My name is Karen Adele Taylor Worth. When I asked my parents why they named me Karen Adele, the would always joke and say they found the name in one of my dad’s dog magazines. Yesterday I was reading my grandfather’s “blog” written way before I was even born. He died when I was only 8, so my memory of him is limited. This is why I am loving his journal. The journal started at his birth and told his life map. His dear mother died when he was 3 and his father left him when he was a baby. His mother’s name was Minnie Adele. I always assumed I got my middle name from her, but I didn’t know the story of how she got her name. My great-great-grandfather who fought in the Civil War, was wounded in battle and while he recovered in a hospital in the south, a little girl named Minnie Adele, would visit the wounded soldiers and she really won my great-great grandfather’s heart. When he had a daughter, he named her after this little girl. When my grandfather had his first daughter, he gave her the middle name of Adele. When I was born, my parents also gave me that middle name. Until I heard the singer named Adele, I can’t recall knowing anyone else with the name. Now that I know the history, it makes it even more special. I’m glad my grandfather recorded this information. Who knew it would be at age 60 that I would discover this treasure.