Something very terrible happened to me, in the blogging world and it stopped all I was doing in this blog.  I wrote about it on another blog, in a joking fashion, but it seriously upset me.  I was part of a series, here, that direct relates to this 800 pound gorilla.  I’ll let you be the judge.

Regardless of this major GENEALOGY blogger, I’ve decided to not let it interrupt the series of stories I was working on here, in this blog.  I’ve had enough time to realize that its okay for people to be wrong, even if their attack is at you, wrongly.  I did not do what I was accused of doing.  It was a complete misunderstanding of a service I was using, sharing with others what I thought was good reading.  It still is good reading, but its hard to learn from someone so ignorant of the internet, that they would threaten me, who holds blogging, splogging, honesty, and integrity to such high standards.

I’m back.  With the Gorilla. :)

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Many of my friends were complaining with a “second census” they received in 2000.  It was an elite group (random, I think) asked to fill out additional informational.

What information would you like to learn about your ancestors in past census?

This started in 1940. There is a list of questions rejected in this census.  One was “how many dogs do you own?”  Honestly, its not information I’m real interested in.. but I don’t know why.  I want my descendents to know about my past pet loves that broke my heart to leave this world.

When I thought about useful genealogy questions, I commented that I’d like to see, “what is your mother’s maiden name” and “are you parents living?”  I thought these questions would be valuable in family history research, which as an invasion of my privacy, is the ONLY reason I freely answer the census questions.  I want others to know about me.  Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a notes section, where you could leave something useful to your descendents?

What information would you like to learn about your ancestors from past census?

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CASTANEDA, KAY CROOKSTON 1940 to 2011 Kay Castaneda of El Cajon passed away peacefully at her home July 15, 2011. Kay was born March 13, 1940 in Utah. Her parents were Robert and Wilma Crookston, both deceased. Kay is survived by her son Ron, daughter Denise, son Milan Castaneda, two grandsons, one granddaughter, twin great-grandsons, and two sisters Jane Crookston Rush and Sue Crookston Shoen. Wilma later divorced and married Louis O’dell Peterson and in 1949, moved the family to El Cajon where the family built, owned and operated the Aero Drive Inn Theater on Third St. Kay attended Bostonia Elementary and graduated from El Cajon High School.

Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on July 7, 2011

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Okay. I have a dilemma.

Between some back pain work and a root canal.. demerol fog.. I remembered that I never replied to an email, about this site, from my cousin Ruby.  Now I can’t find it and I’m left with the idea that I dreamed it instead of received it.

So, Ruby.. if you are out there, please email again.  I’ll keep trying to find your email.  (I think I read it on my phone is why its lost.)

Its so exciting to be in communication, with family, because of Facebook or Blog Posts.

I noticed a different last name, that, of course, I didn’t write down.. So I can’t look for you on Facebook.. but I’ll try.  Facebook Me, Ruby.

Lots of Love, Cousin Heidi

PS: I often drop names in blogs, in case anyone Googles Themselves.. and last week, my cousin, Selena, found her name dropped. Isn’t that fun?  Drop a name into your posts and see what happens.  I love the internetz.

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From the email:

“Search these international indexes from 8pm EST Saturday, Mar 26th to 8pm EST Sunday, Mar 27th

As a special benefit for our U.S. Deluxe members, we’re opening our most comprehensive collection of UK censuses, giving you access to record indexes from 1841–1901. Celebrate UK Census Day 2011 by looking beyond the U.S. and searching for family from the UK.”

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52 weeks of Personal Genealogy and History

I’ve seen a lot of movies in my lifetime.  The most memorable were those I shared with others.

When I was very young.. say 2 or 3.. before my eldest little brother was born, I went with Grandma and Grandpa, in Grandpa’s truck, to see Bambi, at the drive-in.  I cried and cried when bambi’s mother died and I think we went home early. I can’t really remember that part.

When I was young, my mother, brother, and I went to see the original Star Wars movie, on a city bus.  The line we stood in wrapped around the round building more than once. It was like waiting in line for an amusement ride, but the ride was much longer than a roller coaster would take us. It was fun and memorable.

