Saturday, May 10, 2008

Finally ...

Earlier this week, I mentioned that I was unable to access my Google Analytics' report for my blog. Well, I was finally able to access it today. I just happened to save my settings for the analytics, and I was then able to view my report. So now I can keep track of my blog again.

Another Update On My Dog ...

Today, Ben had his stitches taken out. He was fine, and he is doing well. His wound is healing very well, but he has to stay inside for another week before he can run around with Casey.

Friday, May 9, 2008

A New Poll Created!

In lieu of a comment left on one of my posts, I have created a new poll. The question is: What Color Is Easier For You to Read? Your choices are:

  • Black
  • Dark Shades: Red, Blue, Green
  • Normal Red, Blue, Green
  • Any color

You have a week to vote, and you can only choose one answer. I appreciate any help. I want to make sure that everyone is able to read what I post. Any suggestions are always welcome. Thanks!

5th Guest Column at Shades Of The Departed Posted!

The fifth guest column at Shades Of the Departed has been posted! The author of this column was George Geder. You can read it here. Enjoy!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

And Other Genealogy And History News That I Forgot To Mention ..

Earlier this week, I posted on genealogy and history news that I had noticed (either on blogs or on internet news wires), but I realized later that I had forgotten to mention a few other news articles. Among the news that I forgot to post on are:

I think that is the rest of the news relating to genealogy or history. If I have forgotten an article, please let me know. Thanks.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Random Question ...

Has anyone else had problems accessing their Google Analytics data results today? I have not been able to see the report all day. I keep getting an error message. Is this the same for others or am I alone?

Summer Challenge: Book Review One

As some of you might remember, I decided to participate in the summer challenge to read five non-fiction books. Well, I've already finished reading the first book. (What can I say? I'm a fast reader.) I'm not sure if I'm supposed to post these reviews as I finish reading them, or if I'm supposed to wait until the end of the challenge. I guess I'll just make another post when I'm finished that links all of the five reviews together.

The first book I chose to read was Blood Struggle: The Rise of Modern Indian Nations by Charles Wilkinson (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2005). The book is 383 pages long, excluding the end notes, index and bibliography, and probably falls into the category of Native American Studies or recent U. S. History. (The back of the cover lists it as a cultural studies/Native American studies.) Anyhow, the book deals with the experiences of Native American tribes over the past fifty years or so, and how the Native Americans were able to strengthen their tribes and culture over this time period. In addition to explaining events that occurred in the last half-century, the author gives background history on the struggles that Native Americans have had over the past several centuries. The book as covers the different policies that the Department of Interior and U. S. government had implemented to deal with Native Americans, especially to get Native Americans to assimilate into American society.

Overall, I thought the book was quite interesting. I did learn quite a bit about the past several decades about the history of the movement for Indian rights, and I also learned more about the policies that the U. S. government had enacted to deal with the Indians. I chose to read this book as I did not know very much about Native American history nor very much about the policies that the U. S. government created. Since Native Americans are only briefly mentioned in most U. S. history textbooks, I wanted to learn more about the role that Native Americans played in U. S. history and about how the Native Americans were treated. In all, I think this is a good book for someone to read if he or she is interested in learning more about Native American history.

Update On My Dog ...

In case anyone was wondering how my dog is doing, I thought I would post about it. Ben is doing much better, and I think he is back to normal. He is definitely not in pain anymore, and he can move around quite well.

Genealogy and History Thoughts - Update

I thought I would just let everyone know that I plan to start up the Genealogy and History Thoughts Columns again. I don't know exactly when I'll start up again, but I plan doing so soon.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Today is Cinco de Mayo, and I just want to wish everyone a happy Cinco de Mayo! I don't know too much much about Cinco de Mayo. All I know is that the day is connected to the Mexican army defeating the French who had invaded in the 1860s.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

A Couple of Articles Related to History or Genealogy ...

Over the past week or so, I happened to notice a couple of news articles related to history and/or history. The articles I noticed are:

I didn't notice any other news related to genealogy or history, but if I missed any articles, you are more than welcome to leave me a comment with a link to a story. Thanks!

47th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy Posted!

The 47th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy has been posted! You can read it here. The topic for the next edition is in honor of Mother's Day and is on our Mother's education. (Or the education of a female ancestor.)

Happy Birthday!

I just want to wish my brother a happy birthday. Justin, if you're reading this, I want you to know that I have been thinking about you. I hope today is a wonderful day for you.