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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Over There!: My Grandfather and World War I


(Digital Images. Photographs and Postcard Privately Held by Cynthia Shenette; Over There! Poster in the public domain, available Wikipedia; Photographs, Postcard, and Text, Copyright (c) 2014 Cynthia Shenette) I've written a number of posts about my grandfather's service in World War I.  While I've enjoyed delving into my research for my various posts, it's easy to overlook the big picture in relation to individual parts.  For Bill West's Geneablogger's First World War Challenge I thought I'd put the pieces together and create a sort of timeline of events about my grandfather's time in the service to try to create a cohesive whole out of the many parts.

Adolf Szerejko, Augusta, GA

My grandfather, Adolf Szerejko was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1895.  He immigrated to the States in 1913 at age 18 to avoid conscription into the Russian army.  I've written about it before, but my grandfather's brother Wincenty was conscripted into the Russian army at a young age and neither my grandfather nor their parents ever saw Wincenty again.  To spare my grandfather and his brother Aleksander the same fate, their parents arranged for Adolf and Aleksander to immigrate to the United States.  The brothers arrived in the United States through Ellis Island, and my grandfather eventually settled in Worcester, MA.  While my grandfather was lucky enough to avoid conscription into the Russian army his immigration to the United States coincided with the start of the First World War.

Adolf Szerejko, Augusta, GA

According to his World War I draft card Adolf registered for the draft on 2 June 1917.  At that time he lived at 55 Lafayette St. in Worcester, MA.  He was born in Warsaw Poland and worked as a machinist at Babcock Printing Press Co. in New London, CT.  This fact has always confused me in that, as far as I've been aware my grandfather always lived in Worcester, other than living with a relative for a brief time in Webster, MA.  His name appears as Adolph Sharaiko, in the Worcester City Directories for the years 1914 and 1915, but he disappears for time in the directories until after the war.  His draft card lists him as single, Caucasian, of medium height and weight, with brown eyes and brown hair.  Interestingly, his card looks as if he registered in Ward 5, Precinct 1 in Worcester, but the card is signed by the assistant city clerk of New London, CT.

According to a record from Ancestry's U. S. Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963 database, Adolf enlisted on 15 December 1917.  The application indicates he served as a Private First Class in the U.S. Army Air Service, 2nd Company 3rd Regiment Air Service Mechanics.

The back of the first photo indicates that it was taken on 7 February 1918.  The back of the second more casual picture indicates the photo was taken on 17 February 1918. Both photos were taken at Camp Hancock, Augusta, GA.  I suspect that given that he enlisted in December of 1917 and was in Georgia by February of 1918 he was perhaps there for basic training before being sent overseas.

Camp Green Charlotte NC

My grandfather also spent some time at Camp Green in Charlotte, NC.  I have some wonderful candids from his time at Camp Green.  You can see them in my previous post here.  I don't know exactly when and how long he was at Camp Green, but my guess is probably sometime in the early spring of 1918.


Adolf Szerejko, Leaning Out Window

The photo above is one of my favorites.  The chalk writing on the train says, " Going to GET the Kaiser" "Scranton, PA US Aviation Section Regulars Going to Berlin via France."  The back of the photo says, "Taken at Rocky Mountain South Carolina Adolf"


My grandfather sent this post card to my grandmother after he arrived in France in September 1918.  According to the post card he left for France on 7 July 1918.  You can read my post on the post card here.


The text of the postcard reads:

September 1st 1918

My dear Antosia,
Tonight I received letter from you which I'm very thankful for. I was very pleased when I got it because I didn't have any news from you for over a month. You wrote that letter on July 7th and same night I was on the way. You may be impatient that you are not getting letters from me too often but you have to get use to it. Write to me as often as you can because letter is the thing [illegible]
I'm sending my regards to everyone.
Yours Adolf


My grandfather was an airplane mechanic for the duration of the war.  I have a large collection of World War I air plane photo post cards that were part of his collection.  You can see a sample of those post cards in a previous post here.

Adolf Szerejko, Far Right

I also have this photo in my collection.  The back of the photo indicates that it was taken in Orly Seine, Paris.  The soldiers are wearing what appear to be flu masks, so the photo was probably taken sometime in the fall of 1918 or the winter of 1919.  You can see my post about the photo here.


