Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Week 3: Top Five Questions to ask your Parents or Grandparents about their teenage years

KEEP THIS GOING - WEEK 3: TEENAGE YEARS - 5  Questions to ask my parents or grandparents this week:

  1. Who did you have a “crush” on? 
  2. Tell me about your first date.
  3. What famous person did you look up to
  4. What jobs did you have and how much did you earn? 
  5. Tell me about when you learned to drive a car. Who taught you? What type of car was it? 

That's it!! Easy right?
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"Keep Connecting The Dots!" -Sarah

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Week 2: Five new questions to ask your parents or grandparents about their childhood.

START NOW!! You'll be so grateful you did this!!

FIVE QUESTIONS to Ask Your Parents or Grandparents This Week about their Childhood:

WEEK 2 - Childhood:

  1. What are your siblings names, dates of birth & spouses names? 
  2. What did you do for fun? (Sports, games, activities, & trips) 
  3. What did your home look like? 
  4. What was your town/city like? 
  5. What were your daily chores? 
  6. That's it. Five more questions will be posted next weekend. 
Let's keep CONNECTING THE DOTS -Sarah 


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A Tribute to William Burnes on March 13th.

My big bro has been cancer-free in heaven for 7 years now, and Grandpa hasn't had to deal with his bad heart for 57 years. I am remembering these great men today and how ironic that they both died on March 13th, exactly 50 years apart. I am so grateful that I will see them again someday. This is where my family history journey began. There were too many coincidences that left me wondering, and wanting to learn more. Now I know the truth and continue to learn about my family history; I love "connecting the dots". Let's take a moment to remember those who have gone before us, and are now free from their pains and sufferings.

William Aaron Burnes Bio >>
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Phonograph Was Invented In 1877 By Thomas Edison

TIME WARP TUESDAY: The phonograph was invented in 1877 by Thomas Edison. Other inventors had produced devices that could record sounds, but, Edison's phonograph was the first to be able to reproduce the recorded sound. His phonograph originally recorded sound onto a tinfoil sheet phonograph cylinder, and could both record and reproduce sounds. 

Who remembers a phonograph in your parents' or grandparents' home growing up?

"Connect The Dots" -Sarah

Saturday, March 09, 2013

5 Questions To Ask Your Parents or Grandparents This Week. Week 1

I am so grateful I took the time to interview my grandma before her passing. When I first started asking her questions about her life growing up, she was very hesitant and would frequently say "we were seen and not heard in my day". As sad as that is, it was also true. She lived a life of not expressing herself and not asking questions. However, I wanted more than anything to gain a deeper knowledge about her life, so I started small. Each week I would call her on the phone and talk about how her week, then I would start asking questions about her life growing up. I found that five questions a week, was the magic number, any more than that was too much for her. Over time, and unbeknownst to her, grandma's life story was written by those simple questions each week.

START NOW!! You'll be so grateful you did this!!

WEEK 1: FIVE QUESTIONS to ask your parents or grandparents this week:
  1. What is your full name? 
    • How did your parents choose your name? 
    • Did you have any nicknames? 
  2. When and where were you born?
  3. What are your best memories of your father? 
  4. What are your best memories of your mother?
  5. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? 
That's it. Five more questions will be posted next weekend.


Meet my Grandma, Ruth Imogene Adams Burnes 1923-2011

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Dr. Seuss - 10 Fun Facts (Theodor Suess Geisel, Writer, Cartoonist, Animator, Artist)

