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A Big Black Bird On My Deck May 4, 2017

Filed under: Apple Blossoms,Bird Identification,Birds,Crows,Ravens — Janet @ 3:21 pm

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It’s misty this morning but the crow or raven is clearly visible!  Kind of scary.

IMG_3098  view from another window – the apple blossoms are just lovely

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As Spain Welcomes Back Jews Expelled in the 1400’s, I Share my Spanish Roots

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 3:06 pm

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“Grandpa’s family was originally from Spain,” my Grandma Thelma would begin her story with these words. “They left Spain because they did not want to convert. They were court Jews and could have stayed. But their Judaism was more important.”

I thought this was a ‘bubba meiser,’ just a myth and a bedtime story. And for many years, I did not believe the Spanish expulsion of Jews had anything to do with me. I thought it was enough that our family had been decimated by the Shoah. But it seems my grandmother was telling me the truth, and my family is both a survivor of the Spanish and German attempts to destroy the Jewish people.
Grandpa Nat portrait

My Grandpa Nat’s last name was Amsterdam. This is a somewhat unusual Jewish name. And, it seems, actually anyone named Amsterdam is related to me. The family started in Spain as wealthy Jewish merchants and…

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A Work Of Art

Filed under: Ancestors,Ancestry,Art works,Artists,Coat of Arms,Genealogy — Janet @ 2:03 pm

Blundell COA  the Blundell Coat of Arms