Julie Miller
Sunday, June 14, 2009

Brick walls are a common topic of conversation among genealogists. Brick walls occur, quite simply, when we are stuck on a problem and don’t know where to go for a solution.

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PARKOUR: A sport or athletic activity in which the participant seeks to move quickly and fluidly through an area, often an urban locale, by surmounting obstacles such as walls and railings and leaping across open spaces, as in a stairwell or between buildings.


Dear READERS,There has been much ado about the new Microsoft search engine “Bing” attempting to give “Google” a run for its money. I don’t think Microsoft can stand that anyone else is #1. Somewhere I read that Bing was focusing search algorithms efforts to work specifically on news, entertainment, sports and local search improvements. (Cannot find the link for that info, sorry.) But apparently the $80-100 million spent by Microsoft for advertising Bing may work, since Garrett Rogers of ZDnet thinks “Bing passes Yahoo, steals share from Google?

In Ol’ Myrt’s opinion Bing isn’t as good with results yet when compared to Google, and of COURSE Bing doesn’t include GoogleBook results in the search. Those Google Book results are important in my personal family history research and probably are in yours if you have US ancestral research.

When a thought is too weak to be expressed simply, it is a proof that it should be rejected. ~ Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues

I took a day to search for God,

And found him not. But as I trod

By rocky ledge, through woods untamed,

Just where one scarlet lily flamed,

I saw his footprint in the sod.

Then suddenly, all unaware,

Far off in the deep shadows, where

A solitary hermit thrush

Sang through the holy twilight hush –

I heard His voice upon the air.

And even I marveled how

God gives us Heaven here and now,

In a stir of wind that hardly shook

The poplar leaves beside the brook –

His hand was light upon my brow.

At last with evening as I turned

Homeward, and thought I had learned

And all that there was still to probe –

I caught the glory of His robe

Where the last fires of sunset burned.

Back to the world with quickening start

I looked and longed for any part

In making saving Beauty be…

And from the kindling ecstasy

I knew God dwelt within my heart.



“No price is set on the lavish summer; June may be had by the poorest comer.” ~ James Russell Lowell, The Vision of Sir Launfal

… “There is a destiny that makes us brothers; none goes his own way alone.  All that we send into the lives of others come back into our own” ~ Edwin Markham


… “The greatest use of a life is to spend it for something that outlasts it.” ~ William Jones


… “You did not need an almanac to tell the day spring came back. Before the earliest green showed through Spring was an urge inside you, an alchemy you could not see, March magic only inwardly and dimly dreamed of Spirit caught, subtle as hope, like a new thought before the mind becomes aware – before the first bird, spring was there.” ~ James Dillet Freeman


… “Man is the most dangerous animal in the world. He can (and has) exterminated entire species of animals. As an example, of the 75 species of birds that we know are extinct, man has eliminated 13 of these by using birds for food.” ~ Sen Warren G. Magnuson

… “Surely as cometh the winter, I know there are spring violets under the snow.” ~ R. H. Newell

… “Every mile is two in winter.” ~ George Herbert

… “Probably more pests can be controlled in an armchair in front of a February fire with a garden notebook and a seed catalog that can ever be knocked out in hand-to-hand combat in the garden.” ~ Neely Turner

… “The February sunshine steeps your boughs and tints the buds and swells the leaves within.” ~ William C. Bryant

… “Winter is the time of promise because there is so little to do – or because you can now and then permit yourself the luxury of thinking so.” ~ Stanley Crawford

… “Do not try to understand them, yes and do not try to make them understand you, because we are a breed apart and make no sense” ~ Chingachgook, last of the Mohicans.


… “Man is a microcosm, or a little world, because he is an extract from all the stars and planets of the whole firmament, from the earth and the elements; and so he is their quintessence.” ~ Paracelsus


… “Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.” ~ Albert Camus


… “Those who forget their past are destined to repeat it.” ~ Robert A. Heinlein


… “January is here, with eyes that keenly glow, a frost-mailed warrior striding a shadowy steed of snow.” ~  Edgar Fawcett