Also, when I was young, the neighborhood kids piled into my mom’s Chevy Impala and she took us to see ET at the Loma Theater. That theater is now a big bookstore, the last time I saw it.

Grease showed at the Tuesday night dollar movie and mom and I went to see it over and over.. more than twenty times.  The first time we sat in the front row.  It was amazingly fun for a kid.  Even when we had to walk.

As I grew older, movies were an every week part of my life.

There are some movies, that when they are on tv, you just don’t change the channel:

  • An Officer and a Gentleman
  • Top Gun
  • Lethal Weapon (any of them)
  • When Harry met Sally

Now, I rarely go to movies.  I netflix tv series because I don’t really watch television.  My favorite actors are Kevin Costner and Meg Ryan.  Did you know she was in Top Gun? Who were you watching? LOL

My all-time favorite movie is No Way Out with Kevin Costner.  Field of Dreams was pretty good, too.  As was Message in a Bottle. hehe :)



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I was never hospitalized more than a day until just before I gave birth to Katie Lynne, with a kidney infection, near her due date.

But I was my mother’s “emergency room child.”  There is a hospital, in San Diego that has an x-ray of my entire body, one injury after another.  I wouldn’t say I was klutzy, but I did challenge myself to do things I shouldn’t have done, like roller skate or ride a bike. Simple Things.  Sprains, strains, twists, ace bandages and lots of ice in my life.

When I was younger, I would stay with grandma, when I stayed home from school.  I would bundle up in grandpa’s recliner and grandma would make me honey lemon tea or I could drink warm jello.  There were always plenty of popsicles.

Of course, you also had to take that gross Yellow Triaminic.  That was the punishment. Gross medicine.

The last weekend of my junior year of high school, ready to start my senior summer, I turned my foot over on the softball field and went back on crutches with the ugliest swollen bruised multi-colored foot and ankle that whole summer.

Today, I am physically disabled, with my back. I have  degenerative disc disease (crushed disc) L4-L5.  My back upper muscles do not stay in and my back need multiple daily adjustments.  Pain is just part of my life.

I’m plagued with headaches and I have fibromyalgia, which is generalized pain with hot spots that can’t be touched on my hips and my shoulders. I also suffer from chronic insomnia, depression, and anxiety about anxiety.

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The first real disaster that impacted my life was when a jetliner crashed into a close neighborhood near our home. I guess it was 1977.

The next real disaster that I recall, from my lifetime, would be the American Hostages in Iran. It was a very long and scary 444 days. I, personally, found it selfish to celebrate holidays during this crisis.  There was so much going on.  No one knew if they’d be killed or released.

At this time period, we were going through a major gas/oil crisis, in the United States. We had to buy our gas on odd/even days based on the last number on your license plate.  Gas was still limited and the lines to get gas were down around blocks.

I believe this is when we had water shortages, as well and were only allowed to water our lawns or wash our cars on odd/even days, based on our addresses.

In 1979 Brenda Spencer opened sniper fire on a elementary school, near our home.  She killed many before they apprehended her.  It was a very sad day.  I think she said it was Monday and she hated Monday’s.

In 1986, we lost the Space Shuttle Challenger to a terrible disaster.  We were watching the launch, with a teacher on board, for the first time, and the space shuttle exploded.  It was a terrible event.  I think the hardest part was being in school and not at home with my family to be sad together.

Of course we have the 9/11/01 disaster that I can’t go into right now. Its still too raw to my heart.  There are many terrorist attacks I am leaving out of this post.  I do not believe all Muslims are extremists. I have Muslim friends.  I do believe, however, that training of extremists is still going on and that there will be more terrorist attacks worldwide. (I still pray for the families of the USS Cole, Okalahoma City, and the World Trade Center.)

In 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon returning to Earth.  Parts were found all over the western United States. It was another horrific thing to watch on our television.

Natural Disasters:

Flooding of 1979 in San Diego. My date could be wrong. I know it was in the late 1970′s.  The San Diego River rose to cover most of the valley. It disconnected travel, flooded the major shopping centers, etc.  It just seemed like it was never going to stop raining.

