Life in Possum Holler

Saline County, Arkansas, United States
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28 February 2008

PowerPointers Blog

A weblog about using Microsoft PowerPoint software to design effective presentations.

This blog is designed as a communication tool and a repository of training resources on the Microsoft PowerPoint software package and effective presentation design. I plan not only to discuss the mechanics of using the PowerPoint software, but also to discuss proper design techniques.

24 February 2008

Quotations: Personal Favorites

The central organizing principle in the discipline of genealogy is the reconstruction and analysis of kinship. ~ Carolyn Earle Billingsley

It is better to be liked for the true you, than to be loved for who people think you are.

It's better to BURN OUT than fade away . . .

So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains and we never even know we have the key. ~ Eagles' song lyric

A family's photograph album is generally about the extended family and, often, is all that remains of it. ~Susan Sontag (1933-2004)

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. ~ C.S. Lewis, (1898-1963)

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. ~ William James

The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous. ~Shana Alexander

He may be mad, but there's method in his madness. There nearly always is method in madness. It's what drives men mad, being methodical. ~ G. K. Chesterton

Research is the process of going up alleys to see if they are blind. ~ Marston Bates

Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History; Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

History" isn’t just what happens in the past,” but what we choose to remember. ~Paraphrased from Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, in We’re No Angels, by Kathryn Harrison (2007)

If you don’t know your history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. ~ Michael Crichton, from "Ancestry Weekly Journal," 1 October 2007 (email newsletter)

08 February 2008

Third Cousins Have Greatest Number Of Offspring, Data From Iceland Shows

ScienceDaily (2008-02-08) -- Scientists have established a substantial and consistent positive correlation between the kinship of couples and the number of children and grandchildren they have. The study, which analyzes more than 200 years of deCODE's comprehensive genalogical data on the population of Iceland, shows that couples related at the level of third cousins have the greatest number of offspring. These new findings suggest that the recent and dramatic demographic shift experienced in Iceland -- from a rural society to a highly urbanized one -- may serve to slow population growth, as individuals are exposed to a much broader range of distantly related potential mates. ... > read full article

Iceland Shows." ScienceDaily 8 February 2008. Accessed 8 February 2008, online at .

Citation: "Iceland Shows." ScienceDaily 8 February 2008. Accessed online, 8 February 2008, at­/releases/2008/02/080207140855.htm.