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The Book of Me, Written by You: Prompt 14 – Special People

I would invite my grandparents CH Thompson and Gwendolyn Stout Thompson and Sherman Treat and Ruth Janie Harriett Lawrence Treat  and my great grandparents:  Claude James Stout and Elsie Louise Reynolds Stout, William Mason Treat and Margie Branscum Treat Reid, Vern Thompson and Venna Stansell Thompson, and William Littleton Lawrence and Vada Barnes Lawrence.

I would spend this time listening to their stories of when they were kids and when they were first married and their families were growing and then the later years in their lives.  I knew all of my grandparents and several of my great-Grandparents were still alive for at least a part of my childhood so I was very lucky.  But I would like to know what they think of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren and how we have lived our lives.  Would they be happy with our choices?  What do they think about their lives?  Would they have changed things if they could go back in time?

I would fix some of the foods we used to have at holiday dinners and get a few recipes that I can’t seem to duplicate now no matter how I try but the food wouldn’t be the focus of the evening – it would be the time spent together as a family that would be important!

 


 

This week’s prompt is – Special People and is a follow on from last week.

If you had to hold a dinner party and could invite a maximum of 12 special people who would you invite?

You CAN include family in this time. Perhaps they are ancestors you have never met or people that you know/knew

What meals would you serve and why.

Perhaps include the recipe or a photo if you decided to actually cook the items!

 


 

The Book of Me, Written by You

By Julie Goucher 2012 – Anglers Rest Blog – http://www.anglersrest.net

Introduction

The Book of Me is a themed event enabling you to build a “Book of Me” over at least the coming year to share with your descendants, in reality this project can be as long
or as short as you want it to be.

So much of our time is researching our ancestors, but how much of the incidentals of our lives do we share, or know about our parents, grandparents, siblings and the
people that matter to us?

It is these incidental snippets that enable us to “flesh out” our ancestors and what more of a legacy could we present to our descendants or future researchers?

Over the coming weeks there will be a weekly prompt enabling you to share those details and perhaps include details of things that you know of your parents, Grandparents, siblings etc

This is not just about genealogy or family history. It is about a personal journey; a journey of rediscovery of yourself and perhaps your loved ones through your eyes.

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The Book of Me, Written by You: Prompt 13 – Special People / Iconic People

My 12 people would be Princess Diana, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, President Bill Clinton, President John F Kennedy, President Johnson, Thomas Jefferson, President Franklin Roosevelt, England’s Prime Minister Churchill, and the Apostle Peter.

As a young teenager I identified with Princess Diana.  She lived the Cinderella story in my eyes.  I saw her wedding as proof of the Cinderella love story.   I thought when I was a young girl that they were really in love and that they would live happily ever after.  I would like to know if she was on the verge of that happily ever after for her again when she died.  I would like to know where she thought her life was going when she so tragically died in that car crash.  I would also like to know what really happened that night.

George Washington was our first president and I would like to know what he thinks of our democracy in the present day.  Would he be disappointed or belief that it was working the way it was intended.  I would love to here his thoughts on the current lawmakers of the day and his opinions on how they are similar or different that the ones in his day.

Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein were all great thinkers in their day.  I would like to know what they think of the technologies of today and what they think of our current educational system and what we need to change in it to make the kids of today actually think!  What do they think of the social changes of today!  Did they envision our world going in the directions that it has followed?

For President Kennedy and President Johnson, I would like to have the whole truth about the Kennedy assassination and their thoughts on how the world would be different if President Kennedy hadn’t been killed.  Would President Kennedy have taken the same paths as President Johnson in the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, and the relationships with Russia and their allies?

For President Franklin Roosevelt and England’s Prime Minister Churchill I would like to know what in hindsight they would have changed about World War II and what they would have done the same.  What would they do today in relation to the wars and terrorist activity in the world of today?

