, walking, any kind of movement, I can settle into a rut. Spark always gives me a boost, sometimes even a needed kick in the pants. <BR> <BR> So, after 8 years here I joined my very first 5% challenge. I've seen those challenges posted often and people seem to be enjoying them. Dare I say even having fun? I like fun. Remember when we were kids and exercise was fun? <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 24 Jan 2017 06:42:21 EST The Streak I'm Most Proud of and What I’m Most Grateful for Today is the 1000th day straight that I have logged into Spark. It's also DH's 72nd birthday. <BR> <BR> How appropriate that they should coincide. I begin every day with a cup of coffee that Joe made for me, just as he has done every morning for nearly 50 years, except for those times when circumstances kept us apart. <BR> <BR> I'm grateful that: <BR> 2 high school sweethearts beat the marriage statistics <BR> I am beating the dismal weight maintenance statistics by following Spark princi... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:50:35 EST Challenge, Who needs a challenge? Oops, I guess I do! Challenges are a big part of the spark world. We get invitations when we first join, on the start page, in email, through team activities or even through the posts of friends. <BR> <BR> In 8 years I think I've done 3. <BR> 30 days of fiber - check, I'm fine <BR> 30 days of healthy eating - healthy yes, but I can overeat healthy food too. Can't give away my food scale or ignore the tracker indefinitely <BR> <BR> I'm in maintenance now for 7 years, so the 5% challenges, valuable for so many... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:40:30 EST Following advice (or not) sometimes depends on the source My daughter, who recognized that I needed to make some changes, gave me a food scale for Christmas a decade ago. <BR> Eh, who needs it! I eat healthy food <BR> <BR> Then she gave me a set of dumbbells. <BR> Eh, who needs those! Look how fit I am. <BR> <BR> Then she told me about Spark and I joined and OTHER people told me to use that food scale and pick up those dumbbells and I DID. <BR> <BR> For months now DD#1 suggested that I download Runkeeper Go . I had lost my SPAT during the... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:02:08 EST "Off to See the Wizard" - Following the Spark Road It may not be made of yellow bricks and it doesn't end at the Land of Oz, but it is a path well worth following. <BR> <BR> There are general directions posted. There are guidelines for nutrition and calorie ranges, tracking tools, and articles to read. Then there are teams and challenges to join. These are like the side roads or "paths to overlooks" that I travel in reality on the Blue Ridge Parkway here in Virginia. They lead me to a view of the entire countryside. I can see where I've... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 08:56:39 EST The Road not Taken...The Pie not Eaten With apologies to Robert Frost who poetically described: <BR> "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,. And sorry I could not travel both" <BR> <BR> I'm thinking about the 2 roads I have traveled. <BR> One was smooth sailing with lots of billboards for all kinds of food and excuses for more and more eating. It ended at the weight that did not make me happy. <BR> <BR> The other was harder to traverse, many obstacles, potholes, situations and people who implied the journey was not worth the e... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 07:32:53 EST The Comfort of a Comforter During this holiday we had a full house one night which required getting out some extra blankets from the plastic storage bags in the closet. <BR> <BR> After everyone left I was preparing to pack things away when suddenly this triggered some memories. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yeah, I must be very nostalgic to reminisce over a blanket. It's a 60 year old quilt on a 60 year old bed. <BR> <BR> Neither ... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 08:12:31 EST What Would Grandma Think of My Excuses? I always find motivation by logging into Spark. Sometimes it hits close to home. <BR> <BR> My DD#1 Hayburner1969 is BACK to Spark after 15 months of going it alone! <BR> <BR> Her blog this morning was a nice surprise that got me thinking too. <BR> <BR> "It's Not Like You Have to Saddle Up the Horse" <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289282 </link> <BR> <BR> Check it out. <BR> <BR> I hope she finds the motivation and support here o... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 08:34:37 EST What the World Needs Now is... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I posted my status about taking our 6 grandkids to a photo session to recreate a 2004 picture. <BR> <BR> This is NOT it, but on the walk back to our cars after the session they ran over to this sculpture and posed for this impromptu photo. <BR> <BR> Left to right: <BR> Billy (age 20), his brother Andy in the 'O' (17) <BR> Jacob (15) and Steven (18) brothers bracketing the 'V' <BR> Carrie (... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 07:44:39 EST I'm number 11! - I'm number 11! - and it only took 8 years! Tomorrow, January 1, 2017 is my Spark Anniversary. It was 8 years ago, New Year's Day 2009, that I joined Spark. I made up some meaningless username to get started. I only intended to use the trackers not get involved in anything else. <BR> <BR> By summer I was halfway to my goal and I was getting daily email with links to resources and blogs. I began to read them, learn and secretly connect with others. I was aware of them. They did not know that I, a "stealth sparker" was following t... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 07:44:17 EST 45 years of continuous gym memberships - done! Here's my replacement. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I understand the theory behind changing up our fitness routine (challenging our body, combating boredom etc.) <BR> <BR> I agree that changing "time or manner of the routine" is what we should strive for. <BR> I just have to remember to temper my enthusiasm with caution when trying something totally different. <BR> <BR> For example: <BR> I hurt my knee with the q... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 09:43:49 EST 5 Billion SparkPoints! Our Cumulative Effort Toward a Healthy Lifestyle At 11:52 pm last night the counter reached that milestone. <BR> <BR> No, I didn't stay up to watch it. Something jarred me awake at 11:40 and I decided to see how accurate my prediction had been. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The cumulative points of the tracker represent the efforts of like-minded people all over the world. <BR> <BR> It feels good to be part of something larger than yourself. <BR> I w... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 08:52:25 EST One Billion Spark Points Ago - Nov 4, 2014 On that date I posted a blog as I watched the Spark counter tallying in real time the spark points of the total membership all over the world. I was fascinated as it approached 4 Billion points. <BR> <BR> As I watched the changing total, I typed my feelings about Spark People and the changes this community has produced in my life. I posted the blog at the exact moment the counter hit 4,000,000,000. <BR> <BR> The counter is located at the very bottom of our Spark Points page. I seem to ... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 17:56:42 EST My Up and Down Spirit Mind + Body + Environment = the state of my spirit. <BR> My mathematical mind tends to quantify everything. <BR> <BR> Over time I've discovered that I need 2 of the 3 to be positive or at least neutral or my spirit gets really down. <BR> <BR> After my Dad died (and Mom blamed me), the counselor I saw told me that I had situational depression. Mom moved in with us and I had a series of health issues. <BR> <BR> 47 years ago an army doctor told me that my mental state was unwarranted. I to... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:49:06 EST My 47 year old tree How long does an artificial tree last? I have read opinions and comments on this topic quite a lot recently. <BR> <BR> This is Christmas 1969. Can you see the baby under the tree? Baby Jeannie was 3 months old and I sent this photo to DH who left for Vietnam right after she was born. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's the same tree this morning ready for Christmas 2016 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 08:53:41 EST Minutes Needed to Burn Off ONE Chocolate Chip Cookie Yes, tis the season when cookies are everywhere <BR> Yes, people tend to overindulge <BR> No, I rarely stop at just one, although I admire those who can just "have a taste" <BR> No, my active lifestyle and love of fitness activities will NOT allow me to balance an overindulgence of food. Not easily. <BR> <BR> So, my data driven mind calculated the title of this blog. <BR> Calories Burned vs Time and Effort Needed <BR> <BR> My medium size chocolate chip cookie contains 105 calories. <BR> My... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 11:17:48 EST Mind games and shoe games in a 5k My streak is intact. I have won some age group award every year that I've run in our town's annual Christmas Classic 5k including 10 straight since retiring in 2007 <BR> . <BR> It's been my good fortune to share the course and my age group with some very competitive women from a nearby city. Years ago I blogged that even if I could not dream of catching the fastest of the "energizer bunnies," my goal was to at least keep them in sight. I gave them that title once when I watched them power ... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 14:16:46 EST Anime and Me - Finding Inspiration in the Strangest Places "Remaining individual and unique is the true way to achieve your dream" <BR> (Miki - Anime character in "Universal Lady Justice, Vol 1) <BR> <BR> I know that I'm not the target demographic audience for Anime, but every time I expand my horizons I'm surprised to see, hear, read or experience something that goes beyond what a nearly 70 year old woman should enjoy and find meaningful. <BR> <BR> Background: <BR> "Anime is a diverse art form with distinctive production methods and techniques t... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 08:55:21 EST A Surprise in Walmart After my run yesterday, I stopped at Walmart to buy Christmas presents for a local charity drive. As I was pondering the many varieties of Barbie Dolls, I heard "Eileen?" The woman looked vaguely familiar. She continued "you don't remember me, do you?" <BR> <BR> I had to admit that I did not. When she said her name, I remembered the Masters in Educational Technology program in which I was enrolled 18 years ago. I recognized her as the director. <BR> <BR> What a memory she had! He... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 07:19:15 EST Beware the "feel good" treadmill My data driven mind knew it was wrong - very wrong. Still, I wanted to believe it. <BR> <BR> DH & I are in Tennessee visiting his mother in the nursing home. Although I'm thankful he was finally given permission to travel (10 weeks after brain surgery), this was our most depressing visit yet. While at 96, some confusion may be expected, yesterday there were very few lucid moments. There wasn't much to do except listen to her ramble on about things that made no sense at all. At least ... