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Posting a blog is a little bit like going shopping in your pyjamas.

You can certainly do it, but should you?

From my November 11, 2010 post: The Blogging Beast

 

Blogs by Topic

 

On October 26th, 2010 I posted my first piece as part of this blog. Since then, it has taken on a life of its own. As of today – October 1, 2012 – I have posted 127 pieces, and have had more than 42,000 readers. The content shifts according to what I have time to both write and post. In order to help readers navigate, I have grouped the posts by topic. I hope this helps. NOTE: I still need to update many of the tables, but as of today I think I have included them all in the tables beneath. Please let me know if I have any of links misaligned, and I will fix them.

 

Relating to Silver Bowl Research Project

Oct. 2010

The Quest for the Silver Bowl. My very first post.

 

 First Day in Londonthis is a pretty lumpy post, not my best.

Nov. 2010

 Two Versionsthe contribution of genealogy to scholarship.

 

 Research Update from Ireland

 

 Busted in Dublin

 

 Gratitude #1

 

 Research Work in Two Irelands

 

 The Blogging Beast The imperfection that is part of these posts – like wearing pyjamas in public.

 

 Drogheda and  a Perfect Dayseeking the JACKSON Coat of Arms – to no avail.

 

 Curses and Blessings

 

 Chinese Food in Ireland Fan’s Chinese restaurant is where Samuel BROWNE, linen merchant carried out his trade in the mid 1800s, and where my great grandfather – Thompson BROWNE son of Samuel – also resided.

 

 Too Much Foodincludes mention of David Jackson’s house in Leitrim in 1841

 

 The Picture of Dorian Graystories of Clandeboye and BLACKWOODs

 

 Till It’s Gonethe story of a missing gravestone.

Dec. 2010

 Random ActsRandom Acts of Genealogical Kindness

 

 JACKSONs in Memorials of the Dead

 

 Gilford Castle & the Gift of Christine

 

 JACKSONs in the Belfast Newsletter

 

 Blogs and research

Jan. 2011

 A Mysterious Dundalk Cousin

 

 No Success Like Failure

 

 The Voice of Patrick Flynn

Feb. 2011

 TJ and the Story of his Statue

 

 In Defence of Not Knowinglinks to 19th C Hong Kong photos

 

 Choosing Rooster Scratches instead of County Louth

 

 Organic Gardening Advice from 1802 – old practices, new soil.

 

 1898 Avast the Mast – photos of Irish in 19th C Hong Kong.

Mar. 2011

 Memory is Like Water Personal memory – and a meditation on how this connects to the political.

 

 Memory is Like Water Part 2Memory and a re-evaluation of key historic incidents in Ireland

 

 One Good Deed Deserves ....

Apr. 2011

 Tip of the Iceberg

 

Sometimes a Picture: The Dares of Yokohama.

May 2011

A Walk in the Rain. This jumps from present to past and is a meditation on community – then and now A meditation on time and place.

 

Stories From the Graves. Adelaide Fingal Smith

 

My Web Feet – Quack Quack. This is about how research and connections work – thanks to the Internet.

 

Knock Knock – Who’s There. On the power of sharing with respect to research.

 

Facts and Theories. Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness aka RAOGK.

 

Nature, Nurture and Family.

 

Reading Irish History. The importance of perspective.        

Jun. 2011

Being and Irish Tourist & Meeting Turtle Bunbury.

 

Tales of the Elusive JuliusPart One.

 

Tales of the Elusive Julius – Part Two.

 

Have trod, have trod ... Disappointments in research.

 

June 30th. A summing up of some of the month’s events – with photos.

Jul. 2011

The Jackson “Connexion”.

 

Crests and Coats of Arms – 1st in a small series

 

The Red Hand of Ulster – 2nd in a small series

 

The Sheldrake and other elements – 3rd in a small series.

Aug. 2011

Lorna Goodison This is not only about the poetry and memoir written by Lorna Goodison, but also about Howe Peter BROWNE.

 

Carolan's Farewell, a novel by Charles Foran based on the life of harpist Turlogh O’Carolan, one of the last premodern harp composers.

 

How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill Doubleday, New York.  A book review

Sept 2011

Pete of the Glorious Berkshires A tribute to my mentor on townland research.

 

Talk at Armagh & District History Group An ad for a speech I gave.

Oct 2011

Strongbow & Deeds My visit to his tomb & the link to JACKSON deeds.

Nov 2011

Thomas JACKSON Kildare farm - some detective work

 

Original Jackson – exploring his links to Irish JACKSONs

 

Island Hall in Godmanchester – the home built by Original JACKSON

 

JACKSONs and the Samuel Pepys connection

Dec 2011

Thomas and Samuel Jackson - Pewterers of London – exploring their relationships with Ireland.

