October 8, 2015

Muddy Reunion

Glacier National Park, Montana, July 1972. If I'd known then how dangerous moose are, I would not have gotten this close.

Related by Marriage: Performance Garb

Suburban Chicago, July 1980. Mr. Irene's Los Angeles Cousins prepare to depart for the Lithuanian Folk Dance Festival. The group stands in the backyard of Mr. Irene's childhood home.

Does the design on those sleeves look familiar? Does it look like Mr. Irene's Los Angeles Cousin is checking her cell phone?

October 7, 2015


Glacier National Park, Montana, July 1972. Here's another view of the Many Glacier Hotel.

Cake, in Three Takes

*     *     *     *     *

*     *     *     *     *

Suburban Chicago, Spring 1973. My Toronto Cousin and I share a Pepperidge Farm walnut layer cake. There was a period when we used to pick up one of those frozen cakes. We recently looked for that cake, but it apparently has been discontinued.

This photo set shows how pink our kitchen was. Behind us is the dishwasher and the Roper wall oven. My paternal Grandmother, Tatjana, is washing dishes; the dish rack holds a plastic tumbler from the Jewel Food Store.

I'm wearing a turquoise ring my Parents bought when we first vacationed in Glacier. On my left hand is a minuscule ruby ring that belonged to my maternal Grandmother, Jadzė. I also wear the dainty watch I selected in Switzerland. There's instant coffee and a copy of "Draugas" on the table.

(Neither my Toronto Cousin [ever] nor I [in 1973] smoked; that looks like Dad's ashtray. Do you remember crafting ashtrays and trivets with those little tiles? Who supervised you when you spread the grout?)

Ah! The checkered dish towel is still in use.

October 5, 2015

Autumn Morning

Door County, Wisconsin, October 1979. It's hard to see the lake.

Farewell Dinner

Kaunas, Lithuania, July 28, 1928. The American Consul to Lithuania wrote, "Mr. and Mrs. Moraht [the German Minister to Lithuania] gave a farewell dinner for us this evening and most of our friends were there. Mr. Moraht made a very cordial speech. After dinner there was dancing. We did not leave until about two o'clock . . . . A photograph of the party was taken just before dinner."

Thanks to the Consul's Granddaughter for making this photo available to us.

October 3, 2015

Hazy Reunion

Peninsula State Park, Door County, Wisconsin, October 1979. Climb up for a better view.

A Closer Look (Part 51)

Kaunas, Lithuania, about 1926. This is my Dad's older cousin Henry at a formal occasion.

Here's the original post.

October 2, 2015

October 1, 2015

Favorite-Color Reunion

Suburban Chicago, October 1965. Do you have a favorite autumn-leaf color?

Diplomatic Spouse

Kaunas, Lithuania, about 1926. This is Lily, the wife of the man who served as America's Consul to Lithuania between 1926 and 1928.

Thanks to Lily's Granddaughter for making this photo available to us.

September 30, 2015

Subject Matter

Raganų Kalnas (the "Hill of Witches"), Juodkrantė, Lithuania, August 2011. Filmmaker Frank Barn has made the "Hill of Witches" the subject of an upcoming documentary.

Thanks to my Toronto Cousin for making this photo available to us.

Truly Displaced

Irkutsk, Siberia, USSR, Summer 1956. My Mom's friend Joy stands near the Siberian barracks with her mother and children. Joy mailed this photo after she returned to Lithuania.

September 19, 2015

Swiss Brown in the Sun

Near New Glarus, Wisconsin, September 2014. It's a friendly breed.

"104 year old yarn bomber is World's oldest street artist."

Grace Brett.

A Closer Look (Part 50)

Brooklyn, New York, August 1952. My Mom and my Dad's cousin take a lunch break.

During this time, Mom was an intern at Wyckoff Heights Hospital. In the early 1950s, there were no EMTs. Instead, interns rode the ambulance runs. Mom made many emergency trips throughout New York City. A number of those emergencies were deliveries. It was policy to discourage delivery in the ambulance. Physicians were to determine whether the expectant mother could be transported safely to the hospital. Mom, who still spoke little English, remembers many trips during which she spent most of the ride yelling, "Mama! No Push!!" Mom once decided labor was too far along for the mother to make it to the hospital, so she delivered the baby in an apartment bathroom. A story about that event made it into the newspaper.

Here's the original post.

September 18, 2015

Late Summer in Spring Green

Taliesen Estate, Spring Green, Wisconsin, September 2, 2014. It's the nicest time of year to do the tour.

Related by Marriage: Waiting for the wedding.

Marquette Park, Chicago, Illinois, June 27, 1959. Here's Mr. Irene's maternal Aunt Martha, waiting to depart for her marriage ceremony. She's sitting in the living room of her Parents' home. Aunt Petra appears in the mirror.

I love this photo because it captures the "look" of DP-era Marquette Park. The image also preserves Martha's most common expression.


Penza, Russian Soviet Socialist Republic, September 1964. Natasha, a younger sister of my paternal Grandmother Tatjana, wrote, "Natashenka, with a pumpkin, and I, to our beloved one."

Thanks to my dear friend D for translating the text from Russian to English.

September 17, 2015


Brookfield Zoo, 1966. Be sure to get my better side.

The Traveling Coat

Unknown Location, Germany, Autumn 1944. Mom doesn't recall why she packed two coats when she fled Lithuania in mid-summer. She took only one dress. By the time she and Jake settled in the Displaced Persons camp, the dress was threadbare, and Mom struggled to darn the worn fabric.

September 16, 2015

Ruby Reunion

Verona, Wisconsin, September 2015. Here's another variation of Mary Ann Stephens's "Amaryllis Hat."

The blog celebrates its fourth birthday today.

I've kept my promise to post photos daily. In the last year it was sometimes dicey to make that goal. In January and February, for example, I underwent four weeks of daily radiation that left me battered: radiation was more rattling than any of the chemotherapy treatments I'd had.* Things are better now, thanks to the great providers who oversee my care and a new drug the FDA approved late last year.

When I started blogging, I posted aggressively because I sought to ensure that the "core" family photos would be preserved on this site before I evaporated. As a result, most of the really interesting images have been posted. My supply of snapshots is finite. Although I will continue to blog daily, I likely will decrease the number of posts I publish each day.

Glacier National Park, July 1972. I've walked over to the Many Glacier Hotel, where I enjoy a cola in the lower-level café.

*It was during the drive home from one of those radiation treatments that I hit the deer!