I’m in Blogging 101 through WordPress and today’s assignment is to change the tagline. That’s line that appears under the title. My previous tagline was Family Historian. I have been thinking about what to change it to now for several hours. I’m not very creative when it comes to naming things or making up slogans. I wanted it to be creative and catchy but I’m still not sure that I am happy with the new one, My Pastime is Past Times. According to Webster’s Dictionary, Pastime is that which amuses and makes time pass agreeably; recreation; diversion. That’s what genealogy is for me, and I enjoy researching not just when they were born, married, and died, but how they lived and what they did. I love to read history and study how people lived in the 18th and 19th centuries and even early 20th century. I lived through the second half of the 20th so I guess I know how people lived and what we did. It’s fun to reminisce, and sometimes I forget that my grandchildren don’t about some things such as dial telephones. One day, I told my grandson that when I was young we didn’t even have dial telephones, we had to pick up the phone and the operator would come on and say, “number please?” Then we would tell her the number we were calling. He didn’t believe me! He thought I was joking. Then I told him about party lines. He is 12 and couldn’t believe it. Also, we did without microwaves, VCR’s, cable TV (we had only 4 channels), video games, computer and Internet. How did we ever get along? He thinks we must have been bored. But we were far from bored. As far as the phone goes, my father did not want us to use it unless it was a necessity. If I called my friend down the street to see if she could play, he would say, “Why can’t you go down to her house and ask her,” Now they all have their own phones. This is the kind of information I like to preserve, read about, and imagine what it was like to live in times before I was born. You could say that I am fascinated with the past, and that is how I came up with the new tagline. Let me know what you think. I welcome your comments.