February 23, 2015

Snowed-In Reunion

Door County, Wisconsin, February 1982. The drifts stand only near the entrances.

Related by Marriage: Civilian Wear

Camp Irwin, Barstow, California, 1952. Mr. Irene's Dad must be nearing the end of his Army duty.


Glacier National Park, Montana, July 1970. Mom comes across some wild strawberries.

(This must not have been a real hike because I don't remember Mom ever carrying a pocketbook on the trails.)

February 20, 2015


Suburban Chicago, 1965. A sound interrupts a snack.

Exchanging Portraits (Part 41)

Probably Schweinfurt, Germany, about 1946. One of my Dad's friends—a fellow Displaced Person—gave Dad this photo-booth snapshot featuring him and his daughter.


Brooklyn, New York, 1954. Friends of my maternal Grandfather, Jake, celebrate their wedding.

February 19, 2015

Snow Pandas

Cincinnati, Ohio, February 19, 2015. Think about something cute.

We walked ahead.

Glacier National Park, Montana. July 1970. Dad waits so he can get a shot of me and Mom hiking.

That crocodile could use a kid.

Addison, Illinois, June 1961. These were the only crocodiles I ever liked.

Not Frozen

Niagara Falls, New York, July 1963. This weeks' temperatures caused Niagara Falls to freeze. Hey! A high of 16 degrees isn't that cold. It's two degrees here in Dane County, now, at midday.

February 18, 2015

February 17, 2015


Door County, Wisconsin, January 1976. Gigi's ready to explore; she's wearing her red coat.

A Dad Joke

Glacier National Park, Montana, July 1970. Dad's in a clowning mood. This photo always makes me laugh.

Related by Marriage: Women's Guild

St. George's Parish, Bridgeport, Chicago, 1942. Mr. Irene's maternal Grandmother Anna (marked with the white "X" in the fourth row) and her sister Petra (marked in the third row) remain active in the church's leadership.

February 16, 2015

Presidents-Day Reunion

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, July 1966. They're looking down at you.

Independence Day

Bulger Park, Veterans Park District, Melrose Park, Illinois, February 1965. The older girls sing during an Independence-Day minejimas. (The younger children waited in the audience until it was our turn to take the stage.)

That's my friend Ron at the piano. My friend Kris stands second from left. The braided trim on Kris's folkdress and mine were identical because our Mom's worked together to sew the blouses and aprons.

Winter Walk

Door County, Wisconsin, January 1976. I give Gigi a lift so her paws stay dry.

(Gigi reminds me: RIP Louis Jourdan, who "described himself as Hollywood's 'French cliche'.")

February 15, 2015

Snow Stitching

Verona, Wisconsin, February 2014. The deer have a plan.

Winter Weekend

Door County, Wisconsin, January 1976. It's time to head back to the city.

Related by Marriage: The brothers visit.

Panevėžys, Lithuania, July 1992. Mr. Irene's paternal Uncle Stacey and Stacey's wife host a visit from Stacey's oldest brother, Ignas. The group stands in front of the brothers' family home.

February 14, 2015


Verona, Wisconsin, December 2013. The hoarfrost paints the trees and shrubs.

General Manners: Wait patiently for a slice of cake.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, January 1957. The well mannered children understand the rules.

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


Evanston, Illinois, November 11, 1978. Some of my dorm mates assemble for the yearbook shot.

February 11, 2015

Lake-Tour Reunion

Lake of Bays, Ontario, Canada, July 1969. You'll get there more quickly if you walk to the dock.