October Means It’s Time For Soup!


Every year, the first weekend in October, Grandma Kradel invited everyone out to the house for the last official picnic of the year – the annual Soup Picnic. She’d make a big pot of her homemade (of course it was homemade!) vegetable soup, which actually had beef and beef broth in with the vegetables. It…
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Judy Lee Kradel Christy


November 26, 1964 ~ October 6, 2013 Judy L. (Kradel) Christy, 48, of Butler, Pennsylvania, passed away on October 6, 2013. She was born November 26, 1964 in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania to Marlene (Bures) Kradel McCloskey and the late Donald A. Kradel. Judy graduated from Butler High School in 1982 and went on to Butler…
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A Better Idea Of Where


Above is a map of the area just south of Darmstadt where much of the German tree comes from. I used our newly found ancestor, Johann Peter Oesterling, to make a pinpont – which the map did automagically on the town of Fränkisch-Crumbach, where Johann Peter Oesterling was twice married, and I think the map…
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Sunday Dinner

The spaghetti brimmed in the big yellow bowl in the middle of the Avocado Green dinner table with the six matching chairs. The table was that same shade of green that matched our stove and refrigerator and many others that lived in fifty percent of American homes circa 1974. (The other fifty percent were Harvest…
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Running Through The Corn

Standing at the edge of the field, the rows of corn towered over me, leafy green with a brilliant blue sky in the background. Cirrius clouds rode high in that sky. The wind passing over the field rustled the upper leaves on the corn stalks. Large ears of corn grew out of the lower stalks,…
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There Must Be A Picnic

It’s Sunday. Picnics always happen on Sundays. After church, or not, everyone piles into the car and makes their way to Grandma’s house. Sunday afternoons spent with Sisters, Cousins, Dad, sometimes Mom, Aunts, Uncles, Great-Aunts, Great-Uncles, Dad’s Cousins who are my Cousins too, Grandma, Grandpa, Great-Grandma, Great-Grandpa, and for a few short picnics in my…
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