October 31, 2015

Peeking-Through Reunion

Verona, Wisconsin, October 2015. It's been a gloomy week.

Happy Halloween.

Suburban Chicago, October 31, 1967. I revisit my favorite costume.

My paternal Grandmother, Tatjana, sewed a white, trick-or-treating tote to match the costume. I dragged the tote through the puddles as my Best Friend and I walked around the neighborhood late in the afternoon that Halloween. When I got home, Tatjana and my Mom saw that the bagand the candy I'd collected—had been soaked. They threw everything away. I only got the remnants of what we'd bought to pass out to trick-or-treaters. The splendid variety of my haul was gone, and I was left with one bag of Life Savers.

October 30, 2015

A Ghost Town, in Three Takes

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Near Flathead Lake, Montana, July 1987. Be cautious when you snoop around: people still live in some of these cabins.

Party Preparations

Suburban Chicago, October 31, 1961. This snapshot shows a view of the Rec Room before my Parents redecorated it. The top of the play table is uncluttered.

October 29, 2015

Seasonal Reunion

Verona, Wisconsin, October 28, 2015. Mr. Irene participated in a carving contest at work.

Recently Found

Kaunas, Lithuania, October 31, 1941.  I was digging through Dad's memento box, and I found this image attached to his agricultural-college identification booklet. Dad earned his highest grade at the school in a course called "Political Economics."

October 28, 2015

October 27, 2015

Campus Memento

Erlangen, Germany, about 1946 or 1947. This postcard features an image of the building in which Mom attended anatomy class.


Kaunas, Lithuania, August 3, 1927. The Administrator of the city of Kaunas and surrounding areas issued this permit to the American Consul to Lithuania. The document states, "PERMIT. With this I [the Kaunas Administrator] allow America's Consul Mr. [Robert Wayne] Heingartner, to keep a shooting revolver gun. This permit will be in effect until January 1, 1928."

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

October 26, 2015

Riding Reunion

Glacier National Park, Montana, July 1970. There are few tourists on this ride.

The waiting began.

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Seligenstadt, Germany, August 15, 1945. This is the card with which my paternal Grandmother, Tatjana, registered her intent to emigrate from postwar Germany. She sailed to New York three years later.

(Note that Tatjana recorded Lithuanian as her dominant language.)

October 25, 2015


Glacier National Park, Montana, July 1972. Iceberg Lake is deep.

A Closer Look (Part 53)

Kaunas, Lithuania, about 1938. This is my maternal Grandmother, Jadzė, and my Mom. I hadn't thought about this photo in a while, but Mom today mentioned the picnic at which it was taken. As the group lunched in the forest, a fortune teller approached Mom. The fortune teller read Mom's palm. She stated Mom would live "in another country, across the deep ocean" and correctly predicted how many children Mom would have. Everyone laughed.

The fortune teller then read Jadzė's palm. The woman shook her head and said nothing to Jadzė.

October 24, 2015

October 23, 2015

Brighter Reunion

University of WisconsinMadison, October 2012. Seeing this tree lit up my walk to the office.


Chicago, Illinois, Spring 1946. An acquaintance gave this snapshot to Mom in the mid 1950s.

October 22, 2015

Near Logan Pass

Glacier National Park, Montana, July 1966. We're driving toward the Visitor Center.

Autumn Visit

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, about 1952. Kadis has some visitors.

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

October 19, 2015

Campus-Drive Reunion

University of WisconsinMadison, October 2012. Sometimes the colors look artificial.

Season Tickets

Kaunas, Lithuania, January 21, 1927. This is a pass to the Lithuanian National Theater. It was issued to the American Consul to Lithuania. The Consul wrote, "Today the Foreign Office sent me a season ticket to the opera good for two seats in the diplomatic box every night during the 1927 season. We have not been there yet because the opera is far back from the street in the public garden and automobiles cannot drive up to the entrance. In this cold weather Lily does not like to walk out in the cutting night air."

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

My maternal Grandmother, Jadzė, bought season tickets to the same theater. Mom remembers attending performances there. Mom also recalls how wives of the Soviet soldiers arrived at the theater after the Russians occupied Lithuania in 1941. Most of the Russian women were of peasant stock, but they had heard they should attend the opera in ballgowns. The woman appeared in the theater lobby wearing satin nightgowns.

October 14, 2015

Fall fades fast.

Verona, Wisconsin, October 25, 2014. Things will turn quickly.

A Bundle

Location uncertain, about 1928 or 1929. Lily, the wife of America's Consul to Lithuania, admires her son.

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

October 11, 2015

October 10, 2015

The Car Wash, in Three Takes

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Madison, Wisconsin, October 9, 2015. I haven't been to a full-service car wash in about 15 years. I was shocked by the prices! But I was relieved to see this pair still gracing the cashier's station.

A Familiar Spot

Glacier National Park, Montana, July 1972. We often stopped at this rock for a photograph.

October 9, 2015

Spot Free

Verona, Wisconsin, October 8, 2015. The twins no longer look like "Bambis."

The kid with the camera is always popular.

Springfield, Illinois, June 1972. Most found the museum shop more interesting than than Lincoln home.

I recall most girls wore "culottes" on this field trip.