Brent Larsen’s home burned down – family safe

Ancestry.com began to interest me more the past couple of years. Genealogy projects seem to appear when at a certain age. My cousin on my mother’s side, Ron Herem, begin getting interested about a year before me. His fancy was caught by the history of our family, and he’s made… Continue reading

Finding a Daughter on 23andMe – more of the story

My very first newsletter (9 newsletters ago) was the story of finding a daughter I did not know about.  She found me using 23andMe, reached out and made contact.  If you missed that newsletter, you should read it.  You will find it here:  No doubt several of you have imagined… Continue reading

Health Issue (Part 3 of 3): “Oh, oh, something is wrong – no, really wrong.”

Recovery from my April 2015 OHS (open heart surgery) seemed to be going splendidly except for a persistent cough.  It would just not go away. Recovering in San Diego, we consulted respiratory experts at Scripps Memorial Hospital, but no cause was found.  Back at Mayo in Phoenix, experts diagnosed it… Continue reading

Health Issues (Part 2 of 3): Yes, they operated on kids back then.

Face it, at my age (69), a primary topic of conversation with friends relates to health and our various ailments. When younger, this drove me nuts. I swore to never indulge this sort of behavior.  But that was before I had health issues to trump nearly everyone elses. My 1965… Continue reading

Health Issues (Part 1 of 3): You’re not going to believe this!

Having Open Heart Surgery at 15 years old in the summer of 1965, I became somewhat of a medical anomaly. As unusual and traumatic as that was, I managed to up the ante 50 years later and heart issues have been my primary concern the past few years. I’ve broken this story into 3 short bite size “parts.” Continue reading