Saturday, July 25, 2015
I have to say that I think the Less Common Names.... I think there might be some good reason for some of those losing popularity .... I mean........
................ Syrup jokes for the rest of your life?
............... do I really need to explain?
........... delusion of grander much?
........... well, do you KNOW what PRATT means in Britain?
I actually really like the name Dyson. REALLY like it. But.......
.... yep ... vacuum jokes...........
Friday, July 24, 2015
Thursday, July 23, 2015
DB and I are watching episodes of The Generations Project tonight.
It is like the beloved Who Do You Think You Are ... only with non-celebrities - ya know, NORMAL people. Celebrities are not NORMAL. Well, frankly - neither am I.... so .... does that make me a celebrity?
Maybe in my own mind.
Regardless - the first episode of the .... almost 40 episodes I have on my DVR .... was that of Xander and Carrie ... (actually pictured above on the The Generations Project graphic.)
Xander and Carrie are parents of twin boys who were born with a very rare deadly blood disorder called HLH - hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis ....it is usually fatal unless there is a bone marrow transplant. Luckily for the boys, they got one, and it was an amazing match. A 9 out of 10 match, the doctors say that 10 out of 10 is identical twins, so 9 out of 10 has to be something special. So they were curious about two things. 1: if they were related to the donor, because they figured there had to be some sort of genetic connection there to have such a high score. 2: they were curious if any of their family members had - perhaps - lost children to HLH also. And they did find a family in their pedigree that they are fairly confident that their three sons may have died from HLH, which wouldn't have been known at the time.
You can actually watch the episode on the website. HERE .....
It actually hit home super hard for me. Because I have kids with rare genetic disorders. One we may or may not have pin pointed. The other is definitely pin pointed.
And they live in Seattle!! I saw them go in here ........
Seattle Genealogical Society ....I want to go!!!!!
DB was all shocked "You have almost 40 episodes of this????"
I explained to him that I don't tend to watch it because it makes me desperately want to start digging in ours again an ..... AND I AM CHOMPING AT THE BIT right now ...... so I didn't really want to get into it. I don't have an active ancestry account at the moment - so it's hard to when that's the main place that I have our trees.
Stay tuned........ I think I'll have some new entries coming up!
Saturday, March 7, 2015
So Calahan came running into my room the other day yelling "MOM YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THIS" and he totally hijacks my TV. He flips to the channel that Monsters and Mysteries of America is on and shows me the snippet where it talks about the Devil Dogs in a Wisconsin town. I told Cal, I said "That's in Caryville" ... and he's all "huh?" I said "Caryville, it's between Eau Claire and Rock Falls, it's that little blip of a town you drive through."
He looks at me all shocked and says "SO WE LIVED RIGHT BY IT?"
Um Yeah, and Mommy totally KNEW about it too.... LOLOLOL....
We moved away from there when he was 14. SO yeah, it wasn't something that I was like "oh hey, Cal, let's go to one of the 'most haunted areas' in Wisconsin that we live right by!" ... yeah.... Mom's cousins got married in the "Haunted Church" in Caryville... lol.... right across from the "Haunted Schoolhouse"
So I thought I would make this entry for HIM - anyway .... I am putting it here, because it's part of our history. Of where we lived, the area we grew up, etc.
So here you go Calahan.
This is the episode. It's about 15 minutes long, and starts out at about 28:50 - if you want to fast forward to that point.
Here is some written history of the area (proving to Calahan it's in Caryville)
THE TRUTH ABOUT CARYVILLE HAUNTIES - WEAU 13
The silhouette of a hanging person in a belfry.
Stories of being possessed by the spirit of a young boy or ghosts of children playing in corn fields.
Stories of being possessed by the spirit of a young boy or ghosts of children playing in corn fields.
Those are just some of the encounters people say they've had while visiting the small town of Caryville. Many question their validity and people who live in the town say they're fed up with ghost hunters, and vandals.
The Sand Hill Cemetery one of five locations believed to be haunted in Caryville. People who live in the area have told NewsCenter 13 numerous times that the hauntings aren't true. Authors and ghost hunters Chad Lewis and Terry Fisk tried to shed some light on the myths.
Many say Caryville, Wisconsin is one of the most haunted places in the Midwest.
"People that had visited the place talked about some of the strange things that took place" says Lewis.
One of the most popular stories is that of a young boy who haunts the historic school house in Caryville.
"People insist that the spirit of the boy resides in the school yet" says Fisk.
The legend says a boy trying to escape an abusive father and took shelter in his school.
"In the morning the teacher came to the schoolhouse and found his frozen body sitting in his desk" says Fisk.
And if you sit in his desk Fisk says "you'll feel his spirit pass through your body.”
But that's not all that people experience.
Lewis says "they hear the piano being played. They eve see the keys being moved."
Intrigued by the stories, Lewis and Fisk set up shop for the night.
They sent up "motion detectors to night vision cameras, audio recorders, E.M.F. readers really to try and rule out any normal or illogical explanation" say Lewis.
That night, they found nothing unusual. Nor could they find any evidence of the boy's death.
Fisk says "only one boy that ever died while being a student was a young boy named David. He died in 1957 at the age of eight from Polio."
But he died in the hospital and not the school.
