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Hot Time, Summer in the O.C.

Paul and Aileen 7 2016

The United States of America is filled with wonderful places to live. Small towns, big cities, stretches of beautiful beaches, mountains, lakes and forests. Take your pick, or try them all out, it doesn’t matter. For me, there is no better place to be in the summer time than South Orange County. [Read more…]

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It’s International Women’s Month!!

This month I am going to be posting different posts about women, because it is International Women’s Day on March 8, and it’s International Women's Day, Woman Business owners aileen Brazeau, San Clemente CaNational Women’s Month all month long.

International Women’s Day has been observed since around 1909. The First National Woman’s Day was preceded by a March in 1908 of 15,000 women who overtook the streets of New York City. They demanded better pay, the right to vote and shorter hours. Don’t forget, in those days the work day was 12-14 hours, and women worked long hours in deplorable conditions, as did children.

By 1911 there had been a couple of International conference of Working women.  Women from 17 different countries attended and they voted to make an official worldwide International Women’s day each year, celebrated on the same day in every country.  From the International Womens Day Site:

1918 – 1999

Since its birth in the socialist movement, International Women’s Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike. For decades, IWD has grown from strength to strength annually. For many years the United Nations has held an annual IWD conference to coordinate international efforts for women’s rights and participation in social, political and economic processes. 1975 was designated as ‘International Women’s Year‘ by the United Nations. Women’s organisations and governments around the world have also observed IWD annually on 8 March by holding large-scale events that honour women’s advancement and while diligently reminding of the continued vigilance and action required to ensure that women’s equality is gained and maintained in all aspects of life.

2000 and beyond
IWD is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother’s Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.”

While I would venture to say that many of the women in America don’t know the history of this day, and may not even celebrate it, they know that, like me, they have the option to build a business on their own if they are feeling stifled by what some employers have to offer them. As women we have to remember to value others, and sometimes we need to remind others to value us as well.

Happy International Women’s Day!!

Aileen Brazeau

San Clemente Villas

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud.

Somebody who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God – if they call God at all.

I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That’s what I think.

Maya Angelou

 Happy Valentine's Day! from Aileen Brazeau



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Your Ancestry

Here at San Clemente Villas we have residents who love to tell us about their life story. We are lucky to have the time to listen and learn from them. All too often, family members don’t take the time to ask about their family history until it’s too late. We have done a couple of blog posts recently about the treasures you can find when you do a little research.It not only teaches you more about who your parents and grandparents were and what they accomplished, it also let’s you solve the mystery of who you are and how you get some of your own character traits..

This is a great story about our President’s wife and her ancestry.


“9 Tips for Researching Your Family Tree

Author Rachel L. Swarns’s new book, American Tapestry, about the multi-racial ancestry of First Lady Michelle Obama includes a major revelation: the identity of Mrs. Obama’s white great-great-great grandfather, a man who remained hidden for more than a century in the First Lady’s family tree. While the book’s focus is on the ancestry of Mrs. Obama, Swarns says it’s also a reminder to start researching your own roots. “You should do it for yourself, your children, your parents,” she says. “It gives you a sense of your place and your family’s place in America’s history. You never know what you’ll find.” Here, Swarns shares her tips for the best place to start uncovering the details of your own family tree.”

And from the same article, hints on how to make sure you get the right information from your relatives while they are still able to remember:

“1. Get started by interviewing your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles — all of your oldest relatives. With their help, you can start to put together what is known about your family tree. What are some important details to ask about? Names (including maiden names of female relatives), dates of birth and death, marriage, and military service.

2. Once you’ve collected the basics, conduct more interviews, but this time dig deeper. Use your video camera or tape recorder to document your conversations if you can. Talk to your oldest relatives to find out everything they know about your family’s origins. Ask them what they remember most about their childhood and about the key moments in their lives. You should also find out if your family emigrated from one country to another, or even one state to another. We suggest downloading How to Trace Your Immigrant Ancestors.

Read more: How To Research Your Family Tree – Tips For Researching Your Family Tree – Good Housekeeping By Rachel Bowie “

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