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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, August 26, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Uncle Wiggily

On the road again. I've been rather quiet because of the travel and visiting schedule, but we are spending the night in our newly re-engined RV in a WalMart in Mississippi. Quiet, peaceful. Time to think of a Treasure from my collection back home, to which we are heading after we visit our son in Texas. So here is just such a treasure, a favorite character from my childhood.


  1. I loved this game as a child, and I had a similar book! I remember playing this endlessly with my Dad on nights when my Mom had to work (she was a nurse, and often he had to put me to bed when she had a shift) I think he enjoyed it more than I did.

  2. I love uncle Wiggily!! He is one of my favorite uncles! I wish I still had my book and game. Thanks for sharing that.

  3. I remember Uncle Wiggily, but would not have thought of him if had not mentioned him. Glad you are back on the road; travel safely.

  4. Oh, I love Uncle Wiggily! I even remember him! Have a great time and travel safely.