1-24  The First Twenty-Four
25-48  The Second Twenty-Four
49-72  The Third Twenty-Four
73-96  The Fourth Twenty-Four
97-120  The Fifth Twenty-Four
121-144  The Sixth Twenty-Four
145-168  The Seventh Twenty-Four
169-on  The Eighth Twenty-Four

97  A Family Visit, part 2
98  Wunderkammer XI
99  Wunderkammer XII
100  Ponogram Index
101  Michigan Outlines
102  Hawaiiana 9
103  Kids of Maine - 1
104  Kids of Maine - 2
105  Clarence Sandin
106  Tech House
107  Hawksbill Hatching
108  Facial Recognition
109  Hawaiiana 10
110  Spring in Maine - 1
111  Spring in Maine - 2
112  Wunderkammer XIII
113  Wunderkammer XIV
114  Wunderkammer XV
115  JOVIAL Programming Language
116  "Big Like a Soldier Officer"
117  TV Shows That Never Were - 1
118  Gecko Rejects Moth
119  TV Shows That Never Were - 2
120  The Story of Four




 When I started this series I reminded the reader that in early times people often gathered their “wonders” into a cabinet or even a room for proper display.  Thus, “wonder room” is a mini-museum.  Now, not all the items I have shared with you may belong in a museum, but I hope they have been of some interest to you.  I’ve been surprised at certain items that have seemed to inspire interest (e.g., the leisure jacket).  Let’s see if any of these tickle your fancy.

In snooping around for candidates for this series, I even ventured outdoors to my Wunderkarkar (or ka’a as we say in Hawaiian), pausing briefly at my Wunderdoormat.  As you can see, we are nearing series end.


 Leavitt ancestry   Sandin ancestry

                         Leavitt ancestry                                                       Sandin ancestry

My ex-wife continued her interest in ancestry and was neat and orderly in presenting her findings.  My sons elected to keep all ancestry data together while I am here, since I continue to research and compile information.  So I now have the Leavitt side (left pic) and the bound portion of the Sandin/Tillner side (right pic - as yet unlabeled binders).  In addition to the binders, I have a two-drawer file cabinet nearly full, and many mega-bytes of electronic data accumulated mostly on the Sandin/Tillner side, but also including sibling and in-law families.


 Insulators   Brass mortar and pestle

                             Glass insulators                                               Brass mortar and pestle

In the late ‘70s I visited the Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan.  Once when I was driving around with my brother-in-law Hub, I saw a pile of used poles with the cross-members and insulators still attached.  I mentioned to Hub that I’d really like some of those insulators.  Soon after returning from that trip we got a box in the mail with these two specimens.  At that time I don’t know if the collection of glass insulators was a popular hobby and never thought about it – I just liked how they looked.

Hub was always a bit of a character – the box he used to ship the insulators to us in California was the box we had used to ship a Thai silk dress to my sister Jean from Thailand some 8 or 10 years earlier.

These insulators rejoined me recently and I looked up the subject out of curiosity.  The glass and porcelain insulators hobby is huge.  There are some 3000 collectors, with web sites, shows, and lots of interest.  These specimens are “Hemingray-14, Made in U.S.A.” (see the skirts) and are listed in type catalogs.  I still just like them!

The brass mortar with pestle were purchased in Thailand, I think because I liked them.  At any rate, I still like them and am happy to have them on display again.


 Pewter tea set   Porkert grinder with horn

                                 Pewter tea set                                               Porkert grinder with horn

On the way home from our stay in Thailand, we stopped briefly in Singapore.  As typical tourists, we shopped there for pewter and found this tea set.  I remember that we had to repack our luggage, but managed to get it into our existing bags.  I didn’t remember how soft pewter is – I suppose it has lots of lead in it, since it was made some 44 years ago before lead content was a factor.  The tray was considerably distorted with current transport, but it was actually quite easy to reform by hand.

After moving to Hawaii, one of the kitchen utensils I missed was a grinder with sausage horn to make potato sausage, a favorite food from my youth.  On a trip to the mainland I found this Porkert grinder on sale and snapped it up.  I had no room in my checked bag so kept it in my carry on.  Now you can imagine how that caught the eye of the inspectors.

I’ve used the grinder a few times for sausage and once or twice for Oatmeal Jim-Jams but the security of having it is valuable.