Recently, we’ve had many earthquakes and tsumani’s.  Pakistan, Indonesia, and yesterday Japan have been hit very hard.  There is a nuclear power plant in Japan that has lost its cooling system.  To avoid a meltdown, the Japanese have decided to release radiation into the air.

Of course, there was Hurricane Katrina that leveled New Orleans and left many people stranded and many dead in their homes.  I don’t understand why anyone chose to rebuild there, with the levy system still not fixed.  Another storm and it all repeats itself.  Mayor Nagan left buses parked and stranded people in his city.  Then they voted him back into office, from their remote locations where they had been evacuated to.  Absolutely ridiculous to me.  Before Katrina, we had Hugo and slam into Charleston and Hurricane Andrew destroy Homestead.

Its a Natural Disaster that our military troops are overseas, standing in harms way, fighting a holy war that isn’t ours and we can’t win.  Yes, I still remember what they are fighting for.

We live in a world of many disasters and I think there are many more disasters to come.

(This is in no way a complete list. I know I’m missing reporters who have been brutalized, and the whole mess in Guantanamo Bay.)


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Sounds – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

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Aside music, which I will get into, the sounds I remember the most are water running near where we were camping, and Great Grandma singing while she cleaned, cooked, or knit. In Great Grandma’s car, we listened to Simon and Garfunkle or Charley Pride.  Great Grandma had real records (LP’s and 78′s.) I remember the album cover opened and we’d sing Primary song’s from church together. (The lyrics were printed.)

Music has always been a very big part of my life. Great Grandma taught me Jesus Loves Me before I could talk. Her favorite song, that she sang all the time was In The Garden..

I am a product of a 60′s teenager.  My mother was 17 when I was born. And divorcing.  My mother is a Hippie.  My young life, with my mother, was filled with 60′s and 70′s Rock ‘n Roll. Country Music was forbidden. I didn’t know who Elvis was until he died and I heard his name on the news.

When I was a teenager, in high school, I started going to Youth Dances and had my big introduction to a larger array of music genres.  It was the 1980′s.. where music was perfect!

It was still uncool in the 80′s to like Country Music if you were under the age of 50.  But I loved it.  Almost all of it.  Modern Country Music.

Alabama, Reba McEntire, Randy Travis, Tanya Tucker, Kathy Mattea, Keith Whitley, Dwight Yoakam, The Judds, Steve Wariner..  I was a dancer.. I liked it all..

At the same time, I was a serious study nerd and I loved New Wave Music. I wore penny loafers!  I wore dress shirts with pink ties.

As we move into the 80′s and 90′s, we have Martika, Wilson Phillips, Richard Marx, Madonna, Men at Work, Duran Duran, Eurythmics, Thompson Twins, Depeche Mode, Oingo Boingo, Culture Club, Madness, and more..

I’m lucky, today, to still hear a lot of this music. It cycles back through the generation of my children. Its on their Ipods and mp3 players.  Their likes are diverse and for that, I couldn’t have asked for more with music and dance.

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You know you are getting old when you can’t remember what age you were when certain technology became available.  When I was young, we lived in the age of the tv dinner.  The tv dinner was introduced to give families meals around the television.  They were awful.

My first stereo had a turn-table and a 8 track player.  Google that if you don’t understand.

I have always been behind technology advances.  My grandmother lived until just after my second child was born, which makes me a young adult, by then.. but interestingly enough, she never had a microwave oven or a computer.

The first video (yes, they used to play videos) I ever saw on MTV was Men Without Hats – Safety Dance.  Google that if you don’t understand.

The first cassette tape I purchased with my own money was Cyndi Lauper – She’s so unusual.

The first and only 45 record I ever purchased was REO Speedwagon – Can’t Fight That Feeling.

My generation stood in lines wrapped three times around a building, to see Star Wars.  We ate peanut butter Reeses Pieces just so ET could get back home.

My generation saw parachute pants and break dance competitions..  and we saw the Space Shuttle Challenger explode on National TV, in a classroom.

We did have rabbit ears on black and white televisions, but I think color televisions were available when I was younger. I’m not so sure about that, though.  Maybe I should Google it.

My favorite part of technology today is duh! GOOGLE.

We live in an instant information world.  I can’t imagine living without my laptop by my side.

I am Generation X.

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