Friday, November 24, 2017
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Rip Van Winkle On a recent visit to New England, where I went to Schenectady and Guilderland Center, New York, to visit my father’s old neighborhood and ancestors’ homestead, I had the good fortune to borrow a copy of the book, Rip Van Winkle. This story was originally published as one of 34 short stories and essays in Washington Irving’s The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., in 1819, along with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The Return of Rip Van Winkle Irving was born in 1783, the year the American Revolutionary War ended, so perhaps he was well suited to a story about an old man... (Read More ...)

My Great-Grandfather’s Name Was Abraham. Both my uncle on my mother’s side and my grandfather on my father’s side gathered extensive family genealogical records. This year, to celebrate my 65th birthday, my Texas-based brothers decided to gather their families with mine near Boston, where one of my sons lives. During the week, we drove to Guilderland Center, near where my father was born in Schenectady, New York. Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There is an historic house, the Mynderse-Frederick House, there that used to belong to a... (Read More ...)