 Older is better bag   Gititup pills

                              Older is better bag                                                           Gititup pills

When I was just a kid – probably only 60 – my brother gave me this bag filled with goodies.  One of the goodies was this “bottle” of pills which I apparently never felt the need to open.


 Squares and levels   Saws

                               Squares and levels                                                                 Saws

JR sorted my tools once when he visited me in HI.  He shipped home a big box of items he thought might be valuable to him, but left behind a bunch that were difficult to pack.  The squares and levels have been useful to me several times but I honestly can’t think of a time I used the saws.  As you can see I have covered them with a liberal coat of iron oxide for protection.


 Swedish American Genealogist   El Libro de los Talentos

               Swedish American Genealogist                                    El Libro de los Talentos

This is the latest issue of the journal “Swedish American Genealogist” (SAG).  I am a subscriber and a contributor, having had the following six articles published.

SAG Vol. XXVII, No. 1, Mar. 2007 “The 444 – Sandin/Tillner Family Statistics” p. 25

SAG Vol. XXVIII, No. 4, Dec. 2008 “Mårten Nilsson Finne” p.13 – Ponogram #19

SAG Vol. XXIX, No. 3, Sep. 2009 “Interview with the Widow” Part 1, p. 1 – Ponogram #26

SAG Vol. XXIX, No. 4, Dec. 2009 “Interview with the Widow” Part 2, p. 1 – Ponogram #27

SAG Vol. XXXII, No. 4, Dec. 2012 “Led by Words (bouppteckningar)” p. 16 – Ponogram #68

SAG Vol. XXXIV, No. 4, Dec. 2014 “Genealogy Kicks!” p. 8 – Ponogram #90

If you are fortunate enough to have a library or Swedish-American group in your town, you might be able to read these articles there.  Also, you can find Ponograms online that are quite similar to the content of the SAG versions by clicking on the links above.  “The 444” etc. was published in SAG before Ponograms started and anyway the statistics are quite out of date since the number of direct ancestors found by now is more like 567 instead of 444.

In Tarzana, CA, there was a Mexican restaurant near our home that we frequented.  One particular waiter became a good friend and we learned more about him as time went on.  Turns out he wrote “El Libro de los Talentos” about Mexicans with various talents, and we bought a copy.  Severiano Jáuregui Pérez signed the book to our family with a warm greeting.  The boys and I think he went by a nickname at work, but we can’t agree on what it was.

“The book is based on interviews that Severiano held at different locations in the US and Mexico of several people from Jalostotitlán who were successful in economic and intellectual activities in the US.”  This quote is a preview of the book found online.  I looked the book over, but don’t know Spanish.  Ricardo Montalban is one of the interviewees.


 Coral Reefs in the Microbial Seas   Swedish Traditions   The Egyptian

Coral Reefs in the Swedish The
Microbial Seas Traditions Egyptian

“Coral Reefs in the Microbial Seas” 2010, by Forest Rohwer with Merry Youle is not only a fascinating read, but a friend here in Maui actually used it as the textbook for a class she gave!  The book features activities of Jen Smith and my son Stuart.  Through them I’ve met Forest and his daughter Willow (Forest’s delightful “mini-me”).  The bottom line – microbes rule!

“Swedish Traditions” 2012, by Jan-Öjvind Swahn is exactly as named.  I’m sure you will recognize some of the icons on the cover, while others are not common to the US mindset.  The book was a gift from a Swedish couple who became very close friends.  Kjell was very helpful in my ancestry research, translation of old Swedish words, and finding pictures of old objects for my Swedish-English Pictorial Dictionary.  Kjell and Britt with son Patrick and pregnant Jennie traveled to Maui for Kjell’s 60th birthday and we all attended a luau in celebration.  After they returned to Sweden, Jennie gave K and B a granddaughter Svea very near the time my granddaughter Poppy was born.  Sadly, Kjell contracted a serious digestive problem that took his life.

“The Egyptian” 1949, by Mika Waltari was certainly my favorite book for a number of years in my early adulthood.  I read it several times and took the time to make marginal notations.  Egyptology always fascinated me but the notations tended to address human relationships.



In preparing this P-gram, I looked over the items remaining in the “wunders” list and the good (or maybe bad) news is that there are only about enough for ONE more in this series.  A few on that list barely interest ME though, but I do have a couple more corners to dig around in to perk up the last of the series.