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  1. Back to Your Roots: Blogging About Genealogy and Family History

    Genealogists are coming together this week at RootsTech, a conference exploring family history and technology. Here’s a look at a few genealogy blogs on WordPress.com.

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    Photo by Patricia Greber, My Genealogy Life.
  2. Mer Mag

    At Mer Mag, illustrator and dollmaker Merrilee Liddiard spreads her love for crafts and kid-friendly DIY projects, from whimsical costumes to homemade party decorations.

    Crafts
  3. “We’re all pointing in different directions. I’d like to think I know where True North is, but with so many others’ fingers extended, jabbing all over the place, how can I be sure?”

    Commentary
  4. lauralanni

    Author, professor, and chemist Laura Lanni publishes personal musings and often short yet poignant posts on teaching, writing, motherhood, and more.

    Authors
  5. A Dash of Color: Four Crafts and DIY Blogs to Explore

    From homemade toys to party decorations, these sites inspire visitors to add a touch of whimsy (and good design) to their everyday lives.

    Art

    No-sew masks by Flax & Twine.

  6. “They are in my life because of a confluence of coincidence, but also fundamentally because I moved from comfort.”

    Exploration
  7. The library of lost conversation

    Mathew Lyons reflects on emptying the house of his deceased parents: “Death ends our dialogues with the dead, but the conversations want to go on . . . to be in an empty house lined with shelves is to be in a library of lost conversations with them.”

    Books
  8. My Father Worked for Both Parties at Seven Inaugurations. I Can’t Stand Trump — But I’ll Be There For Dad.

    From Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama, Michael Estrin’s father taught him that patriotism transcends partisanship.

    Essay
  9. California

    Amanda Fletcher on her mother’s suicide: “I will never be free of her dying. Even here in Los Angeles — two, ten, fifteen years later and three-thousand miles apart — I am still on my knees in the closet with the door pulled closed, clutching a piece of yellow lined paper.”

    Death
    Photo by NFarmer CC-BY SA 2.0
  10. Big Night

    Jill Sisson Quinn’s essay, “Big Night” — on the process of adopting a child and her fascination with salamanders — was recently selected for the “Best American Essays 2016” anthology.

    Essay
    Illustration by Phillip Taylor
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  12. transcribingmemory

    Tour history at transcribingmemory, where Angie Scarfe shares passages and reflections from the journals of her 98-year-old grandmother.

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    Image courtesy of Angie Scarfe
  13. Holiday Travel Nightmare, Reimagined as The Oregon Trail

    Author Rebecca Schuman had a straightforward family trip planned from Missouri to Oregon. The travel gods decided to make it a little more interesting (by which we mean, “incredibly miserable”).

    Family
  14. Plunge

    A chronically-ill daughter attempts to reconcile her relationship with her drug-addict father: “He died, perhaps not knowing if I’d forgiven him. I was the sick one now, and I didn’t know if he’d forgiven me.”

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    Photo by Hector Lazo
  15. Home

    “India and I are like childhood sweethearts. We’ve moved on to different things, but there’s a special corner in our hearts for each other. I don’t have to choose. Both India and the US are home.” In this piece on family and India, Hema Nataraju reflects on the meaning of home.

    Essay