 

Henry Jackson of Dublin - a 1690 will

 

Goldsmiths, Jacksons, London, Ireland & some ongoing mysteries – starting with Alexander Jackson.

Jan 2012

A couple of "Unchurched Olivers" – a family at Killynure, Co. Armagh

 

Irregular Marriages – what I learned from a news article about the controversy & the part of Rev. Daniel Gunn BROWN[E]

Feb 2012

Nepotism: Yea or Nay. This is in part a book review of Citizens of The World: London Merchants and the Integration of the British Atlantic community 1735-1785. David Hancock, and partly a look at Sir Thomas Jackson of Armagh’s hiring practices at HSBC in the mid to late 1800s.

 

Inching towards Kildare. This page links to at least a hundred pages of original compilations of research that I have recently done.

Apr 2012

Jacksons of Grange, Kings Co, Ireland. These JACKSONs did not stay in one place – sightings of them range from adjacent counties to America.

 

Imagining a Parish and its People. Creggan Parish, Co. Armagh

May 2012

Cavananore – unearthing the tale. Cavananore, a townland of some 219 acres in Co. Louth, was occupied at least as early as the late 1600s by a Presbyterian family named Coulter. They were supposedly awarded the land for their valour at the Battle of the Boyne on the side of King William.

Jul 2012

Handsome James Jackson of Drogheda. I stumbled upon a description of John Jackson, son of Alderman Jackson of Drogheda in The Dublin Scuffle. It was printed in 1699, and written by John Dunton, an eccentric bookseller and even more eccentric writer.

 

Research bits on Handsome James Jackson. The earliest known ancestor of handsome James Jackson was Richard Jackson of Drogheda (carpenter, sheriff and merchant) a man who seems to have been quite successful. His son, another Richard Jackson, became an Alderman of Drogheda and was also a successful merchant ...

Sept 2012

Francesca aka Frances Bertha Marion “Daisy” Sexton. If you were to see Mrs. Noble in 1890, just after the birth of her youngest child and presiding as President of the Ladies Recreation Club of Hong Kong, you would think that the world was her oyster.

 

George Edward Noble. At the peak of his bank career, he was Chief Manager of HSBC.

 

Reviews of Restaurants, Meals and Other Travel Related Bits

Oct. 2010

 Leaving Vancouver Includes references to Bill Reid & The Spirit of Haida Gwai.

Nov. 2010

 Research Work in Two Irelands A bit of travel advice for newbies.

Nov. 2010

 Drogheda & a Perfect Day Seeking the family crest of Thomas Jackson – to no avail,

Nov. 2010

 Beauty & Three HotelsFairmount Pacific Rim in Vancouver, Granville Island Hotel in Vancouver, Fleet Street Hotel in Dublin.

Nov. 2010

 Chinese Food in IrelandJimmy Chung’s, and Fansin Dublin

Nov. 2010

 Too Much Food – Dublin Restaurants - Fafie’s, and Diwali’s in Dublin.

Nov. 2010

 The Picture of Dorian GrayA performance at Anaverna House, Ravensdale, Co. Louth

Nov. 2010

 Humped Pelican Crossing Quite possibly my most inane posting.

Dec. 2010

 Travelling Kicks & Kissesmentions of O2; Derby Trains; KLM Boarding; McDonalds in London

Jan. 2011

 Joy on a Saturday MorningWhat Happens When in New York

Feb. 2011

 Kinga’s 64thlinks to Vij’s in Vancouver

Jul 2011

Norma Kenny House. A restaurant in Mission, BC, Canada

Aug 2011

Sushi Bar 5517. For me, the whole point of eating out is to find a meal that not only delights me but is also something I wouldn’t readily toss together for myself.

Sept 2011

Trashing a Hotel – Praising a Hotel. My adventures at the Fleet Street Hotel in Dublin.

Oct 2011

Heart, Mind, Body, and Concrete. While sick, enjoying the pleasures of The Granville Hotel.

 

Quasimodo Then and Now. Recalling a long ago trip in the month of my eldest daughter’s birthday.

Jun 2012

Still Life at Beauvoisin  #1. A bit of an account of a holiday.

 

Saintes Maries de la Mer. A bare bones, paper-plate outdoor café named La Cabane aux Coquilles had been recommended to us, and we all agreed that it exceeded our expectations of excellence.

Jul 2012

A Dozen Snaps of France. I have winnowed the usual indecent pile of holiday snaps down to a dozen. I am hoping that it will be sort of like Goldilocks and the Three Bears -  not too much (aka hot), and not too little aka cold).

 

Two Orphan Snaps from France. OK, so I already did my holiday flypast, but I really have to pick the brains of my readers: What do you do with a fish like this? How do you cook it?

