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Treasure Chest Thursday

Charm Bracelet
charm bracelet
Treasure Chest Thursday is a blog theme that focuses on a family treasure or heirloom.  This sterling silver charm bracelet belonged to my mother, Caroline Livingston, nee Elbert.  She also had a 14k gold charm bracelet, that I don’t have a photo of, with a ton more charms than this one has.  She wore one or the other bracelet to church and on special occasions when she dressed up.  My sister and I loved her bracelets so much that she and my father bought each of us our own silver charm bracelet for Christmas one year.  We would get a new charm for our birthdays, Christmas, or special events, like Confirmation or graduation.  I still have my bracelet packed away in my jewelry box with its memories firmly planted in my head.  Did any of you have a charm bracelet back in the 1970’s?  Comment below and let me know!

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Mahala Branham, nee Christian

Oct 1869 – Apr 1902

Mobile Apps – U.S. Census Bureau

Just ran across this while looking up something on the Census Bureau site.  Who knew?  The app is just for economic indicators, and is available for iPhone or Android.



Veteran’s Day – a Little History

Happy Veteran’s Day!  

Thank you to all veteran’s for their service!!



U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment, 5th Division, raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, on Feb. 23, 1945 during World War II. Photo: Joe Rosenthal / AP


The history of Veteran’s Day began with the armistice (the ceasing of fighting) signed at the end of World War I, which went into effect in 1918 on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.  The Veteran’s Day celebration started in 1919, when President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day.

President Wilson, when speaking of the commemoration proclamation, said, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.  The 11th of November became a legal holiday on May 13, 1938, by an Act of Congress.  It was  to be “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day began as a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after having fought in World War II and Korea, Congress amended the Act of 1938 by changing the word “Armistice” to “Veterans,”  so November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.



St. Patrick and His Day

4-leaf clover

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by 39% of the population of the USA, according to The History Channel.  Irish is the 2nd most reported ancestry by people in the USA, behind German.  This may explain why this holiday is celebrated across the country with parades, parties, and things such as dying the Chicago River green (which takes 40 pounds of green dye, by the way).  So, I thought a little history about the man behind the holiday would be in order.

Patrick was born circa 387 A.D. in Great Britain, likely in Scotland.  Patrick was kidnapped when he was 16, and sent to Ireland as a slave.  He spent 6 years herding sheep in Ireland before he was able to escape.  He made his way back to Britain and his family.  Here is where the story gets a little odd.  Patrick claims he had a dream in which a man named Victoricus gave him a letter, titled “The Voice of the Irish.”  As he read the letter, he heard the voices of the Irish begging him to come back to their country.  So, Patrick studied for the priesthood and became a Bishop.  In 433 A.D., he traveled back to Ireland and began preaching and building churches all over the country.  Patrick died on March 17, 461 A.D. in Saul, Ireland, the place where he built his first church.

Patrick was made patron saint of Ireland after his death.  The Irish now celebrate the anniversary of St. Patrick’s death as a religious holiday.  They attend church in the morning, and eat and party in the afternoon.  Millions of people around the world join in the partying and drinking green beer.  After all, everyone can use a little luck ‘o the Irish!