March 26, 2015

Professional Trolls

In Russia:
The young people doing this work are barely capable of formulating what's important about these stories. Even a political scientist can't be an expert about the entire world, but here people are expected to write about everything. And how you write doesn't matter; you can praise or scold. You just have put those keywords in.


Verona, March 25, 2015. The dance begins.

Belgian Horse

Belgium, 1936. This is another photo from my paternal Grandfather Vytautas's trip to Belgium.


Kaunas, Lithuania, about 1936. Kaunas Nina takes things seriously.

Thanks to Kaunas Nina's daughter—my Kaunas Cousin—for making this photo available to us.

March 25, 2015

Snowy Reunion

Verona, Wisconsin, March 25, 2015. Our backyard cranes disappeared for a couple of days after the spring snowfall. They've returned, and they are tending to the nest.

Related by Marriage: Distance

Australia, August 25, 1952. A friend of Mr. Irene's Dad wrote, "Although the ocean separates us, we remain together in our thoughts."

Bavarian Railway Postcard

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Germany, about 1947. My Dad saved a packet of postcards issued by the U.S. Army in the postwar, American-occupied zone. I don't know whether Dad visited the places photographed for the cards, bit it's likely he did.

March 24, 2015

Spring Snow

Door County, Wisconsin, March 1982. We drive up to the cottage for spring break.


Door County, Wisconsin, June 1983. Dad must have just returned from mowing; otherwise, he wouldn't be wearing bluejeans.

Spring Coat

Suburban Chicago, April 1963. My paternal Grandmother, Tatjana, carried that pocketbook for many years. Here's a clip of Tatjana receiving the pocketbook as a Christmas gift.

March 23, 2015

March 20, 2015

The View from the Steps

Columbia, South Carolina, September 5, 1988. I walk up the steps of the South Carolina Capitol.

We visit the lodge.

Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin, July 1962. We pop in for a visit with the owners of the summer cottage we rented. (You can see the couple saying goodbye to us here.)

Related by Marriage: Homestead Visit

Panevėžys, Lithuania, July 1993. After the restoration of Lithuanian independence, the government no longer restricted foreigners to hotel visits. Mr. Irene's Dad therefore could return to his childhood home, where his younger brother Stacey and Stacey's wife lived. Here, Mr. Irene's Dad catches up with Stacey's wife (in black) and other relatives shortly after Stacey's death.

"Whenever I sit, I knit."

Said a Human of New York.

March 19, 2015

A Morning Dig, in Three Takes

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Verona, Wisconsin, March 19, 2015. Mom spotted the visitors and alerted me just as I awoke.

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Okay; let's zoom in on a different shot:

City Tour

Vienna, Austria, about 1949. My Dad's friend Casey visits Maria-Theresien-Platz.

Jonė's Student Booklet

Kaunas, Lithuania, September 16, 1939. This is the "Studies Booklet" my Dad's twin sister, Jonė, received when she enrolled in medical school. The outbreak of World War II interrupted her studies: the sentence added at the top of page indicates Jonė transferred from medical school to dental school in 1943.

Although the same universityVytautas Magnus Universityissued "Studies Booklets" for both Jonė and my Mom, Jonė's earlier version omits the warning about keeping the document clean.

March 18, 2015

March 17, 2015

Dance-Floor Reunion

Chicago, Illinois, March 14, 2015. "Thank you parents/guardians for your cooperation."

Tulip season nears.

Toronto, Ontario, April or May 1961. My Toronto Cousin and her Dad, Kadis, are at the park.

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


Russian Soviet Socialist Republic, June 6, 1969. My paternal Grandmother Tatjana's younger sister, Elena, wrote, "To Tanjusha, my dear sister."

March 16, 2015

No-Harm-Done Reunion

Suburban Chicago, February 1983. Meškė tests the foot stool as a teething toy.

It's warming up.

Glacier National Park, Montana, July 1966. Patches of snow remain.

Happy Dance

Suburban Chicago, about 1982. That's my friend Kris dancing with Dad, and Mom takes a spin with Uncle Al. Kris reports the group danced to the piano playing of Sister Bernarda (back visible on the right), a family friend and a member of the Sisters of St. Casimir. Sister Bernarda was a music teacher at Maria High School—the high school from which Mr. Irene's Mom graduated.

Thanks to my friend Kris for making this photo available to us.

March 15, 2015

March 14, 2015

We are done here.

Verona, Wisconsin, March 10, 2015. They've finished the tour of the yard.

Spring Break

Door County, Wisconsin, March 1982. When I was in graduate school, I spent most "vacations" catching up on my research work. I usually had a pack of 3 by 5-inch notecards in my bag.

A Closer Look (Part 24)

Mariampolis, Lithuania, December 24, 1936. This is my maternal Grandmother, Jadzė. The family resemblance is clear in this photo.

Here's the original post.

March 13, 2015

Sold Out

Madison-Vilnius Sister Cities this week celebrated Lithuania's Restoration Day. The organization sponsored a banquet at The University Club; guests dined on Šaltibarščiai, Cepelinai, and Honey Torte. The food was authentic and delicious.

The University Club offered a Lithuanian menu this week. Mom and I popped in for lunch today. Misery! The Cepelinai we craved were sold out. So we had the Cabbage Rolls instead. The Cabbage Rolls were good, but Cabbage Rolls are something we easily make at home. Cepelinai are a production, and we rarely cook them. As a result, we didn't have what we had sought. We did start out, however, with the Šaltibarščiai. I thought the soup was excellent; Mom claimed my recipe is better. *Blushes.*

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(I asked the server to show me the machine the cook had used to grate the potatoes.)

March 12, 2015

Karlskirche, Daytime

Vienna, Austria, July 1971. We visited the church grounds several times.

Related by Marriage: Matron of Honor

Marquette Park, Chicago, Illinois, June 1959. Mr. Irene's Mom stands up at the wedding of her sister, Martha.

Exchanging Portraits (Part 42)

Chicago, Illinois, about 1950. This is Uncle Al, the younger brother of my Mom's best friend, Donna. Uncle Al sat for this photo shortly after he arrived in the United States.

Thanks to Uncle Al's niece—Donna's daughter, Kris—for making this photo available to us.

March 11, 2015

Anticipating Spring

Verona, Wisconsin, March 10, 2015. Soon the grass will camouflage the deer.