October 20, 2014

At-Rest Reunion

Belleville, Wisconsin, October 19, 2014. It's a quiet place.

Autumn Walk

Morton Arboretum, Lisle Illinois, October 1973. Mom still wears those pants.


Near Vilnius, Lithuania, about 1930. This boy is a relativelikely a nephewof Suzanne. The photo is in bad shape; I post because I love the use of the Lithuanian weaving as a wall hanging. The textile's design is in the family of "apple patterns." I presently am adapting a woven apple pattern for a sweater design.

Thanks to Suzanne's Granddaughter—my Kaunas Cousin—for making this photo available to us.

October 19, 2014

Peak Reunion

Verona, Wisconsin, October 18, 2014. That Autumn-Purple Ash really looks purple now.

Weekend Work

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Door County, Wisconsin, Autumn 1975. Dad uses a chainsaw to speed the chopping chores.

I remember that hat! It was a deerskin number Dad bought from Norm Thompson. (You've already seen the London Fog windbreaker.)

Related by Marriage: Army Buddies (Part 27)

Camp Irwin, Barstow, California, 1952. In this "Army Buddies" snapshot, the mess-hall chef great Mr. Irene's Dad outside his barracks.

October 18, 2014

A Quick Ending

Glacier National Park, Montana, July 1972. A Long-Tailed Weasel snatches dinner.

A Family Visit, in Three Takes

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Verona, Wisconsin, October 2014. This group frequents the neighborhood.

Trail Dance

Glacier National Park, Montana, July 1972. Mom's enjoying the hike.

October 17, 2014

A Closer Look (Part 9)

Tambov, Russia, 1910 or 1911. This is my paternal Grandmother Tatjana's younger sister, Natasha. She was eight years old when she sat for this photo. Here's the original post.


Near Vilnius, Lithuania, about 1930. A relativeperhaps a nieceof Suzanne balances for the camera.

Thanks to Suzanne's Granddaughter—my Kaunas Cousin—for making this photo available to us.

A Fancy Playsuit

Suburban Chicago, May 1960. I don't remember wearing sneakers (we called them "gym shoes") back then.

October 16, 2014

Dusted Reunion

Glacier National Park, Montana, July 1972. Don't complain about the chill; you could be in a place where it sometimes snows in July.

General Manners: Make new friends graciously.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, about 1953. Kadis introduces his daughter—my Toronto Cousin—to his Goddaughter.

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

Related by Marriage: Church Steps

Nativity BVM, Marquette Park, Chicago, Illinois, about 1957 or 1958. It's nice to see the flower girl dressed as a bridesmaid. I dislike the custom of styling a flower girl as a miniature bride.

Knitted Toys

Anna Hrachovec knits many types of "mochi," including a vomiting robot.

ADDED: Madison fiber artist Susan B. Anderson also designs adorable knitted toys.

October 15, 2014

A New Honorary Consulate

On Monday, October 13, 2014, Lithuania opened an Honorary Consulate in Wisconsin. Mr. Irene and I attended the ceremony at the Wisconsin State Capitol.

The ceremony took place in the Senate Chamber. A Lithuanian flag stood with the Wisconsin and United States flags.

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The Lithuanian Consulate brought its insignia.

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The Lithuanian coat of arms, the Vytis, also draped the Speaker's podium.

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His Excellency Žygimantas Pavilionis, Lithuania's Ambassador to the United States, inadvertently photobombed this shot of the Senate Chamber murals.

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Lithuania's Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius, and Honorary Consul Leslie Liautaud prepared for the ceremony.

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Governor Walker opened the event.

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Foreign Minister Linkevičius offered some thoughts before the investiture.

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Honorary Consul Liautaud received a Lithuanian flag during the ceremony.

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Ambassador Pavilionis addressed Wisconsin's ties to Lithuania.

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Honorary Consul Liautaud spoke for a few minutes.

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Everyone enjoyed the speeches.

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Well done!

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Lithuania's Honorary Consuls from other states arrived for the investiture ceremony.

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Although members of the media recorded the event, the ceremony got little attention in the news.

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After the ceremony, guests moved to the Senate Parlor for refreshments.

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Guests enjoyed catching up with old friends.

October 14, 2014

It will clear up.

Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois, October 1973. We take a look from another angle.

A Guided Hike

Glacier National Park, Montana, July 1972. The group huddles around the park ranger.

A Disappointment

Near Hintertux, Austria, July 1971. One of the things my Parents and I didn't like about hiking in the European Alps was the lack of "wild" places. Even remote spots in Austria and Switzerland were cultivated and civilized. But I was happy to see a Swiss Brown.

October 13, 2014

Autumn-Grey Reunion

Sand Bay Town Park, Door County, Wisconsin, October 1980. It's dreary from every angle.

Wedding Gladiolas

Brooklyn, New York, about 1954. Here's another image from a wedding reception my maternal Grandfather, Jake, attended.

A Closer Look (Part 8)

Mariampolis, Lithuania, 1927. This is Edvardas, my Mom's maternal Uncle. Edvardas was a pianist (like his father, Silvestras). He graduated from the Königsberg Sondershausen music conservatory. After finishing school, Edvardas did not find a job as a professional musician in Lithuania. He instead worked as a secretary at the Army College where his sister Jadzė's husband—my maternal Grandfather, Jake—was an officer.

One evening, when the family gathered for dinner at the home of my Mom's maternal Grandparents, Edvardas complained of a stomach ache. Jake thought the problem was not serious and insisted Edvardas drink a shot of brandy spiked with ground black pepper to alleviate the pain. Edvardas suffered a ruptured appendix and died shortly after that meal. He was 29 years old.