Letters From A Private
: "...[19 year-old Pvt. D. Bruce Hirshorn] was in the Army in 1944 and 1945. He wrote home almost every single day.... Today, Uncle Bruce is the same upbeat, funny guy. He’s 87 and he loves syrup and ships!" [more inside]
Of Ministers and Merchants, Sinners and Saints.
The writer moved from Manhattan to same street in Brooklyn where his grandmother grew up. This prompts him to delve into his family history, where he discovers a cast of characters that includes Ulpianus Van Sinderen, a Dutch Reformed Minister who came to Brooklyn in 1747, prosperous merchants, tenant housing reformer Alfred Tredway White, and an embezzler. Brief appearances by Jacob Riis and Truman Capote.
The Life of Shelton Doyle Blalock,
Everyday American. Doyle Blalock was a son, submariner, husband, mailman, father, gardener, rockhound, artisan, grandfather, and friend: a regular guy with a remarkable life. What makes him particularly remarkable, though, is that his grandson, Lance Dean
, created such a thorough record of his life to share with the internet, from Doyle's childhood
in Golden Grove, Mississippi, his service as a sailor during World War II
, his return to Mississippi and marriage to the lovely Lodena Alexander
, to his post-retirement vocation as an artisan, creating "sand paintings"
and demonstrating his art
. (Links are to images out of context. See the first link for descriptions.) [more inside]
For decades, the LDS church microfilmed old records of genealogical interest and stashed them in the Granite Mountain Record Vault
for safekeeping. Copies could be ordered and viewed at local Family History Centers
. Now, through massive digitization and volunteer indexing efforts, those records are starting to come online
. [more inside]
The Berlutis have been making shoes for four generations
. Often at Maison Berluti relationships are formed around the language of shoes. Men gather for shoe-polishing sessions
, where champagne flows.