Peeking Into Ira’s Soul

""Practice any art," Kurt Vonnegut wrote.  "...music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage..."Practice any art...no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what's inside you, to make your soul grow." Ira Sayles, 1817-1894, practiced art, writing essays and poems throughout … Continue reading Peeking Into Ira’s Soul

Matrilineal Monday: Whites of Whitesville, New York

This is my brain on genealogy. While transcribing a letter dated July 24, 1869, a couple of its sentences looped relentlessly through my head, like a snippet of a catchy tune. My great-great-grandfather complained to his brother, James : My year's expenses devoured my year's salary (as principal of Rushford Academy), and left me as poor today as … Continue reading Matrilineal Monday: Whites of Whitesville, New York