Good morning, my fellow WikiChatterers, and welcome to another Weekend Chat! Greetings from a sunny Cathey’s Creek where I am suffering from mild residual effects of the flu: tired and coughing. Otherwise, I’m back in the saddle. It was a rough go of it for about a week, and I did miss the first ever Asheville Celtic Festival last Saturday. To make up for it, I’m planning on attending the Loch Norman Highlands in April.
On the Home Front: As I began to write this (Thursday, I always start my post on Wednesday or Thursday), it was snowing. The three snows we have had this year started in January, and they are bittersweet for me. I love the beauty of the snow, but what I miss is my call from Mom who never missed a chance to call my wife (the snow hater) to pick on her: “Hey there! Have you looked outside yet? Isn’t the snow just beautiful?” And so, there will always be a tinge of sadness for me when it snows.
One good thing about the flu was that all activity was put off until I recovered. I got lots of reading in. Presently, I am reading another Bruce Metzger book: The Text of the New Testament: ItsTransmission, Corruption, and Restoration. Friends of mine used to accuse me of buying books that no one would be interested in just so I wouldn’t have to loan them out. True, my taste is reading is rather more on the academic side.
And while I’m on the subject, allow me to give a shout out to Dale Byers for taking on Metzger’s profile, improving it with sources and a biography. Metzger is one of my heroes, and I have the three-book set on the text of the New Testament. I’m glad I saved these.
On the Genealogy Front: Typical for me, I will often read or watch something and begin thinking genealogically. I watched a YouTube video of Gregory Carreño directing the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela playing Mozart’s Requiem. (Yes, my taste in music parallels my reading.)
I went looking for info on the orchestra on the Net and followed a link to María Teresa Gertrudis de Jesús (Carreño y García) Tagliapietra<!--[if !supportNestedAnchors]--><!--[endif]-->, a Venezuelan known in the 1800s as the “Valkyrie of the Piano.” Her mother was a cousin of the wife of Simon Bolivar, and it turns out that her first husband, Victor Gilbert Émile Sauret, was already on WikiTree. So, I worked up a profile for her (in progress) and created a profile for her second husband (the third awaiting).
Suaret’s parents and grandparents were unsourced, so I put out a request on G2G, and some of our wonderful members answered and added sources for some of them. If I can find the connection between Teresa Tagliapietra and Simon Bolivar, she and her husbands will be connected to the Big Tree!
I completed a few North Dakota Unsourced, and got a nice note back from one profile manager. I have sourced about 50+ of these profiles.
I hope all is well with you, especially all my cousins in areas that are experiencing severe weather. Our community cares, so keep us posted on how you are doing!
Enjoy the Chat, everyone!