Native American Celebrities Who Weren’t

I did a blog recently in Green Living about litter and mentioned Iron Eyes Cody. He was the Native American featured in a famous anti-litter commercial of the ‘60s. Or was he? (This work is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1963 and although there may or may not have been a copyright notice, the copyright was not renewed.) As it turns out, old Iron Eyes heritage was questionable. Although his career was built on playing Native American roles and he supported Native American causes off camera, some believe Cody was … Continue reading

You (Yes, You) Can Write Your Family History

Just as not all writers are genealogists, not all genealogists are writers. What, then, is a genealogist to do if he or she is not a writer yet wishes to write his or her family history? The first thing that you can do is to dismiss the idea that since you are not much of a “writer”, you cannot write your family history. That is simply not true. In fact, who better to write the family history than you? You are uniquely qualified in that you have done all the research and you know the information inside and out. Once … Continue reading

How Do You Do Thanksgiving?

As Thanksgiving approaches, I have been reflecting on how the way that I have celebrated Thanksgiving has changed through the years. Each year has been enjoyable, but there have been a few changes along the way. When I was a child, my parents would pack my sister and I into the car and we would have a mid-day meal at one grandmother’s house and an evening meal at our other grandmother’s house. Both grandmothers lived in the same city which was near the town that we lived in, so the traveling was not a big deal. The food that was … Continue reading