Notes from the past…


Smile For The Camera!

The word prompt for the 12th Edition of Smile For The Camera is A Noble Life. Show us a photograph of an ancestor, relative, or friend that is the embodiment of A Noble Life. A life that is worthy of those who came before and those who follow after. A Life filled with small but courageous acts; filled with love and honor. A simple life, an ordinary life, A Noble Life. Bring them to the carnival and share with us how you’ve honored them. Admission is free with every photograph!

Nathan Blunt Kennedy, MD with his wife Susan William Lee Martin Kennedy, ca 1880, Hillsboro, TX

Dr Kennedy served with the 27th Alabama Infantry during the Civil War.

He and his family moved to Hillsboro, Tx in the late 1870′s.

He was instrumental in creating the first Hill County Medical-Surgical Assocation.

Dr Kennedy was published in numerous medical journals of the time.

He served as Vice President of the Texas Medical Association.

Dr Kennedy advocated the formation of a state health sytem in Texas and pushed for better treatment for alcoholism.

He was active in the Hillsboro community, working for improved transportation and roads and for a better education system.

Dr Kennedy was also a published poet, truly a Renaissance Man!

Nathan Blunt Kennedy



A virtual notebook

I have been trying to find an application that, in a nutshell, acts as a virtual spiral notebook on my desktop that I can use to take notes and jot down my findings as I do my genealogy research. It must:

  • be very simple to type text into
  • add cut ‘n paste snippets from online sites
  • allow images as I fnd them
  • reside on my desktop- no internet access required
  • no storage limits (except by my hard drive size)
  • searchable

In a perfect world…APPARENTLY!

I have spent the last 2 days Googling, downloading, trying, rejecting.

TiddlyWiki seems to be the closest, but what a pain in the backside! Very confusing, not very image-friendly. I have tried it in the past and upgraded to the latest version yesterday, which had fixed several of the problems I had run into, but still not easy to add images to.

Zim is similar to TiddlyWiki, but not nearly as versatile. Very little in the way of documentation avaiable- not user-friendly!

Several other wiki-type apps, none were what I’m looking for.

Online possibilites include Ubernote and Springnote. Both work ok, but I want SOMETHING ON MY DESKTOP! Neither has unlimited storage. I don’t want to suddenly find myself up against a wall!

A third option is to set up a WordPress blog as a notebook. Easy to add images to, at least.

Looks like I’ll go with SpringNote- but I still want something DESKTOP!