Did you know that the Book of Kells is now available in all of its glory as an app for the ipad? It is such a gorgeous and rich piece of work - I am excited that I can now flip through its pages any time please.
We're expecting our first little one in about 3 months. We do not have a crib. We don't have a car seat. And we do not even have a designated space for our impending bundle of joy. However, we have spent hours researching names.
The responsibility of naming a human being seems incredible to me. This is the name they will be called on the first day of school! The first time someone says "I love you" and what they will be called on their first job interview.
I am probably the only one, but this news of the death of Hugo Chavez has had me captivated. His death has led to one interesting detail to the next and has culminated in the most fascinating event of all. Have you heard? - His body will not be buried. It will not be burned. Instead it will be embalmed and placed within a crystal case to remain on display for perpetuity. He's not the first, by any means, to do this. Lenin was preserved in a similar way and is still on display in Moscow's Red Square. Mao Zedong's body still receives daily visitors despite being being dead for over 30 years. Chavez's case is an interesting one though - as it is the first in several decades and it is being preserved in a rather warm and humid country. I am so curious to find out just how this will all go down...
I am so excited to be back teaching at the University of Texas through their Informal Classes Program. If you are in the Austin area, be sure to sign up for Beginning Genealogy held every Tuesday night at the UT campus.
“Beginning Genealogy” is designed to help people get started in
researching their own family tree. The course will answer the question
“How do I start?” and provide valuable tips and tools that any family
historian will need in order to interpret various records they will come
across during their research.