Christmas celebrations reflect cultural traditions and illustrate family dynamics.
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss was published in 1960 and remains one of the top children’s books of all time.
Setting stories in places I have traveled authenticates my writing.
Photographs help shape the words that tell my stories.
Travel is an important part of my writing process.
Animals can illustrate important family dynamics.
The story behind the story is a really good story.
Genealogical research to solve family mysteries led me to Cetraro; the setting for The Inheritance.
Travelling to the country of your roots can strengthen ancestral connections.
Cherished photographs from my journey to my ancestral home in Calabria, southern Italy.
Travel to your ancestral home and learn about their early lives.
Connect with others conducting genealogical research to find answers about your family.
A person’s name often suggests a country or period of time and those used in The Inheritance help make early 1900 Calabria, southern Italy come alive for the reader.
What’s the rationale explaining the choices you’ve made in your life?
Determine if your ancestor landed at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada’s last remaining immigration shed, by consulting pier21.ca.
Like the characters in The Inheritance, we all have memories that if revealed would enable others to understand us and our situation better.
We all play many roles and learning how to resolve conflicting responsibilities is important.
Let cyndislist.com, a categorized and cross-referenced index to genealogical resources; help solve your family mysteries.
Advancements in communications technology have changed family dynamics.
From conception to gestation and delivery, writing a book has much in common with the birth process.
Investigate your family history at familysearch.org; the online genealogical resource service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Since ancient times, cultures have used natural remedies to care for their families.
Understanding naming traditions is often a key to helping solve family mysteries.
Do you like lavender for its aromatic scent or protective powers?
Do you think speed limits are simply polite suggestions?
Consult ancestry.com and search its online genealogical database in your quest to solve family mysteries.
The Marino brothers in The Inheritance demonstrate the complexity of sibling relationships within family dynamics.
Identifying connections can reveal family dynamics that link generations together.
Relive your ancestor’s immigration experience by visiting The Ellis Island Immigration Museum in New York.
Does this poem reflect your beliefs about life?
Words convey different meanings to people but everyone understands the language of flowers.
Use charts, pictures and books to make the most of your genealogical research.
Treasured family recipes are often passed down from one generation to another.
First memories resonate with significance as they help shape our future beliefs and influence the goals we set for our lives.
Find out more about your ancestor’s past by reviewing details recorded on their ship manifest.
Honouring our need for rest and revitalization will help us manage our complicated lives.
Where you can view a copy of the original ship manifest bearing your ancestor’s name!
As The Inheritance illustrates, food helps define cultural differences.
Live your life with no regrets and make your dreams come true.
Solve family mysteries about your ancestor’s journey across The Atlantic Ocean.
Like Padre Valentine in The Inheritance, life never turns out as expected.
Itineraries are hectic and packing wisely can simplify your trip.
Discover if any of your ancestors were among the 12 million who started their new lives at The Ellis Island Immigration Station in New York.
Discovering the meaning of your name might reveal an important family dynamic. Here are some resources I consulted for The Inheritance.
Understanding your fears is the first step in embracing life more fully.
Understanding your family dynamics often begins with determining who was at its centre.
The family is a varied but enduring social unit and The Inheritance explores the dynamics of several different models.
Travelling is expensive in terms of time and money and pre-trip research will maximize what you get from both.
Begin solving your family mysteries with these ten easy steps.
Names help create character and examining those selected in The Inheritance will give the reader insight into the conflicts that drive the story.
Set your imagination free. Let it introduce you to a world of possibilities and help you achieve your dreams.
People conduct genealogical research for different reasons and determining what family mysteries you want to solve will keep yours on track.
Language is complex and examining the many meanings of the word “inherited” will prompt the reader to review their own.
Life is unpredictable and learning how to cope with change will help us make the best of what happens.
Genealogical Research is a process that has many components and establishing your starting point is an important first step.
People have individual goals and, as The Inheritance illustrates, striving to achieve what one wants while balancing family needs is a difficult challenge.
Everyone has unanswered questions about their family and many who embark on genealogical research will find their lives forever changed.
If you’re interested in learning about genealogy, solving family mysteries, exploring family dynamics, sharing writing tips and celebrating our world, my blogs will appeal to you.