Jennifer…nice to meet you!

My parents were big on tradition and naming their children after family members. Some of us more than others.  I’m not so convinced some of us were especially “named after” someone or if my mother simply liked the name and referred to the person in the family who shared the name as inspiration for it. I don’t think my father really had much to do with the process, quite honestly. Dad was pretty laid back and mild mannered and as long as he didn’t hate the name, I think the final decision was up to my mother. The Horner Children…

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I’m in a Hollywood state of mind

As far back as I can remember I wanted to work in the movie or tv business. Or be a drummer. Like Karen Carpenter. She didn’t just sing, ya know. Look it up. I remember wanting to be a “camera man.” I knew that I wanted to work behind the scenes in some capacity and I didn’t know what any of the options were, so I thought I’d go with that one until I knew more about the business. Then I discovered I really liked to write. I was (and am still) so much better in expressing myself in writing…

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Letting the cat out of the bag

So what’s with a cat title for a blog on family history? Cats and genealogy. A natural pairing, I’m sure you’ll agree. Ok, so not in the conventional sense of the term. But for me, I’ve had cats my entire 50 years of life. So when I think of my own personal history…I have to talk cats. They were/are an important part of my family tree. I just came back from the Jamboree genealogy conference in California. I’m actually on a layover in Philadelphia waiting for my flight home as I type this. While I was at the conference I…

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