“Research & Discovery” talk at the Rock Barn

We would like to once again thank the Cherokee County Historical Society , Director Stefanie Joyner, and Staff  for having us speak at the Rock Barn, in Canton, last Tuesday evening.

We also thank all of you who attended. We met and spoke with many interested (and interesting) people. There were attendees from Cherokee, Bartow, Cobb, and even Gwinnett Counties! A very nice group.

As always, there just isn’t enough time to cover everything in 30 -40 minutes. There was still a rather large group hanging out, talking, and sharing history when  “the lights finally turned off “.

If anyone is interested in further talks, meetings, classes, or discussions, please let us know and we will see about arranging something.

Contact us here at “Comment” or email: dautzenlein@aol.com

Remember, when it comes to historical research and discovery: Write it down… a short pencil beats a long memory!

 

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Release of new eBook: The Curious Disappearance of Fort Buffington!

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Dautzenlein Publications announces the release of its most recent eBook – The Curious Disappearance of Fort Buffington.

The Curious Disappearance of Fort Buffington explores information, some known and some hypothesized or speculated, surrounding one of the infamous lost Cherokee “Removal” forts – Fort Buffington. Fort Buffington was one of the starting points of the Trail of Tears. There are over 40 illustrations, photos, and maps to assist the reader in the search for this lost piece of history.

The fort is just one piece of a complex pattern of dots and lines that form a bigger picture. Fort Buffington is a haunting element of an entire, almost hidden or perhaps purposefully ignored, period of American history.

Fort Buffington is a symbol. Symbols capture our attention and pique our curiosities as they act to provide something we can see and touch about a subject otherwise lost or vaguely remembered. Symbols are links to our pasts and objects of wonderment, and as many of us have experienced, lost things almost demand that they be found so there can be some kind of closure.

While Fort Buffington is one of those symbols or artifact of this whole subject, interesting in and of itself, we invite you to use it as a starting point for a continuing adventure. Read, discover, make your own observations, and form your conclusions about Fort Buffington and the people connected to this whole period of American history.

  • What factors came together to cause the fort to be built in the first place?
  • Did you know that at one time there was an entire autonomous “foreign” nation that existed fully inside the borders of the United States?
  • What did Fort Buffington look like?
  • What can we learn and discern by studying old maps of the area?
  • How could Fort Buffington and about 25 other forts and encampments, used as collection points from which to remove the Cherokee Native Americans from the Cherokee Nation, just disappear?
  • How can you can be part of the discovery process and perhaps uncover information that could help locate the lost Fort Buffington or bring about more knowledge of its history?

This eBook is available for smartphone, tablet, kindle, and computer. Available here.

If you do not have a Kindle just download the FREE Kindle Reading App to read on smartphone, tablet, or computer. See right hand column below Amazon book order button.

 

 

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Dautzenleins: Making sense of things

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A second look at the preface to one of our Dautzenlein books.

Look at something around you.  Whatever you see, there is more to it than first meets the eye.  There are “hidden” connections waiting to be discovered.

Dautzenleins are these connections, the vehicles to unlock the doors of discovery and understanding.

 Dautzenleins  (pronounced   “dots -n- lines”) are the connections of people or things, places, dates, and events.

Dautzenleins are invitations to look and see “what else” is around you; to discover the “dots and lines” that connect everything.

Discovery makes life exciting!

Whether one discovers a new person, place, or idea, or discovers another way to look at something, it leads to understanding.

All of life and history is a continuing discovery of the Dautzenleins around us.

This book presents the basics of a new way of viewing things so you can begin to understand the power of the Dautzenlein. Remember, too, that this is the first presentation of the theory and further evolution is probable. Later books will look at applications of the Dautzenlein and its Theory.

Observations:

We’ve all played the game “Connect the Dots” where a piece of paper has a large, random, group of numbered dots on it and when lines are drawn connecting the dots … a picture emerges. The simple “Rule” of that game is: Draw lines connecting the dots, in numerical order, starting with #1.

Had we been given the piece of paper and not known the “rule”, we might have carefully examine each dot on the page, individually, without connecting them with lines, without searching for the next dot to connect, and then wondered … what good is this?

History (and all of life) is like that piece of paper with many random dots on it… only the dots aren’t numbered! 

NOT NUMBERED!!! How can we play the game and connect the dots if the dots aren’t numbered?” How can we make sense of this?  Well, that’s a good question!

We’ve heard the term “connecting the dots” which means to observe the elements of a situation or event, investigate their inter-connections, and discover the “real story” or the motivations surrounding the event so we can get the “big picture”.

