Lyn Misner is an Idaho native who loves learning new things – preferably by reading and studying and not by going through difficult circumstances. But, as with most people, she hasn’t been able to avoid the latter. She is a mother of five adult children who differ from each other in nearly as many ways as possible and amaze her in the various paths their lives are taking. Her children’s greatest and most appreciated accomplishments are the eleven grandchildren they have given her. She is also a widow who misses her husband every day but who has found the re-inventing of herself as a single person to be a great adventure. She is a retired middle school teacher and a two-time cancer survivor. Her hobbies include travel via the scenic route, reading, sewing and quilting, and genealogy. She enjoys watching old movies from the mid twentieth century, listening to 50s and 60s music, and viewing beautiful scenery. She believes in the strength and power of women. A favorite quote that hangs in her office is: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” (Margaret Meade)

Mothering

One of my passions is doing genealogy research. I can spend hours going through stacks of old books in libraries or trying to decipher centuries-old and faded handwriting in online images of documents. One of the document types I consult frequently is census records. In the United States, census records began in 1790 but only…

Women

Women are amazing. At least I have never come to know one who isn’t worthy of numerous superlative adjectives. Of course I don’t know everyone, and my circle isn’t a particularly large one these days. Nevertheless, I think I have met enough women of various backgrounds to justify my claim. The thing I find interesting…

On Faith

Recently a friend told me about a trip she had made a few years ago to a country in Europe. She thoroughly enjoyed her sightseeing. However, she was dismayed that so many of the small old churches were no longer open to the public. Fortunately, sometimes she could find a caretaker who would let her…