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Minnie's Potatoes Book Cover

Up-Coming Speaking Events

I’m pleased to announce a few more speaking engagements. Mark your calendars! September 18 Detroit Family Book Launch & Brunch, hosted by Eileen Isenberg, in Southfield, Michigan. November 13, 10 a.m. – noon Jewish Book Fair at the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit, in West Bloomfield, Michigan. November 21, 12:30 p.m. Philanthropic Educational Organization’s […]

Why Preserve Family History?

My parents died two years ago within a month of one another. I didn’t realize the grounding their physical presence gave me until they were gone. They were my connection to childhood, to cousins and to memories of my hometown. I wrote about them so I wouldn’t lose the memories. Those stories started me wondering […]

Lousy Lumberjacks: Minnie’s Potatoes

Lumberjacks were lousy with bedbugs and lice. Common knowledge in the 1880’s was to avoid the hemlock tree. Lumberjacks thought this slow-growing, long-lived evergreen that lent elegance to the landscape brought blood-sucking bugs to your bed. It was believed by woodsmen the conifer gave shelter to bedbugs during some part of their life cycle. When […]

Exhuming Secrets: Minnie’s Potatoes

This handsome hunk is my great-grandfather, Fred Hartman, circa 1885. I found his photo in the genealogical archives of the library in Alpena, Michigan. I started my search in Alpena because of what I had discovered earlier in the bowels of the Standish courthouse. The lumberjack Fred Hartman, the deed stated, purchased 67 acres in […]