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Mom’s Boxes Part 9: Mom’s Good Silverware

By Hazel Thornton | October 25, 2021 |

UPDATE: Mystery solved! (scroll down) What do you think happened when I offered my mom’s good silverware to my niece, Vinca, as a wedding present? One never knows what will happen when you pass a family keepsake on to the next generation. Will they love it? Or, not so much? There’s only one way to…

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Mom’s Boxes Part 6: Sometimes Organizers Need Help Too!

By Hazel Thornton | August 6, 2018 |

You didn’t think I was finished with Mom’s Boxes, did you? Ha ha ha! Noooo! In fact, I haven’t done a thing on this project since my brother left in December to spend a year in Japan. ←These are a few of the resulting categories: Cassette tapes, Mini photo albums, Grandma & Grandpa’s letters, Ephemera…

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Mom’s Boxes Part 5: The Old Man of the Mountains

By Hazel Thornton | December 18, 2017 |

READERS: This is the sort of story I intend to write more of over the next few years to share with my family. It’s also the sort of story I encourage you to write about your own family! It doesn’t have to be fancy, with footnotes and such. Just capture the memories for future generations. This…

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Mom’s Boxes Part 4: Grandma’s Lawn Chairs

By Hazel Thornton | October 16, 2017 |

I wrote this blog post for The Photo Managers (when it was called APPO), but it’s essentially Mom’s Boxes Part 4, since I found most of the photos in Mom’s boxes. Photos keep memories alive. And they tell the story of a family over time. They show how it grew and how it changed. Some…

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Mom’s Boxes Part 8: The Gangster Hideout

By Hazel Thornton | May 23, 2019 |

READERS: This is the sort of story I intend to write more of over the next few years to share with my family. It’s also the sort of story I encourage you to write about your own family! It doesn’t have to be fancy, with links to articles and such. Just capture the memories for…

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Mom’s Boxes Part 7: Sharing family history with my family

By Hazel Thornton | December 3, 2018 |

Shhh! Don’t tell my family, but I’ve finally figured out what I’m giving them all for Christmas. “What?” you ask…with bated breath… Why, The Gift of an Organized Family Tree, of course! “But wait…you’re an organizer, and a genealogist. Haven’t you already shared your family history with your family?” Well…yes and no…

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Mom’s Boxes Part 3: Trip down memory lane

By Hazel Thornton | August 28, 2017 |

My brother, Mike, and I have agreed there’s something about going through Mom’s boxes that we hadn’t fully bargained for: Going down Mom’s memory lane includes going down our own memory lanes. This can be heartwarming, and great fun…and also embarrassing, sad, and exhausting. It feels like my life is flashing before my eyes in…

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Mom’s Boxes Part 2: Panning for gold

By Hazel Thornton | July 31, 2017 |

When my mom died, in 2001, she left us 33 boxes of scrapbooks and other memorabilia. Not 33 scrapbooks; 33 moving boxes full of them. In Mom’s Boxes Part 1: The Shed I described what we did with them for 16 years, and why I’m finally going through them now with my brother Mike.   We’re making progress….. I’ve been…

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Mom’s Boxes Part 1: The shed

By Hazel Thornton | July 3, 2017 |

When my mom died, in 2001, she left us 33 boxes of scrapbooks. Not 33 scrapbooks; 33 moving boxes full of them. By scrapbooks I mean albums, binders, and notebooks full of memorabilia — photos, cards, letters, memoirs, and souvenirs. And who knows what else? These are in addition to the scrapbooks and photo albums she…

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Do you need more good news in your life?

By Hazel Thornton | September 25, 2023 |

Does the daily news get you down? Do you watch or read a lot of it? Too much, maybe? If you want a change, it seems you have two choices: Consume less bad news and/or seek out more good news. Are you addicted? I know people who watch several hours of news and commentary each…

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