Remembering Robert Boyer

The Johnstown High School class of 1949, or rather its yearbook, the Spectator, was the stuff of story and fantasy for me,  thanks to my mother, a master weaver of tales. When I was a child, Mom sat with me, opened the yearbook, turned the pages and recounted bygone tales of her larger-than-life classmates. My imagination was further stirred by images of Johnstown, which was … Continue reading Remembering Robert Boyer

Synchronicity & Genealogy

Having studied Jungian psychology in both undergrad and grad schools, I resonated particularly with Jung’s writings on “meaningful coincidences” (AKA “synchronicity”). What does that have to do with genealogy? I had two separate significant journeys into my family’s past and I’ll write about the initial one: The first one happened when my mother’s sister, a former Chicago reporter, wrote about my maternal grandmother’s family in … Continue reading Synchronicity & Genealogy