January 2010 Review

Just time for one last entry to make the January archives.  The end of January has seen another snow storm lashing (searing?) the mid-South and mid-Atlantic region.  Gives a good excuse to get some blogging done.  This month we have seen Adam Searing doing some videos on health care..check him out on YouTube.  He does so many for his job in NC it’s hard to keep an accurate list.  Several Searing planes have come up on eBay.  It’s funny how I consider these family artifacts and want them ‘back’ in the family…although no doubt the maker Searing supported himself and his family by selling them.  I think he would be fascinated that well over 100 years later they were still being marketed.  How many did they make?  I would like to do an inventory of those in existence…but that would require the cooperation of tool collectors.  Would they be willing to share their numbers with us?  Your thoughts?  Also another copy of my great-grandfather’s Aeneid came up for auction, but it went for more than I wanted to pay.  I don’t feel quite as motivated about getting all existing copies of his book back in the family..:).Jim Searing, the founder of the Facebook group My Name is Searing changed the group name to delete “last”, since we are trying to be inclusive to all Searings.  The group also was joined this month by Seirings, who pointed out the name variations.  There is quite a list of variations on the discussion boards, but we haven’t turned up many actual individuals.   Jim is also on Twitter as ‘treestrategist’  I highly recommend a ‘follow’ as he is turning up some amazing stuff on trees.   And also on Twitter ‘haikusearing’ continues to do fascinating work, including a custom haiku I ordered: I am but a leaf – but my tree branches spread wide – my name is Searing.  I am going to make that an unofficial slogan of at least the blog!  Thanks, haiku!   February is upon us. More blog updates planned!  

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