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Lake Mathews (Perris), CA, 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 25 times over and a great-grandmother of 19. 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 work in partnership with Gena Philibert-Ortega with Genealogy Journeys where we focus on educating folks about Social History. More about that can be found at http://genaandjean.blogspot.com and more about my own business projects is on my Circlemending website.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - 8 July 2010

My first "number" puzzle. As the daughter of a mathematician, I got a lot of these types of games!


  1. My grandmother had a lot of these kinds of puzzles on the window ledge in her dining room. I used to play with them when I stayed at her place. Perhaps that's why I did degrees in mathematics at university!

    Thanks for the nostalgia rush!

  2. What a great teaching tool! And so lucky that you liked it! When we come, you will have to show me how you play it.