The “Celebrities” Among Us

We all remember Lois Lane from the Superman sagas in comic books, on television, and in the movies. Smart, tough-as-nails, and tenacious, the world might never have discovered who the Man of Steel really was behind those glasses had it not been for the star reporter for the Daily Planet newspaper.

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Apparently, I’m Not Korean

My first foray into genealogy and ancestry research came as a 9 year-old fourth grader at John Enders Elementary School in Garden Grove, California. It was at the dinner table, perhaps over pork chops, Kraft macaroni and cheese, and mixed vegetables that I proudly informed my parents that I was Korean.

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Helma Penrose

Happy Thanksgiving

Funny the kinds of things we remember out of our past, and as we celebrate another Thanksgiving, what are the little memories you bring to the table?

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We Were On a Break …

My first — and last — post here was in 2014 almost five years ago. Okay, so it wasn’t all that short of a break, but I had a reason. Several of them, actually.

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The Story of Me is the Story of Us

The World According to Greg is a blend of genealogy, history, current events, politics, religion, education, and, well, you name it. And trains. There are several parts to this project. First, there is the raw data. Even more exciting — or touching, or gripping, or sad, perhaps — are the stories and things that bring us together as a family, that try to explain the meaning of our lives, or, are just plain funny. Or touching. Or gripping. Or sad.

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WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT

The Story of Me is the Story of Us

Welcome to The World According to Greg! This is my life and my story. At its heart is the written word. Be it through a blog post, a short story, social media postings or a tweet, for me, as for Truman Capote once wrote, “the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music that words make."

I have always been a voracious reader, a student of history, interested in how the world works, and wanting to know our place as humans in it. What is the meaning of life? Is there a meaning to life? Is there a point to the progression of human events, or, as has been said, is history just one damn thing after another? It is these “big picture” concepts that fascinate me, but also draw me to the specifics of my own evolution as a human being that compels me to investigate it in terms of genealogy and family history.

At the same time, lately, I am also inspired to write about it by all those who feel the need to loudly proclaim their version of “facts” but demonize those who might think otherwise. You know who you are. Well, actually, you probably don’t, but just know that you will always be welcome here. Challenge me, take me on, prove that I am just another one of those radical, left-wing California whacko snowflakes beholden to the mainstream media, the Clintons, the Obamas, George Soros or any combination thereof.

The posts on this site are divided into two main subject areas. The Family Tree contains stories and posts specifically related to genealogy and family history in general, and my family (and all its many branches) in particular. If you’re mainly interested in that and not all the other stuff, that’s the place to go. On the other hand, The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth. According to Greg has it all (including the family tree stuff) -- and while the goal is to tie the past to the current, it doesn't always do that. It also contains the stuff you're not supposed to talk about over the family dinner table. In fact, talking about this stuff has gotten me blocked from the Facebook pages of some "friends" of mine and a couple cousins whose stories are a part of The Family Tree but who probably won’t be inviting me to their dinner table any time soon. Sometimes the truth hurts.

Just know that you will find the unexpected in places you never knew existed. Come along and enjoy the ride so far, and know that somewhere along the way, you’re likely to find yourself, for the story of me is the story of us.

What follows are some of my favorite posts to get you started. and give you a flavor of my purpose and style. Click on the title to this blurb if you want to know more about me. Otherwise, the party starts below.

Enjoy ...

UPCOMING POSTS

  • The Curse of the Hile Males
  • Trooper Sam
  • When Republicans Were the Liberals and Democrats the Conservatives
  • Scenes from a Monterey Park Restaurant
  • The Ebenezer Gospel

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THE FAMILY TREE

The Family Tree contains stories and posts specifically related to genealogy and family history in general, and my family (and all its many branches) in particular. If you’re mainly interested in that and not all the other stuff, that’s the place to go. Click the button below and it will take you there.

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