It’s a job no one wants. Going through the contents of one’s childhood home and preparing the property to be sold.

On the upside, I was able to discover more of my family history. Through the process, I started to identify more with my mother’s side of the family because I had so many stories and photos.

Thus, I identify as a Wegner, an uncommon version of Wagner or Wagoner. Anyway, the name is all about wheels and wagons!

This post traces the line of six daughters on my mom’s side.

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Emelia Eilenberger Quandt and Frederick “Fritz” Quandt

I don’t know much about the Quandts, other than that they were born in Germany in the 1800s.

Emelia was born September 29, 1836 in Somerfield, Germany, and died October 24, 1909. Her father was Carl August Eilenberger and her mother was Johanna Elenora Winter Eilenberger.

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Lena Quandt Jentzsch and Bernhart Richard Jentzsch

Lena and Bernhart “Richard” Jentzsch on their wedding day. The photo says June 5 (I’m still researching the year). I believe both were born in Germany.

Before Lena met my great grandfather, she went to a tavern on a date and drank at the bar. She had a feeling that something wasn’t right. When her date wasn’t looking, she switched the drinks. The man passed out on the floor.

The Jentzsches would have three children, Gertrude (my grandmother), a daughter Clara, and a son Arthur. Gertrude and Clara would spar over family business matters and end up estranged. Arthur would pass away from pneumonia before his 30th birthday. (Penicillin was not introduced until 1928, a year after my mother was born.)

Art was mischievous. As an adult, when he dropped by to visit his parents and they were not home, he would collect everything in the yard – hoses, sprinkling cans, whatever he could find – and blockade the front porch with all the items he rounded up from their yard. The parents would arrive home and just say, “Looks like Art was here!”

Lena’s sister, Olga Ulrich, created hand-crocheted doilies, tablecloths, and pillow cases that withstood the Great Depression and the Great Recession and are still on display at home and work.


Gertrude Jentzsch Wegner and Harvey R. Wegner

Gertrude Jentzsch Wegner and Harvey R. Wegner were married in October 1920. Harvey wasn’t good with money, so prior to their wedding he would bring his entire paycheck home to my grandmother – to save for their future. Grandma was a bookkeeper and was good with money. She taught me the importance of saving money as part of her many stories from the Great Depression. She told stories about having to eat crumbs. Thus, she never threw out the bread crust!

Gert and Harvey operated a grocery store in Des Plaines, Illinois. Harvey worked for McDonnell Douglas during World War II and then for Skill Saw. Some of those Skill Saw drills are still spinning!


Lois Wegner Anderson and George E. Anderson

Lois Wegner married George E. Anderson on April 16, 1955. Dad was 38 years old and wanted to get married before he turned one year older on April 19. They were ten years apart in age, but it never seemed odd.

This was a second marriage for Lois. Her first husband was 18 years older than her and died at age 40 of a massive coronary event in the middle of the night. At age 25, Lois was a widow. (This one’s odd – how my grandparents allowed a man in his late 30s to date their 21- or 22-year old. Yet, from what I know they seemed to like him and appeared very happy in wedding day photos!)

When George was ten years old, his parents, Martin and Mathilda Anderson were in a train accident. It was at an unmarked crossing of the Chicago and North Western in Maywood or Melrose Park. They were in the hospital for a long time and the four children were spit up to live with relatives until they returned home. Grandma always said that the cinders from that train accident continued to come out of her skin for decades.


Renee Anderson and Clark Chrisman were married in July 1982.

I had been dating a friend of Clark’s. The friend wanted to fix Clark up with of my friends and I didn’t look forward to arranging this double date. Mom encouraged me to do so and said, “Throw him at her. Maybe he won’t want to date her.” Shortly after that, I broke things off with our mutual friend and Clark asked me out.

Keith E. Chrisman was born in 1988 and Janelle L. Chrisman, was born in 1991.


Janelle Chrisman and Johnny Kando

Coming Soon!
Janelle and Johnny  –  June 4, 2016

Janelle met Johnny at her 16th birthday party. Her cousin Lee brought him to the party and they soon started dating. They went to senior prom together and we will be celebrating their marriage soon!



Shocked at the grocery store! I went to the Jewel grocery store and the cashier told me that the store is discontinuing their Preferred Card. I was so dismayed.

Some initial thoughts:

  • Stores have trained us to hand over our cards, including our car keys.
  • What about all the data that won’t be gathered? Did they make good use of our buying habits or decide that they really didn’t want to know how much Kleenex we purchased during the cold season?
  • Do they know that I’m using my dad’s preferred card? I like looking at his signature when I use it. There’s more to that story!

What are your thoughts on Jewel’s decision from a marketing perspective and a consumer’s perspective?

Early Adopters of LED Lighting Pleased With High Quality Philips Ambient LED 40 Watt Replacement Bulb  

Philips Ambient 8 Watt LED

Thomas Edison’s light bulb is receiving a makeover, as the lighting market is flooded with replacement products for old fashioned incandescent bulbs. Consumers need not panic as legislation (signed by former President Bush) gradually requires old incandescent bulbs to be phased out in favor of energy efficient replacements.

Philips – the Industry Leader
Philips takes the lead in the manufacture of LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs with the introduction of its Ambient LED bulb. Although the bulb has an egg-like look, it produces a hefty 450 lumens with a mere eight watts. LED bulbs are reportedly 80 to 90% more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs. The Philips Ambient 8 watt bulb uses about 20% less energy than a comparable compact fluorescent bulb (CFL).

