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Ready to kick 2011 out, start 2012 early

Dec. 20, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

I will remember 2011 as the year of losses, pain and tears. I’d like to say adios to 2011 early this year.

There might have been positive things that happened in 2011 in my life, but they will be overshadowed by the lose of my mother, Margaret I. Walsh in October. Add a dash of layoff and unemployment to the mix. I am ready for 2012 to start and kiss, or maybe it should be kick, this year goodbye.

If you are reading my blog, then you should be counting your blessings, especially if you are employed. Tis’ the season to be jolly, but I hope that Santa has not forgotten that I live in Murdock, and I’m still wanting a job for Christmas. Linkedin Profile

Christmas Tribute
A Christmas carol video is posted with my late mother Margaret I. Walsh of Litchfield, Minnesota, along with me, singing “Silent Night” last Christmas. It was recorded with my iPhone.
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Jannet Walsh – I am looking for employment opportunites in the Willmar, Minnesota area. Please take a look at my professional profile.
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Celebrating 94 years

Dec. 17, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

My aunt Margaret Walsh at her 94th birthday party.


My aunt, Margaret Walsh of Murdock, not to be confused with my late mother, Margaret Walsh, just celebrated her 94th birthday this week with a small party, complete with a cake and candles. Take a look at her cake!


Jannet Walsh – I am looking for employment opportunites in the Willmar, Minnesota area. Please take a look at my professional profile.
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Blogging my LED candle light

Dec. 13, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Blogging by LED light during Christmas Season. By Jannet Walsh, Minnesota Native Daughter


Nothing beats blogging by light-emitting diode, LED, flameless candle lantern during the Christmas season. The candle has a timer feature, will turn off after five hours and goes on again at the same time you turned it on. I got mine at Hererger’s in Willmar, and I’m testing it before I give it as a gift to see it really works.

Video created by Viddy iPhone App

Jannet Walsh – I am looking for employment opportunites in the Willmar, Minnesota area. Please take a look at my professional profile.
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How my wreath is animated this year. . .

Dec. 11, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

These videos were created with the iPhone App called Viddy.
Green Look

Retro Look

Oh, by the way, I did I say I am looking for a job? My professional profile is available on Linkedin.

Jannet Walsh – I am looking for employment opportunites in the Willmar, Minnesota area. Please take a look at my professional profile.
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Soup is on!

Dec. 10, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

I just made beef barely soup today. The perfect pairing for job searching on a cold winter day.

Oh, by the way, I did I say I am looking for a job? My professional profile is available on Linkedin.

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Home to Knockanarroor – Pillowcase Photo

Dec. 6, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Home to Knockanarroor – Pillowcase Photo
See the latest video posted on CNN iReport, complete with writiten story on my adventures of finding my Irish Roots. Click here to view video at CNN iReport.

Home to Knockanarroor – Pillowcase Photo
Missing photo gives hints to Irish history

I returned home to Knockanarroor, Ireland for the first time, but I have never been there before.

In April 2011, I traveled to Ireland, precisely where my Great-Great-Grandmother Ellen Brennan Foley, born May 15, 1820 in Killarney, Ireland, and died in Stillwater, Minnesota, lived in Knockanarroor Townland, pronounced “Knock-on-a-roar” in Irish Gaelic, meaning the hill of corn in English.

On a cold January 2011 day, a photograph, along with a hand-written card with hints of Ellen’s life, including her husband’s name, William Foley, were found tucked away in a pillow of treasures of my late grandmother Mary Jannet “Jennie” Foley Walsh, 1886 to 1985, of Murdock.

The unmarked country road my Irish roots were plucked from in the early 1840s, is located just east of the city of Killarney in County Kerry, in western Ireland. A milk lorry driver, a truck driver in the United States, Patrick “Pa” Brosnan of Muckross, in the Killarney area, pumping petro in the near by village of Barraduff agreed to guide me to the hidden location that is plain site.

Ellen’s parents, James Brennan and Mary Walsh, my great-great-great grandparents, from my grandmother’s family, called the townland home, as they worked the rented land consisting of what is referred to by residents as a “poorish land” of wetlands, surrounded by bogs. The peat or turf, decayed vegetation, is cut and dried for heating and cooking fuel today, just like my family did in the 1800s or earlier, with the smoke puffing out of cottages, producing a musty smell. My family most likely served as grooms, tending to the horses exchanged on the carriage route at the end of the road of Knockanarroor, on a major route to Killarney.

I traveled to Killarney in 1980, my late father, Martin J. Walsh Jr., in the 1950s, but it was not was not until 2011, I could say without a doubt Knockanarroor is home in Ireland for my family. My father and I traveled the same paths in the horse jaunting carts of what is called the old butter roads, the 1700s turnpike, but I might be the first to make the journey home to Knockanarroor.

