Monday, October 08, 2007

Goodbye Arizona....Hello Wisconsin

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Have been thinking about all of the places I have lived and I counted up 29 of them. Of course, when I was in college and right after and lived in apartments I moved around a lot, but I lived in 5 houses in 3 states when I still lived at home. I've added 4 states to that - so we have Ohio, Texas, California, Illinois, New Jersey, Arizona now off to Wisconsin. Arizona and Wisconsin are the only two states I have actually opted to live in as all the others were family or work related.

What a contrast this is going to be. Hot to cold.....and doing it just as winter starts. Brrrrr. Boy, I have really hated the heat here in Arizona and while it is true you do get kind of used to it after awhile it's just not fun to play outside - plus you just can't garden. So, I'm psyched.

Two more days and off I go.

Nice thing is........I will be located more centrally and be able to drive to Clay concerts. Watch. He will decide he's neglecting the Southwest and the West and I'll have to go back to flying. Nah.

I haven't finished the summer concert blogs and hope to get to them soon. Or not

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Clay Aiken - Summer Tour 2007

Last week I hopped a plane to Houston & Tulsa to see Clay's new tour. Coming from dry Arizona at 110 degrees to humid Houston was a shock! I forgot what humidity is all about - lived in Chicago for 5 years, but you do forget. It poured rain and was overcast the whole time I was there, but downtown Houston is very attractive and of course I WAS there for the concert.

The pre-party was at an Italian Restaurant and was well attended. Won several pins I did not have in the raffle, which was nice. One was a new Clay in Texas pin, one the Clack Gatherers and the third was the Clay Nation Hurricane Relief pin. I have quite a collection of these pins.

After the party we strolled down the block to find this:

Nice start to a wonderful evening. My seat, although to the side was excellent and I had a great view of the stage. Clay started off with "Here You Come Again", strolling onto the stage singing, followed by "Everything I Have" and then a duet with Quiana that was even better than the Suzie McNeil duet on the album.

A couple more songs from the album and a medley of TV theme songs completed the first half. Quiana did a very nice version of "When the Lights Go Down".

Second half started off with an excellent "Without You", which I almost missed as I decided to visit the ladies room and got into a conversation with a couple of young ladies who were there more because of the symphony than Clay, but who were having a wonderful time and were full of all kinds of questions about Clay....which I was more than happy to answer. Always fun to run into new fans.

Some Pictures:

The highlight of the second half of the concert is a toss up between the hilarious "classics" medley and the poignant and bittersweet "Lover All Alone". Check out these two segments - via You Tube. Go to the Clay Jukebox in the right hand frame and click on the square to turn of the jukebox before you click on the You Tube links.

Classic's Medley

Lover All Alone

Next blog....a little about Tulsa.

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

More Ancestor Sightings.....

I spent some time recently starting a little story about one of my collateral ancestors who had always interested me. Then, while googling, I discovered someone else had already put a story together and had done it so much better than I could ever do.

In a nutshell:

Two of my 4th great grandfathers were brothers, Jonathan and Ebenezer Zane. Yes, this makes me my own 6th cousin. There was another brother by the name of Isaac. When Isaac was 9 and Jonathan a couple of years older they were captured by an Indian raiding party and ended up in the Wyandotte camp of Tarhe. Tarhe adopted Isaac and Jonathan was returned to his family. Tarhe had married a French girl reputed to be of the Durant line. Their daughter Myeerah was a childhood friend of Isaac and when Isaac came of age the two were married. He was 18 and when their first child was born Myeerah was 14. Isaac returned many times to his birth family, but always came back to his beautiful Indian bride.

I won't get into it all here, as it has already been done for me - Click here and follow along with the story of Myeerah and Isaac.


There are a lot of interesting links. Enjoy.

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Genealogy Update


As this is Mother's Day and I have been working on my mom's genealogy I thought I'd post some notes I have made regarding her grandfather's family. I wish she was alive so I could share this information with her.

I have been spending the last few days chasing after a possible relative (if I am correct he would be a great-uncle) through the archives of the Federal Census. The last time I worked heavily on my family history I had to go to the LDS Library in Oakland and load up a roll of microfilm on a viewer and crank and crank and crank. Nowadays you just log in to ($$$) and put info in a search engine and voila! - up pops your information, along with a (usually) very readable copy of the original document. Nice!!

This latest endeavor started with my thinking about my mom's grandfather, Gottleib Darling. I had done a little research on him many years ago, but became discouraged, especially as mom promised me I would find nothing, that they had known little about him prior to his life in Lancaster, Ohio. Years ago, in a 1912 book "History of Fairfield County Representative Citizens" I found an article on Gottleib's son Jacob (a son by his first wife) which included the following sentence.

