06 May 2016

[CA-SCGS] Mother's Day Wishes and Memories- Part 3 of 4


Mother's day allows us to celebrate and remember those special women in our lives. Today we bring you a memory shared by SCGS member and past president Pam Wiedenbeck.  


The Chair
June, 2014

Sometime after my sister was born in 1953, Dad got a new reclining chair. It was covered in a new-fangled material called Naugahyde – a faux leather that was supposed to be indestructible. There must not have been too many color choices since this chair started as a dirty yellow reminiscent of Grey Poupon.

This was Dad’s chair, but it was large enough for two toddler girls and sometimes two toddler girls and Dad. Cleaning under the chair was a great adventure as Dad never emptied his pockets before sitting down for the evenings. Piggy banks grew fat on the pennies, nickels and dimes that came to rest under the chair.

Contrary to all the marketing hype, Naugahyde was not indestructible – and I think Mom got tired of dirty yellow in her living room. The pickup of the chair for reupholstering presented an unprecedented opportunity for two young girls whose behavior was occasionally far from perfect.

Mom and Dad believed that using spanking as punishment was OK, even though it was punishment of last resort. We never heard “Wait until your father gets home.” Mom was perfectly capable of administering a spanking on her own, particularly when she felt the use of her antique razor strap was appropriate – which was not often.

The razor strap was a beautiful shade of tan. It was covered with embossed figures and hung from a cabinet in the kitchen. It sat there above the wall phone as a warning and reminder – more of a deterrent rather than an actual tool. We never knew its provenance. It might well have belonged to Mom’s Dad or grandfather – a story that we would never know.

Somewhere around 1960, as the chair was waiting for pickup, and after the chair had been checked for miscellaneous keys and change, my sister and I hid the razor strap in the chair. We were hoping for a brief reprieve. We thought that the upholsterer would return the strap with the new red Naugahyde chair. When the chair was returned, the razor strap was gone. There was no mention of it as the workmen unloaded and set up the newly upholstered chair.

My sister and I looked and each other. That look sealed a bargain to never tell anyone about the razor strap. We were never asked about it – and as far as I can tell, Mom never searched for it.

In 2003, we sold the house. The red recliner had been replaced years before. As Mom and I inspected the last nooks and crannies, Mom looked at me and wondered what ever happened to the razor strap. Paula and I looked at each other and finally confessed. Mom laughed, shook her head and marveled that anyone could keep a secret for over 40 years – a far milder reaction than would have been manifested had the upholsterer returned that razor strap when he found it in the chair.

Pam Wiedenbeck



The SCGS Writers Group will be meeting on Sunday, May 8, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the SCGS Library in Burbank. The Writers Group is a lively, friendly group, sharing ideas for researching and writing their family tales and histories. Join them to learn how to turn the dry statistics of "Begats, Beweds and Begones" into lively tales of family and situation.

For more information please contact Jennifer Taylor.

Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California
(818) 843-7247

[CA-SCGS] Lunch and Learn - Saturday, May 14, 2016

Does it seem as if your family history is limited to a dry list of names, dates, and places? Would you like to learn how to enrich those bare facts with family stories and create more interesting reading? Then the upcoming Southern California Genealogical Society Lunch and Learn program on May 14, 2016 is for you!

The Program will include two lectures:

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm   "Preserving History through Writing the Personal Narrative" by Elise Woodson. Ms. Woodson has served as the Education and Film curator for the California African American museum since 2009.  Her presentation will cover the Mind Mapping method of pre-writing that will help to begin the process of personal storytelling.

2:15 pm to 3:15 pm  "Expanding Facts into Family History Stories"  by Dick Humphrey. Mr. Humphrey is a retired teacher and the leader of the popular SCGS Family Tree Maker User Group. He will be discussing various strategies for enhancing scanty data to create more compelling stories. Examples from his personal publications will cover childhood memories, holiday traditions, and major historical events.

Doors open at 12:00 noon. Bring a brown bag lunch and sit, chat, and share your genealogy stories with fellow family historians while you eat.

For more information please contact Charolotte Bocage

Lunch and Learn
12:00 noon to 3:30 pm
Second Saturday of most months
Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California

Cross street Glenoaks

(818) 843-7247

www.scgsgenealogy.com


05 May 2016

[CA-SCGS] Mother's Day Wishes and Memories - Part 2 of 4




We hope you enjoyed yesterday's poem. Today we have another poetic treat for you.....


