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How far have you walked in the shoes of your ancestors? 
How far have you walked in the shoes of your ancestors?

They walked across the ice… from Buffalo to Erie… to get a plot of land just outside the fort… they got a good deal… because they were the first.

I am blessed to have a family that values the oral and written history of our family.  Diaries written during passages across the Atlantic… a family Bible filled with 3 generations of a different branch, but filled with details of generations 10 – 15 before me.

One of the least expensive (by paper currency) ways to learn history is to trace your genealogy.  Even before the Internet public libraries  and town halls are filled with both information and helpful experts. My Morman friends have helped piece together information from states I had never seen.  The national archive had the muster records of relations that served in every conflict from Civil to 1812.

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Did your industry vanish yesterday? Are you sure?

Did your industry vanish yesterday? Are you sure?

This is the hardest day of the year… September 12th… the day the phones rang.

My husband used to have a business… for 15 years… recessions, tornado, flood… he thought that he had the right kind of network in the right industries to survive any economic cycle.

It wasn’t the largest business… 6 employees, 10k square foot workshop, and about double that in the customer storage and distribution area.  He made enough to support his parents when his mom’s health started to fail and she couldn’t work in home health care anymore… and then the company his dad worked at for 20+ years defaulted on the pension plan… no problem… 

He worked a bit harder, sold new verticals on his lightweight display panels that could mount any tool, bell or whistle and still be shipped UPS or Fed Ex…. Don’t think that you can afford to get your new widgets to a trade show?  Think you have to settle for pictures and brochures? Spend an hour with my hubby and he’ll show you how you can make it work and he still makes a decent profit.

Until the planes were grounded… and the phones rang… promises to talk in October… “when things get back to normal.”
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