As my family will tell you, I all too often relate stories about my ancestors. I have earned the right to own these stories because I painstakingly researched them. Sadly, it seems my father was unaware of his heritage.

Thus, the decision to write about my ancestors was pretty much made for me by the weight of all the material I had dug up on my 7th great grandfather. I felt weighed down like the ghost of Scrooge’s dead partner, Jacob Marley, who in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was “captive, bound and double-ironed” with chains “long, and wound about him like a tail”. But my chains were folder after folder of research on the life of Rev. John Cotton who lived from 1584 to 1652.

To free myself from the chains I had created, I had to organize my research and begin writing the biography of my 7th great grandfather, John Cotton. My blog chronicles this ongoing struggle with writing and will be updated from time to time.

As I build THE COTTON CHRONICLES, I have become increasingly aware how much of a visual learner I am. I guess I always have been. In the 6th grade, I recall being turned on to science by Bell Lab movies like Hemo the Magnificent and The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays.

As a reader, you, too, may have noticed the proliferation of videos that I have borrowed from others. As is said, a picture is worth a thousand words. If so, then what are ‘moving pictures’ worth? Perhaps I should be making films?

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