Just This Side of Life


Just this side of life
Mama’s always been there for me
From the moment I was born
Just a babe bouncing on her knee.

She wrapped me up tight
In a blanket made by hand
Singing sweet lullaby’s
Telling bedtime stories at my command.


Just this side of life
Mama always put us kids first
Giving up her share of cookies
Saying “I’m so full, I’m gonna burst!”

She worried about our safety
Thinking it’d be best if we could fight
Enrolling us boys with Higa Sensei
We’d karate chop with all our might.


Just this side of life
Mama always knew best
Teaching us to cook, garden and clean…
Washing dishes was the ultimate test.

She wanted a nice, clean home
And sometimes we’d comply
But often I’d hear her scrubbing
The kitchen floors late at night.


Just this side of life
Mama always wanted us to learn
Driving us over to Aunties for lessons
Where we’d sit, pout and squirm!

She’s been our example, our shinning light
Teaching us to ponder and pray
Then gathering us up in her loving embrace
At the end of a long day.


Just this side of life
Mama always loved nature and flowers
Showing us the beauty of life
All evidence of God’s great powers.

She planned family outings
And a camping we’d go
To the mountains or the Arche’s
Or for a romp in the snow.


Just this side of life
Mama always wanted us to know
About our forefathers, our proud heritage
Knowing it would help us to grow.

She’d pull out Grandma’s book
While reciting stories of old
Showing us strange, ragged pictures
Sparking images untold.


Just this side of life
Mama’s always been there
Attending plays, concerts and recitals
Or grabbing the scissors to cut our hair.

She knew the value of family and friends
Inviting them over for dinner
Afterwards we’d play a loud game of Uno
And in the end, we were all winners.


Just this side of life
Mama will always be here
And though we can’t see her
Sweet memories will draw her near.

She’s just a thought away
Willing us to keep moving on
Through life’s winding path
Till it’s our turn to go home.


J. Brady Allan, 1/28/2016


The SCGS Writers Group will be meeting on Sunday, May 8, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the SCGS Library in Burbank. The Writers Group is a lively, friendly group, sharing ideas for researching and writing their family tales and histories. Join them to learn how to turn the dry statistics of "Begats, Beweds and Begones" into lively tales of family and situation.

For more information please contact Jennifer Taylor.

Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California
(818) 843-7247

04 May 2016

[CA-SCGS] Family Tree Maker User Group - No Meeting in May

As usual, the SCGS Family Tree Maker User Group will take a hiatus in May in honor of Mother's Day on May 8, 2016.



For more information contact Dick Humphrey

SCGS Family Tree Maker User Group
Second Sunday of most months
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Southern California Genealogical Society Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California

(818) 843-7247

scgsgenealogy.com

03 May 2016

[CA-SCGS] Mother's Day Wishes and Memories - Part 1 of 4



Wishing you and yours a very Happy Mother's Day

In celebration of Mother's Day, the Social Media Team has a special treat for you!  

We hope you enjoy the first of a four piece series featuring works written by SCGS members, many of whom participate in the SCGS Writer's Group.  Thanks to Jennifer Taylor and the members of the group for their willingness to share their memories, talent and time with all of us.

                                                       TELLING MY BEADS
                 
                                                       Jerusha, Bethiah,
                                                       Philotha, Melissa,
                                                       Like honey your names 
                                                       Now fall from my tongue.

                                                       I search out your tales,
                                                       My mothers in blood,
                                                       Elisheba, Keziah,
                                                       You'll not be forgot.
                                            
                                                       Against Bible begats
                                                       Of loud trumpeted fathers,
                                                       I whisper the nameless,
                                                       Or first name alone. 

                                                      The saddest of all 
                                                      Unknown and Unknown,
                                                      Those lost without trace
                                                      Save  for husband or child.

                                                      Though your colors be mute
                                                       In my necklace of beads,
                                                       I treasure you all,
                                                       Oh, Hannah, Rosanna,
                                                       And you my Unknown, 
                                                       I’ll tell you again. 
                                          

                                                                               Jean Snow
                                                                               SCGS Member and Writer's Group Leader Emeritus


The SCGS Writers Group will be meeting on Sunday, May 8, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the SCGS Library in Burbank. The Writers Group is a lively, friendly group, sharing ideas for researching and writing their family tales and histories. Join them to learn how to turn the dry statistics of "Begats, Beweds and Begones" into lively tales of family and situation.

For more information please contact Jennifer Taylor.

Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California
(818) 843-7247