25 July 2011

Can We Just Not Talk about MS for a While?

Sometimes I go through a stretch when I just don't want to think about MS. As much as I care about the well-being of my blogger buddies (you know who you are), I don't want to read blogs about MS. It's not denial. I did my usual checkup with the neurologist, which was unremarkable, as usual. She wanted to do some lab stuff, just to make sure that, other than MS, I'm generally healthy. So I did that, and I am. (That whole concept never fails to crack me up, but there it is.) I took my power chair in to the shop a while ago to find out what's wrong with it, and taking it back tomorrow to get it fixed. I do what I have to do, MS-wise. I just don't want to give it anymore of my attention than that. And since much of my own blog is about MS, I don't much want to look at that, either. So I've been doing other stuff.

For one thing, while Tuffy was in southern California for a family wedding, I've been stalking her on Facebook. Creepy, I know, but fun seeing the pictures she and her cousins took while she was down there. She did the obligatory grand-parental visit, and the folks look good, considering. Dad's wearing his Toledo Mud Hens baseball cap. Where does he get these things? She's back now, says she had a blast, but was ready to come home.

I've been stalking dead people in Scarecrow's family, too. Like my family, they're mostly just regular folks, but fascinating for all that. You just never know what will turn up.

For one thing, there are some great names. Jehoshaphat Prindle. Perseverance Johnson. Ebenezer Dibble. And a good thing, too. With surnames like Bates or Whitman, it's easy to get lost in all of the Johns and Daniels and Sarahs. A name like Philo Dibble Bates gives you something to hang onto.

And then there are the Puritans. Finding that Scarecrow, militant atheist, is descended from a bunch of Puritans, is more than a little amusing. I first stumbled over this sometime last week. My ribs still hurt from laughing.

Richard Palgrave and Anne Hooker came to the Massachusetts Bay Colony from England in 1630, part of the first major European settlement in New England after Plymouth Colony, and part of John Winthrop's effort to establish the colony as a Puritan "city upon a hill."

Anne's brother Thomas Hooker was a prominent Puritan religious and colonial leader, who founded the Colony of Connecticut after dissenting with Puritan leaders in Massachusetts.

Richard and Anne are Scarecrow's 10th great-grandparents on his mother's side.

They are also the 14th great-grandparents of George W. Bush.

Hey, I read it on the web, so it must be true.


  1. As someone who has a quite boring name, I love the names! I've often pondered what can be uncovered when one digs into the past. Good, bad, indifferent. Too funny about the Puritans. Am sure you're using this to full advantage to remind Scarecrow about his inner Prindled Puritan laying dormant.

    You're becoming quite the stalker of folks past and present.


  2. stalking dead people! yes I have noticed this increasing fascination on Facebook. I guess it's only logical. Weren't death masks and death photos quite the fad of Victorian times? Why wouldn't the Internet be a natural portal (or tardis if you prefer)? ... and Genealogy seems to be rivaling Farmville as an Internet game. Enjoy! Just don't bring anyone back.:)

    Caregivingly Yours, Patrick

  3. Just let us know when you start seeing them!

  4. Everyone beat me here and made the obvious great comments.

    I keep my facebook (real name one) open just so I can stalk the Godson otherwise I would not have a clue. Is it really stalking when the folks are long gone?

    If you do "see" a dead Puritan let me know how it went.


  5. LOL, you know you can always visit MY blog. My PHILOSOPHY is don't waste your life on your MS---so much more to focus on! I hate when I feel I MUST post SOMETHING about it...but it is a MS Blog of sorts: it sorta is and sorta isn't. I love hearing about your dogs, family, and other adventures. So...I hear what you are saying. PS--George Bush, REALLY?