This LED bulb is lead and mercury free and does not emit UVA or UVB radiation. Its expected lifespan is more than 25,000 hours. LED bulbs are notably heavier than typical light bulbs, and while the light produced by LEDs does not produce heat, the circuitry incorporated into the bulb gives off heat at the bulb’s base. While these bulbs don’t appear to get as hot as traditional light bulbs, they are not recommended for use in totally enclosed fixtures. Unlike other dimmable LED bulbs, the Philips bulbs dim smoothly.

LED bulbs disperse light in a narrow directional band and early LED bulbs did not throw light in a circular radius. This bulb emits light just like an incandescent and the warm 2700K color temperature is characteristic of an incandescent bulb. The color rendering index (CRI), a measurement of color accuracy, is 80 (out of a possible 100). Incandescent bulbs have a CRI of 100, which is difficult to match.

This 8 watt bulb currently sells for $21.97 at Home Depot and is well worth the investment for those who want an energy efficient bulb with a warm color temperature and for those who want to purchase mercury free bulbs.

I’ve outfitted a 5-light kitchen fixture with three of these bulbs and two 1.5 watt LED bulbs. Energy consumption is scaled back from what used to be 125 watts to a total of only 27 watts.  

Some homeowners may be put off by the egg-like appearance of this bulb. Others may find the bulb to be a conversation starter about the benefits of phasing out old technology for products that are “greener,” safer, and more energy efficient than both CFL and incandescent bulbs.

Fine Print

The only downside of LED bulbs relates to “blue light hazard.” Typically, LEDs emit light that is heavy in the “blue light hazard” area. Apparently, this “near UV light” is not good for the eyes. It’s plentiful in sunlight and CFL bulbs. The yellow shield offers some protection from this spectrum. The bulb’s specs show that while it emits no UVA or UVB radiation, the bulb emits some “near UV” light.

Is a resume enough in today’s tough economy?

On March 30, 2010 I will present Online Portfolios With Pizazz at the Community Career Center in Naperville. (Registration required; fee for both members and non-members.)

Here are five tips from the two-hour presentation:

Visual CV

This outstanding online portfolio site lets job seekers make a highly visual presentation of their work. The site is easy to use, includes no banner ads or other ads, and allows you to upload a variety of file types. Check out VisualCV for more information including wonderful tutorials on how to build your portfolio.

Hire Me

Consider displaying a “hire me” button in your collection – if you dare! We will take a look at more subtle ways of “asking for the order” and emphasize the importance of placing your contact information on every page of your portfolio.

Gather Your Content

Job seekers will be encouraged to look at their work more visually and I will remind them that they have more content than they think. More than twenty content categories will be shared. My favorite category for discussion is “career success stories.” An online portfolio can be a perfect place to communicate one’s accomplishments by presenting details and photos of one’s success stories.

Make Use of Web 2.0 Tools

Simply put, Web 2.0 is the “interactive Internet” or the “collaborative Internet.” Free Web 2.0 tools will be discussed and job seekers will learn how they can display their best work with pizazz. Photo Snack and Animoto are just a few examples of some glitzy applications that can be incorporated into an online portfolio.

Where’s Your Hub?

Job seekers will be asked if they want their LinkedIn profiles to be the hub from which to display a blog, a link to a VisualCV account, and more.

We’ll also discuss Moo cards, attractive two-sided business cards to promote a oneself or a business with both text and photos.

The session is geared to job seekers in all industries with all levels of computer experience.

See you on Tuesday, March 30!

Photo credit: Lucy Nieto

Recipe for:

Tiramisu Mascarpone Dip

This is a festive and very rich dessert. Since it’s tasted in small quantities, people seem to embrace its richness without too many complaints about the calories!


Two 8-ounce containers of Tiramisu Mascarpone dessert cheese (available at Dominick’s in the Chicagoland area; Jewel only offers the plain Marscarpone cheese.)

Chocolate syrup or homemade chocolate sauce

Finely chopped almonds

Vanilla wafers or other plain cookies


Remove cheese from the refrigerator about 10 minutes prior to preparation. Place about a third of a container of Tiramisu Mascarpone cheese in a decorative glass at a time. Swirl with chocolate syrup or other thick homemade chocolate sauce made with chocolate mix or powder. (If you make homemade chocolate sauce make sure it’s thick enough and sweet enough. If you use unsweetened chocolate – add powdered sugar.)

Continue to add cheese and swirl chocolate syrup into cheese. Top with finely chopped almonds or glazed pecans. Garnish creatively with a strawberry, mint leaf, or a few wafers.

Serve in a decorative glass with vanilla wafers or other plain cookies. Serves 8 – 15 people with snack size portions.

Occasionally, Dominick’s features this dip for sampling. For more recipes and information about the mascarpone cheese visit:


Be sure to take Renee’s poll on grocery stores below:

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Let’s Get Social Webinar Broadcast of January 21, 2010

Here is a link to the notes for Renee Anderson’s webinar on Using Flickr to Promote Your Library. The pages represent the notes for an interactive webinar using “co-browsing.” The presenter clicks on a link and all the participants see the same content. The webinar also included a narration, and sidebar text chat, obviously not present in these posts.

The entire session was dedicated to a dear colleague, Julie Blackwell, who passed away in December 2009 at the age of 41. Julie was a brilliant and dedicated librarian/Assistant Director at the Carol Stream Public Library. Julie volunteered as a presenter, shared her work with others, and was greatly admired for her marketing expertise.

View notes for  “Using Flickr to Promote Your Library”