Bah humbug. Trump is canceling Christmas. 🎄

WORSE THAN SCROOGE

Never pass up a chance to blame The Donald. The crew at Newsweek know better.

And just what is bah humbug? I know it is a famous line written by Charles Dickens. But what does it mean? What’s a humbug?

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Subcortical vascular dementia? Is Hillary Clinton afflicted by it?

Subcortical vascular dementia, also called Binswanger’s disease, is caused by widespread, microscopic areas of damage to the brain resulting from the thickening and narrowing (atherosclerosis) of arteries that supply blood to the subcortical areas of the brain.

And according to some, Hillary Clinton has been diagnosed with it.

Of course, I have no way of verifying this. But since the mainstream media have not been reporting on her health, particularly during and after episodes in the 2016 presidential campaign, I want to stay on top of potentially important news neglected by these so-called objective reporters.

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Me & the Policeman

Recently I had an encounter with the Seattle police. The background is a long, drawn out story that I may tell someday. But right now I am focusing on what the officer said, partly because it’s so odd and partly because I find it amusing.

I sit in public spaces for long periods of time when I am not feeling well, and this apparently makes some uncomfortable, who then call the police about this strange man — me — who just sits. I rest up and then eventually move on. But when I am exhausted I just sit and rest.

I usually do this in spaces with wifi. Otherwise, I’d be bored out of mind, though lately I have been catching up on my book reading. (I am reading one about Martin Luther and the Reformation that is fantastic.)

Part of our conversation went as follows:

ME: “I’ve been having serious medical issues. I may have lymphoma.”

A look of alarm suddenly covers the policeman’s face. He backs away slightly as if I might somehow infect him.

OFFICER: “Is that contagious?”

I am taken back by his ignorance.

ME: “Seriously?”

I am quickly chastised by his partner, so I expound on my answer.

ME: “It’s a blood cancer,” I reply, incredulously.

He probably still has no idea. Did he get into his patrol vehicle and look it up? My guess is no.

I’ve been wondering if he was hoping he’d have something on me, like being a public health threat, so he could call in a HAZMAT team and ship me off to a hospital ward somewhere.

These two officers were hard, cold-hearted authoritarian types. Not a fan. I’ve encountered so many heartless bureaucrats recently.

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Gotthilf!

His complete name is Gotthilf David Siegfried Lentz.

Recently I visited a friend, a retired Methodist minister, who has been visiting her daughter in Seattle.

For years she lived and worked in Seattle. The family is from Vermont, and she spent much of her youth in Switzerland, where her father was stationed with the State Department, I think.

While we talking one evening, she mentioned my tweet. She was curious about the name. We figured out the God part, but didn’t get farther than that. So later I decided to use the Google, specifically Google Translate, and after learning the meaning of his name, I sent off a note to her.

Just learned that Gotthilf is ‘God’s help’ in English.”

And she promptly replied, after her return home to Portland via the Bolt Bus.

“That is fantastic…nice name.”

Get thyself on Twitter, Hager-Smith! And then ye may tweet me directly.¹

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1. She is, or was, on Twitter, but hasn’t updated her account since 2014.

Finally found her, my great-great grandmother, using one of the quirky spellings of the family surname, Schanofski.

Schenovsky? No.
Sarnowska. No.
Scharnowski. No.
Scharnofske. Maybe.
Schanofski! Yes!

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Marie Friederike Schanofski was born to Johann Schanofski and Marie Mesick on July 20, 1826. Three days later, she was baptized, on July 23, 1826 in Damerkow, Butow, Pomerania, Prussia, Germany, also probably the place of her birth.

It’s only a short distance from Borntuchen, which is turning out to be a hotbed of familial connections. It’s the birthplace of her son-in-law Albert Fromke, my great grandfather.

I’ve uploaded a digital copy of the complete page scan from microfilm.

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Ludwig of Gröbenzien

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I’m so glad I’ve finally found a record of my great-great grandfather, Ludwig Lentz of Gröbenzien. Gröbenzien was a village in Germany, near the Polish border.

The images are from the Borntuchen church book, known in German as Kirchenbuch. This is the first time I’ve found Ludwig in any historical records. And there’s another unknown, his son Eduard. Most other surviving records from this branch of the family are in other church books.

I’ve included links to the image files of the complete record and the key at the top of the page.

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