02 February 2016

SEXIST AND RACIST - OFFENSIVE VALENTINES THAT WE HAVE TO PUT INTO HISTORICAL CONTEXT

Today I've been looking for a VALENTINE to post on this blog, sorting through the offerings that come up in Google Images when I add the words "public domain" and "Vintage" or "Old." 

I've seen Valentines that, using the usual cartoonish or highly romantic art, depict, supposedly with humor, the beating of a woman so that she will finally be the Valentine of the man who gifted her with it.  Not funny.  Not loving.

But the idea that a card giver might batter or insult a woman to get her to like him rests in sexism and attitudes towards women that have not entirely changed, very sad to say. 

I, as a writer, reader, literature major, and dogged researcher,
found this one deeply personally offensive.
The idea was that a boy giving this Valentine to a girl
didn't really want an intelligent or educated woman.
 
(MANY OF US HAVE GRANDPARENTS WHO NEVER LEARNED TO READ AND WRITE, who made their mark of an X on legal documents with a witness there as a result and many of us have parents who dropped out of high school and had to get their G.E.D. or equivalent after they served in the armed forces or got through working at anything during the Great Depression.)
This one was probably considered rather risqué back in the day
but these days with the Kardashian sisters showing off
their booties on a regular basis, we've grown numb.


I also found a few Valentines - very few - that depicted cartoonish or romantic BLACK people.  Since most of these were pretty much in line with the Valentines that depicted cartoonish or romantic WHITE people, I decided that they were not offensive But these two, below, did seem to be.  I had to wonder if BLACK people had found it difficult to purchase Valentines and other cards that showed people who looked like them in the stores. 






Of course, the handmade Valentine, especially the ones made by children for their parents and siblings, grandparents, cousins, and friends, are probably most endearing and a way around the offensive.  Right now kids are making Valentines in their school classrooms and at special programs staged at libraries and I'm sure that many handmade Valentines have remained cherished with all those drawings, and all the glitter glue.

This morning I was talking to a stranger about Valentines.  I told her that a couple years ago, because Valentines used to be given to friends from friends, I gave a dozen people who were perhaps more acquaintances than friends, small fun cards with a piece of good chocolate each when we had lunch together about that time.  One of the men, though he was at the table when I distributed these to one and all, unexpectedly took this small offering as a come on by me.  Just what I didn't need.

But I do remember, even if perhaps a parent or a teacher thought that every child in class should receive a Valentine from every other child in the class, the excitement of being seven years old, having a kid crush on one particular boy, and how wonderful and special it felt when his Valentine was delivered to my desk.  I recall the fun of a decorated classroom and a specially wrapped Valentine box that served as a mail box and how it was considered an honor to be picked to be the mail carrier!


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19 January 2016

MEMORIES OF HEAVEN ; CHILDREN's ASTOUNDING RECOLLECTIONS OF THE TIME BEFORE THEY CAME TO EARTH : Ancestry Worship Geneaology Book Review

MEMORIES OF HEAVEN ; CHILDREN's ASTOUNDING RECOLLECTIONS OF THE TIME BEFORE THEY CAME TO EARTH

by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and Dee Garnes



(note: Dr. Dyer died a while back but this book was something that he and Dee Garnes were working on before that.  It is a collection of stories sent by parents with some personal introductions by Dyer.)

This book is a lot about angels, of the Christianity type, and there is barely any negativity in it, which means that there is no mention of hell, purgatory, or ghosts who are earthbound, but a lot about ancestors who have passed away who are watching over the child or the family, who the child thinks of as an angel. 

As the subtitle suggests these accounts are about children who remember before they came to earth, and so there is mention of previous lives. Researchers working on pre-life memories, past life memories, and reincarnation like the testimonials of children, because they are far less likely to be tainted with exposure to informative education via school or exposure to media.  It is understood that their level of child development means they are more innocent, and have no reason to lie. (Though we've all met children who tell one made up story after another.)  So these accounts read simply, and have some parental interpretation involved.  For instance some of these parents are astounded that their child is taking about angels, heaven, the spirit, etc. because they have little to no exposure to religion.  Generally by the age of five most children do not seem to remember the spirit world, heaven, their pre-earthly life, other lives, or their once well known reasons for picking their parents/family, reason for coming to earth, or that they have angels.

What this means is that adjustment to this life comes gradually... and I suspect transition to the next may also come gradually as well.

Among the accounts there are children reporting that their mother's previous miscarriages (one child said he tried to come to her three times before), Children alive who know their mother is pregnant with another child before she does,  children whose invisible playmates are actually relatives and friends who have passed over, children who report having been their mother's mother, and Jesus asking a child to pick parents among many couples.

