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The Years in Tottenville History

January 2014
The Years in Tottenville History
Sharing Tottenville History with you by month in the past year’s blog posts has been interesting for me, as I hope it has been for you, my readers. 
Wishing each of you the very best of the new year, I am devoting this month’s blog post into a sharing of my writing plan, both for the blog, and for myself for 2014.
For the new year, this blog will expand from This Month in Tottenville history, to This Year in Tottenville history, with each month exploring the sequential years and decades from 1898, the year the five boroughs consolidated to become New York City.  I hope to make it more cohesive and interesting for you this way.
As I put together some highlights of the year each month,
I need and appreciate your help!
Since the Council on the Arts & Humanities Staten Island (COAHSI) awarded me a Premier Grant for a History of Tottenville workshop held September 1999 at Our Lady Help of Christians, I went on in 2000 to hold an additional workshop at the Tottenville Branch of the New York Public Library. 
Both of these workshops were interactive, where people attending gave me so much information, questions, and details from their memories after I shared what I had uncovered, that I knew I needed to write a book on Tottenville to capture the passion they shared with me.
Life had other plans for me in my personal life.  It was necessary for me to put the writing of the book on hold, but that does not mean I ever gave up on my plan to write it.  My 2014 writing plan is to devote more focused time to writing it, giving myself a personal deadline of the end of this year for its completion.
In times of struggle, what doesn’t destroy us makes us stronger.  After these last few years, I hope I’ve achieved enough strength to not get any more strengthening lessons and meet that deadline.  

Here is where YOU come in.

Please add your comments to each blog post. 
·       Did you learn something new?
·       Was it interesting to you?
·       Do you know something related to it that I failed to mention?
·       Do you have any questions?

Your comments will keep the passion of the interactive workshops I held continuing.  A good writer does not write for self, but for readers.  

I want this book to live up to its working title of Tottenville Speaks. So speak to me.  I’m listening.
What better way for me to learn what you find important and interesting in the history of Tottenville than for me to have your comments!

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