Monday, October 26, 2009

My Search for Lola

I’m researching my paternal grandmother, Lola. I never met her, never really knew much about her, including when or where she died. I do know when my dad last saw her (year is vague). My dad’s childhood was horrible and that caused him to want to completely sever memories and connections. He never would tell us much while he was alive. When we would talk to him about wanting to do research, he said he’d never talk to us again.

My friend, Jim, stopped by on Labor Day and we spent hours on I began to learn things about Lola’s life. It was horrible. The way people lived in the early 20th century was hard and those of us now would surely never survive that lifestyle. I’m discovering so much.

According to my mom, my dad was taken away from Lola and placed somewhere, when he was about 14. She was then institutionalized. My grandfather, Earl (aka Red), had gone to No. CA (I believe) during that time for work. Details are still vague. I have learned that Lola had a brother in LA and must now do the research to find his family (family that I do not know). This connection could prove valuable in my search.

Hello Blog

Starting a blog has been on my “to do” list for many years. As with so many things, it has been out there as a goal, yet, the follow through was out there even farther. Probably about three weeks ago, I finally started a blog! It then fell on the back burner while I began working on inventory for a craft fair I participated in. As a matter of fact, most things fell on the back burner for about three weeks (including emailing friends). Pretty much, the only thing I did was the day job and creative stuff in the evening. I now feel like I can breathe.

During this self-imposed exile, many things happened that I wanted to blog about. I expect this blog will evolve over time. My purpose here is many. I want to share my art projects, interesting vegan recipes, stuff in general, and document my search for my paternal grandmother, Lola.