Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Writing Websites


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Genealogy tip for the day: Websites on Writing

We have been talking about writing your family story. We talked about prompts yesterday to help you get started. Today we are listing websites that we have found that also give you guidance. You may find more. Wednesday and Thursday we will talk about some of the things to help you get started. These are thoughts that I have gleaned from the websites myself.

Did you sign up for the writing challenge? Just a reminder that if you did, send me a one page story of your family and we will post it on our blog. You won’t be paid but you will get to see your name published and experience the joy of sharing your story with others.
If you live in our area we have books on writing as well as magazines in our library. If you don’t, check your local library or bookstore for more assistance on writing.

Here are some of our books:
The Writer's digest writing clinic : expert help for improving your work / edited by Kelly Nickell

Creative writing for seniors [large print] : a self-help book for the person who says, "if only I knew how to start" / by Stephen P. Byers

Write your own biography / by Natalie M. Rosinsky

Writing Magazines that we carry are:
Poets & Writers
Writer’s Digest

“History is who we are; Genealogy is who I am” sg

If any of these posts are helpful drop us a line in the comments section below. We just want to know if the information we provide to you is beneficial in anyway.

 Jimmu Tenno

February 11
660 BC

Traditional founding of Japan by Emperor Jimmu Tenno.

Henry VIII is recognized as the supreme head of the Church of England.

Sixteen-year-old Sacajawea, the Shoshoni guide for Lewis & Clark, gives birth to a son, with Meriwether Lewis serving as midwife.

Robert Fulton patents the steamboat.

News of the Treaty of Ghent, ending the War of 1812, finally reaches the United States.

14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous, a French miller's daughter, claims to have seen an apparition of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes.

Congress passes the Expedition Act, giving antitrust cases priority in the courts.

President Theodore Roosevelt proclaims strict neutrality for the United States in the Russo-Japanese War.

Theodore Roosevelt Jr. and Eleanor Alexander announce their wedding date–June 20, 1910.

The Mexican government nationalizes all church property.

The Reich arrests 150 Catholic youth leaders in Berlin.

The Negrin government returns to Madrid, Spain.

The German battleships Gneisenau, Scharnhorst and Prinz Eugen begin their famed channel dash from the French port of Brest. Their journey takes them through the English Channel on their way back to Germany.

The meeting of the President Franklin Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Marshal Joseph Stalin in Yalta, adjourns.

U.N. forces push north across the 38th parallel for the second time in the Korean war.

Walt Disney's film Peter Pan premieres.

A 75,000-watt light bulb is lit at the Rockefeller Center in New York, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Thomas Edison's first light bulb.

Nationalist Chinese complete the evacuation of the Tachen Islands.

Iran turns down Soviet aid in favor of a U.S. proposal for aid.

Poet and novelist Sylvia Plath commits suicide in London at age 30.

Cambodian Prince Sihanouk blames the United States for a South Vietnamese air raid on a village in his country.

President Lyndon Johnson orders air strikes against targets in North Vietnam, in retaliation for guerrilla attacks on the American military in South Vietnam.

Vice President Hubert Humphrey begins a tour of Vietnam.

Communist-led rebels shower artillery fire into a crowded area of Phnom Pehn, killing 139 and injuring 46 others.

Mrs. Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman to lead the British Conservative Party.

South African political leader Nelson Mandela is released from prison in Paarl, South Africa, after serving more than 27 years of a life sentence.
Born on February 11

Gregory XIV, Roman Catholic Pope.

William Henry Fox Talbot, photography pioneer, produced the first book with photographic illustrations (The Pencil of Nature).

Melville Weston Fuller, eighth U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice.

Thomas Alva Edison, prolific American inventor who jointly or singly held over 1,300 patents.

Josephine Marshall Jewell Dodge, American educator, pioneer in the concept of day nurseries for children.

Leo Szilard, physicist, instrumental in the Manhattan Project.

William J. Levitt, U.S. businessman and community builder who led the postwar housing revolutions with his Levittowns.

Phillipe Dunne, screenwriter and director (How Green Was My Valley).

Roy Fuller, poet and novelist.

Philip Dunne



noun: A device for manipulating objects by remote control, for example, a remotely-operated arm.

After Waldo F. Jones, an inventor in a science-fiction story by Robert A. Heinlein. Earliest documented use: 1942.

Modern applications of waldo as a remote manipulator are in surgery, space, and in working in hazardous conditions, such as those involving radiation.

"I stuck my hand back into the waldo ... The remote arms peeled back the thin metal of the gondola."
Ben Bova; Venus; Tor; 2000.

Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages. -Thomas Edison, inventor (1847-1931)

Today’s Recipe
February - Chocolate Lover’s Month


2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
3 1/2 ounces dark chocolate, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups cold water
Raspberry liqueur, such as Chambord, for drizzling
Nonstick cooking spray
Chocolate Chip Buttercream, recipe follows
Dark chocolate shavings, for decoration
Position an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add the cooled chocolate and vanilla and beat for 3 minutes to incorporate. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat for another 3 minutes. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients in three batches, alternating with the cold water. Beat for 1 minute after each addition to incorporate the ingredients. Mix until the batter is smooth.
Coat two 9-inch round cake pans with nonstick cooking spray. Cut 2 circles of parchment paper to fit the pan bottoms and place them inside the pans; then spray the paper for added non-stick insurance. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and smooth the surface with a spatula; the pans should be two-thirds full. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. The cake is cooked when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the cake springs back when touched. Leave to cool for 40 minutes.
Turn the cakes out of the pans and remove the paper. Drizzle them with a few tablespoons of raspberry liqueur. With a metal spatula, spread 1/2 cup Chocolate Chip Buttercream on top of one of the layers. Start in the center and work your way out. Carefully place the second layer on top. Smooth the sides with buttercream, and then spread the rest over the top so that the cake is completely covered. Refrigerate for 5 minutes before decorating or cutting.
With a large knife, scrape some shavings from a block of dark chocolate. Scatter the shavings over the cake.
Chocolate Chip Buttercream:
3 cups powdered sugar
7 tablespoons hot water
4 ounces dark chocolate, melted and cooled
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup semisweet dark chocolate, finely chopped
In the bowl of an electric mixer, dissolve the powdered sugar and water at low speed. Beat in the dark chocolate and vanilla. Add the butter gradually in small bits. Mix until everything is completely incorporated. Using a spatula, fold in the chopped chocolate and give a final quick spin.


Now You Know!