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Genealogy: Follow the Facts

Sitting with my client, I pushed across the table a piece of paper that had carefully listed and numbered a line of ancestors whose names predominantly began with “James.” I had no idea who in my client’s family had produced or found this genealogical chart, but I knew it was wrong. I had narrowed down

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Mom’s Traditions

My mother passed away 21 years ago. She would have turned 81 this past weekend. She was artistic and silly, but beyond that, a woman to whom I never did become close. She kept her thoughts private, clinging to some turmoil my siblings and I didn’t understand. As we grew up, we noticed she spent

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Summer Stories …

For many people, hot summer days often mean traveling with — and to — family. With the kids out of school, summer provides an opportunity for extended visits to grandparents, cousins, or other relatives, and even a chance to send the kids by themselves for an extended stay with family. I remember many summer days

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Share Your Story and Inspire Grit

My client sat back, her eyes fixed on a corner of the room but her mind fixed on the past as she described walking through a pasture and quietly contemplating how to support her family after her husband’s progressing illness forced him to quit work. “I thought to myself, What would Annie Mauk do?” –

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