For Apostle Peter I would like him to know how much inspiration and hope he gives to us today to know that the lord will forgive even those who lose their way enough to deny him at times but who return to him.  I would also like to know what heaven is really like!

 


 

This week’s prompt is – Special People / Iconic People

If you had to hold a dinner party and could invite a maximum of 12 special people who would you invite?

You can NOT include family in this – the special people could be famous or historical people. What made you select the people that you chose? What questions would you like to ask them?

What meals would you serve and why?

Perhaps include the recipe or a photo if you decided to actually cook the items!

 


 

The Book of Me, Written by You

By Julie Goucher 2012 – Anglers Rest Blog – http://www.anglersrest.net

Introduction

The Book of Me is a themed event enabling you to build a “Book of Me” over at least the coming year to share with your descendants, in reality this project can be as long
or as short as you want it to be.

So much of our time is researching our ancestors, but how much of the incidentals of our lives do we share, or know about our parents, grandparents, siblings and the
people that matter to us?

It is these incidental snippets that enable us to “flesh out” our ancestors and what more of a legacy could we present to our descendants or future researchers?

Over the coming weeks there will be a weekly prompt enabling you to share those details and perhaps include details of things that you know of your parents, Grandparents, siblings etc

This is not just about genealogy or family history. It is about a personal journey; a journey of rediscovery of yourself and perhaps your loved ones through your eyes.

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The Book of Me, Written by You: Prompt 12 – The Year You Were Born

I was born in 1969.

From the website: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1969.html

1969 On July 20th one of mans crowning achievements occurred when American Astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the Moon and uttered the immortal words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” . The opposition to the war continued to increase with more and more attending anti war demonstrations and demanding that the US withdrew from Vietnam. The music came from groups including the Doors, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin and the Beatles and the most famous music festival of modern times “WOODSTOCK” took place on a New York Farm on August 15th to August 17thwith more than 400,000 avid music fans attending to see the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Crosby Stills Nash and Young and others perform live. fashions reflected the anti war sentiment with military jackets adorned with peace signs, and other trends including long unkempt wild hair and headbands showed the feelings of anti establishment felt by the youth.    

 

Technology

  • First Concorde test flight is conducted In France
  • First transplant of human eye
  • Seiko sells the first Quartz Watch
  • The Harrier Jump Jet enters service with the RAF
  • The Palestine Liberation Organization ( PLO ) is founded
  • The first automatic teller machine ATM or Cash Machine is installed in the United States
  • Creation of ARPANET, the predecessor of the Internet
  • The Boeing 747 jumbo jet makes its debut. It carried 191 people, most of them reporters and photographers, from Seattle to New York City.
  • UNIX is developed by a group of AT&T employees at Bell Labs
  • The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am the epitome of the American muscle car is introduced.
  • The Microprocessor ( a miniature set of integrated circuits ) is invented opening the way for the computer revolution that followed

Popular Culture 1969

  • A free concert organized by the Rolling Stones is held at Altamont Speedway in Livermore, Calif with problems caused by the use of Hells Angels as Bouncers resulting in a number of deaths
  • The Groundbreaking TV programme Monty Python’s Flying Circus is shown for the first time and the catch phrase “And now for something completely different,” becomes their trade mark
  • Sesame Street known for its Muppet characters, makes it’s debut on PBS
  • Bell Bottom Jeans and tie-dye shirts become part of the teenage fashion scene.
  • The John Lennon Album “Two Virgins” featuring John Lennon and Yoko Ono in the nude are confiscated at Newark Airport
  • The Beatles’ last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records.
  • The Beatles release their album Abbey Road.
  • Sesame Street debuts on Public Television
  • Brian Jones Former Rolling Stones Guitarist drowns after drinking and drugs binge