Dr. Seuss is well known for his amazing children's books, but did you know these 10 Fun Facts about him:
  1. Dr. Seuss' real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel. His pen names were Dr. Seuss, Theo LeSieg, Rosetta Stone and Theophrastus Seuss.
  2. Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts to Theodor Robert Geisel and Henrietta Seuss Geisel.
  3. Theodor (Dr. Seuss) was raised as a Lutheran.
  4. While attending Dartmouth College, Geisel (Dr. Seuss) became Editor-in-Chief for the college humor magazine; Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern. He got caught drinking alcohol with friends so the Dean of the college made him resign from all extra curricular activities including his Editor-In-Chief position, but Geisel continued to secretly write for the college magazine under a pen name "SEUSS". He graduated from Dartmouth in 1925.
  5. Geisel met his first wife Helen Palmer while attending Lincoln College, Oxford, and married in 1927. It was Helen who influenced him to draw for a living instead of being a professor. Ironically, she was also a writer, cartoonist and animator. Helen died on October 23, 1967 at the age of 68. He remarried Audrey Stone Diamond the following year in 1968.
  6. Geisel had other work adventures like: Illustrator for advertising campaigns, most notably for Flit and Standard Oil, and as a political cartoonist for PM, a New York City newspaper. During World War II, he worked in an animation department of the United States Army, where he wrote Design for Death, a film that later won the 1947 Academy Award for Documentary Feature.
  7. Dr. Seuss published 44 Children's books. His most notable books are:
    • The Cat in the Hat
    • Green Eggs and Ham
    • One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
    •  Horton Hatches an Egg
    • The Lorax
    • Horton Hears a Who
    • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  8. Dr. Seuss never had any children.
  9. Dr. Seuss died of throat cancer on September 24, 1991 (age 87) at his home in La Jolla, California. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered. Dr. Seuss' Online Memorial, Click here
  10. Dr. Seuss' honors include: three Academy awards, three Emmy awards, a Peabody award, three Caldecott Honors, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal and the Pulitzer Prize. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at the 6500 block Hollywood Boulevard.
Dr. Seuss Books in order of Publication date:
  1. And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street 1937
  2. 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, The 1938
  3. King's Stilts, The 1939
  4. Horton Hatches The Egg 1940
  5. McElligot's Pool 1947
  6. Thidwick, The Big-Hearted Moose 1948
  7. Bartholomew and the Oobleck 1949
  8. If I Ran The Zoo 1950
  9. Gerald McBoing Boing 1952
  10. Horton Hears A Who 1954
  11. Scrambled Eggs Super! 1954
  12. On Beyond Zebra 1955
  13. If I Ran The Circus 1956
  14. Cat in the Hat, The 1957
  15. How The Grinch Stole Christmas 1957
  16. Big Brag, The (from Yertle the Turtle &…) 1958
  17. Gertrude McFuzz (from Yertle the Turtle &…) 1958
  18. Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories 1958
  19. Happy Birthday to You! 1959
  20. Green Eggs and Ham 1960
  21. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish 1960
  22. Sneetches and Other Stories, The 1961
  23. Too Many Daves (from The Sneetches & …) 1961
  24. What Was I Scared Of? (from The Sneetches & …) 1961
  25. Zax, The (from The Sneetches & …) 1961
  26. Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book 1962
  27. Dr. Seuss's ABC 1963
  28. Hop on Pop 1963
  29. Fox in Socks 1965
  30. I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew 1965
  31. Cat in the Hat Beginner Book, The 1966
  32. Cat in the Hat Song Book, The 1967
  33. Cat in the Hat Comes Back, The 1968
  34. Foot Book, The 1968
  35. Glunk That Got Thunk, The (from I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today &…) 1969
  36. I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today and Other Stories 1969
  37. King Looie Katz (from I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today & …) 1969
  38. My Book About Me, by Me Myself I Wrote It! I Drew It! 1969
  39. I Can Draw Myself 1970
  40. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? 1970
  41. Lorax, The 1971
  42. Marvin K. Mooney, Will You Please Go Now! 1972
  43. Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? 1973
  44. Shape of Me and Other Stuff 1973
  45. Great Day For Up! 1974
  46. There's a Wocket In My Pocket 1974
  47. Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! 1975
  48. Cat's Quizzer, The 1976
  49. I Can Read With My Eyes Shut 1978
  50. Oh Say Can You Say 1979
  51. Hunches in Bunches 1982
  52. Butter Battle Book, The 1984
  53. You're Only Old Once! 1986
  54. I Am Not Going To Get Up Today! 1987
  55. Oh, The Places You'll Go! 1990
  56. My Many Colored Days 1996
Dr. Seuss writing as LeSieg (Dr. Seuss's last name, Geisel, spelled backwards).
  1. Ten Apples up on Top! Illustrated by Roy McKie 1961
  2. I Wish that I had Duck Feet Illustrated by B. Tobey 1965
  3. Come over to My House Illustrated by Richard Erdoes 1966
  4. The Eye Book Illustrated by Roy McKie 1968 Illustrated by Joe Mathieu 1999
  5. I Can Write! A Book by Me, Myself Illustrated by Roy McKie 1971
  6. In a People House Illustrated by Roy McKie 1972
  7. The Many Mice of Mr. Brice (A pop-up book) Illustrated by Roy McKie 1973
  8. Wacky Wednesday Illustrated by George Booth 1974
  9. Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog? Illustrated by Roy McKie 1975
  10. Hooper Humperdink? Not Him! Illustrated by Charles E Martin 1976
  11. Please Try to Remember the First of Octember! Illustrated by Art Cummings 1977
  12. Maybe You Should Fly A Jet! Maybe You Should Be A Vet! Illustrated by Michael J Smollin 1980
  13. The Tooth Book Illustrated by Roy McKie 1981, Illustrated by Joe Mathieu 2000
Dr. Seuss writing as Loretta Stone
  1. Because a Little Bug Went Ka-choo ill. by Michael Frith 1975