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 11:10:04 EST Trivia Question - Maybe I have a Dirty House? I play Spark trivia every day. I've learned a lot. Today I missed the question about how many calories are burned yearly through house cleaning. <BR> <BR> "A 2005 study published in the British Journal of Nutrition showed that Brits burn more than 50,000 calories a year - nearly 15 pounds of fat--just by cleaning their homes" <BR> <BR> While my house will never be featured in "Better Homes and Gardens" I don't expect to be condemned by the Board of Health either. The same is true of ever... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 07:19:15 EST RESOLVED! What a beautiful word! 8 weeks past DH's brain surgery for 2 huge subdural hematomas and the latest CT report is that the scan is "unremarkable." The problem (residual blood and swelling) has RESOLVED! <BR> <BR> He has been discharged from PT and given the OK by the neurologist to drive, travel, swim and even mow the lawn. I DO NOT want him mowing the lawn. We have grandsons who can do that. <BR> <BR> The one caution is to avoid any further bumps on the head. He does have 4 "burr holes" where only skin covers... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 11:35:31 EST Very Happy with my "Benchmark" 5K I recently began running again as a way to reduce the stress in my life as Joe recovers from brain surgery. As I posted in my status, I decided to run the "I Am Woman" 5K this morning for a benchmark time to improve on and also because: <BR> <BR> It is sponsored by the hospital that saved his life <BR> It's for a great cause (Children's Miracle Network) <BR> It's so great to see 600 women all out there together running and walking and celebrating fitness. <BR> (Note, men can enter and a few... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 12:51:38 EST My Cocoon I spark, I run, I sing and I play scrabble <BR> <BR> Monday will be 2 months since Joe's brain surgery. We have so much to be thankful for. For all daily activities our life is back to normal except he is supposed to avoid stress and anything that would cause vibrations in his head. <BR> So, <BR> No TV at least for the next 13 days (Netflix is working out very well) <BR> No mowing the lawn (We've got grandsons for that) <BR> No sitting on bleachers in the cold (I'll go alone to see the gra... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07:47:57 EST Competition vs Cooperation Thank you once again for your comments and good wishes on Joe's continued recovery. He's doing remarkably well although I will still be holding my breath until CT scans show all residual blood and swelling completely gone. They say that will take a long time. I'm just grateful that we do have time. At age 71 subdural hematomas of that size could have killed him. Being "in good shape" to begin with was key to recovery. <BR> <BR> I posted my status that we are almost back to normal. That... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 08:11:04 EST Four weeks after brain surgery DH update: Joe continues to do very well. He looks and acts the same as before. He's even back to doing the dishes and scrubbing the pots. The scabs are gone from his head. The surgeon did a great job. The scars are almost invisible. <BR> <BR> A few changes: <BR> <BR> He's eating less food. In the hospital they would not allow him to order more than 1 dessert per meal. He lost 7 pounds and decided he likes being 190. He actually said that there is NO NEED to haul around 200 pounds... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:32:37 EST 2 Pieces of Good News First of all, thank you everyone for your prayers and good wishes for Joe's recovery. His follow-up CT scan confirmed what I've been observing. He's doing REALLY well! Except for the 4 incision scabs on his head you wouldn't know that he had brain surgery 3 weeks ago. <BR> <BR> The swelling and residual blood continues to go down. This is an expected slow process, but he was even given permission to swim again. No, he will not be doing that! Not yet! Walking will be our main form of ... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:53:28 EST Sparking in trying times - update on DH It's been 13 days since DH had brain surgery for a subdural hematoma. <BR> <BR> First the good news - Joe is doing quite well. He came home on Thursday and is right now sitting at his computer answering email after making a pot of coffee for us as he has done for the last 50 years. <BR> <BR> Of all the things I worried about happening to him like: <BR> Getting hit by a jet ski as he swam his mile each day in the lake. <BR> Getting capsized and run over by a power boat as he sailed his litt... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:03:55 EST Final thoughts of sedemdesiatnici (70 year olds) I learned that new Slovak word when watching the director of our summer program in Bratislava being interviewed by a TV reporter. She said that 31 countries were represented in the 13 levels of the course. There were over 150 students including two "sedemdesiatnici" from the USA. LOL - That's Joe and me. <BR> <BR> This was the closing ceremony where we got our certificates. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> He... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:46:36 EST Searching for roots and finding new branches In 2008 I set out to find my roots in Eastern Europe - the hazy history behind the immigration of my grandparents to America. Grandma was 17 when she came alone in 1900. My grandfather was a widower and arrived in 1907. <BR> <BR> I had 2 documents, grandma's birth certificate from the village of Sambron and grandfather's death certificate from his home village (Habura). He died there on a visit in 1935. <BR> <BR> Over the next 8 years we have returned to Slovakia many times touring th... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:38:01 EST