Interesting and an easy read, you'll only feel challenged if you're sure this life is it.

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16 January 2016

ARTIST MAUREEN NOONAN GIFTS PARENTS OF DYING NEWBORNS PORTRAITS TO REMEMBER THEM BY

LINK TO "THE CATHOLIC KEY BLOG" here and read this wonderful, heartwarming article about the artist who gifts parents of dying newborns a portrait of their child.

CATHOLICKY.BLOGSPOT PORTRAITS OF NEWBORNS WHO ARE SICKLY  by Marty Denzer

EXCERPT: She has created about 60 portraits of infants over the past years, working from photographs forwarded to her from Alexandra’s House. The perinatal hospice provides emotional, spiritual and logistical support services for families facing a pregnancy of a child that won’t survive.

“My sister in New Jersey has a niece who lost her baby at birth,” Noonan recalled. “She wanted a portrait of the baby, and my sister sent me a photograph. That first one was very hard — a dead baby, oh, that was hard. But after a while, I got past the photo and the artist in me took over.

13 January 2016

FOLKER HEINECKE DISCOVERS HIS ROOTS AFTER HITLER;S LEBENSBORN PROGRAMME - MULTINATIONAL ARCHIVAL DOCUMENTS FOUND

DAILY MAIL - THE TRAGIC TALE OF 12,000 BLUE EYED BLOND CHILDREN STOLEN BY THE NAZI's  by Andrew Malone   long article and very important story

EXCERPT:

Folker, then just four, did not know it, but he had been chosen to be part of the new 'breed' of supposedly genetically-superior German beings, who would replace millions of the 'impure'  -  Jews, gipsies, homosexuals, blacks  -  after they had been exterminated in Hitler's death camps.

Having being ripped from the arms of his parents when German tanks rolled into the Crimea in 1942, Folker was first taken by SS officers to a German medical institute, where doctors measured every part of his body, checking for any 'Jewish aspects'  -  for example, dark hair, pointed noses, circumcision  -  before he was declared suitable.

He had been selected to be a member of the 'Lebensborn'  -  The Fount of Life  -  Himmler's breeding programme to safeguard the future of the Thousand-Year Reich by providing 'pure' future generations to replace those lost by war.

...Folker Heinecke:

'So I was an orphan. I could live with that. It was only some years later, as I tried to get more and more information, that it looked increasingly likely that I was part of the Lebensborn programme.'
Folker collected 20 boxes of documents from the American authorities, the German Red Cross, the Polish Red Cross, the International Tracing Service, the British Army of Occupation and at least 30 other agencies and church offices  -  all pieces in the gigantic jigsaw of his past.

Then, last year, he made a crucial breakthrough. With the opening up of the biggest Holocaust archive in the world at the Red Cross Tracing Centre in Bad Arolsen, Germany, Folker finally discovered the truth.

He found a document dated November 12, 1948, which stated: 'The childless couple Heinecke applied to the Hamburg youth office for adoption of a child.
They were given permission to have a child and went to a Lebensborn home to choose one. The child was fetched on 20.5.1943.'  Other documents were found on which the name, birthdate and place of the boy adopted by the family Heinecke are given as: 'Aleksander Litau, born 17.10.40 in Alnowa, Crimea, USSR.'

09 January 2016

WHITE HERITAGE IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH? DNA MAY PROVE YOU'RE MORE BLACK THAN YOU KNOW!

THE GRIO : SOUTHERN WHITES and BLACK DNA   by Blue Telmusa  full article and map

EXCERPT: The findings published this month in the American Journal of Human Genetics found that whites in the South were far more likely to have black ancestry than any other part of the country.

Researchers examined 145,000 DNA samples provided to genetic testing company 23andme for ancestry analysis. They have now determined that at least six million Americans who called themselves white had at least 1 percent African ancestry.

South Carolina and Louisiana ranked highest on the list. Researchers found that one in 20 people who called themselves white in those states had at least 2 percent African ancestry. And in a lot of the South, about 10 percent of people who identified as white turned out to have African DNA as well.

07 January 2016

EUROPEAN DNA - THREE DISTINCT TRIBES MIXED including THE NORTHERN EURASIANS

BBC-SCIENCE - EUROPEANS DRAWN FROM THREE ANCIENT TRIBES by Paul Rincon

EXCERPT
Blue-eyed, swarthy hunters mingled with brown-eyed, pale skinned farmers as the latter swept into Europe from the Near East.

But another, mysterious population with Siberian affinities also contributed to the genetic landscape of the continent.

