In Remembrance of Col. George C. Smolenyak

By |2020-12-22T11:00:35-05:00November 30th, 2020|Family History, Featured, Military|

He would wake us on Saturday mornings whistling reveille. This was usually accompanied by a glass of OJ and quick, vigorous back rubs to “get the blood pumping.” It was time to do chores and you weren’t going out to play before the house was spotless because this officer-father liked precision, control, and cleanliness. The army had been a good choice for him.

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Revolutionary Ancestors

By |2018-09-22T17:20:43-04:00June 27th, 2016|Celebrities, Family History, Featured, History, Human Interest|

In climbing the branches of Lin-Manuel Miranda's family tree, I found myself following the trail of an early nineteenth century, interracial love story, peppered by war and rebellion, all interwoven with a decades-long struggle to outrun slavery that began in Virginia and ultimately unfolded under a handful of flags even though most of it occurred in one place – Nacogdoches.