The image above is a scan of one of my favorite items in my collection.  It is a pass that says my grandfather had permission to be absent on 26 December 1918 between the hours of 9AM and 10 PM for the purpose of visiting Paris.  You can read my post about it here.

Antonina  (Bulak) Szerejko and Adolf Szerejko

I don't know exactly when the photo above was taken.  Knowing my grandmother she would never wear white shoes before Memorial Day or after Labor Day, so the photo was probably taken in the summer of 1918 or 1919. My grandfather left for France in the summer of 1918 and returned in the summer of 1919.  My grandparents were probably not yet engaged when the photograph was taken, because my grandmother is not wearing an engagement ring in the photo.

According to the U. S. Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963 database on Ancestry my grandfather was discharged from the service on 11 July 1919...

Adolf Szerejko and Antonina (Bulak) Szerejko

...and my grandparents were married in February of 1920.  The Great War was over and their new life together was about to start.



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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Autograph Album from Junior High, 1935 - Treasure Chest Thursday

(Digital Image. Album Privately Held By Cynthia Shenette; Text and Images, Copyright (c) 2014 Cynthia Shenette)


Christine Sharayko

"To keep my friends
Is my delight
So in this book
I pray you'll write."
***

My mom, Christine (Szerejko) Shenette, went to Providence Street Junior High School in Worcester, MA in the 1930s.  Apparently, she and her junior high friends shared in the age old tradition of exchanging autographs.  It's funny how some end of the school year activities don't change.  I had an autograph album when I was a kid, and last week my son came home with a tee-shirt signed by all of his classmates.  The medium has changed, but the tradition has not. 

If you had an album back in the day I bet you can relate to the sentiments expressed here. Some are classics and have probably been written over and over in countless albums and yearbooks.  Still, it's fun to read them and imagine my mom going around collecting and signing autographs from her friends on that June day 79 years ago. 



Hook or by crook
I am the first
to write in your
book
An Everlasting School-
mate,
Jane Parath
Class of 1935
***

Don't be #
Don't be b
Just be [natural]
"Schoolmate"
Edith
Stonequist
***

June 25, 1935
Think of me long;
Think of me ever;
Think of the fun,
We've had together.
Always a friend;
Dorothy Morris
***


Eleanor Mikoloski
69 Harlem St. Worcester, Mass
Tel = 3-4978
Yours til Atlantic Ocean
wears pants,
To keep it's bottom dry.
***

If you get to heaven
before I do
Poke a hole + pull
me through
R.J.S.
***

June 24, 1935
If in the world a
secret you know,
Tell not your friend
Tell not your foe,
For when your friend
became your foe
Then all the world
your secret will know.
(205) Myrtle Olson
***

Roses are Red
Voilets are blue
pickels are sour
and so are you
Alden Gates
1935
***
(Got a little crush Alden?)

"1935"
Down the Lane he led her
The heaven was "studded"
with stars
Down to the gate
he led her
For her he opened the
bars
She turned her soft
eyes upon him
But theres nothing
between them now
He was just a hired man
and she a Jersey Cow
You Everlasting Friend Stella Rosochacki
***
(I think Stella and I would have really liked each other...)



Remember the girl in the
city
Remember the girl in the
town
Remember the girl who spoiled
your book
By writing upside
down
Yours Truly
Evelyn Robbins
***

Remember always a
Pal.
Sonia Mouskowitz
***

In your chain of
friendship consider
me a link
Edith Sklut
Yours till rats eat cats
***

Policeman Policeman do
Your duty,
Here comes Christine the
American Beauty
Your Schoolmate
Rose Morris
(Don't take this seriously)
***

When you
are married
and hubby gets
mad
Pick up a pocker [poker?] and
say I am boss
A pal
Rita A.
***

Christine Sharayko
Robert Smith
***

First come Friendship,
Them comes Marriage,
Then come Christine
pushing a baby
carriage.
A Friend
Cecelia Tilenda
***

Just a friend
Lillian Tarkiainen
June 25, 1935
***

Forget
Me
Not
Beatrice Sher
8' H.R. 205
(your Pal)
***
(It's nice to know Mom and Beatrice were in home room (H.R.) 205 together!)

Roses are red
Violets are ducking
When a girl gets out of
High School
She is ready for
College
Albert Quist
206
***


A. Louise Jones
~[G clef]~
***


Mildred Balcome
Providence St. Jr. High
June 25, 1935
***
(Many of the autographs are written with beautiful handwriting.  Why is it that we don't teach cursive anymore?)

