Random Thoughts

The author in the Black Hills, 2005

The author in the Black Hills, 2005


Writing has always been a struggle. Where does helpful or interesting information end and unabashed proclamation of ego begin? Perspectives vary among readers: I personally have tried to maintain a narrow range. But in regards to history I think those who have written of daily events in a thoughtful way are much more appreciated later than other, more official accounts.

Hopefully this page and the journal that accompanies it will serve such a purpose. To step past the bounds of ego proclamation let me quote from Gregory, Bishop of Tours (circa 590 of the common era).

A great many things keep happening, some of them good, some of them bad. The inhabitants of different countries keep quarreling fiercely with each other and kings go on losing their temper in the most furious ways... However, no writer has come to the fore who has been sufficiently skilled in setting things down in an orderly fashion... Many people have complained about this, not once but time and time again... I have often thought about these complaints and others like them. I have written this work to keep alive the memory of those dead and gone, and to bring them to the notice of future generations. My style is not very polished, and I have had to devote much of my space to the quarrels between the wicked and the righteous. All the same I have been greatly encouraged by certain kind remarks which, to my no small surprise, I have often heard made by our folk, to the effect that few people understand a rhetorical speechifier, whereas many can follow a blunt speaker.

What to Expect in this Section

Here you will find a series of observations, some of which I made in real time, while putting together this genealogy. Do not expect to find organized facts, rather feelings and experiences. In fact, you really should enter only at your own risk.

(Note added November, 2010) Many of these early pieces I now recognize as fascinating; they really show my process in learning genealogy, but perhaps they also show my progress in the stages of grief.

The selections include: