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"Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop." -- The King of Hearts

I'm an adopted Texan. As they say, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!" I post pictures and opinions as suits my mood, mostly because I can. Hooray Internet! 

So far I have three blogs here. By the Way is the oldest. I started it in 2003. I lost a couple of years to Vox because I was too lazy to bother to export when they shut down. I consider it an exercise in accepting impermanence. When I followed my husband to Singapore for his first expat assignment, I started (T)expatriate: A Southern Girl in Singapore. That covers 2010 and 2011, give or take. Next came Oslo, and (T)expat 2: Norwegian Boogaloo,  in 2012. Now I'm back home, and back on By the Way.

Pix live on Flickr. I toss links out on Twitter when I feel like it. I'm still not sure what to do with G+ but I kinda like it.

 

More about Mande St. Etienne

I worked on the genealogy database over the weekend. I upgraded to TNG v5 and I really like some of the new features. The tabbed navigation is much easier, and the new Document object is a good idea. I spent a lot of time trying to decide how to organize sources vs. photos vs. documents and I've settled on a scheme that maybe isn't perfect but seems to work so far.

But the best part is that when I wrote to Dick Manning to let him know I'd loaded some of the pictures that he sent (of my grandfather, John Deam) he replied with some more details about what happened at Mande St. Etienne.

I read Company Commander last year and I'm amazed that any man who experienced that remembers anything about it. I'm very grateful to Dick Manning for sharing his memories of my grandfather, sad as they are, with my family. (The book is not long, but it's not a quick read--at least it wasn't for me. It's very matter-of-fact and at times overwhelming, but I'm glad that I read it.)

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