Posts Tagged ‘family history’

My Valentine’s Day Gift: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku

February 14, 2017

St. Valentine was/
Roman, so I did proxy*/
work for Italians.
OR
*temple

Why I Didn’t Go To The Dance: Revolutionary ImproVerse Rhyming Haiku

November 25, 2016

Some dance or romance/
late. That’s great. I’m learning to/
rise early and serve.Payson, Utah LDS Temple at Sunrise and Wasatch Mountains

Utah Valley Priorities: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku

September 6, 2015

BYU Football Hail Mary to beat Nebraska Sept, 2015Want to have no crowds/
doing temple work? Go when/
BYU’s playing!
OR
Want to do temple/
work with no crowds? Attend/
when BYU’s playing!
Based on a text from a friend of mine who went to a Utah valley LDS Temple during the BYU/Nebraska football season opener, 2015: “There was nobody there!”

Small Miracles Pieced Together: Revolutionary Blogging Free Verse

April 1, 2015

If you research and think of/
how the Nordlanders kept records/
in Stave churches/
as they island hopped;/

How Asbjorn/
had the idea/
to put the Boks together/
the year before I landed;

How my friend’s dad/
knew right where/
Grandpa’s tiny nativity village was /
‘cuz he’d skied there;

How a young pastor/
debarked the ferry/
the same second I did/
after 2 years in the Holy Land;

How his elementary teacher/
bought the same house/
my great-grandmother’s sister owned/
and knew all my relatives;

How those aged Norsk cousins spoke/
such a strong, ancient Dialekt/
that I, Schwyzer-Duetsch schwetzen,/
could understand them/
(and they, Kojak and Rockford TV taught/
got American me, from the heart, baby!)

How much we got done, laughing,/
sharing information and old photos,/
in 2 short Norwegian November days,/
knowing it was a tongue gift;

How those Lind books landed/
in the hands of someone typing/
80 words per minute/
10 miles from a Temple;

How they held me up, /
typing until 2 a.m.,/
and woke me at 4:30 a.m., /
to do their work;

How, when the machine was broken/
and the records lost,/
the data was saved, protected,/
rediscovered and decoded;

If you think about/
and comprehend how all that,/
and more, happened,/
then you’ll know how and why/
those old fiskers/
never let me rest/
until they were,/
and are,
found,/
and bound,/
together.

Stamsvik Nordfold Norway family farm overlooking the North Sea

Doing The Best Things: Revolutionary Blogging Prose

April 5, 2014

(Originally posted on Facebook)
I go to a lot of dances, karaoke, parties, sporting activities, social events. I think they’re important to “connect”, especially when a person doesn’t have a local “family”.
But can I share something without coming across as self rigtheous or anything? I had a thought this morning about how the dances and other social activities I attend are really just for me. They’re not really helping anyone else (although I do make others smile when I ‘rock it’.) I heard a talk about service, and then I wondered this:
https://cyranowriter.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/can-we-do-more-than-dance-revolutionary-contexting-haiku/ — can I do more than dance? Can I serve?
And I was listening to someone who was talking about family history, which prompted this question (and answer to the question I’d asked this morning) —
https://cyranowriter.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/dancing-with-ancestors-revolutionary-contexting-haiku/ — I can spend time doing genealogy and helping others.
Tonight, instead of going to a dance, I’m going to work on family history with a friend. And the larger question is this: Have you folks ever thought about putting together service projects, family history “working sessions”, have a “barn raising” (i.e., maybe we all go work for an hour on each other’s gardens), or anything similar … instead of just dancing or going out to dinner or going to sporting events or doing other social things?
(NOTE: Watching da Badgers play this afternoon in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four is NOT included!)

Dancing With Ancestors: Revolutionary ConTEXTing Haiku

April 5, 2014

I asked how I could/
serve. God’s servant revealed: Fill/
Malachi’s promise.

Look At Me; I’m Not Doing It: Revolutionary ConTEXTing Haiku

March 15, 2013

You were excited/
about something I could help /
you with, but I failed.