 

Just for Fun & Other Bits

Jan. 2011

Roberts Creek New Year’s Day

Jan. 2011

Celebrating Twelfth Night

Jan. 2011

Twelfth Night Aftermath

 Feb. 2011

Kinga’s 64th

Mar. 2011

Deep Down, We’re Shallow My annual Oscar night inanity.

May 2011

A Walk in the Rain. A meditation on time and place.

Jun. 2011

Where Angels Fear to Tread. On my challenges with designing & making a web site for my husband.

Jul. 2011

Lacuna This is more about my book club than it is about Kingsolver’s excellent book.

Jul. 2011

Chaster Creek Farm My brother’s organic farm in Gibsons.

Jul. 2011

Brown Brother’s Blues Three of my brothers perform with members of a band from 30 years ago.

Sept 2011

Pat Tutton. The death of a much cherished aunt.

 

Rimsky. My youngest daughter’s cat – RIP.

Nov 2011

Gratitude is a Salad. Reflections on Thanksgiving.

 

Waiting for Fine Fettle and My Usual Health

Jan 2012

Blame Housekeeping. This is sort of an end-of-year wrap, which is late, of course.

Apr 2012

Farm for sale. This is my brother Struan’s farm in Gibson’s BC

May 2012

 That`s the Way the Cookie Crumbles. There are some phrases that I totally dislike hearing. Always have. Ever since I was a child, the phrase that earned its rightful place near the top of my personal cringe list was: That’s the way the cookie crumbles.

Aug 2012

Life and Death and Art. Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts.

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Book Reviews &/or Mentions Of Books

Nov. 2010

The Picture of Dorian Gray. Mention of The Picture of Dorian Gray – mention of Caroline Blackwood’s Dangerous Muse.

Dec. 2010

Book Club Foodiesmention of  DeNiro’s Game by Rawi Hage

Jan. 2011

The Voice of Patrick Flynn – Mary Cumiskey’s books also include: The Famine in Creggan Parish and Creggan Charter School 1737-1811

Feb. 2011

Organic Gardening Advice from 1802 This includes references to: Rural Recreations or the Gardener’s Instructor and The Vegetable Garden by M.M. Vilmorin-Andrieux

Feb. 2011

Kinga’s 64th - mentions of Vij’s At Home: Relax, Honey and Vij’s Elegant & Inspired Indian Cuisine.

Mar. 2011

Memory is Like Water Part 2 - Josephine Tey, Daughter of Time and Fergus Whelan , Dissent into Treason: Unitarians, King Killers and the Society of United Irishmen

Mar. 2011

Politics and Belonging - the writings of Michael Ignatieff

Apr.

Curiosity & Other Creatures – two books: Joan Thomas’ Curiosity and Tracy Chevalier Remarkable Creatures.

Jun. 2011

Ngaio Marsh

Jul. 2011

The Red Hand of Ulster – 2nd in a small series Refers to and quotes from Derek Lundy’s The Bloody Red Hand.

Jul. 2011

Carolan’s Farewell. Charles Foran’s Book reviewed – alongside the harp music of Máire Ní Chathasaigh.

Jul. 2011

Lacuna. This is more about the food we ate while discussing the book.

Aug. 2011

Lorna Goodison This is a riff on her book about her family in Jamaica, and its connection to the BROWNEs of Westport, Co. Mayo.

 

How the Irish Saved Civilization. Thomas Cahill’s history.

Nov 2011

Ill Fares the Land. Tony Judt – historian and essayist.

Apr 2012

Civil Society and Empire by James Livesay. The book addresses how civil society was developed in part because of the need for more tools for managing the British Empire. England was forced to wrestle with what to do with the issue of governing Ireland, while Ireland had to deal with England’s powers over them.

Jun 2012

Still Life at Beauvoisin #2. I review Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel and Eric Enno Tamm’s: The Horse that Leaps Through Clouds.

 

Recipes &/or Food

Dec. 2010

 Book Club Foodiesincl.  Recipe for Dukkah Mix

Feb. 2011

 Rich Chocolate Mousse Cake

Feb. 2011

 Green Goddess Dressing

Mar. 2011

 Head Over Heels

Mar. 2011

 Four Step Sorbet

Mar. 2011

 Sharon’s Vanilla Yoghurt Ice-Cream

Mar. 2011

 Stunningly Good Quinoa Salad

Apr. 2011

 Singapore Slinga drink that connects to the story of the DARE family in Singapore.

May 2011

A Riff on Eileen’s Lunar Cake

Jun. 2011

The Staff of Life. My adventures with bread.

Jul. 2011

Chocolate Cinnamon Pie a la Rosemary.

Aug 2011

Summer Meal. Since I can’t cook for all my friends, especially since they live all over the world, I can at least share recipes and pictures.

 

Queen Elizabeth Cake.

 

Grilled Pepper Salad.

Apr 2012

Monday`s Bread. This particular batch was a mix of spelt and kamut.

 

 

 

 

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