The findings are based on analysis of genomes from nine ancient Europeans.
Agriculture originated in the Near East - in modern Syria, Iraq and Israel - before expanding into Europe around 7,500 years ago.
Multiple lines of evidence suggested this new way of life was spread by a wave of migrants, who interbred with the indigenous European hunter-gatherers they encountered on the way.

....

When the researchers looked at DNA from 2,345 present day people, they found that a third population was needed to capture the genetic complexity of modern Europeans.

This additional "tribe" is the most enigmatic and, surprisingly, is related to Native Americans.
Hints of this group surfaced in an analysis of European genomes two years ago. Dubbed Ancient North Eurasians, this group remained a "ghost population" until 2013, when scientists published the genome of a 24,000-year-old boy buried near Lake Baikal in Siberia.

04 January 2016

DNA and GENEALOGY and PAST LIFE REGRESSION

Over the next few weeks I'll be posting links to some of the fascinating news articles about the discoveries with DNA testing or ancient burials and other archeology finds.

Genealogy research depends on evidence on paper; census records, archival documents, sometimes handwritten information in family Bibles.  Depending on what ethnicity/country you're ancestors lived in, you can go back several to very many generations.  At some point, though it might be the 1600's, or possibly earlier - though rarely, you reach the end.  Your excitement and interest hasn't ended, but you know that it's unlikely you'll ever find more documentation that you've already got. 

Now your personal family research also connects with the FAMILY OF MAN.  You just have to know more!

You get your DNA tested to see which of the Seven Daughters of Eve you spring from.  Or you decide to see if the rumors of Native American or Jewish ancestry have some truth to them.

Although there are many reasons people research their ancestors, self discovery can be one of them.

Consider one woman I met who felt so much that she was such a bad fit with her family, that she expected to find out she was adopted, maybe even find out she'd been switched at the hospital with another infant. None of these things played out.

Genetically she was the child of the parents who gave birth to her and raised her.

She felt she was not only not part of her family BUT NOT A PART OF THE CULTURE SHE WAS RAISED IN.

This is where past life regression (hypnosis with a specialist) can be illuminating!

19 December 2015

HOLIDAY CAROLS THEY USED TO SING - MUSIC HISTORY is PART OF YOUR FAMILY HISTORY

You may think that Holiday music or the Christmas Carols you know - the classics - have been around so long that just about everyone has heard them, maybe even knows the words by heart, and has sung them.  The truth is that "classic" Christmas songs are not the same songs that churchgoers and door to door carolers sang decades ago and in the future, someone living in 2050 may have never heard of say, Adam Sandler, singing the funny Hanukah song or understand the references to Captain Kirk.  They may have changed or dropped religion and not even understand who or why "Come oh Come Emanuel."

So, this year, when your family is gathered, keep the lyrics and if possible the sheet music to the songs they sang and include it in your genealogy project so that that your descendants can try out these songs, listen to them, think about the lyrics and the times they were sung in.

Searching the web I located this site

 WHY CHRISTMAS CUSTOMS CAROLS

EXCERPT :

"This was changed by St. Francis of Assisi when, in 1223, he started his Nativity Plays in Italy. The people in the plays sang songs or 'canticles' that told the story during the plays. Sometimes, the choruses of these new carols were in Latin; but normally they were all in a language that the people watching the play could understand and join in! The new carols spread to France, Spain, Germany and other European countries.

The earliest carol, like this, was written in 1410. Sadly only a very small fragment of it still exists. The carol was about Mary and Jesus meeting different people in Bethlehem. Most Carols from this time and the Elizabethan period are untrue stories, very loosely based on the Christmas story, about the holy family and were seen as entertaining rather than religious songs. They were usually sung in homes rather than in churches! Traveling singers or Minstrels started singing these carols and the words were changed for the local people wherever they were traveling. One carols that changed like this is 'I Saw Three Ships'.

When Oliver Cromwell and the Puritans came to power in England in 1647, the celebration of Christmas and singing carols was stopped. However, the carols survived as people still sang them in secret. Carols remained mainly unsung until Victorian times, when two men called William Sandys and Davis Gilbert collected lots of old Christmas music from villages in England.

Before carol singing in public became popular, there were sometimes official carol singers called 'Waits'. These were bands of people led by important local leaders (such as council leaders) who had the only power in the towns and villages to take money from the public (if others did this, they were sometimes charged as beggars!). They were called 'Waits' because they only sang on Christmas Eve (This was sometimes known as 'watchnight' or 'waitnight' because of the shepherds were watching their sheep when the angels appeared to them.), when the Christmas celebrations began..."

Fascinationg!