Gottleib Darling was born in Bavaria, Germany, a son of Philip Darling, who came to the United States and died of yellow fever at New Orleans, in 1848.

So, we thought we had at least one more name beyond Gottleib....but, maybe not. First, that sentence is ambiguous. I am not sure it means Phillip came to America in 1848 or he died of yellow fever in 1848. Secondly, there were other relationship errors in the article and I have always taken it with a grain of salt. In addition, there is the matter of how the name was spelled. "Darling" is how it evolved in America, but what was the correct German spelling? Darling, Direling, Deierling, Dearling, Dueuerling all all variations I have seen.

So, with the new internet technology available, I went looking for Phillip. I used the Deierling spelling for a couple of reasons:

In Elmwood Cemetery, Section C, Row 36 there are three graves for babies who had a short life -

Deierling, Clara, d. Apr 20, 1862, aged 9M12D
Deierling, Mary Alice, d. Sept 1863, aged 8 yrs
Deierling, Charles L., son of G & M.A., d. Aug 9, 1864, aged 4M1D

So sad, all the little children who died so young in those days. My aunt and I visited Elmwood Cemetery many years ago and she had not been aware of these youngsters. Elmwood is very old - here is an interesting website regarding the place -
Elmwood Cemetery

Also, I have Gottleib's signature and there are enough letters before the 'ling to sink a ship. One of them is an i.

First of all, I found what might be Gottlieb's immigration record. Name is close, Gottleib Deuerling. This Gottleib arrived in New York on Aug 15,1853 at age 25 (check). Port of Departure was Le Havre, France, Place of Origin was Bavaria (check) and the ship's name was "Tempest". I also found his name in the Index to Naturalizations of Fairfield County, Ohio. Naturalization 1860 and the name is spelled Gotleib Direling. This, I am sure is my Gottleib. I am currently attempting to find out where to obtain copies of his naturalization papers as they will surely answer the question as to whether I am correct on the immigration of Gottleib Deurling being my guy.

So, on to Phillip for awhile. One of the great features of is that they have census records for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 and 1900 through 1930. In the 1870 and 1880's I found something interesting. There seemed to be three "groupings" of Deierlings that interested me. Mine in Lancaster, Ohio, a Phillip Deirling in (of all places since I am moving to Wisconsin soon) Watertown, Wisconsin and a Jacob Philip Deierling who was in Schuyler County, Missouri. To be sure, there are also some Deierlings in Washington state and scattered about, but they didn't seem to fit in with the three larger pockets.

Jacob Phillip was born in 1816 in Bavaria.
Phillip was born in 1822 in Bavaria.
Gottleib was born in 1828 in Bavaria.

I have information on Gottleib and his family, of course. Jacob was a farmer and he had at least 7 children who married and also had very large families. There are still Deierling's in Schuyler County, Missouri today.

Now, Phillip has become my passion. Why? Because I can connect this Wisconsin Phillip to Phillip Deirling in New Orleans. New Orleans birth records Index shows two children born to Philipp Deierling and Barbara Langenbacher. Heline on 8/21/1855 and Charles Moritz William Deierling on 8/8/1857. Next, I found Phillip in Watertown, Wi in the 1870 & 1880 census but with a different wife and new children...but Heline is still there..right age and she couldn't be a daughter of the new wife, Charlotta because Charlotta is much younger than Phillip. Still not proof because all the children are listed as born in Wisconsin. Spend considerable time trying to find 1860 but finally was successful - the name was spelled Dearling.

There is little Heline (Helena) age 5 and this time she was born in Lousiana. HooRay!! But, to throw another interesting tidbit into the puzzle, there is another young girl by the name of Elizabeth who is 11 year old. Who the heck is this? Would have made her born in 1849 and it states she was born in Bavaria.

More later........

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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Just a couple thoughts rattling around my head this lazy Sunday.

As we watch the media swarm all over Anna Nicole Smith I found a statement that hit home with me -

The media frenzy drives ratings and ratings drive profits. Truth is too often too boring.....Lin Wood

Link to article by Attorney Lin Wood on the subject of "media frenzies". Very interesting read.


It is all about the money in the end. It doesn't matter whose lives we destroy as long as the ratings soar and the corporation coffers overflow.

There was a Yahoo! Answers question recently where someone asked who watched Fox and who watched CNN. It was interesting to see how both sides were adamant the other side had an agenda. And, of course they do. It is extremely hard to find places to find unbiased, accurate, un-spun news anymore. I answered the question that one had to watch both, evaluate the spin and do further research before making a decision.

