Category Archives: What Makes Us Who We Are

Bette Burgess, a retired teacher who has lived around the globe, looks at the things in our life that make us who we are.

Choices in music help define us

Bette Burgess
Bette Burgess

What kind of music do you like? Are you a hip-hopper or a bee-bopper? Do you crave the languished lyrics of Andrea Bocelli or the beautiful voice of Sarah Brightman in her role of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera”? Perhaps country stars like Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley or Taylor Swift float your boat.

Did you grow up in up in the 1950s when Fats Domino gave us “Ain’t That a Shame” and “Blue Berry Hill”? Do you remember Chuck Berry’s “Maybelene” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” and the song all parents hated, “My Ding A Thing”? Continue reading Choices in music help define us

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Credit the environment, not our heredity

Bette Burgess
Bette Burgess

Credit the environment, not heredity

Aren’t genes wonderful? They give us so much, even things we never asked for like red hair and fiery tempers. Not to mention a gracious bend towards diabetes.

The genes from my paternal side include Scotch/Irish grandparents. My Scottish ancestors fought alongside Robert the Bruce and they just kept on fighting. Nobody told them the war was over. Continue reading Credit the environment, not our heredity

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