21    Aug 20138 comments

Nostalgia: Old family photographs

A few years ago, my grandmother gave me a shoebox filled with some of her mother’s heirlooms and photos. I looked through it briefly, but had then forgotten about it until last month.

My grandmother had told me stories about her childhood, but these photo discoveries really brought my family history to life. I finally got to put faces to those stories I had heard over the past few years, and to see my family heritage displayed in front of me.

I moved last month. Although moving can be stressful, I was in for a surprise when I discovered a box filled with family treasures at the back of a closet.

Last week I sat with my grandmother and together we looked through these family memories. As we viewed each photo and heirloom, she began to tell stories she hadn't mentioned before about the people and events in each picture. Continue reading "Nostalgia: Old family photographs" »

14    Aug 20122 comments

Lego’s Birthday: 80 years and an inspiring family history

Whenever a celebrity - with an interesting family history - celebrates a birthday, we try and share it with you.

Today's post isn't about a person, but a product - one we all know and love - Lego.

This past weekend marked the 80th birthday of the famous family toy enjoyed for generations.

Very much a family business, Lego was founded by Ole Kirk Christiansen in 1932. He built the company, with his bare hands, along with his son Godtfred, who became the company's second owner, and the designer of the important inter-locking brick system. The company is today run by Kjeld, Godtfred's son.

Three generations of the Christiansen family: Ole, Godtfred and Kjeld (Credit: http://www.brickfetish.com/timeline/1891.html)

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