July 20, 2017

Goodbye, Dad

Yesterday afternoon, my father passed away-- right about the time I was leaving work. After a quadruple bypass three weeks ago, he had been found unresponsive at the inpatient rehab facility that he was at and taken to a nearby hospital, where he could not be revived. He was 83 years old.

This isn't my first rodeo with the death of a close family member, sadly; my mother passed away in 1999. So I know that what I'm currently feeling, a sort of dreamlike state of numbness like moving through water, won't last. Eventually this state, and the distraction of the practical things that need to be done right now such as service arrangements and financial matters, will be over, and there will just be raw grief that will hit like a speeding train.

It seems surreal to enter my father's death date-- July 19, 2017-- and other details into the family tree software I have. As an amateur genealogist, I've done this countless times for ancestors; it's quite a different thing to do so for your father.

Appreciate and love your family while they're here. Dad, I miss you and love you so much.

July 4, 2017

Changed platforms... again

I know it's been a very long time since I've posted here, but I've decided to get back into it. You'll notice that the look of the blog has changed a bit, and that's because I've changed platforms again (and I plan on this being the last time) to Blogger. I had been using Squarespace-- while their templates are pretty, they're now much more geared to businesses rather than simple blogs. I figured I'd go back to (free) Blogger.

Things have been really busy with work and also with some ongoing health issues that my father has been dealing with. And another reason I haven't been blogging much is, frankly, I don't find it very enjoyable to blog exclusively abut genealogy. Not sure why not, because genealogy is certainly a big interest of mine... it just seems a usually dry topic to write about, with not much room for wit or opinion (which I enjoyed in my former, defunct blog, which was focused on political, religious, and social issues).

So we're changing focus a little bit here-- I'll still write about genealogy, but I'm also going to write about other things pertaining to history, especially social history. Hopefully this will get me posting here a little bit more often than once a year...

In the meantime, a safe and happy Independence Day to you.