I have been working with the TimePage, in one form or another, for a dozen years or so now. Â It isn’t surprising, then, that my notion of history has been thoroughly shaped by the generational model of social cycles in history. Â About two years ago, for reasons completely unrelated to my TimePage activity, I became interested in my genealogy. Â I spent many hours grinding through the seemingly endless databases at Ancestry.com, wandering through old family photo albums and bothering relatives with requests for information about the family. Â Then, just recently, I was quietly staring at the family tree one night when a thought suddenly pushed its way into my old, cluttered brain. Â You know, my TimePage time lines and my family tree are really the same thing. Â Wow. Â Talk about a light bulb moment. Â In retrospect, it seems so obvious that I don’t know how it could have escaped me. Â At one time I had even mentioned a couple of my direct ancestors in the time lines. Â Maybe, all this time, I have been tapping the same, hidden need to understand my past in both of these commitments.
Anyway, to make a long story short, I am now trying to come up with a way to combine the two elements within the TimePage structure. Â I have mentioned in earlier posts that I am instituting a slight philosophical shift in the content of the TimePage. Â In fact, part of that shift is related to the inclusion of genealogical data into the timelines. Â I haven’t completely sealed the deal yet in my head but as time goes on expect to see a few more family tree details appear in my time lines. Â If you think about it, the representation of social cycles are really just a family tree for everyone. Â I just have to come up with a good way to hook the two together.