Speaking of Yahoo Answers, Clay Aiken has a Question as Ambassador of Unicef -
What can we do to get more Americans committed to supporting programs that help children?

Take a look, there are lots of interesting responses and a few days left to post your own answer.
Yahoo! Answers

Don't forget to catch Clay on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Valentine's Day, February 14th.

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Sunday, January 28, 2007

The Clay Aiken smear process continues. Sigh. Frankly, I am tired of the whole thing as it is so patently absurd. Perez Hilton and other gay gossip mongers really do not display qualities I would deem appropriate for a gay role model. At least, I hope not!

It is frightening, however, how this smear campaign parallels what is going on around us all the time. When we hear something on Fox news, or anywhere else for that matter, do we take the time to research their sources? Do we even notice if they have even quoted any sources? And, if the piece of news seems cockeyed to us, how many times does it have to be picked up by other media, friends and associates, etc. before we come to believe it is true?

I want to cite a debunked news story from the past couple of weeks that is politically based. It has to do with Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton.

From Obama's website -
In the past week, many of you have read a now thoroughly-debunked story by Insight Magazine, owned by the Washington Times, which cites unnamed sources close to a political campaign that claim Senator Obama was enrolled for “at least four years” in an Indonesian “Madrassa”. The article says the “sources” believe the Madrassa was “espousing Wahhabism,” a form of radical Islam.

Insight Magazine published these allegations without a single named source, and without doing any independent reporting to confirm or deny the allegations. Fox News quickly parroted the charges, and Fox and Friends host Steve Doocy went so far as to ask, “Why didn’t anybody ever mention that that man right there was raised — spent the first decade of his life, raised by his Muslim father — as a Muslim and was educated in a Madrassa?”

Link - Barack Obama

Further information on the debunking of this lie can be found at an interesting site I found.

Link -

Wait, it gets better. Enter the conservative talk show hosts who then proceeded to report that the Obama story was leaked by Hilary Clinton!!

Summary: Melanie Morgan, Lee Rodgers, Rush Limbaugh, and John Gibson all forwarded the accusation made by a website controlled by Rev. Sun Myung Moon that Sen. Hillary Clinton was responsible for spreading information linking Sen. Barack Obama to a madrassa, or Muslim school. None of the four cited any evidence, other than the article, that Clinton was responsible for promoting the madrassa story, and the article cited no one by name.

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Well now, the debunking of this story has actually been highly reported on. CNN, I am sure, delighted in breaking their expose as it shows their competitor, Fox, in the poorest of light for perpetuating a story without checking sources. But, how many people now have a half buried thought that there could be something valid about the story even though it was proven inaccurate. After all, where there is smoke, there is fire. Right?

This kind of thing has been going on forever, of course, what is an election without smear campaigns? How does this relate to Clay Aiken? Well, it is basically the same thing, make something up that is calculated to destroy his fans belief in him . Rally together some team members (haters) (talk show hosts) and get the word out over the internet. The gossip mags and media will pick it up and pretty soon the main stream press is reporting it as news. And, no one along the line has done any checking of sources.

I have decided to rely on my own instincts as regards Clay Aiken. I watched him on AI, I have been to many concerts, I have read his book "Learning to Sing", I have listened to many interviews and watched him on countless tv talk shows and I have met him briefly in a Meet & Greet. This isn't "knowing" him, obviously, but my instinct tells me he is who he says he is and that's good enough for me. Always has been.

Some other interesting blogs I can recommend:

A heartfelt essay on Clay's journey from AI2 until today, the 4th Anniversary of Clay's AI audition.

And, the 911 blog has a new entry that is thought provoking.
Claymate 911

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Friday, January 19, 2007

AI6 - Is it my imagination or are the judges even meaner and the contestants even wackier than last year? Or, is it like childbirth, and we somehow forget the pain by the time we get to the finale?

I watched the last two nights, and on some level I am ashamed of myself. Did I cringe, you bet!! And I read a magazine and turned my attention away from the screen as soon as I determined it was another bad singer. Why do I even have it turned on? Well, I honestly don't know. Maybe hoping to see a first glimpse of the next winner. I can tell you I enjoy it much more when we get past the abusive period.

Perhaps next week I will TIVO it and fast forward past the nastiness.

Now, I realize the auditions are not real. I know those bad auditions are staged. AI wouldn't take individuals who are horrible singers and/or have non-conventional looks and/or possible mental and psychological issues and string them along and put them on TV to be humiliated by the nation. Would they?

Tis perplexing. I also don't understand those that come back year after year to be humiliated. Well, those people obviously LIKE to be humiliated, and those that know they are put through as a joke, those who agree to be a laughingstock for a few minutes, I have no problem with them trying for a few moments of "fame". They signed up for it and get what they are looking for. Don't they?