Cost of Living 1969

How Much things cost in 1969
Yearly Inflation Rate USA 5.46 % 
Yearly Inflation Rate UK 5.6% 
Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 800 Average Cost of new house <span”>$15,550.00Average Income per year $8,550.00 Average Monthly Rent $135.00 Average Cost New Car $3,270.00 Toyota Corona $1,950.00 Gas per Gallon 35 cents Alarm Clock from Westclox $9.98


 

This week’s prompt is – The year you were born

  • What happened
  • Historical
  • Films
  • Music
  • Books
  • Television
  • Or use any other historical (well known or otherwise) event

 


 

The Book of Me, Written by You

By Julie Goucher 2012 – Anglers Rest Blog – http://www.anglersrest.net

Introduction

The Book of Me is a themed event enabling you to build a “Book of Me” over at least the coming year to share with your descendants, in reality this project can be as long
or as short as you want it to be.

So much of our time is researching our ancestors, but how much of the incidentals of our lives do we share, or know about our parents, grandparents, siblings and the
people that matter to us?

It is these incidental snippets that enable us to “flesh out” our ancestors and what more of a legacy could we present to our descendants or future researchers?

Over the coming weeks there will be a weekly prompt enabling you to share those details and perhaps include details of things that you know of your parents, Grandparents, siblings etc

This is not just about genealogy or family history. It is about a personal journey; a journey of rediscovery of yourself and perhaps your loved ones through your eyes.

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The Book of Me, Written by You: Prompt 10 – Unexplained Memories

I do have a few memories that were pretty weird! When I was a young girl I had several dreams in which I had these weird feelings of movement and I felt dizzy and disoriented and all I could see was this gray area surrounded by two sections of orange. I would feel weird when I would wake up from these dreams but not really afraid. The dreams continued periodically for many months. I didn’t understand the dreams and I couldn’t figure out what was happening to me in the dream. After a while the dreams stopped for a while but then I started having them again. A few months later, I had a weird experience that explained the dream to me and I never had the dream again.

We bought an orange and white blazer. Then, a few weeks later I had to go to the dentist and have a couple of fillings. The doctor had given me some medicine to knock me out while he was doing the fillings. I felt dizzy. I was about halfway home when I realized that this was how I felt in the dreams and the view of the floorboard with the orange surfaces surrounding the floorboard was the view from my dream.

I haven’t had these dreams since this day. We didn’t own the orange and white blazer when I started having the dreams and we weren’t even planning on trading cars at the at time.

I have had a few other weird experiences. I have had several dreams of conversations that I didn’t understand at at the time. Sometimes, I didn’t even understand at the time of the dream the context of the conversation. The conversation would be about things I didn’t even know about at time of the dream. Then, weeks or months later I would realize that I was either observing or participating in the conversation from my previous dream.

I haven’t had one of these dreams in many years. However, the dreams have left me with a belief that psychic visions other psychic phenomena can be true. However, I also believe that many of the so-called psychics on tv and in the news are fakes.

I don’t have explanations for my own experiences but How I dont have explanations for many of the things in the world!

 


 

This week’s prompt is Unexplained Memories

Do you have an unexplained memory or memories?

  • Items
  • Places
  • People
  • Things and times you can remember, but you are not sure where they fit into your past

 


 

The Book of Me, Written by You

By Julie Goucher 2012 – Anglers Rest Blog – http://www.anglersrest.net

Introduction

The Book of Me is a themed event enabling you to build a “Book of Me” over at least the coming year to share with your descendants, in reality this project can be as long
or as short as you want it to be.

So much of our time is researching our ancestors, but how much of the incidentals of our lives do we share, or know about our parents, grandparents, siblings and the
people that matter to us?

It is these incidental snippets that enable us to “flesh out” our ancestors and what more of a legacy could we present to our descendants or future researchers?

Over the coming weeks there will be a weekly prompt enabling you to share those details and perhaps include details of things that you know of your parents, Grandparents, siblings etc

This is not just about genealogy or family history. It is about a personal journey; a journey of rediscovery of yourself and perhaps your loved ones through your eyes.