Small Sugar Skull Rock Painting


Sugar Skull Rock Painting by OneCuriousHuman via @Etsy




What I have seen today, Blended together. 



a little studio time before supper…


a little studio time before breakfast…


What an honor to be asked to do a little judging at the Shelby Chalk Art Fest today.  Looks like a fun time was had by all! 



“How important are the visual arts in our society? I feel strongly that the visual arts are of vast and incalculable importance. Of course I could be prejudiced. I am a visual art.” -Kermit the Frog

Solo Exhibition went up today at the County Administration building.  So if you are paying your taxes or getting a permit–check out my work 🙂


5 Great websites for Genealogy and Ancestral Research

I work with a history teacher who is pursuing certification in Genealogy and Ancestral Research.  Her approach to research and integration of primary documents into her history curricula is inspiring.  Today we gathered some content specific resources that can be easily navigated or integrated.  All of the resources below have great content for free.

At Find a Grave U.S., you can search by name, date, location–put in the information that you have and it will search a database.  Often resulting in a photograph of the actual grave itself.  This can save valuable legwork and gas mileage. (

Showing detailed, high quality photographs of ship manifests and passenger records, Ellis Island Passenger Search ( Pay attention to the “line number” that it gives you for the name.  Scroll on down a little bit to get to the images.

Family Search is an account based Genealogy Research site, very much like the paid genealogy websites, but is free.  Really good for making connections and organizing.

The contents on U.S. Gen Web  ( vary greatly from state to state.  Each state received funds to develop within this project, but there is a wealth of info here, especially for states that were really passionate about it. When you click on a state, it will open that state’s Gen Web site, where that state has gathered resources.

Cyndi’s List ( has been around for a long time.  It is a great collection of what is available on the internet and jumping off point for genealogical research and new leads.

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