Human Terrain

I’m fascinated by this graphic way of viewing the size and spatial relationship of the world’s cities. I live right there in Denver but I was born in Laramie, which is that little spike up there to the left of Cheyenne. Try it yourself: Human Terrain: Visualizing the World’s Population, in 3D. You should see … Read more

El Dia de los Muertos

Halloween should be the genealogists’ holiday. Our Celtic ancestors believed that on this night, Samhain (pronounced sow-en), the dead walked the earth. It was possible to commune with those who had crossed over, and necessary to appease those of them who might have an idea they could return to the world of the living. Our … Read more

Soda Pop

The Colorado Rockies aren’t doing so well in the World Series. First time there, maybe last time. Our boys are losing 6-5 as I write. Less humiliating than losing 13-1, as they did in the first game. I tried without luck to get tickets to today’s game. Even losing, I wish I had. The stadium … Read more


We were in Wichita over the weekend for a nephew’s wedding. One of the highlights of the trip for me was a night in Lindsborg aka Little Sweden USA. I’ve ordered Swedish chotchkies from Anderson Butik for over 20 years, but never thought that I’d be anywhere near the source. Not only was it on … Read more


I use the term Scotch-Irish, which requires some explanation, judging from the nearly hysterical emails I receive from time to time. Many people erroneously believe that the term means something along the lines of “mixed Scottish and Irish.” Not so. The Scotch-Irish were Scots who lived in Ireland. The term is similar to other ethnic … Read more