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26
Feb

Snapshots of a First Generation American Family

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This photo is of my parents feeding my sister at her christening in 1994. The first time I saw it I almost died laughing. It’s the perfect combination of cute and funny. . Fun fact, I come from an Armenian family and it used to be really common to have a lot of people gather […]

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20
Feb

My Dad took this Photo of my Mom Mowing the Lawn and It Became a Family Favorite

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This is how my mom looked when she mowed the lawn. Yep, she was pretty much amazing! I love this photo of her; my dad took it. The smell of my freshly-bloomed hyacinths reminded me so much of my sweet mom today. Spring is her season and everything about it is so her. How fitting […]

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19
Feb

Meet My Parents, the High School Sweethearts Who Became My Role Models

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I had never seen this photo of my parents until my mom shared it. My mom and dad met at my mom’s 15th birthday party, when my dad showed up with his cousin who was invited as a guest. Naturally, he brought his guitar along…because what better way was there to pick up chicks in […]

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15
Feb

My Father’s Gift of Photography Transcended Time and Place

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I recently found a negative of this beautiful photo that my father took. It’s my mother and my two older brothers in the suburbs of the Jersey Shore. I love discovering photos of my family I have never seen before. These images, and the memories they evoke, are such gifts. I now have all of […]

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08
Feb

My Dad Demonstrated His Sensitivity When He Took Photos of our Family

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Mom, Brothers, Kentucky, circa 1958. My Mom was 29 years old when this photo was made. There are three kids in the photo; two more would appear in the 1960s. I am hidden behind my mother’s red scarf. My father took this picture. He was a WWII Navy veteran. Although I’m the one who became […]

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07
Feb

The Woman Who Taught me to Love Family History and Storytelling

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Our Grandma passed away on Feb 3, 1988. I was just 15, but her passing affected me deeply. The next day, we went to her home to help grandpa, and I remember seeing her shoes–light blue Keds–askew on the bathroom floor next to her rolled up socks. There were many things she excelled in, but […]

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03
Feb

When the World Loses an Amazing Grandma, Old Family Photos Help Commemorate Her Life

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The world lost an amazing grandma last night. We all love you Grandma Verna and we’re going to miss you so much. For those of you who never got the chance to know her, she had the best sense of humor. While visiting her at the nursing home, I once asked, “What’s new Grandma?” And […]

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24
Jan

My Mama was Wild and Free, Just Like Me

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When people with straight hair ask you, “why don’t you brush your hair?!” ‚ . This is a photo that was taken of my mother when she was just 11 years old. It was taken in 1977 in Houston, Texas. Look how she’s showing off her mane! . I love this photo because she looks […]

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22
Jan

A Vintage Photo Booth Captured my Mom and Dad When They Were Young and in Love

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In 1961, my mother and father went in the photobooth at Kresge’s Department Store on Margaret St. in Plattsburgh, NY. Mom was 21 and Dad was 22. She had just come over from London, England to visit her sister at Plattsburgh Air Force Base. She got a job at Kresge’s and my father worked in […]

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19
Jan

Deadwood is more than a TV Show, It Is Also Part of my Family History

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Meet my favorite person. (I think the world should know her, too.) . My grandmother Irene, who my sister and I called “grandrenie” because we couldn’t say grandmother Irene, was an amazing person. In fact, she was the most amazing person I have ever known. It seemed like she could do anything she set her […]

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