July 30, 2015

July 29, 2015

Yellow Reunion

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, July 1967. Identifications?


New York, New York, 1952. People used to think of Chinese food as exotic.

Camp Leaders

Camp Aušra (later Camp Kretinga), Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada, 1959. The visible part of the sign reads, "Lithuanians we are born."

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

July 25, 2015


Kaunas, Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic, June 1965. My paternal Grandmother Tatjana's friend wrote, "We're in our yard next to the flowering fruit trees. I'm with my neighbor and her children."

A Closer Look (Part 44)

Mariampolis, Lithuania, 1925. Mom focuses on the photographer.

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July 24, 2015


Copper Falls State Park, Mellen, Wisconsin, July 1962. It's one of the loveliest spots in the state.


Lake Nipissing, Ontario, Canada, July 1965. I'm ready to go fishing, but I'm waiting for a captain.

Related by Marriage: Bridal Fashions

Nativity BVM Church, Marquette Park, Chicago, Illinois, about 1957 or 1958. Let's take another look at the bridal party.

SS Eastland Disaster

Today is the 100th anniversary of the disaster. At the time, the Lithuanian newspaper, "Draugas," "speculated that there were few Lithuanian casualties, because 'Lithuanians always run late' and many did not make it to the ship on time."

Neither Mr. Irene nor I learned about this incident until recently.

July 20, 2015

A Memorable House

Suburban Chicago, June 1961. This is my Best Friend's house; she lived in the Ashley model. The open window is in the home's kitchen. A serviceberry tree grew under that window. The berries made a mess on the patio pavement, but they attracted many birds.

The family living next door to this house had older, intimidating, boys. When the boys were teens, they organized a garage band. One June evening my Best Friend and I sat on their driveway and listened to the band play "Hanky Panky." We thought we were so cool: we sang along, "My baby doesn't hang a penny."

Dad took this photo from our yard. The pole on the left is the swingset support; on the right is one of the weeping willows.


Near Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada, July 1957. Mom joins friends at the dinghy dock.


Kaunas, Lithuania, 1943. One of the Facebook groups I follow is "Lietuva senose fotografijose"—"Lithuania in old photographs." The group recently published this photo. We were tickled to see it because we think the woman in the plaid skirt may be my Mom. The women are walking on "Laisvės Alėja," or "Liberty Boulevard."

Thanks to "Lietuva senose fotografijose" for giving me permission to post the photo here.

July 19, 2015


Door County, Wisconsin, July 1985. A red squirrel shares our family's love of currants.

Sunday Helper

Suburban Chicago, June 1983. Meškė oversees the planting.

A Beloved Figure

Suburban Chicago, June 1964. The beloved pastor of our church addresses the eighth-grade graduates. This photo is unusual because it captured the pastor without a cigar in his mouth.

July 18, 2015


Door County, Wisconsin, July 1981. Dad leaves the interesting things he finds in the yard.

Weekend Sounds

Door County, Wisconsin, July 1977. The lawnmower noise is my least favorite part of the weekend.

A Closer Look (Part 43)

Kaunas, Lithuania, about 1923. This is my maternal Grandfather, Jake. This is the only photo in which I see a resemblance between him and Mom.

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July 17, 2015

Toned-Down Reunion

Verona, Wisconsin, June 2015. The female's feathers are more muted than the male's.

Travel Clothes

Unknown Location, about 1949. My Dad's friend Casey sent this vacation memento.


Rex came to live with us 10 years ago today. Here's the moment I met him:

Monona, Wisconsin, June 2005. The little fellow in the back is Rex's brother Carson.

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Monona, Wisconsin, June 2005. Rex was such a poised little fellow.

July 16, 2015

Family Trip

Brookfield Zoo, 1966. The family moves around Baboon Island.

Related by Marriage: Casual

Marquette Park, Chicago, Illinois, July 1971. Mr. Irene's Dad and his older brother, Ignas, visit with Wally in Wally and Martha's backyard. The men were in their early- to mid-forties when they stood for this photo.


Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada, July 1957. My Toronto Cousin and her Dad, Kadis, choose another spot.

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