What I really worry about are those that appear to be a little unhinged; I hope AI, in their eagerness for ratings & revenue, isn't causing actual pain above and beyond what is necessary to kindly inform those individuals they aren't right for the show. They wouldn't, would they?

Each year since the first I watched, AI2, has become more manipulative and contrived. I wonder if AI hasn't finally jumped the shark. It was lots more fun watching this cute singer guy evolve than anything I've seen since.

Clay knocking them dead at the finale of AI5

The claymate911 blog has been updated. Check it out. claymate911

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

I am a fan of Clay Aiken. As a fan I follow his career. I go to concerts, I watch him on TV and I read about him in the media.

As a fan, these are the things I am supposed to do. And, it is enjoyable for me - it is a hobby to add to my many others.

Unfortunately, this hobby has given me a sad lesson in learning the truth about today's press and the media. Because of my "Google alerts" and the fact everything Clay does seems to be "in the news" I have discovered that I no longer believe what I read or see in the news.

I watch Clay Aiken on TV or in an interview and then I read what is written about what I have just seen and find it's spun into something completely different. And the nastiness? Unbelievable. I have been wanting to blog about this, but haven't been able to put the words together. In the last couple of days two blogs have been posted that I would like to share. This first one was posted on Clay's Official Fan Club Blog and is reposted here with the permission of the very talented author. Thanks for writing it and thanks for letting me share it on my blog.
01/13/07 : Public Relations or Media Integrity Issue?

“We are in the process of creating what deserves to be called the idiot culture. Not an idiot sub-culture, which every society has bubbling beneath the surface and which can provide harmless fun; but the culture itself. For the first time, the weird and the stupid and the coarse are becoming our cultural norm, even our cultural ideal.” ~ Carl Bernstein

Chuck Taylor of Billboard magazine recently wrote a review of Clay Aiken’s latest single A Thousand Days in which he barely spoke about the song itself, the music, or the artistry but stated, “Aiken's challenge at this point is more a public relations issue. As press reports continue to spread repeated tales of his lack of humility and haughty, diva-like disposition, how much longer before fans retreat and any semblance of radio support fades like a Christmas wreath?”

Press? I contend that Clay Aiken doesn’t have a public relations issue as much as our society has a journalistic integrity issue. When did rumor mongering become tantamount with journalism? Why is credence given to faceless blogs and gossipers? The internet, while a powerful resource is also like the Wild, Wild West of old where there are no rules and anything goes. Where faceless people hide and are spreading malicious rumors as fact and where publications that once researched before reporting, such as Newsweek, are now using the plethora of gossip sites and blogs as legitimate news sources.

“The media tends to report rumors, speculations, and projections as facts... How does the media do this? By quoting some "expert"... you can always find some expert who will say something hopelessly hopeless about anything.” ~ Peter McWilliams

I recently watched the debut of a new show starring Courtney Cox-Arquette on the Fx channel called, DIRT and it scared the hell out me. The show depicts the goings on at a tabloid called DIRT and “shows” all the machinations of how they get their stories. I found it to be very realistic and saw that IF you are a celebrity and someone has it in for you, they will stop at nothing to trash you, right or wrong.

I wrote about this subject in my blog almost a year ago and it is sad that in this time, not only has the issue not gotten better it has gotten worse. When the likes of Perez Hilton and have become more mainstream and are made credible by being given a forum on radio and TV, we have a problem.

“Never make negative comments or spread rumors about anyone. It depreciates their reputation and yours.” ~ Brian Koslow

If Clay Aiken has a public relations issue it is ONLY because sensationalism sells and ALL the good, legitimate stories of his compassion, his philanthropic works and the stories of how he has changed lives for the better are deemed not newsworthy.

I am sorry, but would a “diva” perform a concert while suffering from vertigo so badly they need help to just stay upright? Would a “diva” visit elementary school children and reward them for writing a book about one of their classmates who lives life with a disability and the lessons they learns from her? Would a “diva” take the time to film a public service announcement for a local children’s choir who shared the stage with the orchestra with which he was performing? Do “divas” worry about making a difference in the world? Do “divas” graciously spotlight and encourage those with whom they share a stage? In my experience the answer to all of these questions is no.

It is a shame when society and the media have made it so easy for people who have experienced disappointment, based on their own contrived expectations, are allowed to publicly berate and trash another person solely based on twisted opinion of facts. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

“Man is a being with free will; therefore, each man is potentially good or evil, and it's up to him and only him (through his reasoning mind) to decide which he wants to be.” ~ Ayn Rand

It appears to me that many have decided to be evil.

The second blog that I recommend can be found here : claymate911

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