Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Resolute On Resolutions


“Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.”

~ Flaubert ~

I resolve there will be no resolutions for the year 2008 from the footnoteMaven! And I am resolute on that.

Every, and I do mean every, year I vow to become more organized, clutter free, to live the Zen existence. Has it ever in my entire life happened? Nooooooo! Then why do I continue to set myself up for failure?

I read that the most common New Year’s Resolutions are Get Organized, Be More Spiritual, Lose Weight, Quit Smoking, and Spend More Time With the Family (O.K. GeneaBloggers probably have a few more).

No offense to those who flourish under the burden of promising one's self broad far reaching goals, but these do absolutely nothing to inspire me. And I work from inspiration. I think so broad a resolution may be the reason I go down to defeat and have to admit it on January 1 of every year. Resolutions remind me of "To Do Lists" which I am well known for misplacing (a Freudian slip).

So I decided to look around for a solution with a better fit for me. I think I've found it in the form of Christine Kane who blogged "Resolution Revolution: A Better Way to Start Your Year."

Christine says:
Why Resolutions Don’t Work

The reason most resolutions don’t work is that they address only one level of your life. The DO level. It’s the DO-HAVE-BE model. “I will DO this thing.” (i.e., Lose weight) “So I can HAVE this other thing” (Self-Esteem) and I can BE this thing. (Confident.)

The average New Year’s Resolution doesn’t address the core of the issue - the “BE” level.

The best order for creating positive changes in your life is the BE-DO-HAVE model. This means you start from the BE level. When you begin changing on the BE level of your life, then the DO level and the HAVE level follow more easily.

When you start only on the DO level, then all the blocks on the BE level will often become the obstacles you can’t overcome.

I think she may be on to something. So for me, the "Get Organized" is the DO level; so I can HAVE a lovely field of vision and instant access to everything I own; so that I can BE more calm and stress free.

So instead of a resolution at the "DO" level she suggests you sit quietly in your environment (for me, amid the mess and clutter) and pick a single word as my touchstone, my guide for the year. A word that will remind me of living my life at the BE level. Now this doesn't give me a "get out of decluttering free card" it just means that the actions I take are inspired from the BE level.

For those of us who look around and see clutter all over our life, she suggests the word release. So, every time you approach your clutter you remind yourself of the word release. O.k, maybe that's just a little too new age for me, but it does make sense on some level.

So, after sitting amid the clutter and reflecting, I have chosen the word "permission." Because, you see, this is all my mother's fault. Isn't it always the fault of the mother's of the world?

All my life my mother would say, "You don't throw out the written word." And she had a room to back up that statement. It was stacked to the ceiling with Life, Look, and National Geographic magazines. She never threw out one of those magazines. There was more information contained in my Mother's magazine room than in our school or town libraries. When it was time to write a report I only had to visit "the room." Even my friends visited "the room" for inspiration. Today, I can't bring myself to throw out the written word.

So I'm going the one word route this year. After reflection I think the word "permission" can actually work in many aspects of my life. Particularly those in which I give myself permission to say "NO" where appropriate, or permission to toss the written word. Whoa, I'm feeling a little clutter free already.

What the heck, it can't be any worse than my resolution win loss rate thus far. And you have to wonder, does the word "permission" give me "permission" to ignore the word "permission" guilt free, thereby putting me in the win column for the year?

This one word idea has real promise.

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Photograph:

Gutekunst, F., photographer. “[Professor E.D. Cope's Study. Cluttered office of famous zoologist Edward Drinker Cope, c1897.]” Photograph. Philadelphia: F. Gutekunst, c1897. From Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. http://lcweb2.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?ils:5:./temp/~pp_UeJe::@@@mdb=fsaall,app,
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Bring Your Ancestors Together At A January - February Event Near You


Seattle, Washington - Western Washington
JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2008

JANUARY 2008

Wednesday 2 January
Seattle Central Library

Learn how to find online magazines and newspapers at the Central Library
Seattle Central Library at 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle
Lecture starts at 2.30pm - 3.45pm.
Visit Seattle Central Library - Classes and Events for more information.

Thursday 3 January
South King County Genealogical Society

The Legacy Users Group
Church of Latter-Day Saints at 24419-94th Ave. So., Kent
Meeting 10.30am to 12noon
Visit the SKCGS Website for more information.

Thursday 3 January
Seattle Genealogical Society

MAC COMPUTER INTEREST GROUP
Workshop: "What is Your Ancestor's Place in History?" What kind of history did your family create? Context is everything – the period, the wars, their occupation, religion, politics, education and military service. Why did they move to another state? Who went with them? Who stayed behind? Format the group sheet on Reunion to bring these important facts to the front.
dBug Resource Center, 9620 Stone Avenue North, Suite 202, Seattle
Meeting 7pm - 9pm
Visit the SGS Website for more information.

