Friday, September 26, 2014

Nick Hanauer and Pavlina Tcherneva Explain it All

If you have not yet watched billionaire Nick Hanauer's TED Talk on why the pitchforks are coming, you can view it here, or read the transcript here.

If the twenty minute talk is too long for you, see Pavlina Tcherneva's charts showing income gains during economic expansion. It's the picture that is worth a thousand words.

I have often felt that essays on economic matters explained mechanics without illuminating the dynamics. The two items above provided the 'ah-ha' moments that had been lacking.

Without a vision, the people perish. Hanauer and Tcherneva are eyewash: you'll exit with clear vision.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Another club 1000 badge

August was a month for helping Kathy Gunter Sullivan, certified genealogist, improve the Dellinger profiles on WikiTree.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Westward Ho! Project

A new project starting up at WikiTree, Westward Ho! It serves a central directory of all that is going on in the Sub-projects. is a "top level" project that encompasses all sub-projects west of the Mississippi River from 1800 - 1925.

This means it is the place for an Oregon Trails sub-project, which may be starting up soon. Stay tuned.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Catching up on news

What's new for August is a garden. After three years in our new house we have bulbs started on the deck and a raised bed of vegetables started in the yard. We'll have a few lilies and gladiolas before summer is gone. The vegetables are for a winter garden - cabbage, kale, broccoli, onions, turnips. We also have a compost heap in the yard, and it is already turning into rich, dark, earth. All the remains of my smoothies go into it - avocado and banana and pear and apple peelings, orange rinds, etc.

Another new item is our daily walks in the new section going in nearby. Leo walks and I drive my electric mobility scooter. The views are fabulous - we are high over the valley, and see the hills and trees on the other side. Sunshine and fresh air flow over and through us as we watch the view.

We found some a new series to watch on Roku. "Landgirls" is a series from Britain about the army of women who kept the farms going and the nation fed while the men fought Hitler. Just like the regular army, they could be drafted to serve. We have only the last one to view. Next up will be Blenchley Circle, about code breakers during the war, another British series.

I keep on working on the family tree at WikiTree, and have been able to complete and download some of the branches. My two recent badges:

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Badge for May

What does it mean to earn over a thousand points in a month at WikiTree?

It means editing, adding sources, footnotes, text, and images.

It means greeting hundreds of guests visiting WikiTree, and confirming over a hundred of them a month, as new members (it is easy - just volunteer:)

Also it means categorizing Colonial Ancestors, linking up profiles in families, and learning interesting bits and pieces about the history of our country.

Most of all it means family - cousins, great-great-great-great- etc. to times 8 or 10 or more grandparents, all connected.

It means another pretty badge:

Sunday, May 25, 2014

A Question for Memorial Day

How do we Honor our Ancestors who Fought for Freedom?

With flags and flowers on their graves on Memorial Day? Certainly. What about the other 364 days of the year?

Three of my ancestors fought at Kings Mountain, a turning point in the Revolutionary War. 
Joshua Sherrill
Capt. William Sherrill
Burt Moore

My grandfather fought in WWI.
Gust Heikkila 

My father fought in WWII.
Kenneth Dellinger

I am descended from three of the twenty-five barons who led the fight for Magna Carta in 1215.
John de Lacy
William de Lanvallei
Saher de Quincy

How best to honor those ancestors and their courage? By working against tyranny and fighting for justice and freedom. 

They were ready to spend their blood in defense of freedom and liberty.

Become an informed and active participant in the future of freedom.  Join a group and work for Liberty and Equality:

Earthjustice - "...the right of citizens to go to court to enforce environmental laws when the government couldn’t or wouldn’t.”

Oceana - largest international organization devoted solely to ocean conservation.

Save the Internet - dedicated to the freedom of the virtual press 
The Future of Internet Freedom -  The NY Times explains the subtle ways our access is being eroded and why

The Water Project - "The Water Project is currently focused on work in communities throughout Burkina Faso, Kenya, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, and Uganda. We have also previously funded projects in Cameroon, Haiti, and India." Five Stars on GuideStar and on GreatNonProfits