Tracing Your Family History: Unearthing Your Deepest Roots #bloganuary

On my father’s side, we’re Welsh, and on my mother’s side, we’re Irish.

On both sides, we’ve retraced my family history with quite a bit of detail. Her cousins and first cousins researched my mother’s family history, tracing it back to when the Edgars lived in Derry, Ireland. A kind of Edgar family “event” went on in recent months and years when the family used Facebook to celebrate their family history.

It may have been Sammy Edgar who wrote the full account of the Edgars’ immigration to Canada.

The hit Netflix series Derry Girls, about growing up in Derry in the nineties, is a worthy tribute to a fascinating land. It’s great that Derry, Ireland inspired it.

Obviously, the title is reminiscent, in my humble opinion, of Canada’s Trailer Park Boys show of the 2000s. In spite of this, I have family in Moncton, New Brunswick, which is a funny irony. That’s my father’s side, however.

An alcoholic is thought to be one of my forefathers who left Ireland and immigrated to Canada in order to escape creditors. I live on the same street in St. Catharines where my mother played as a child, as she spent some of her childhood a stone’s throw away from this apartment building.

Likewise, my godfather’s mother lived just up the street. On the outskirts of St. Catharines, my dad owns a cemetery, and my godfather grew up on adjacent land. https://www.facebook.com/LouthUnited/

They became Americans after my godfather married my father’s only sister. He has penned several books. The family has a bonafide writer, so I have to be careful about what I write.

As on the Edgar side of the family, my godfather has written the story of the Olivers’ family history.

Exploring My Earliest Memories: A Personal Reflection #bloganuary

Do you remember your earliest memories vividly? Even if they’re few and far between, these memories can sometimes feel like a time capsule that transports us back to the times of our youth. For many of us, this feeling of reliving every single detail is incredibly vivid and clear in our minds. What’s the earliest memory you have? Let’s take a journey into remembering those moments as we explore what it takes to recall childhood memories.

A few years ago, it was my girlfriend who drove me to remember being a young child in my bedroom. It was like I was there. On top of my bed were stuffed animals that were my friends.

I’d forgotten that I had that collection of stuffed toys. My best friend was a toy puppy I named “Snuffy,” inspired, most likely, by TV’s Muppet character Mister Snuffleupagus. Mister Snuffleupagus is like a furry mammoth elephant who lives on Sesame Street, a friend to Big Bird.

I could see my bookshelves on the opposite wall. It was like being a child again. I frequently played sitting on that bed when I was a small child.

My stuffed toys sat at the head of the bed. I’d forgotten that was a habit of mine until the time with my girlfriend reminded me.

I woke up from what was like a trance believing I was waking up in that house’s bedroom. It happens once in a blue moon that I awaken from sleep wondering where I am or thinking I am somewhere else. Even if it’s my own home.

“Read an old letter, personal journal, or newspaper article. Listen to an old song that you or someone in your family loved. Cook a meal your mom or dad used to make for you.

April 1, 2021, April Fools’ Day—celebrated on April 1 each year. Smell something that may prompt your memory. 160,000,000 results

Striking the Balance Between Taking Risks and Being Realistic #bloganuary

Being brave isn’t about taking risks for the sake of it. It’s not always about making bold choices and venturing into uncharted territory. To me, being brave means finding a balance between embracing new opportunities and staying realistic about what can be achieved within the parameters of time, money, and resources you have available to you. That way, you take whatever steps forward that are accessible to you while resisting the pursuit of an unrealistic vision just for its own sake – instead working your hardest on what’s a great day to blog, and the Bloganuary prompt is: How are you brave?

In your life, you have to take risks.

I once saw Gary Vaynerchuk on YouTube giving advice to a young actor who was a waiter living in LA. He said to the actor that the young man needed an agent. In spite of all the auditions he could give, he expected to emerge as the next big thing without an agent?

Despite being an optimist, Vaynerchuk advises people not to take too many risks. I feel that I am brave in that the substantial risks I do take, I am willing to make efforts to be free. I said this because a measure of importance to me was to have my own time in life.

I said this to my French teacher in high school, Monsieur Lalonde, in front of the class. Monsieur Lalonde responded by stating that he was disappointed.

He said that being active throughout life was much better. By the way, he was the ice hockey coach in the school.

