Aquí hay una vida que vivir

Aquí hay una vida que vivir

So, I'm back. Again. Life update? I've spent the past few weeks conducting a seemingly-endless stream of video chats and figuring out what works best for my students, their learning styles and their families' schedules (and what doesn't). I'm trying my hand at teaching "central message" for the first time--for the first time online, too--and [...]

Johnny Hamernik’s Café

Johnny Hamernik’s Café

It was known as "Dunkirk's Bright Spot;" Johnny Hamernik's Café at 182 East Second Street in Dunkirk, New York featured dining, dancing and the occasional boxing match on Friday nights. The kitchen served fish fry, shrimp cocktails, roast beef sandwiches and hamburgers, and there was a rotating parade of local performers, everyone from The Tempo [...]

How I Solved It: From DNA to Nellie Drag

How I Solved It: From DNA to Nellie Drag

Sometimes, when researching my genealogy, the little things are infinitely the most important. And that's the case for this recent find: 197 centimorgans of shared DNA across six segments led me unexpectedly, finally, to my great-great-grandmother's family tree. I want to share how I solved this Drag family mystery--my recipe for success--in the hopes that [...]