Onward and Upward
Cora A. Stanton
Providence St. Jr. High School
***

schoolmate
Ray Luce
June 1935
P.S.J.H.
***

When Christine was a little
girl she use to play
with toys
But she goes to J.H.S. now
she plays with all the boys
Your schoolpal
Rose Potkaj
***

Nils Stead
Providence St. J.H.S.
June 1935
***

With Best Regards
Lula E. Mills Art
June 25, 1935.
***
(It's fun to know Lula and Mom were in art class together.)

Howard C. Norbeck,
24 Aurilla St.
Worcester,
Mass.
***

F.G. McGrath
***

Mildred Collins
***

Douglas (Pest) Wakefield
Providence J.H.S.

(Pest?  Another junior high crush perhaps?)

Sincerely!
Katherine L. Power
June, 1935
***

Christine it is
Christine forever
Sherako it is
But not forevever.
just an old
Pal
Anna Migliozzi
***

Raymond Stokowski
172 Vernon St.
Worcester
Mass.
***

When you marry and
get twins
Don't come to borrow my
pins.
Your's til' powder
puffs.
"Millie"
J.G.D.
***
(Your's til powder puffs?  I think I would have liked Millie, too.  I can see me and Mom and Stella and Millie all heading down to Liggett's for a Coke after class...)

Police man
Police man
due your duty
catch Christine
the American beauty
Doris Soderberg
Worcester
Mass
***


By hook or by Crook
I am the last
to write in this book.
Ruth Waska
***

If you are related to or knew any of the students from the Providence Street Junior High School Class of 1935 who signed my mother's autograph album I'd love to hear from you!



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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Miss Mae Gleeson's 1926 Dance Review - Talented Tuesday

(Digital Images. Photograph and Program Privately Held By Cynthia Shenette.)

"Baby Ballet"
Christine (Szerejko) Shenette, left;
with
Bella Gubitosi and Shirley MacElroy


Fourth Annual 
Dance Revue
By the Pupils of
Miss Mae Gleeson

Wednesday Evening May 12, 1926
MUSIC BY BENNY CONN'S ORCHESTRA
Pianist, Miss Catherine Moynihan



*** Programme ***
____     ____

Class Work

MARCH                                                                                CLASS
1. THREE LITTLE KITTENS
Eva May Bergstrom, Marie Callahan, Mary Cronin, Yvonne Carney, Mary Collins, Ruth Coash, Margaret Denton, Gertrude Domiano, Bella Gubitosi, Elizabeth Kennedy, Louise Macilvane, Mirian [Marian] McDonald, Eleanor Massey, Shirley MacElroy, Dorothy Payne, Ruth Sherry, Suzanne Stumpf, Kathleen Splaine, Christine Sharayko, Barbara Callahan, Janice Breatt, Elvira Gallo.

2. A SWISS CHORUS
               Leaders, Alicia Rooney and Margaret Collins
Ruth Bergstrom, Olga Brousseau, Lillian Bergstrom, Francis Charamella, Margaret Collins, Mary Cronin, Catherine Donoghue, Irving Erickson, Kenneth Erickson, Gladys Fenn, Lionel Gaucher, Elvira Gallo, Walter Jette, Mary Kennedy, Helen Kulesza, Lois Legate, Anna Loftus, Harriet Larson, Esther Masterson, Donald Macilvane, Mary Perry, Alice Troy, Marguerite Perry, Phillis Prendergast, Grace Sherry, Jane Sherry, Hellen Spillane, Walter Whitney, Wanda Wasiak, Eleanor Massey, Mary Perry.

3. HUMORESQUE
                                Leader, Janice Breatt
Bella Gubitosi, Shirley MacElroy, Christin Sharayko, Eva May Bergrstrom, Marie Callahan, Barbara Callahan, Mary Cronin, Yvonne Carney, Mary Collins, Ruth Coash, Margaret Denton, Gertrude Domiano, Elizabeth Kennedy, Louise Macilvane, Miriam McDonald, Eleanor Massey, Winifred Pierce, Dorothy Paine, Ruth Sherry, Suzanne Stumpf, Kathleen Splaine.