Tuesday 8 January
Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society

Putting the HISTORY in Family History - Myra Gormley
Bates Technical College at 1101 South Yakima Avenue, Tacoma
Meeting 7pm
Visit the TPCGS Website for more information.

Wednesday 9 January
Seattle Genealogical Society

STATE FOCUS GROUP: MISSOURI
SGS Library at 6200 Sand Point Way N.E. #101, Seattle
Meeting 1pm – 3pm
Visit the SGS Website for more information.

Wednesday 9 January
Museum of History and Industry

Nearby History Presents
Meet Seattle’s newest historians! Join us at the Museum of History And Industry for an evening program and reception to honor this year’s Nearby History writing seminar participants. Where else can you hear and see sixteen samples of new research in less than an hour?

MOHAI, McCurdy Park at 2700 24th Ave East, Seattle
Event runs from 7pm to 9pm. Admission is free.
Visit MOHAI Calendar for more information.

Thursday 10 January
South King County Genealogical Society

TMG Users Group
Algona-Pacific Library at 255 Ellingson Rd, Pacific
Meeting 1pm to 3pm
Visit the SKCGS Website for more information.

Thursday 10 January
Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable

"The Countermarch that Wasn't: Longstreet at Gettysburg - Mark Tackitt
A careful consideration of Longstreet's maneuvers and delayed offensive on July 2, 1863. Mark Tackitt is a veteran reenactor, a former judge pro tem of Seattle Municipal Court, and a public defender

China Harbor at 2040 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle
MENU CHOICES: Mongolian Beef or Salmon. Dinners include: salad, vegetable delight, General Tao’s chicken, fried rice and fresh fruit. Cost is $21, payable at the door. Social hour at 6 p.m.; dinner served at 7 p.m.; program at 8 p.m. Call Marty Wingate at 206-782-3941 or email her at martywin@earthlink.net to make reservations. Deadline for reservations is Tuesday, January 8.
6pm Social, 7pm Dinner, Lecture 7.45pm
Visit the Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable for more information.

Thursday 10 January
Eastside Genealogical Society

Civil War Research - Laura Pemberton Sparr
Bellevue Regional Library at 1111 110th Avenue NE, Bellevue
Meeting starts at 6pm.
Visit Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS) for more information.

Saturday 12 January
Genealogy and Family History Alumni Association

An Overview Of Genealogy-Related Resources In The University of Washington Libraries - Lisa Oberg
Shoreline Library at 345 NE 175th, Shoreline
Class runs from 10am to 12.30pm. Admission is free.
Visit Genealogy and Family History Alumni Association for more information.

Monday 14 January
NARA-Seattle

A Conversation with Marian Smith, USCIS Historian
A one-of-a-kind opportunity for researchers looking for immigration and nationality research and records. Marian Smith is the Senior Historian at the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security. She regularly lectures at national and international genealogy conferences on the history and uses of immigration and naturalization records held in the National Archives, Washington, D.C. and other locations.

NARA at 6125 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle
Time 10am - 11am. Free
Visit NARA for more information.

Monday 14 January
Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State

The Universe of Immigration Records, 1882-1954 - Marian Smith
Stroum JCC at 3801 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island
Lecture 7pm. Admission is free for JGSWS members, $5 for nonmembers.
Visit Jewish Genealogical Society for more information.

Tuesday 15 January
South King County Genealogical Society

Computer Interest Group
Auburn Library at 1102 Auburn Way S., Auburn
Meeting 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Visit the SKCGS Website for more information.

Wednesday 16 January
Seattle Genealogical Society

STATE FOCUS GROUP: INDIANA
SGS Library at 6200 Sand Point Way N.E. #101, Seattle
Meeting 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Visit the SGS Website for more information.

Wednesday 16 January
Seattle Central Library

Learn how to find online magazines and newspapers at the Central Library
Central Library at 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle
Lecture starts at 4.30pm - 5.45pm.
Visit Seattle Central Library - Classes and Events for more information.

Saturday 19 January
Heritage Quest Research Library

Immigration - Audrey
Heritage Quest Library at 909 Main Street, Suite 5
Sumner
Class runs from 9am to 11am. Admission is $10.
Visit Heritage Quest Research Library for more information.

Saturday 19 January
Seattle Genealogical Society

IRISH INTEREST GROUP - On-line Resources for Irish Research
SGS Library at 6200 Sand Point Way N.E. #101, Seattle
Meeting 10.15am – 12.15pm
Visit the SGS Website for more information.

Saturday 19 January
Seattle Genealogical Society

GERMAN INTEREST GROUP
German Ortssippenbucher - Darlene Burt
SGS Library at 6200 Sand Point Way N.E. #101, Seattle
Meeting 1Pm – 3pm
Visit the SGS Website for more information.

