Martin Family Genealogy

My mother

Edna LaVon (Bonnie) Martin Mattice Kreps

Mother and her Neice Florence
Bonnie (left) and her Neice Florence on High School Graduation

worked for years to trace the Martin family genealogy backward to early 1630s immigrants to New York on the North American continent. She was persistent and determined, and overcame obstacles which had prevented others in her family from attaining her genealogical success.

Ultimately mother became a member of The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She later questioned her judgment since the DAR political position veered toward the right of the political spectrum and hers inclined decidedly leftward. Continue reading “Martin Family Genealogy”

Father and the Fiat

B1957 Fiatefore we get to the Fiat part,

I must tell you more about my father who was a genius. No, really, my dad was an inventor and a genuine genius of the “what goes up must come down” school of thought. You know, a physicist. Daddy was a mathematician who saw beyond what ordinary men saw, sort of like Newton or Einstein. He had complicated equations swimming around in his conscious, his subconscious, and, I’m sure, even in his unconscious mind. He often talked of dreaming in math, or in music, which, when you break it down, is math integrated with sound. Continue reading “Father and the Fiat”

Blue Velvet

Blue Velvet CoatHappy Birthday To Me. In May of 1960, I turned twenty-one, old enough to vote. At last! (Yes, in those days, you had to be twenty-one to vote.)

After leaving work on my birthday, I rode the ancient ferry back across Humboldt Bay. Standing at the aft of the vessel, a fresh breeze ruffled my hair and salted my lips.

Moored at the dock, the captain blew an extra long, ear-splitting blast on the horn. He waved his hand out the perpetually open wheelhouse window and shouted, “Happy Birthday, Judy!” I waved to him and smiled my sparkling twenty-one-year-old smile. Continue reading “Blue Velvet”