4. DANCE OF ALL NATIONS
     Leaders, Marguerite Perry, Grace Sherry and Anna Loftus
Gladys Fenn, Alicia Rooney, Lillian Bergstrom, Catherine Donoghue, Francis Charmaella, Ruth Bergstrom, Olga Brousseau, Margaret Collins, Mary Cronin, Irving Erickson, Kenneth Erickson, Lionel Gaucher, Elvira Gallo, Walter Jette, Mary Kennedy, Helen Kulesza, Lois Legate, Harriet Larson, Esther Masterson, Donald Macilvane, Mary Perry, Marguerite Perry, Phyllis Prendergast, Jane Sherry, Helen Spillane, Walter Whitney, Eleanor Massey, Wanda Wasiak, Mary Perry.

5. SPANISH
                Leaders, Gladys Fenn and Francis Charamella
Mary Perry, Lionel Gaucher, Anna Loftus, Donald Macilvane, Barbara Callahan, Kenneth Erickson, Willifred Pierce, Irving Erickson, Ruth Sherry, Walter Jette, Louise Macilvane, Walter Whitney.


Private Work

 6. A High Kicker                 Phyllis O'Leary
 7. Highland Fling                 Janice Barber
 8. Nifty Steppers                 Catherine Groden and Dorothy Shannahan
 9. Syncopated Toe              Dorothy Rudge
10. Cake Walk                     Ruth Coash and Earl Colbert
11. A Dainty Dance              Catherine Donoghue
12. Baby Jazz                      Christine Sharayko
13. Glow Worm                   Louise Macilvane
14. Jazz Frisco                     Eleanor Rudge
15. Novelty Fox Trott           Elvira Gallo and Irving Erickson
16. The Dancing Girl            Barbara Callahan
17. Waltz Ballet                   Eleanor Massey
18. Swanee River                 Marguerite Perry
19. Tip Toe                         Rosalyn Barber
20. Acrobatic Waltz              Gladys Fenn
21. The Swagger Girl            Dorothy Shannahan
22. Russian Toe Dancer        Janice Breatt
23. Butterfly Dance              Catherine Groden
24. Military Toe                   Mary Perry
25. Buck and Wing Specialty Francis Charamella
26. From the Bowery            Dorothy and Eleanor Rudge
27. Jazzmania                       Elvira Gallo and Janice Barber
28. A little Pirate                   Ruth Sherry
29. A Specialty                     Warren Barber
30. Acrobatic Jazz                 Ruth Coash
31. A Bit of Ireland               Marie and Barbara Callahan
32. Gypsie Girls                    Alicia Rooney and Catherine Donoghue
33. Jazz Toe                         Shirley MacElroy
34. A Bit of Romance            Gladys Fenn and Francis Charamella
35. Dutchies                         Eleanor Massey, Rosalyn Barber, Louise Macilvane
36. Soft Shoe                        Harriet Laarson and Donald Macilvane
37. Dancing Dolls                  Janice Breatt and Gertrude Domiano
38. A Russian Baby               Bella Gubitosi
39. Military Maids                 Wanda Wasiak, Grace Sherry, Phyllis Prendergast
40. That Tumbling Boy          Earl Colbert
41. Shadowland Ballet           Catherine Groden, Alicia Rooney, Jane Sherry
42. Kutie Kids                       Ruth Sherry and Walter Jette
43. Waltz Unique                  Mary Perry and Irving Erikson
44. Novelty Clog                   Loretta Donaghue
45. Tickle Toe                      Grace Sherry
46. Hippidy Hop                    Marguerite Perry and Donald Macilvane
47. Ting-A-Ling Waltz           Alicia Rooney and Warren Barber
48. Jazarina                           Harriet Larson
49. A Flapper Flirtation          Jane Sherry and Franceis Charamella
50. The Dainty Girl                Elvira Gallo
51. Charleston Steppers          Gladys Fenn and Walter Thwing
52. Waltz Clog                       Phyllis Prendergast
53. Japanese Specialty            Phyllis O'Leary and Loretta Donohue
54. Twinkle Toe                    Gertrude Domiano
55. The Tango                       Mary and Marguerite Perry
56. Baby Ballet                      Bella Gubitosi, Christine Sharayko, Shirley MacElroy
57. Old and New                    Alicia Rooney
58. Whirlwind                        Grace and George Sherry
59. Tambourine Toe Dance    Alice Troy
60. The Swan Dance              Jane Sherry
61. Spanish Dancer                Wanda Wasiak
62. The Comedy Bakers         Gladys Fenn, Francis Charamella and Walter Thwing
63. The Sparkling Ballet          Mary Perry, Elvira Gallo, Gertrude Domiano, Eleanor Massey, Louise Macilvane, Janice Breatt, Ruth Sherry.
64. Miss Mae Gleeson

That's quite a program!  If you recognize or are related to any of the dancers listed here or remember Miss Mae Gleeson I'd love to hear from you!