Sunday 19 January - 23 February
Museum of History and Industry

Nearby History - A Course in Doing Your Own History
Everyone has a history interest-what's yours? Research your home, neighborhood, family or personal collection. This 6-session introduction to historical methods and resources will help you learn step by step how to explore your own history!

MOHAI, McCurdy Park at 2700 24th Ave East, Seattle
Series tuition is $75 for MOHAI members, or $85 for General Public. Day-of Registration add $5.
Visit MOHAI Calendar for more information.

Sunday 20 January
Seattle Genealogical Society

STATE FOCUS GROUP: KENTUCKY
SGS Library at 6200 Sand Point Way N.E. #101, Seattle
Meeting 1pm – 3pm
Visit the SGS Website for more information.

Wednesday 23 January
Fiske Genealogical Foundation and Library (FGF)

Irish Research - Patti McNamee
Fiske Library at 1644 43RD Ave E, Seattle
Class runs from 10am to 12noon. Admission is $5.
Visit Fiske Library for more information.

Wednesday 23 January
Seattle Genealogical Society

STATE FOCUS GROUP: ILLINOIS
SGS Library at 6200 Sand Point Way N.E. #101, Seattle
Meeting 1pm – 3pm
Visit the SGS Website for more information.

Wednesday 23 January
Seattle Genealogical Society

STATE FOCUS GROUP: KANSAS
SGS Library at 6200 Sand Point Way N.E. #101, Seattle
Meeting 7pm – 9pm
Visit the SGS Website for more information.

Saturday 26 January
South King County Genealogical Society

How and when to use the services of a professional genealogist. How to become a professional genealogist - Jessica Hacken
First Baptist Church of Kent at 11420 SE 248th St, Kent
Meeting 9.30am to 12noon
Visit the SKCGS Website for more information.

Saturday 26 January
Seattle Genealogical Society

STATE FOCUS GROUP: MINNESOTA
SGS Library at 6200 Sand Point Way N.E. #101, Seattle
Meeting 1pm – 3pm
Visit the SGS Website for more information.

Monday 28 January
South King County Genealogical Society

Heritage Photo Interest Group
Auburn Fire Department at 1101 D St NE, Auburn
Meeting 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Visit the SKCGS Website for more information.

Tuesday 29 January
Seattle Library West Seattle Branch

Researching Your House and the Buildings in Your Neighborhood
Building histories can reveal a surprising amount of information about a family, a business or a neighborhood. This workshop will help you use print and online resources to tease out the history of buildings in Seattle.

West Seattle Branch at 2306 42nd Ave. S.W., Seattle
Workshop 2pm - 3.30pm. Free.
Visit Seattle Central Library - Classes and Events for more information.

Wednesday 30 January
Fiske Genealogical Foundation and Library (FGF)

Wisconsin - Gary Zimmerman
Fiske Library at 1644 43RD Ave E, Seattle
Class runs from 10am to 12noon. Admission is $5.
Visit Fiske Library for more information.

FEBRUARY 2008

Saturday 2 February
Seattle Genealogical Society

CANADIAN INTEREST GROUP
The Drouin Collection in the Province of Quebec - David Robert

SGS Library at 6200 Sand Point Way N.E. #101, Seattle
Meeting 10.15am – 12.15pm
Visit the SGS Website for more information.

Wednesday 6 February
Fiske Genealogical Foundation and Library (FGF)

American Indian Research: Pacific Northwest Tribes - Carol Buswell
Fiske Library at 1644 43RD Ave E, Seattle
Class runs from 10am to 12noon. Admission is $5.
Visit Fiske Library for more information.

Thursday 7 February
Seattle Genealogical Society

MAC COMPUTER INTEREST GROUP
Migration Nation: Where did everyone go and WHY?
dBug Resource Center, 9620 Stone Avenue North, Suite 202, Seattle
Meeting 7pm - 9pm
Visit the SGS Website for more information.

Thursday 7 February
South King County Genealogical Society

The Legacy Users Group
Church of Latter-Day Saints at 24419-94th Ave. So., Kent
Meeting 10.30am to 12noon
Visit the SKCGS Website for more information.

Saturday 9 February
Seattle Genealogical Society

COMPUTER INTEREST GROUP
Intermediate Computer Skills for Genealogy

Location to be announced.
Meeting 10.30am – 12.30pm
Visit the SGS Website for more information.

Monday 11 February
Seattle Genealogical Society

SGS PROGRAM MEETING
There will be two half-hour videos about Washington history, followed by discussion. “Following the Meeker Trail,” and "Puget Sound Maritime History."

SGS Library at 6200 Sand Point Way N.E. #101, Seattle
Meeting 7pm – 9pm
Visit the SGS Website for more information.
Tuesday 12 February
Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society

Update on Files at Tacoma Public Library - Gary Reese
Bates Technical College at 1101 South Yakima Avenue, Tacoma
Meeting 7pm
Visit the TPCGS Website for more information.

