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Riverside County, California, United States
I am a native of Illinois and grew up in Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago. I have one sibling, an older brother. After dropping out of college, I moved to California in 1973 with my first husband. I married my present husband, Butch, in 1977 and got 4 children in the deal. They have gone on to make me a grandmother 24 times over and a great-grandmother of 16 with three more due in 2016. Three years after I married Butch I returned to school. I got my bachelors and masters degrees in speech communication and was a professor in that field for 13 years. I retired in 2001 to return to school and get my doctorate in folklore. Now I meld my two interests - folklore and genealogy - and add my teaching background, resulting in my current profession: speaker/entertainer of genealogically-related topics. I play a number of folk instruments, but my preference is guitar, which I have been playing since 1963. I am a Board Certified genealogist and more information on all this, as well as direct contact info, is on my Circlemending website.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday - Great-grandmother's brooch, 2

The brooch great-grandmother Mary S. JENSEN JOHNSON is wearing is now in my collection. Reportedly, she was a bitter woman, having lost loved ones early in her life. The family story is that on her death bed, she expressed regret in having been disagreeable as a result of her own misfortune. I try to keep that as a reminder for my daily life. And I think of that whenever I wear her jewelry.

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