It seems like it has been an eon and a half since I last posted on this blog, but it has only been thirteen months. I have decided to make an effort to write again. I used to write letters to family and friends every few weeks, but Facebook has sapped my writing time as I look at all the posts every day and occasionally respond. At least I am clicking the like button a lot so that my friends can see that I have seen their posts. I have also spent many hours each week over the last two years creating mail art on Mailart 365. Yes, that is 365 individual pieces of mail art (i.e., decorated envelopes and post cards) in 2016 and 2017.
Family history and genealogical research also takes up big chunks of my week. I am looking forward to RootsTech 2018. Last year was the first time I was able to attend the four day genealogy and technology conference in Salt Lake City, and I had a stupendous time. My wife Chris and I published a book of her father's missionary letters from the Norwegian Mission to his mother from 1936 to 1938. Chris transcribed all the letters, and my daughter Rebekah and I formatted and edited the book on the computer. I scanned and added photographs to the manuscript. Office Depot printed and bound the final book.
My hope for 2018 is to write letters again, write a few more memoir pieces (hard to do without the Writing Memoirs Workshop I took for four years while I was teaching), and post on this blog. We shall see what I can accomplish. I am going to do it whether anyone reads what I write or not.
This is the front cover of the book.