I used hints from www.ancestry.com to stitch together my ancestral threads. Archivist Michael Lynch of Kerry Library, Ireland, along with free online Roman Catholic records from the Diocese of Kerry, www.irishgenealogy.ie, provided information that my family belonged to the Catholic Parish of Glenflesk, with Knockanarroor as their place of residence.

Although I did not find any living relatives in Ireland during my journey, learning about the people, their faith, village life and the beautiful Irish countryside, I was able to shine light on a period of obscurity in my family’s history.

My Great-Great Grandmother Ellen departed Knockanarroor, be it voluntary or forced, due to disease, food shortage or economic reasons. I returned Ireland to answer the questions of where my family roots were prematurely pulled from the Ireland.

See related video from Home to Knockanarroor Project

Home to Knockanarroor – An Introduction


More videos will be posted in December.

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Irish Roots – Home to Knockanarroor

Dec. 4, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Home to Knockanarroor – Project Overview
This is a video project of my journey back home to my family’s roots in Knockanarroor Townland, located just east of the city of Killarney in County Kerry, in western Ireland. Knockanarroor, pronounced “knock-on-a-roar” is an unmarked dirt road where my grandmother’s family lived at least until 1840s, before the Great Famine in Ireland starting in 1845. There are several spellings of Knockanarroor, so I am using the spelling from the 1911 Irish census. The project was photographed in April 2011. View video and full story at CNN iReport.

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More videos will be posted in December.


Jannet Walsh – I am looking for employment opportunites in the Willmar, Minnesota area. Please take a look at my professional profile.
Contact: Jannet Walsh at jannetwalsh@gmail.com

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All Aboard! Old Mission Santa Barbara Part Two video posted

Minnesota Native Daughter
Nov. 13, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

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 All Aboard! video playlist

Note: My travel is complete, and I am back home safe in Minnesota.
Thanks,
Jannet Walsh

Follow blogger Jannet Walsh on her Amtrak train trip on the famous Empire Builder from St. Cloud, Minnesota to Portland, Oregon, and the Coast Starlight, from Portland, Oregon, to Santa Barbara, California, and back home to Minnesota.

Learning about blogging on the train, recording video with Skype on board, creating iPhone videos, while enjoying America’s landscape from coach seating and the sleeping car.

Follow the series at http://mnnativedaughter.areavoices.com/category/amtrak/.

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All aboard! Blogger Jannet Walsh

Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jannetwalsh.com Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.

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Job Speech Video Response Posted

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Here is my response to President Obama’s jobs speech.

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Jannet Walsh of Murdock, Minnesota, watching President Obama live on msnbc.com on her MacBook Pro.

What’s Jannet doing?
She is not letting dust settle on her in Central Minnesota after a recent layoff, but does have a plan. Between applying for jobs, she is learning HTML, CSS and more. Oh, and why do you ask? She wants to be a web designer, but is willing to learn what is needed for the her next job. Books and online learning are just part of her steps to employment.

Attention Employers:
Employers: Are you interested in meeting your next employee? Learn more about blogger Jannet Walsh at her website, with a resume posted online. www.jannetwalsh.com. Email: jannetwalsh@gmail.com

Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jannetwalsh.com Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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My father remembered, Martin J. Walsh Jr.

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By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

June 19, 2011
My late father, Martin J. Walsh Jr., December 7, 1924 to December 6, 2008, stands next to a Great Northern Railway caboose, circa 1940s. Dad was employed by Great Northern and Burlington Northern Railway from 1943 to December 31, 1984. He spent his years as a station agent and telegraph agent in many towns in Minnesota, including my home town of Litchfield. (Note the shadow to the right, most likely the photographer.)

Sending my love,
Your daughter Jannet

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Martin Walsh, Jr.
Mass of Christian burial for Martin J. Walsh, Jr., 83, of Bennett, WI (formerly of Murdock) was 10:30 a.m., Thurs., Dec.11 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock with Fr. John Pearson officiating. Burial was in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Murdock. He died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth.

Martin John Walsh Jr., was born December 7, 1924, in Murdock, the son of Martin J., Sr. and Jannet “Jennie” (Foley) Walsh. He was baptized and confirmed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock. He grew up in Murdock and graduated from Murdock High School with the Class of 1942. He went on to attend St. Thomas University in St. Paul.

Martin was employed by Great Northern/Burlington Northern Railway from 1943 to December 31, 1984. He spent his years as a station agent and telegraph agent in many different towns.

He lived in Minneapolis at the time of his retirement, where he enjoyed volunteering at the St. Stephens Catholic Church. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus 2029 in Litchfield.

Among the things he enjoyed were traveling by train, photography, coin and stamp collecting, listening to jazz and polka music. He enjoyed playing the trumpet.

Preceding him in death were his infant son, David Walsh; his parents, Martin, Sr. and Jennie; and a sister, Mary Agnes Shopa.

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Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jwalsh@wctrib.com Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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