Sunday, January 30, 2011

Microsoft Strikes Again

A couple of years ago, I took a class on Microsoft Publisher 2007 and then upgraded my copy of Microsoft Publisher. However, I did not upgrade my copy of Microsoft Office 2003 at that time. So for a couple of years, I was able to switch between using the user interface in Office and the user interface in Publisher 2007.

Microsoft Office 2010 user interface is based on the user interface that I had encountered in Publisher 2007, so I thought that upgrading to Office 2010 would be a breeze. Wrong!!!!

Several months ago, my IT guy (my husband) upgraded my operating system from Microsoft's VISTA to Windows 7. It then seemed to make sense to upgrade my version of Office to Office 2010. The application that I use the most in Office is Word. To me Word is one application that Microsoft seemed to have changed the most between Word 2003 and Word 2010.

The default font is Calibri at 11 points at 1.5 spacing. I like Arial at 10 points at 1 spacing. It wasn't obvious to me how to change the defaults so for several months I manually changed the line spacing, font size and the font. I finally reached the point that I was tired of having to change the properties of every Word document that I created.

The help on Word was useless so I turned to Google in hopes of finding a solution. Google did find several suggestions including some from Microsoft. I tried them all and each one failed. In each case, I was instructed to click on the "save default" botton. The formatting defaults appeared to have been implemented. I could open a new document and the formatting defaults that I had changed appeared to be in effect. Once I closed Word and reopened it, everything was back to the state before I tried to change the defaults.

At this point, I was conjuring up evil plots against Microsoft when I called my IT guy in and assigned him the task to get my problem resolved. Soon, my IT guy arrives in my office with the solution. I follow his instructions and the problem is resolved.

In order to change the default font. font size and line spacing, I had to open the default template file and apply the changes there. When I clicked on the save changes button, everything was AOK. My IT guy starts to giggle at my frustration. Since he is my husband, I threaten his life if he continues to giggle.

I also reminded him that I had been a computer programmer and held many roles in software companies so I wasn't the average user of Microsoft Office. If  I am having all these problems, then I can only imagine all those non-technical people pulling hair out from the frustration of nothing working as expected.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hats and White Gloves

Today I was working on my family history, specifically on the Bogardus branch. I was looking for supporting information for a particular Bogardus on when I came across a photo connected to a posted family tree. The people identified in the photo were Luella Bogardus and her sister Goldie.

Looking at that photo reminded me of photos that I have of my mother and her female relatives that were taken in the 1950s. In that photo, Goldie and Luella both were wearing white hats and white gloves. So based on the rules that my mother told me regarding proper dress, I believe the photo was taken between Memorial Day and Labor Day sometime in the 1950s or early 1960s.

I grew up with my mother reminding of rules regarding how a proper young lady presented herself. As it turns out my generation rebelled against those rules. But even as women of my age were overtly rebelling, my mother continued to remind me of the rules.

The rules included:
  • Only wear white shoes and accessories after Memorial Day and not after Labor Day.
  • Ladies wear a hat when going out in public.
  • Do not wear sparkling jewelry with the exception of an engagement and/or wedding ring until 5 PM or later.
  • Married women with long hair always wear their hair in an updo when in public.
Although I did not adhere to all of my mother's rules, she did have an impact on how I dressed. The impact was mostly how I dressed when I was around her. Her rules and how I lived my life were in conflict thus I became a closet dresser. I dressed one way when I visited my mother and another in my everyday life.

My mother's aunt had possession of the spinning wheel that had belonged to her sister, my mother's mother. My mother told me that her Aunt Eleanor was deciding which of her sister's granddaughters to give it. As my grandmother's eldest granddaughter, my mother was hoping that her aunt would give me that spinning wheel. Aunt Eleanor was coming for a visit so my husband and I made the trip to visit my parents when Aunt Eleanor was there. My mother reminded me how traditional her aunt was.

I came to my mother's house wearing designer jeans, high heeled shoes and a silk blouse. She was mortified and was convinced that I had blown any chance of getting her mother's spinning wheel. Later when I asked my mother what happend regarding the spinning wheel, she told my that her aunt had donated it to a museum.

As much as I would have liked to have something of my grandmother's, her spinning wheel in a museum was a much better place for it.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Domine Hermanus Meyer of Reformed Dutch Church of Kingston

This is a continuation of an article that I posted on December 7, 2010. I had intended to post my final part on the subject the next day, However, my husband and I received word of the death of his father. I have since misplaced my notes. With things settling down and some more research, I am prepared to finish the subject of the Coetus vs. the Conferentie in the Reformed Dutch Church in Kingston, New York after 1754.

Arriving in America in 1720, it was Domine Theodore Jacobus Frelinghuysen who initiated the push to educate and ordain clergy in America. April 27, 1738, the Reformed Church in America held a meeting of clergy and drafted a request to the Classis of Amsterdam to be allowed to form an Association with the power to ordain ministers in America.

It was not until 1747, the year in which Domine Frelinghuysen died, that the Classis of Amsterdam allowed the Reformed Dutch and German churches in America the right to form a Coetus (pronounced seetus). The Classis of Amsterdam imposed enough restrictions that the Coetus was ineffectual. In 1754, the Coetus declared itself independent of the Classis of Amsterdam calling itself the Classis of America.

Following the death of Theodore Frelinghuysen, his son, John, continued to push for the establishment of a college for the training of men for the clergy. In 1754, the charter to establish King's College in New York City (now Columbia University) was granted. Both the Anglican and Dutch churches desired a chair for a professor of divinity. Domine Johannes Ritzema, the senior minister of the Dutch Church in New York City, represented the church's interest in this matter. Although no chair was established, the Anglican Church's interests prevailed.

Domine Ritzema and other Dutch clergymen concerned that the Anglican Church might gain in influence were alarmed when the Coetus declared its independence from the Classis of Amsterdam. They saw that being subordinate to the body in Amsterdam afforded some power over the Anglican interests. So in 1754, Domine Ritzema and four others formed the Conferentie taking the church records with them.

John Frelinghuysen did not live to see a college established for the education of Reformed clergymen in America. He died in 1754. Jacobus Hardenbergh, a man whom Frelinghuysen educated, took up the quest. In 1766, Domine Hardenbergh became the first president of Queen's College (now Rutgers University).

The rift between the Coetus and the Conferentie continued until 1771. A young American, John Henry Livingston, went to Europe to study for a doctorate degree in theology at the University of Utrecht. Completing his studies, he was ordained by the Classis of Amsterdam in 1770. Upon his return to America, Domine Livingston with the support of the Classis of Amsterdam forged an agreement between the Coetus and Conferentie to end the rift.

Just as the factions of the Reformed Church in America were coming together, another, much greater, dispute was beginning to unfold...The American Revolution.

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