Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Dialogue and a Quick Update

   A Dialogue of Sorts


      Folks, you may notice a touch of excitement in my writing. We were that close to reading a "regular" blog post I just finished. <Hint: it is aiming a poke of good fun at what is usually considered a more normal blog from a rather modern perspective>. You'll see, it's still next up. I suddenly decided to forego this and concentrate on another tack altogether.

     The blog is having a mini-celebration as we have come to the two and a half year milestone for F/WFH and my "histbuffer" persona! Indeed, how time does fly. It only seems a little while ago when I was publishing the post THE PATH FORWARD in September of 2015, and here we are today!

      I suppose I tend to overly examine everything I come in contact with. Still, I like to think there has been a greater sense of proficiency and insight as the blog has slowly grown by degrees to a newer level. I hope you agree, as well. It's been an exciting road for me. Sharing this journey with many of you good people has been an honor and a privilege.

        Does anyone wonder where the above photo was taken at?

         More importantly, do you enjoy reading these articles?

      Well, if you've found the information provided on the site on the interesting side, visitors can help support my efforts over the last few years if only by taking a few spare moments for a word or two of encouragement. At first glance this may not appear to be a serious concern, and that may be true- to a point.

       Let me explain:

      Although private emails along with the occasional correspondence and collaboration are fine and dandy ways of communicating in themselves, I would be quick to add that the input from the comment section is ever so special. You see, while you don't have to be overly concerned in that department, I love to experience the particulars of your thoughts and suggestions. Any and all input coming from the outlook of those that find regional history so appealing is precious.

     So do not be at all intimidated! Everyone, for whatever reason, that doesn't take the time to do so, STILL enjoy reading your ideas and hear about the knowledge of other like-minded folk. It's natural.

      I am always curious to experience firsthand further interaction, as I am with new ideas and old places to rediscover. After all, if you have followed the site fairly closely, as many of you probably have, the last subheading of this post made much the same type of statement back in March of 2014, so it clearly isn't a new plea of mine!

     On the technical side of things, the comment form should be simple enough and has the added plus of anonymity, if that is preferred. All you do is type in what is on your mind or your basic impressions. As for page views, they have been gradually improving as more people take a look at what is on offer here.

      Another factor has been the tendency to post a bit less frequently, while at the same time since the blogs inception, try to stick to a more comprehensive subject matter instead of  getting bogged down in numerous myriad little posts of minor consequence. If this is an issue, please do let me know what you think of this.

A Quick Update

       To keep you folks more informed, future posts in the planing stage include, an article about mills of all kinds, and later, a touch of history from the point of view of a woman's perspective.

       A new post, perhaps only in a sketchy form, which will hopefully see the light of day, will be about railroads in the area. I'm not yet certain the depth and scope of this one. I am soon undertaking a History Contest, so get ready to test your knowledge!

      Another post soon on the horizon is at least one more for the Relatives and Ancestors series, for those that are interested in that type of thing.
      By the way, another exclusive interview is also near completion, I just need to get the favored party to finalize the agreement!

      These, and quite a few more articles, are in various degrees of completion; the research is ongoing.

A Look Back:

        In the mean time, we've gone the gamut, from "Tarrying in Tarrs" on to "A Piece of Woodale", and went further with posts like "Turning Tides at BUSHY RUN", "Wandering West Newton", "Massacre At Morewood", "A Post On Connellsville", "Westmoreland and Fayette State Parks", and to more recent ones as "A Scoop On The Old Braddock Road", "Origins of the Counties of Southwestern PA", "Lingering at Fort Ligonier" and "Captain Jacobs, Part 2". These were some of my favorites, but honestly, I truly and thoroughly enjoyed writing them all. Every darn one of them! Now...which ones did YOU think were the best, or most liked? I even wonder which ones that were the least liked! (I do have some ideas in that area)...

       So remember, continue to check out the blog for material and stories, some containing original material, on our wonderful and fascinating historical underpinnings around and about Westmoreland and Fayette counties. If you wish, and I would certainly appreciate it, you can follow me on Facebook at wilson.alan.77@facebook.com. Thanks so very much for your patronage!


       Oh, I almost forgot - the photo at the beginning of the post is to the north of Keifertown and east of Scottdale. The stream is called...Jacobs Creek.

       Let's keep the dialogue open ! ! !



  1. Please keep this going! You are filling in history that years of searching have failed to provide, and honestly, I was having a hard time narrowing down only the relevant information I needed from Indians of Pennsylvania. I ended up confused, but your blog explains things clearly. This is priceless information!

  2. Thank you for the complimentary words posted today. Very well stated!

    While I have tried to point out how much I wish folks that visit the site would comment on a more regular basis, that's the exact reason I so very much appreciate the depth of a response such as yours. Hopefully your kind and thoughtful words will engender encouragement to others less likely to get involved and draw out their ideas and feelings more frequently.

    Furthermore, this particular type of especial "dialogue" certainly helps to boost my concern as well Karen, you can be assured of that!

    One more thing which will surely interest you, I am planning more than I referred to briefly on this post. Actually, a post geared more deeply toward covering many of the somewhat obscure references to locations where Indians were claimed to of had villages in the Fayette/Westmoreland region in our distant past has been on the drawing board for quite a while now. There are traditions and some local stories too. So keep in touch and I will certainly "keep this going" !

    I'm glad to be of service. Have a good day!


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