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Month: December 2007

An Extraordinary Season


I have been trying to come up with a favorite movie list for the Holidays and am falling extremely short. Below are the three that I could come up with for now. On the other hand, Greg (Zigory) has come with with a very good list, so I will link back to him! 🙂

1.The Holiday starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet. I liked the character Iris the most and absolutely love the line, “You’re supposed to be the leading lady of your own life, for God’s sake!” Of course we all know that, but the drama in which the realization smacks her in the face is brilliant! It’s a fun, light film – good for the home library or weekend rental.

2. Elf – and who does not love Buddy?!

3.A Christmas Story – the leg lamp is hilarious!

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays!

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Family History and misc.

First off, I want to wish the best of luck to my friend Martin on his quest to come back to the US! He truly is a Jeffersonian type American in Spirit! 🙂

Recently I had the pleasure of meetingfellow family historian and4th cousin Barbara from New York. She is from a side of our family who anglicized the spelling of the last name one generation down from our common immigrant ancestors. My side, Mary/Maria, moved from New York to San Francisco with her infant son after the death of her husband Frances who served with the 55th NY Infantry Regiment (French Regiment) during the Civil War.
Maria and Frances T
Barbara and I are combining our efforts to continue to research and track our commonhistory, and with a little luck and a lot more work we will hopefully have a positive outcome. It was fascinating to meet each other (finally) in person and comparing common family traits, such as the taller women in the family have small hands and feet. Also Barbara’s eyes are almost identical to my Grandmother! Our personalities are similar and we hit it off as if we’ve always been around each other.
If anyone in the family is interested in more information pertaining to family history please call or send me an e-mail.

In other news today(said with all seriousness after clearing the throat and pretending to be a news anchor woman)…
I’ve been working on more digital scrapbooks/videos and had some technical issues to sort out. Also, my brother had a question about convertingMPEG to record to DVD. I hope his issues were resolved as well.
Here are a couple of links that I have found useful –
* from Lifehacker – Top 10 converter list
* Windows Media – converting formats

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