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More about Dodde

A few days ago, Jennifer Dodde responded to my email. I was ecstatic. Why? Not only is she going to provide factual information such as dates and places but share her memories of her family. That’s been the purpose of this site all along!

It’s just not the dates that are important but the sharing of memories of who these great people were/are. Whether farmers, police, or the common worker, Dodde(ma) have had an influence on everybody around them. What they lacked in material wealth they more than made up for it in strength of character, loyalty, and friendships that never die.

I’d like to share one of the things that Jennifer said to me that really shows what DoddemaGen is about:

I agree that it is neat to know what your relatives might be doing. When I was thinking about Grandpa, I thought it was such a shame that eventually he will be known only be his name and dates. People won’t know that his grand-daughter loves him so much and wishes that he could be happier in his old age. They won’t know that he used to have the best corn-on-the-cob barbecues and that I loved it when he teased me. Maybe I can start writing up some of my memories to have those to keep.

I’m looking forward to hearing more from Jennifer. I think she’s going to have lots to say. In the meantime, you can check out her site at Literate Housewife. I’m also providing a picture that Jennifer sent me. In Jennifer’s own words:

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It was taken most likely toward the end of 1977 or Easter of 1978. Grandpa (Egbert) and Grandma (Theressa) are holding my brother Rob, my baby cousin, Brandy, and my sister, Donielle. I am the little girl in the white dress in the bottom row, far left.

Contacted by Dodde’s

Interesting turn of events. I’ve recently been contacted by Robert and Jennifer Dodde pertaining our common ancestor, Egbert Dodde. Egbert is my 4x cousin twice removed.

I’m still waiting their replies regarding additional information such as dates, locations, names, etc. but I think I may have hit on a jackpot here. I also did a quick Google search and found another site that had information on the Dodde name but I’ll save that for another time.

Boring reading?

I’d like to ask a serious question?  Is this blog boring?  Does it keep your attention?  Is it too family-oriented or not enough?

Why am I asking these questions?  No comments and no posts from those members that have registered.  I need feedback to see what can be done to make this a better site.  So drop me a line or comment in this post about what I can do.

Time Flies

Isn’t that the truth?! I was without Internet access for about a month and I’m still trying to catch up to all the changes during that time. DoddemaGen is undergoing a facelift. The USS Riverside is getting a complete makeover from a new forum theme, the addition of a blog and image gallery and custom graphics. That’s alot!

Where do I fit in? Right in the middle. It reminds me when I was a child and we had a small car and I had to sit in the middle of my two sisters so they wouldn’t fight. I hated being in the middle. I don’t dread it as much as I did when I was younger. Usually I thrive in that sort of condition except when I feel like I’m over my head.

What saves me is networking. We’ve all heard the magic catch phrase before but in today’s helter skelter world networking is key. I have friends and those friends have friends and they all know a little something about something. I met my good friend Steve online. Have we ever met? Nope. Just through that mysterious ether we call “the Web”!

He’s given me so much of his free time helping me devise new themes only to have me tear them down and build up again. He’s great. There’s my other online friend, Kim, who makes wonderful graphics. Simply amazing. If you go to DoddemaGen or the USS Riverside blog, you’ll see her work. Soon she’ll be here.

What I’m getting at is networking is a real and powerful tool. No matter what you want to call it in today’s world of political correctness, networking is valuable to anybody, whether you’re an aspiring artist, writer, dog groomer, or even a web administrator. Have you reached out lately?

This book stank!

I’ve read books that I just couldn’t finish…not because it was bad writing, it just didn’t hold my interest at that time. I’ve never stopped reading a book because it offended me…until now.

I’ve read all the Left Behind books and really liked them. Although LDS views are somewhat different about the latter days, it was interesting to see how the story unfolded and what the world could possibly be like during that time period before Christ’s return. Kingdom Come, the last book in the series (13 in total) takes us into the Millennium.

What should be a wondrous occasion turns into a future that I want no part of or at least this interpretation. Husband and wife are no longer together…they’re platonic buddies. Family ties are separated and we’re just brothers and sisters working for the “Cause”.

If marriage isn’t possible in the Millennium and beyond for those that lived before it’s beginning, then why even have marriage? Why go through all the trials and tribulations of marriage? Why has our Heavenly Father told us to “cleave one to another” if only to separate us at death?

This is where I take a LDS viewpoint. Families are forever…..literally. In 1995, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came out with the Family Proclamation where it specifically states that “ The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan.”

It further states:

“The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.”

I believe, no I know that this is true. I’ve prayed and fasted about it and know that my wife and I can be together forever if we but continue to keep the faith and strive to do our best by others, ourselves and our God. I can do no less.

That’s why I quit the book. I tried but after reading 100 pages and listening to the drivel of meaningless human marriage, I had to stop. Obviously, it’s only my opinion. If you thought differently, comment but do so tactfully.

The proclamation was read by President Gordon B. Hinckley as part of his message at the General Relief Society Meeting held September 23, 1995, in Salt Lake City, Utah. For the whole revelation, please go to Family Proclamation.