Sunday, February 27, 2011

My friend passed away

Yesterday I was thinking about a friend of mine. She is a lot older than I am and I've never met her in person. I've talked to her on the phone a few times and we wrote a few letters to each other several years ago. Originally I found her while doing some research to find the descendants of Benjamin Kingman Curtis. Her name was Lois Scott. She was so kind and helpful in sharing all that she had on her side of the Curtis family. Before I met Lois, I knew almost nothing about that side of our family. Anyway, while thinking about her, I was hopeful that she would still be alive, so I decided to check the Social Security Death Index. Sadly, I discovered that she had passed away a year ago last Christmas. I felt so sad about her passing because I had recently found a new picture of some ancestors on her side of the family and I wanted to share that picture with her. Now I will never have the chance to share the photo with her. I was thinking that sharing the photo with her would be a good way to pay back (at least in part) all the kindness she showed me in sharing her genealogy records with me. I will have to try and contact her children to see if they would like a copy of the picture that I wanted to give their mother.

The best day

"Write in your heart that every day is the best day of the year." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Believe

"I believe in women, especially thinking women." ~Emmeline B. Wells

Quotes I Like

"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working" ~Pablo Picasso

I like this quote: "Let us, before we die, gather up our heritage, and offer it to our children." The author of this quote is Will Durant, The Story of Civilization If we don't gather up our heritage and pass it on to the next generation, there would not be a civilization story.

"If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves." ~Dale Carnegie

"Mama's, don't let your babies grow up to be JPEG's" ~Wendy McGee

"No cowboy was ever faster on the draw than a grandparent pulling a baby picture out of a wallet," ~Unknown

"When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry," ~William Shakespeare

"With all thy getting, get going," ~Unknown

"History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines
reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings
of antiquity" ~Cicero

"A man will live for as long as he is remembered" ~Socrates, 425 B.C.

"In an age of disposable everything, it is important not to dispose of our
stories" ~Anonymous

"The best memory is not as good as pale ink" ~Chinese Proverb

"I urge you to pursue preserving your personal history to allow your children
and grandchildren to know who you were as a child and what your hopes and dreams
were" ~Oprah Winfrey

good for something

President Gordon B. Hinckley said, "You are good. But it is not enough just to be good. You must be good for something. You must contribute good to the world. The world must be a better place for your presence. And the good that is in you must be spread to others. . ."