Monthly Archives: February 2015

Radio Interview!

IMAG1294I am a passionate advocate for military and veterans’ issues.  I was asked to discuss my career and “life’s lessons learned” on a blog talk radio show.  So here it is, Episode 6 on Kalen Arreola’s “Mama Wears Combat Boots” radio.

Edit. 08/18/16. It doesn’t seem that my interview links to the below interview anymore. It appears to link to a shoe store. I have disabled the link until I can get more information.  Love to all.

Soldiers for Life!

Fixed the link!





Unusual Ethnic Groups –Who Can Beat “Irish-Romanian?”

I have only met three other Irish-Romanians: my sister and two brothers.  It is a strange ethnic group that is the product of the 1970s in Los Angeles.  I am also a product of Los Angeles in the 1970s and couldn’t be more happy about the situation.

How do you identify yourself? Does ethnicity even come into play in your identity?

These questions are interesting to me, not just because I am only 25% of the known-to-me Irish-Romanians of this world, but because I love genealogy.  I have lovingly pursued threads back through the censuses and property records of the past, seeking out the stories of the past.

Do you like genealogy?

In the spirit of this new “blog,” I am going to put out the information I have on both my Irish and Romanian ancestors, in the hopes that somewhere out in the ether I will find some kinfolks or other amateur genealogists.

On the Irish side:

Mary Elizabeth Kelly, b. 1947, Flint, Michigan m. Vintila Corneliu Ardeleanu (Vincent Cornelius Schultz)

Raymond John Kelly Jr., b 1920, Detroit, Michigan (Navy veteran from WWII) d. 1996, Flint, Michigan. m. Katherine Elizabeth Levasseur, b. 1921, Flint, Michigan (home maker, expert in early childhood learning and patron of the arts), d. 1997, Flint, Michigan.

Raymond John Kelly Sr., b. d. 1979, m. Nora Evans b. d. 1983, Detroit, Michigan.  WWI and WII veteran, National Commander of the American Legion 1939-40, Corporation Counsel for City of Detroit, Federal Judge in Territory of Alaska, former lumberjack.

Michael Jeremiah Kelly Jr., farmer in Otsego, Michigan. m.Josephine (Josie) Wolfe.

Michael Jeremiah Kelly Sr., born in County Clare, Ireland

And the Romanians…

Vincenz Cornelius Schultz/Vintila Corneliu Ardeleanu b 1947 Bucharesti, Romania, m. Mary Elizabeth Kelly 1972 in Los Angeles.

Vintila Vintila Ardeleanu b. 1919, married Carmen Camelia Schultz, whose father had emigrated from Bavaria to Romania to build bridges in WWII.

Vintila Ardeleanu b. married Sia Giorgiu.

Ardeleanu means “man from Ardel,” which is in Transylvania.  It is a beautiful area of woods and snow.  The Ardeleanus were from a small town called Val de Monte.  Legend has it that one was hung by the Hungarians in the succession of border wars in that mountainous area, not unlike Kasimir Province a little further east.

Anything sound familiar?

A Diary that Interests the World

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Leopard shark and giant sea bass share the Aquarium of the Pacific.

I I write a lot for work.  Mostly emails. Functional documents, too: operations orders, course of action decision briefs, training schedules … public affairs guidance … talking points … speeches … the occasional article.  Intermittently, I keep a diary for naval-gazing and the odious self-improvement.  But I have never written a blog.  So before I started posting here, I asked myself “what is a blog?”

To start, I poured over the internet (source of all truth) to define the nature of a blog.  The definition that fits my purpose is: “a diary that interests the world.”

Bear with me as I pull out my English major skills and deconstruct this statement.

Diary: it’s daily and personal.  My diary is a first person account of things that have happened to me and my thoughts about them, or things that I have made happen, or thoughts I have about things that have happened.  A blog is different than a diary; it’s public, so I won’t include here minutiae or naval-gazing, both of which are appropriate in a diary but certainly don’t interest the world.

Interest the World.  As a life-long public affairs practitioner, I analyzed my audience while determining my comms plan for “Green Sun.” Who IS my audience?  The answer: I have no idea.  The whole world surfs the internet. So part of my work here is defining an audience.  To define an audience, I had to define my subjects.  I selected three: Diving, Human Rights, and Military and Veterans Affairs.  (of course I kept the wonderfully nebulous category of “Unclassified.”)  And “Diving” is more all-encompassing than just trip reports from Catalina Island.  I plan to expand that category to an issue that affects us all: our one ocean.  We live on a blue planet, and if the oceans die, we die with them.

So that is the focus of the Green Sun blog.  Thank you for your time in reading this, and please feel free to comment.