We are constantly impacted by people, things, places, and events of the past and present, and how they relate to each other and to us. Some of these relationships are easy to see, while others often go unseen, almost hidden, even though they are very relevant and intriguing pieces of the picture.

If we view people, places, and artifacts as “Dots”, and view the rivers, roads, ideas, communications, and commerce as “Lines”, we can connect the “Dots” and “Lines” and discover some amazing and interesting aspects of history!

Our “Rule”: No dot exists without, at least, one line connected to it and no line exists without at least two dots connected to it.

From the above rule, we see that the smallest Dautzenlein unit is: two dots connected by one line.

 These connections act as the “missing number” of each dot by automatically connecting the dot to the next numberless dot in the sequence.

 Discover any connection, and more dots and lines will begin to fall into place from there… just start connecting!

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“Putting two and one together”

“Putting two and one together” is just like “putting two and two together”, only different!

“Putting two and two together”, “Two plus two is four”, and “Two plus two makes four”, are sayings that mean “things add up” or “make sense”. They’ve been used for years and are very well known.

In the area of research, investigation, and life, the terms, “Putting two and one together”,  “Two plus one is three” or “Two plus one makes three” could be said to be more precise ways of conveying that same “makes sense” idea – that one has discovered a most basic element of any relationship or connection, the Dautzenlein – two dots and one line (two people, places, things, or events and a connection between them).

Certainly there are infinite connections to be found but first we have to “put two and one together”!

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Dautzenlein: The Most Basic Element of Common Sense

What is “common sense” and what do Dautzenleins have to do with it?

What is Common Sense?

Definition:

“Sound judgment not based on specialized knowledge”[1]

There it is!   Common Sense is sound judgment not specialized knowledge.

What is “judgment”?

Definition:

2.a. “The mental ability to perceive and distinguish relationships”[2]

So Common Sense could be said to be:  The mental ability, not based on specialized knowledge, to perceive and distinguish relationships.

And what are Dautzenleins?

That’s right, they are “the connections of people, places, things, dates, and events” ie. relationships.

As a Dautzenleiner, one observes what is there, examines and investigates connections (relationships), and connects the dots to distinguish the big picture. Dautzenleins are Common Sense applied to life!

It’s just this simple to learn and use Common Sense… just Dautzenlein things!

The Dautzenlein is the most basic element of Common Sense!


[1] common sense. (n.d.) The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. (2003). Retrieved February 6 2014 from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/common+sense

[2] judgment. (n.d.) The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. (2003). Retrieved February 6 2014 from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/judgment

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“Time” – a dot or a line?

Time is a very interesting element of life. Technically it exists only as a construct of man, not nature.

A continual flow of Past to Present to Future appears to be a part of nature. The quantification and measurement of that, however, is solely the creation of man.

Another aspect of man’s view of Time is the “time stamp”. This can be Year, Date, Hour, or Elapsed Time, etc. related to a person, place, thing, or event.

In relation to Dautzenleins, time as motion or timeline can be viewed as a line, while time as a “stamp” may be viewed as a dot.

Chronological treatments of history will often relate people, places, things, and events to a specific timeline, using Time as the “Line” connected to each dot.. For certain studies, this is a very practical way to view things. Be aware however that this method has a tendency to subordinate other Dautzenlein connections to that Time-line. It suggests that Time is the major factor of history and often ignores the real creators of history – people and their intentions.

For the most part, “Time” is like a disinterested spectator in a sports arena watching the participants of the game but having no influence on the game or the players. Time cannot cause anything, create anything, or act in any way… it’s just there!

Dautzenleiners view and use Time as a “stamp”, often, but time is rarely the main relevant dautzenlein connection.

People act or do things because they are motivated by their intentions. When they act they create, and their creations become history. Perhaps if we were taught to study “Intention-lines” instead of “Time-lines”, our understandings would come sooner and be much fuller and relevant.

 

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Connecting the Dots

“Connect the dots.” We’ve all heard this term before but what does it mean to “Connect the dots”?

From the children’s game where a seemingly random group of numbered dots are connected by lines to create a picture that was unseen until the process is completed.

It means to observe a person, place, thing, or event as well as the connection(s) it has to other persons, places, things, or events in order to attain understanding.

1. Every dot (person, place, thing, or event) is something intrinsically, all by itself.

2. Every dot does something or serves a function.

3. Every dot has connections to other dots. These connections determine value, relevance, and provide fuller understanding of the dot.

A simple way of looking at this is: What is it? What does it do? What relevance does it have?

The new word “Dautzenlein” (dots-n-line) combines this whole concept into one word.

 

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