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2017 Woodward Dream Cruise – SE Michigan Gem

Motor City [Mad(e Wo)man] Baby!!!!

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This weekend is one of the premier events of the year in Southeast Michigan – the 23rd annual Woodward Dream Cruise, billed as the world’s largest classic car event.  It not a classic car show in the usual sense – it’s a street fair. More than one million people and  up to 40,000 classic cars are expected to visit Woodward Avenue, between Pontiac, MI and Ferndale, MI.  It’s big, it’s fun, and it’s FREE!

The Dream Cruise adds at least $237 million to the regional economy according to the Metro Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau. At least a quarter of those attending are from outside SE Michigan.

Major events began earlier than ever this year, with Dodge and Fiat Chrysler’s day of amateur drag racing and other events at M1 Concourse in Pontiac on Aug. 12.

A new sponsorship from Ford will bring other new events on Dream Cruise day…

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V-J Day – Victory over Japan

I’m putting this on Special Connections as another placeholder to develop more later. My birth grandfather, my mom’s birth father, fought as a Marine in the Pacific Theater…so I want to expand on the VJ-Day Theme as a way to honor his memory & service.

Please read Stella’s original post! Blessings

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August 15, 1945, was the day that Japan made their official announcement of surrender. This is a bit confusing, because that was actually August 14 in the United States! August 15 is the official V-J Day for the UK.

V-J Day Celebration, Times Sq.

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Bible Studies At The White House

Great News! Some of our national leaders are studying the Word of God together!!! Let’s keep them in prayer, that they would take His Word to heart & make decisions in accordance with God’s Will.

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I saw this article posted at Facebook this morning, and it was very interesting to read the comments. Of course, the subject of “Church and State” came up.

Bible Studies at the White House: Who’s Inside This Spiritual Awakening?

(from CBN News)

WASHINGTON – A spiritual awakening is underway at the White House.

Some of the most powerful people in America have been gathering weekly to learn more about God’s Word, and this Trump Cabinet Bible study is making history.

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Quick Homemade Ice Cream

Looking up Joanna Gaines from the Fixer Upper TV show & found this posting on how to make homemade ice cream, without an ice cream maker.  Looks fun & easy & maybe not too hard to modify the flavors.

Check out the details here:

https://magnoliamarket.com/simple-homemade-ice-cream/

Image from the original blog post above

Family History Center Fun

While on a recent trip Up North, in Gaylord, Michigan I was privileged to get some Genealogy Time in at the local Family History Center and got to play around with a fun website (see below).  You can find a “local” Family History Center here and get free & friendly help with your own genealogical “games”:

https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator

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During my Gaylord FHC endeavor the lovely lady currently running this FHC introduced me to a very fun little free tool, that anyone can actually access.  This is actually RelativeFinder.org and is hosted by BYU (Brigham Young University), I believe.  Although this tool has been available for at least a year (see the below article for details) this is the first I’d ever heard of it…and it was actually quite fun to play with.

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FamilySearch.org is a great Genealogical Website, it offers many free genealogy services and gives you the ability to create a family tree online, and to access many available records and link them to your family tree.  If you have a family tree at FamilySearch.org then you can sign in to the RelativeFinder tool using your FamilySearch log-in info & find relatives via your existing tree.  If you don’t have a family tree (or you want to search for relatives for a specific person in your tree) you can go to family trees in family search and see if you can locate a known ancestor of yours in someone else’s tree.  If you find the correct person you can copy their unique identifying number & paste it into the “masquerade” function of RelativeFinder here:

https://relativefinder.org/#/masquerade

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I honestly don’t know if you can use RelativeFinder.org without a FamilySearch login, but you can “join” FamilySearch for free and then see what happens.  The masquerade link above explains where the identifying number can be found in a FamilySearch family tree…so hopefully anyone can have fun with this with just a bit of effort.  Obviously the further back in time you can take your personal family tree the greater the likelihood of finding “cousin” matches with this fun website…

Blessed is the family who delights in the Word of the Lord and meditates on it day and night.  The family will be like a tree planted by streams of water, yielding fruit in its season.  Psalm 1

I plan to use some of the RelativeFinder results to pique the interest of other family members who are less enthusiastic about Genealogy than I am.  Since there are a number of intriguing categories available you are likely to find some sub-set of (available) humanity to pique your own interest…and you never know, you just might get bitten by that pesky genealogy bug & join this legion of enthusiastic “infectees”…but be warned, once bitten there is no proven or lasting cure!

Quotes and Sayings About Family | FAMILY Be thankful Always Forgive Share Respect one Another...

 

https://familysearch.org/blog/en/relative-finder-big-family-cousins/

Well I’m going to have to get back to this posting with an Edit after I can get to a computer with less pop-up blocking so that I can post a couple of examples to potentially whet your appetite…for instance, my husband is a First Cousin to William Shakespeare, though many generations removed!

Happy Hunting!

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PS all images are from various Bing.com image searches

Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Creative artistry captured timelessly…Love it!

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I’m just starting to go through and upload my photos from the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. This is my 10th year of shooting and it was one of the best. It is so much fun. Street photography is always about humanity and the Mermaid Parade is the coolest parade in NYC and a whole lotta fun. This is number 1, the first and only processed yet! – 17 June 2017.

2017 Coney Island Mermaid Parade - 1

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Parenting Blogger Emily Austin on Turning a Hobby into a Full-Time Job — Discover

Emily Austin on the evolution of her parenting blog, The Waiting, and her growth as a blogger.

via Parenting Blogger Emily Austin on Turning a Hobby into a Full-Time Job — Discover

I’m no where near ready to take most of this advice, but it’s definitely food for thought!