Memorial Day

Today is the 151st day of 2016.  I’ve spent my Memorial Day reflecting on soldiers of different conflicts, reading about the Tomb of the Unknowns (I’ve seen the changing of the guard once), and organizing some of my genea files.

Prompt #151: The last book I read…The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.  I found it interesting to read about Chicago during that time period (1892-93), plus Dr. H.H. Holmes and his madness.  The reason this story intrigued me so is that it gave me some insight into what life was like in Chicago at that time.  My 2nd-great-GF, Amos Ballard, had a son named Everett Guy, born 1872, who became a lawyer and moved to Chicago some time shortly after the World’s Fair.  He authored a book about Streeter in 1914 after interviewing the man extensively.  Also, in reading about the World’s Fair and the impact it had, I pondered how my ancestors living at that time considered this extravagance.  Did they wish to go?  Did they go?

Finally…I’m so excited to finally announce this…check out my Pinterest site!  It ties into my website,, with links to repositories in this area plus tips & tricks and fun stuff.  I hope you enjoy it!

Working on Pinterest

Lately, I’ve been adding a lot of content to three Pinterest sites:  My own, the one I’ve created for our museum, and the one I’ve created for Life/Citation.  There is so much neat and interesting content out there that it’s hard not to get trapped into just…looking and looking.  One thing that I decided to check out was blog prompts to liven up things here a bit.  In trying to be spontaneous, I chose a 365 blog prompt article and pinned it (check it out here).

Since I’m beginning at an odd place in the year and not on day #1, I guess I’ll go with what today is in terms of this year (out of 365 days).  Today is day #127.

Prompt #127:  Know-it-all: Write about something you are very knowledgeable about, for example a favorite hobby or passion of yours.

I’d like to say genealogy and researching family history, but, even after several years of doing such, I’m still a newbie! 🙂  What I do feel knowledgeable about is my first career of medical transcription (MT).  I’ve been doing this since November 1999 and have been certified since February 2004.  For a good 10-15 years, I did this job full-time plus and was involved in the national organization and local groups to keep up-to-date with my education and the field.  The thing that I loved the most about MT is learning something new every day.  At one point, I could not believe I was being paid — and paid fairly well — to do something I very much enjoyed.

The past 2-1/2 years, though, has dealt a crushing death-blow to MT, I’m sad to say.  My credentials expire this summer, and I’m letting them go.  There is no future in MT.  Technology has played a big role in the downfall of the career, and, sadly, that technology is not up to snuff by any means to completely replace a human editor.  It’s sad that something that was considered a career now only pays minimum wage…if you’re lucky.  If you want more objective information about the demise of MT, check out the free forum  Prepare to be depressed.

With that said, I’ve cut my hours to part-time.  The stress was not worth it.  I wanted to devote more time to my other passion, genealogy, so I cut some of the dead weight.  I still put in 20 hours per week doing MT, and my volunteerism has more than doubled.  I have three projects in the works at the museum, plus I do something for ECIGA nearly every day.

Maybe by the time #127 prompt rolls around again, I’ll write about genealogy!

Bonus: The creepy cloud picture…one of the first things I posted!