Saturday, November 25, 2017
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The island of Ireland, showing international border between Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland (Photo credit: Wikipedia) With My Aunt in It. My father’s people were German and English. My mother’s people were English and Scottish and Irish. My uncle, my mother’s younger brother, who never knew his father, took on a life-long hobby of researching the family’s genealogy and history. We are all in his debt. But, the story of Ireland was mixed. It seems our ancestor, Robert Notley, born in Manchester, England around 1720, was in the business of manufacturing linen. His work took him to... (Read More ...)

Image via Wikipedia   I went to an interesting group’s meeting last night. Golden Fleece was formed in 2001, in conjunction with the Smithsonian’s first conference on storytelling at work. Designed to highlight the value of telling stories as a leadership tool and a way to instill a company’s culture in new employees, the group has elevated storytelling in the workplace to a professional status. Useful in organizational development, recruiting, and facilitating organizational change, storytelling at work draws people as disparate as a family therapist, entertainers, trainers, recruiters... (Read More ...)

General Electric Research Laboratory in Schenectady, New York My uncle, who, for reasons I did not understand until I was in my 40s, never met his father, was fascinated by genealogy. Because of his interest and diligent research, including several trips to Ireland, I learned chilling and historically fascinating stories about our ancestors. My cousin has consolidated his father’s papers and taken up the research. In just one example, my mother’s ancestors, Scottish textile merchants, were approached by the British to resettle in Ireland, which they did. Some years later, textile exports... (Read More ...)