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Monday, June 9, 2014

Photos from the Worcester Tornado, June 9, 1953


(Copyright (c) 2014 Cynthia Shenette)  As a family historian you never know what is going to find its way to you.  A couple of months ago my cousin contacted me and asked me if I'd be interested in some photos she found in with her dad's things.  The photos posted here, taken after the Worcester tornado in 1953, were with the items she sent me.  If you are interested in seeing more do a Google search on the 1953 Worcester tornado, and you will find dozens of photos that capture the aftermath of the massive storm that wreaked havoc across central Massachusetts 61 years ago today. Wikipedia has a good entry and the City of Worcester has a color slide show you can view here.  For a more in depth study the book, Tornado! 84 Minutes, 94 Lives by John M. O'Toole is excellent.

The captions under the photos in quotes are written on the backs of the individual images and appear to be in my grandmother's handwriting. My family's home did not get hit by the tornado due to some luck.  The tornado turned when it got to Indian Lake which was between our house and the funnel cloud.  If you'd like to read my previous blog posts on the tornado you can find them here and here.  Anyone who was around Worcester or if their family was around at that time has a story to tell about that day.  It was an event that defined a generation, and to some extent, it still defines many locals even today.  

"Lincolnwood"


Haven Rd.
"Assumption College"
670 West Boylston St.
Object in foreground is an overturned car





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"Diamond Match
Lumber Yard
[701] W. Boylston St"
Mayflower Cir. (Circle)



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Monday, March 24, 2014

The Bulak Family from Newark, New Jersey - Mystery Monday

Lillian (Uskoski) Bulak
1921-1951
(Digital Image.  Photo Used With Permission from Cheryl [LAST NAME WITHHELD]; Text Copyright (c) 2014 Cynthia Shenette)

I was recently contacted by a reader named Cheryl who wanted to know if my aunt Helen Bulak was related to a woman that she was looking for whose name also happened to be Helen Bulak.  We exchanged a few e-mails and quickly discovered that my Aunt Helen was not the Helen Bulak Cheryl was looking for. Nor was my Bulak family the Bulak family that she was looking for.  The Bulak family that she is looking for once lived in Newark, New Jersey not Worcester, Massachusetts.  Cheryl is not a genealogist, but has done some genealogy research in an effort to reconnect with family.  With her permission I offered to share her story here in the hope that someone reading this might be able to help to solve a 60 year old mystery.

Cheryl's aunt, Lillian Uskoski, was born on September 10, 1921 in Hazelridge, Manitoba, Canada.  Lillian married a Felix (sometimes known as Philip or Phil) Bulak in Toronto, Ontario on November 20, 1949 when she was 28 years old.  In February of 1950 Lillian and Felix left Toronto and moved to 117 Pulaski St., in Newark, New Jersey to live with Felix's family.  Eight months after Lillian immigrated to the United States she gave birth to a daughter, Mary Ann, in October 1950.  Sadly, Lillian died a few months later on January 2, 1951 at the age of 30.  Felix was not able to care for baby Mary Ann.  Cheryl's family remembers there was talk of Felix giving the baby to his sister Helen to care for or to adopt.  Cheryl's family does not know what happened to Mary Ann.  They have not seen her in over 60 years.