Wednesday 13 February
Fiske Genealogical Foundation and Library (FGF)

Minnesota - Gary Zimmerman
Fiske Library at 1644 43RD Ave E, Seattle
Class runs from 10am to 12noon. Admission is $5.
Visit Fiske Library for more information.

Wednesday 13 February
Seattle Genealogical Society

STATE FOCUS GROUP: NEW YORK
SGS Library at 6200 Sand Point Way N.E. #101, Seattle
Meeting Time TBA
Visit the SGS Website for more information.

Thursday 14 February
South King County Genealogical Society

TMG Users Group
Algona-Pacific Library at 255 Ellingson Rd, Pacific
Meeting 1pm to 3pm
Visit the SKCGS Website for more information.

Thursday 14 February
Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable

The Civil War on
Puget Sound - Dr. Lorraine McConaghy
Fugitive slaves, the Pacific Republic, Copperhead sentiment, and fear of the Confederate Raider Shenandoah.

MOHAI, McCurdy Park at 2700 24th Ave East, Seattle
Dinner: You are not required to buy a meal for the February meeting at MOHAI, but for those who do want to eat, we've made arrangements to buy boxed sandwich meals from the Portage Bay Cafe. No menu decision to make -- each box will contain: a grilled balsamic chicken sandwich, small salad, chocolate chip cookie and a bottle of water, and cost is $17, which will cover the cost of the meal and go toward the room rental fee. (No cocktail service is available for this meeting.) If you want a meal that night, you must pay for it no later than February 5; no late reservations/payments will be taken. Make your check payable to PSCWRT and mail it to Stephen Pierce, treasurer, 8008 190th St. SW, Edmonds, WA 98026. (Or, pay Stephen at the January meeting!) Those who don't want to buy a meal can pay $5 (to go toward the room rental) at the February meeting.
Check In 6pm.
Visit the Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable for more information.

Saturday 16 February
South King County Genealogical Society

General Meeting
First Baptist Church of Kent at 11420 SE 248th St, Kent
Meeting 9.30am to 12noon
Visit the SKCGS Website for more information.

Saturday 16 February
Seattle Genealogical Society

IRISH INTEREST GROUP
SGS Library at 6200 Sand Point Way N.E. #101, Seattle
Meeting 10.15am – 12.15pm
Visit the SGS Website for more information.

Saturday 16 February
Seattle Genealogical Society

GERMAN INTEREST GROUP
SGS Library at 6200 Sand Point Way N.E. #101, Seattle
Meeting 1pm - 3pm SGS Website for more information.

Saturday 16 February
Museum of History and Industry

Civil War Living History Day
In conjunction with the special exhibit, Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, MOHAI takes you back in time to experience life in Washington Territory on the eve of the Civil War - February, 1861. Meet the soldiers who would be forced to pick between the loyalty and duty. Learn about how civilians cooked, dressed, and relaxed. Activities for the whole family all day long!

MOHAI, McCurdy Park at 2700 24th Ave East, Seattle
Free with museum admission.
Visit MOHAI Calendar for more information.

Thursday 19 February
South King County Genealogical Society

Computer Interest Group
Algona-Pacific Library at 255 Ellingson Rd, Pacific
Meeting 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Visit the SKCGS Website for more information.

Wednesday 20 February
Seattle Genealogical Society

STATE FOCUS GROUP: MASSACHUSETTS
SGS Library at 6200 Sand Point Way N.E. #101, Seattle
Meeting 10.15am – 12.15pm
Visit the SGS Website for more information.

Wednesday 20 February
Seattle Genealogical Society

STATE FOCUS GROUP: CONNECTICUT AND RHODE ISLAND
SGS Library at 6200 Sand Point Way N.E. #101, Seattle
Meeting 1pm – 3pm
Visit the SGS Website for more information.

Wednesday 20 February
Fiske Genealogical Foundation and Library (FGF)

Documentation - KarlKumm
Fiske Library at 1644 43RD Ave E, Seattle
Class runs from 10am to 12noon. Admission is $5.
Visit Fiske Library for more information.

Saturday 23 February
Heritage Quest Research Library

TBA
Heritage Quest Library at 909 Main Street, Suite 5
Sumner
Class runs from 9am to 11am. Admission is TBA.
Visit Heritage Quest Research Library for more information.

Monday 25 February
South King County Genealogical Society

Heritage Photo Interest Group
Auburn Fire Department at 1101 D St NE, Auburn
Meeting 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Visit the SKCGS Website for more information.

Wednesday 27 February
Fiske Genealogical Foundation and Library (FGF)

French Canada Research - Gary Zimmerman
Fiske Library at 1644 43RD Ave E, Seattle
Class runs from 10am to 12noon. Admission is $5.
Visit Fiske Library for more information.

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