I didn’t find Monsieur Lalonde realistic. I don’t think an answer to wanting to be brave is to start out doing what you love and worry about money later.

Living a life without trying to be nine to five might be sad in the opinion of someone like Monsieur Lalonde. I’ve quit several jobs. In 2001, when the time when was of the essence, that springtime I quit a job that I needed.

In retrospect, quitting that job was a big mistake and I regret it. Live and learn. However, I still believe that I only did what I thought I had to do in 2001.

Luckily, these days, while not the right fit, I am content working for a business I operate with my dad. This is to help maintain the quaint cemetery we care for. That is the measure of credibility I have.

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Political Insight

How have your political views changed over time?

My dad decided he’d like a business after he retired from his career with the municipality. A Facebook page for the business that he wanted for his retirement years was one of the things he asked me to help him with. We had a supporter for quite some time, before she passed, Marilyn.

Marilyn helped me out quite a lot with tips on how to shape the page. In the area of politics, Marilyn’s perspective proved vastly useful. She expressed surprise that I would do something so amateurish as to make a political post on the page, which could cause arguments.

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I realized that I should not do anything like tear people down with political rhetoric. I used the impetus to make an opportunity to learn more about politics, which was interesting as there can be a lot to criticize about political figures. In the first place, Marilyn showed me the problem: there was a lot to say about Trump.

It is now time to consider Trudeau’s problematic administration here in Canada. I don’t know yet all what I might do, considering especially that my dad, although he would not like me to publish this, does not support liberal politics. Even my younger brother, although he doesn’t claim to know all that much about the political scene in Canada, does not take a sharp tongue when politics are the subject of conversation.

Playing the role of an educator requires modesty and humility. With a content aggregator website and tried-and-true RSS feeds, I do some research and call myself a writer.

As part of yesterday’s podcast episode, Russell Brand interviewed a guest, BJ Dichter. He observed that if friends do become divided in a political argument, it is imperative they want to but ultimately agree not to let that end the friendship. Viewers were reminded that no matter what our political views are, we need to live in the same world.

BJ Dichter how to unite together against centralised power

What could you do less of?

My Home

Lamenting that Jack Dorsey admonishes himself for taking his role in starting Twitter

Dorsey regrets his own success, he apparently sometimes claims. When he saw a site suited primarily for discussing weather conditions around the world and bird activity in the sky, when ultimately people would be concerned about hate speech emerging on Twitter, Dorsey believed he was a fool to resort to such lengths to make Twitter real.

Twitter permits users to post tweets with 280 characters. The initial cap was 140; however, it was raised to 280 in November 2017. Twitter referred to itself as a platform for concise thoughts, despite user requests to increase the character limit. October 30, 2022

I was dismayed that the shape of a tweet was changing. For years, it had been perfect. My voice isn’t my own at forty-five years old in December 2022, because I don’t feel like I have one.

That wonderful decade included the purchase of a Commodore 64; ours did not. Where my mom and dad skipped a step is, at the time I was in high school, my brother in junior high, and my sister in elementary. They outfitted the basement of our bungalow with a Commodore Amiga 500, quite spectacular for its day.

This taught me about computer art, musical composition, and a beginner’s handle on programming in computer language. During parent-teacher interviews, my mother told me that my grade 10 computer science teacher said I could probably make a living as a computer programmer. That would have made me happy, I think.

To tell the truth, it was things like pop art, like seeing pop art as a little boy and in college seeing Warhol’s works in London, England, and having an experience of happiness that was apparent, even loud as day.

I can tell that Twitter is the closest thing to a satisfactory world of social I have ever found. I visited Decentraland on my desktop the other day, as a guest, for the first time. My preference is not for Zuckerberg’s metaverse, and my hope is that Dorsey champions the thing he built for the world, the thing he planned to make a reality.

Facebook is the social media where I perform best of all. I even have brought my dad’s business on it, in the shape of a business page.

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There have been a number of mistakes in Twitter offices, and I was horrified to learn that Twitter delayed the publication of news stories about Hunter Biden’s troubles during Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. Musk seems completely in agreement that social media should not undermine politics and democracy. In terms of the billionaire class, Musk is most sympathetic to the potential inherent in humanity which is our just reward for our sacrifices.