Saturday, April 26, 2014

Is Your World in a Spin? You May Have Rocks In Your Ears


While Balance Awareness Week isn't until September 15th-21st, 2014, three physicians recently said they frequently tell patients complaining of dizziness,
"You have rocks in your ears."
When my daughter said those words to me on Easter Sunday I thought she was kidding. It didn't help that she was also laughing. However, she was right. I was suffering from "rocks in my ears" that had actually begun days earlier.

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the medical term.

In my case, every time I laid my head down the whole room went into a dizzying spin ~ but only for a few moments. However, when I stood up, I had the same sensation. It lasted only moments, was most disconcerting, and left me fearful of falling.

Vestibular Disorders Association is a reliable resource where you can learn about the many things that disturb balance, and what can be done.

The good new is, BPPV can be remedied. Fortunately, I sought medical help the following Monday. Medics remedied my malady in short order, and without drugs.

So don't delay if your world spins. Consult your doctor. You may have "rocks in your ears"!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Locate Your Relation or Ancestor in Western Montana


While you're researching family history, Bygone Montanans, a new blog, is live again and leads visitors to past generations. Its goal is to help you trace your lineage, locate and learn about ancestors, discover the forces that motivated them, and to learn how they lived their lives -- as told in their own words in the trilogy Behind These Mountains, Vols. I, II, & III.

How to use the online blog:
  • Use name labels to jump to excerpt with the name of one of the hundreds of people who passed through, sojourned in, prospected, explored, labored, or homesteaded in or around the Clark's Fork and Bull River valleys in western Sanders County, Montana, between the 1860s to early 1930s who is featured in the trilogy.
  • Up to 20 indexed names will be published, at frequent intervals, in an excerpt, and a historic picture if available.
  • When you find a family tie on the Bygone Montanans blog, please leave a comment, contact information, and share a memory to grow your family tree!
Why people read Behind These Mountains, Vols. I, II & III on the freebie website:
  • The freebie links to each volume, has archives and labels that make it easy to jump to chapters and to alphabetically indexed surnames in each volume.
  • Option to begin at Introduction and click link at the end, to the next chapter.
Why people purchase Behind These Mountains, Vols. I, II, & III on kindle:
  • Kindle books include new material and hundreds of exclusive historical photographs not in original books, or in the online freebie editions.
  • Kindle books are easily searchable.
  • Photographs are easily enlarged to view details.
  • Photographs can be copied and printed for personal enjoyment.
Stop by Bygone Montanans often, make yourselves at home, and stay a while. You might connect with a cousin you never knew existed, or find a long lost branch of the family.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Bygone Montanans; a Montana Research Opportunity

To the merely curious or those of you who are interested in researching family history, Bygone Montanans, a new blog, opened the door to the past by naming the hundreds of people who passed through, sojourned in, prospected, explored, labored, or homesteaded in or around the Clark's Fork and Bull River valleys in western Sanders County, Montana, between the 1860s to early 1930s. Its goal is to help you trace your lineage, locate and learn about ancestors, discover the forces that motivated them, and to learn how they lived their lives -- as told in their own words in the trilogy BEHIND THESE MOUNTAINS, Vols. I, II, & III.

However, there is no need to purchase a book to take advantage of the opportunity to find someone, because the books are free here.

 Up to 20 new indexed names will be published on the blog at a time, at frequent intervals, along with an excerpt and a photograph if available.

The free Behind These Mountains website includes a link to each volume, in addition to archives and labels that make it easy to jump to chapters. Or, simply begin at Introduction and go through the chapters sequentially or scroll through the labels and archives in the right hand panels. The website archives [but not the Kindle editions] have a link to a list of alphabetically indexed surnames found in each volume.
So suit yourself, but I hope you'll visit Bygone Montanans often, and share with friends and acquaintances. If you find anyone with family ties, please leave a comment, contact information, and share a memory to grow your family tree!

Stop by, make yourselves at home, and stay a while. You might connect with a cousin you never knew existed, or find a long lost branch of the family.