219: COLLECT Bike Ride

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No. 219: COLLECT My great-grandmother Marion going out for a ride.

"He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul’s estate."- From the Journal of Henry David Thoreau, February 11, 1840




1 year ago on 12/29/12 at 09:27pm

No. 218: COLLECT Ancestral Canned Goods


No. 218: COLLECT My great-grandmother Marion showing off her canned goods. Perhaps she is the source behind my desire to learn how to can fresh summer produce.


"To ‘put by’ is an old deep-country way of saying to ‘save something you don’t have to use now, against the time when you’ll need it.’"
- Janet Green in Putting Food By




1 year ago on 12/29/12 at 09:18pm

No. 217: COLLECT Jeanne in the the late 1930’s or early 40’s.




1 year ago on 12/28/12 at 12:46am



No. 216: COLLECT My great-grandmother Marion French Gray and my grandmother Jeanne Hope Gray photographed most likely near their country house in Michigan during the 1940s.

“A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.”
- Leo Tolstoy from Family Happiness




1 year ago on 12/26/12 at 07:55pm



No. 215: COLLECT Image of two country homes most likely owned by my family in the early 20th century in Michigan.

These photos are from a decades old family album that was rediscovered and returned to my Uncle Richard by a neighbor in Chicago. I grew up hearing about the countryside Michigan homes owned by my mom’s side of the family and imagine that they spent many holidays there, practicing family traditions and possibly creating new ones. 

"Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart."
- Washington Irving




1 year ago on 12/25/12 at 03:16pm

memoryindex returns

My yearlong project abruptly stopped at the beginning of this year because of a move and I was unable to get it started again until now. Now, hopefully, everything will stay on track and I can continue to trace the past in the present, day by day.




1 year ago on 12/24/12 at 04:59pm

No. 214: MAKE My first homemade Christmas wreath.


After collecting and trimming balsam fir evergreen branches, I used green floral wire to attach them to a circular metal frame in layers. I then added 4 sprigs of holly for a traditional and simple feel. I live for the smell of fresh pine filling the room. That’s how I know it’s Christmas.

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder





1 year ago on 12/24/12 at 04:57pm

No. 213: VIEW Morris-Jumel Mansion, built in New York City in 1765.




2 years ago on 02/02/12 at 05:47pm

No. 213: VIEW Detail of a sampler made by 12 year-old Mary Robert Brown in the early 19th century. On display at the Dyckman Farmhouse in New York City.




2 years ago on 02/01/12 at 05:16pm

No. 212: VIEW An original panel of circa 1820 handmade french wallpaper found in the first floor Octagonal Room in the Morris-Jumel Mansion in New York City.




2 years ago on 01/31/12 at 05:03pm