What do we know about Felix's family?  Felix's parents were Paul Bulak (1890 - aft 1951) and his wife Mary (abt 1892 - ?).  Paul and Mary had three children: Casimir M., (abt 1917 - ?); Felix (20 April 1921 - 29 January 1984); and Helen J. ( abt 1928 - ?).  They lived in a multifamily dwelling at 117 Pulaski St. in Newark, New Jersey from 1929 until at least 1951 and possibly until 1954 or 1955.  Some of the Newark city directories on Ancestry for the 1950s are missing or missing information, but by 1955 the family was no longer listed as living at 117 Pulaski St., and one apartment was listed as vacant.  Other residents that lived at the address for a long time or were there around the time Mary Ann was born were:

Adam Adamoski, 1947-1955
Anthony Addotta 1940-1955
John T. Brzezinski, 1955
Edwin Byk, 1930, 1955
Charles Caruso, 1947-1955
Mrs. Rose Charzewski, 1955
Mrs. Julia Jacek, 1940-1955
Joseph M. Sak, 1940-1955
Andrew Trela, 1947-1955
Joseph W. Wortolec 1947-1955

Given that some of the people who lived at 117 Pulaski St. lived there for quite a while, someone might remember the Bulak family and might still remember what happened to Mary Ann.  Does anyone who lived at 117 Pulaski St. in the 1950s remember a story of a tiny baby girl being left without a mother? According to a Newark city directory a Helen J. Bulak married a Michael Bilby in 1951.  It is possible that Mary Ann's name might have been changed from Mary Ann Bulak's to Mary Ann Bilby.  Felix Bulak died on January 29, 1984.  He is not buried with Lillian, and a friend, Faustino Taverner, is listed as the next of kin on the funeral record.  Felix appears to have died without family.  Faustino has also died.

Lillian was sometimes called Lily.  Lily could be spelled Lily or Lilly.  Her maiden name was Uskoski, but was also spelled Uszkowski.  She was described as being 5'8" tall, with a fair complexion, and hazel eyes. Her daughter may have a similar appearance.  According to her immigration document Lillian's last known address in Canada was Drurie (sic), though probably Durie, St., in Toronto, Ontario.  She immigrated to the United States from Canada via the Niagara Falls, New York border crossing on February 4, 1950.

Cheryl and her mother, Mary Ann's aunt, would very much like to hear from her or her family.  If you are Mary Ann Bulak, know Mary Ann, or remember the Bulak family from 117 Pulaski St. in Newark, NJ, please contact me at cshenette at gmail dot com.  I will forward your contact information to Cheryl.  All information you share with me will be kept confidential.



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Friday, February 28, 2014

Oh, The Places I'll Go! Or My Fourth Blogiversary

(Copyright (c) 2014 Cynthia Shenette) Where has the time gone?  I can't believe I've been blogging for four years.  And yes, I'm still here, in case you were wondering...

While I may not post quite as often as I use to I don't intend to quit blogging anytime soon.  I struggle to find time to write, but the rewards of blogging are too great to stop though I think my days of writing a hundred posts in a year are behind me.  Between work, family, and volunteer commitments I'm at a point in my life where there aren't enough hours in the day.  Finding ideas on what to write about has never been a problem for me.  Finding the time to commit those ideas to paper (or on my blog) is.  My goal for this year--to write one solid blog post a month. That shouldn't be too hard. Should it?

In looking over the last four years' worth of posts, I'll be the first to admit not every one is a gem, but a few do stand out, and my readers seemed to enjoy them as well. If you are reading my blog for the first time here is a baker's dozen of my favorite posts, in no particular order:  

Meditation: The Strength of Ordinary Women
Flu 1918 (Part 1 of 3)
Presenter Interview: Colleen Fitzpatrick, Forensic Genealogist
Flash Back! The Life and Times of Francois Chenet (Greatly Abridged)
Analyzing A Photo: The Holiday Party
More Than Meets the Eye - Tuesday's Tip
A Window in Time, April 11, 1940
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun...
A Comedy of Errors: My Family In the Census (Part 1 of 3)
Reflecting on My American Experience This Thanksgiving
Madness Monday: The Stuff We Throw Away, and...
Advent Calendar, Food: What the Dickens or How to Blow Up a Duck
Chopin Rising

The last four years have been a journey.  I've made great friends and amazing discoveries.  It might sound silly to say, but blogging has taken me places I've never expected to go. I know my blog has a pretty narrow focus and may not be everyone's cup of tea, but that's okay with me.  

If you've read any of my posts, taken the time to comment, or contacted me by e-mail about one of my posts, thank you.  It means more to me than I can possibly say.  As for my short term goal of one post a month, will I succeed?  (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)! 

So with apologies to Dr. Seuss...

To write about the family
I love and I need.
To have someone actually
Take the time to read
What I write is a gift.  
Today is my day!
Thanks for sticking with me.
So...I am on my way!


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