Lewis says there’s "a lot of the activity that may have a normal explanation, window shades and such banging against the door and just the whole atmosphere of it being dark, creepy and secluded."
Making the possibility of a haunting doubtful and giving it a “Not Haunted” grade. But across the street, myths of a priest's suicide in the belfry hang over the church.
Fisk says "he was upset because there were plans to sell the school across the street."
This possibility prompted him to hang himself.
Fisk says people have "driven past the church and seen an apparition of the priest, his body hanging in the belfry."
But Fisk and Lewis say Lutheran Churches don’t have priests and there's no record of the death.
"We haven't found any scientific evidence of these two places being haunted" says Fisk.
These findings, or lack of findings, give the church the same "Not Haunted" grade.
Down the road we come across the alleged watery grave of a high school prom queen.
Lewis says "she had been drinking and was intoxicated and she drove the car into the water."
Some say phantom headlights drive the surrounding roads, playing chicken with drivers.
Fisk says "right before it smashes into them the car seems to disappear."
And Lewis says if you are brave enough to look into the water you won't she her looking back at you "but you'll see the reflection of her vehicle's headlights staring up from the waters."
Because there's no record of the crash, the hunters believe a haunting here is doubtful giving this site yet another “Not Haunted” grade.
A narrow dirt road leads to another supposedly haunted area, the Meridean boat landing. Legend has it, that the area is haunted by Meridean herself.
Fisk says "she was on a ship coming up the river and she passed away and they buried her nearby here."
Lewis adds "much like a siren in the water, she tries to entice people to save her." And he says if you are foolish enough to do so "you will meet the same fate that she did."
During their hunt they were put a little on edge by a mysterious sound.
Fisk says it was "unlike any sound that we have ever heard."
Could it have been the legendary hell hounds possibly left behind by the last person to live on the island, more than 70-years ago?
Lewis says "many cultures believe these dogs actually did the devils bidding."
Knowing the history of the island and their own encounter makes it possible the area is haunted but they never found any scientific evidence making four out four for “Not Haunted” grades.
Finally, on a hill near Caryville is the Sand Hill Cemetery. Lewis says it's home to many of those who died on Meridean Island.
Fisk says people "report hearing the voices of children playing in the corn field."
Lewis says people see "mysterious balls of light hovering through this cemetery, hearing people calling their names" and feelings of not being alone.
They've investigated the cemetery many times even with psychics and Lewis says there are definite "feelings of spirits still roaming the area."
The head stones show people are buried here, and the stories match the history suggesting the site is possibly haunted and being the area to receive the “Haunted” grade.
It's not known where many of these stories come from, but they have brought in many people from all over the country and vandalism has become a big problem. Because of that, many locals say it's virtually impossible to maintain many of the sites. Dunn County Sheriff Dennis Smith says his deputies will not hesitate to write a ticket for trespassing, and the people living in these areas will not hesitate to call the police when they see anything suspicious. Other than the howling wind and eerie atmosphere nothing out of the ordinary or unexplained happened during the hunts.
So let me show now ........ how close we were. This is the area I grew up. I lived in Eau Claire most of my life. I lived on the south side, on the north side after I had kids. From 13 to 16-ish I lived (off and on) in Rock Falls, WI which was about a half hour travel time (by car) from Eau Claire.
There is a little "TREE" Icon for the National Park there above the P's in Chippewa on this map. That is where Caryville is, as show on the map below.
Caryville is literally a little "you blink, you miss it" type of town that you hit RIGHT BEFORE you hit Rock Falls which is almost another "you blink, you miss it" type of town but like triple the size of Caryville.
Now, I went out to the church and school on a couple different occasions. And I did not pick up on sprites, I have always been able to. And I didn't feel any difference in either building than it being a "normal" building. My cousins got married in the church on what would have been my 11th Anniversary to my ex husband - and my grandparents 57th Wedding Anniversary. I often say that my Grandmother - who died in 1999 - died so she could spend their anniversary with my Grandfather in Heaven. It would have been their 50th that year.
Anyway ..... I never felt anything around the Church or Schoolhouse. But the bridge that went over the river.... in Caryville (going the back roads to Eau Claire) .... it always made me nervous. And that's the river they claim the Devil Dogs - or Hell Hounds - are, there, in Caryville. I also never heard of this story until I was 18 to 20. I lived in the area and never heard the stories. I found out about it, by reading about it in a book.....
The folks in the area - DEFINITELY do not talk about these legends. They will deny it if they believe in it or not. m,p0
But it is history, and lore, from where we grew up. It's interesting to say the least.
There are some haunting in Eau Claire and Chippewa I'll have to tell you about too.
Location: Caryville, Dunn County, Wisconsin
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During the lumbering days, there was a town named Meridean on the island. What is today used as a boat landing was at one time a ferry crossing where people traversed the Chippewa River to the island.Historians have uncovered a number of stories about how Meridean got its name. All of them make reference to a girl named "Mary Dean." The favored story is that a Mrs. Dean and her charming, young daughter Mary were traveling on the Chippewa River by steamboat. Mary won the hearts of many of the passengers during the journey. She suddenly became ill and was taken ashore. She died and was buried under a tree. The area was then named "Meridean" to commemorate her.
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