Everyone is relative

That’s a cutesy way of saying somethiing that I believe, and believe in, more and more as I see the way we behave towards each other: we have much more in common than apart, and it would surprise most of us to know how much.  I got the shock of a lifetime when I spent a little time reading the results of a DNA test.  I wasn’t surprised to learn my ancestry was 99 per cent (plus) Jewish/Middle Eastern, but the rest was most interesting.  It seems I have a fourth or fifth cousin whose ancestors include George Fox, the first Quaker, and John Alden (who probably didn’t get the admonition to “speak for yourself”); and a second or third cousin who’s got a Rothschild or two up the family tree.  There are also some French, French-Canadians, Irish, English, Germans, a variety of Slavs (not unexpected), and some Norwegians and Swedes.  So…the next time you want to say or do something ethnically demeaning about or to someone, watch out–you might be aiming at yourself, too!   

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About barbaraj60

I've been a librarian for three decades and change, specializing in history, genealogy and consumer-health information, education and advocacy, with a passion for music and for languages and literature, especially French. It's now July 2015 and in about two and a half months I'll be retiring from a public-service library job in social sciences, history and genealogy, by which time I'll be taking some courses (online) through the Medical Library Association to earn a second three-year renewal of my Consumer Health Information Specialist certificate; I also plan to start taking a 15-week online course through Boston University, leading to a genealogy certificate. It's not the CG but it should help me prepare for that quite well. So...my plan is to start a research and information consulting business, working with individuals and companies, especially nonprofit organizations, focusing on bringing individuals and groups to history and genealogy--and vice versa--and the same in the case of knowledge and its positive outcomes in such fields of medicine as mental health and mental illness, thyroid (and parathyroid) diseases especially thyroid cancer, lymphedema, and eye, joint and connective-tissue diseases. Why all these? Because I know them intimately and first-hand, and I am well aware of the power of knowledge to help us live as well and as long as we can, while helping others to do the same! I'd also love to go back to school and get my Ph.D....but that's another story for another day. Meanwhile, first things first: a lot of writing, a lot of one-on-one and small-group teaching, and sharing and transmitting my sense of the vital importance of information and education to any society that hopes to merit the adjective "free"!
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