Posts Tagged ‘family history’

Garden In The Bathtub Legacy: Revolutionary Family History Prose

November 25, 2018

Maria Vogt or Weidt GEERDTS, early 1900s, by her chicken coop in Sheboygan, WisconsinThere is an old family history story that my Grandma Bertha Geerdts Kuhns used to tell me about her father’s mother, a little old immigrant German lady who lived in Sheboygan Wisconsin at the turn of the century. My Grandma Bertha said that this woman (Maria Vogt or Weidt Geerdts) had chicken coops, a garden, but what Grandma Bertha most remembered about Maria Geerdts’ house in Sheboygan is that her large clawfoot bathtub was never used for bathing.

Instead, it was always full of garden plants.
Plants in jetted bathtub, Nov 2018
Sometimes I wonder if my great-great Granny Geerdts is looking down on my giant jetted bathtub …
and smiling.

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.