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Her tongue was as sharp as her pencil. Stop by and meet our Malevolent Matriarch!

Heirlooms: Using to profile ancestors

One of our favorite antiques sits in the corner of our dining room. It can't be used for its original purpose, and we want to prevent its ruin. I often showcase my small quilts and fan them over the top. This one is destined for the corner, but not all heirlooms need to collect dust. ...

Bertha Servatius Geier Keane

Nine years before Bertha was born, the parents who raised her lived in Franklin county, Kansas on a large farm. William, her father, was born in Germany, and Cordelia, Bertha's mother, was born in Pennsylvania. William's brothers Peter and Anton farmed nearby. When trying to learn about Bertha, we discovered she was adopted. I wrote ...

Why “The Malevolent Matriarch?”

GREAT GRANDMA'S TONGUE WAS AS SHARP AS HER PENCIL. Afraid of no one, she let loose in hundreds of letters to daughter Bertha, sometimes twice a day. Her stern "disposition" intimidates (yet I adore that photo on the right. Notice her posture, her confidence. The hat and coat add to the "don't mess with me" ...

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