May 31, 2016

Charleston Reunion

Charleston, South Carolina, September 1988. Charleston and Venice have this in common: tourists rarely imagine people living in an historic city.

Related by Marriage: Happy Bridesmaids

Marquette Park, Chicago, Illinois, January 11, 1958. Mr. Irene's maternal Aunt Martha and another attendant appear happy to participate in the wedding of Mr. Irene's Parents.

(Stanley is in the doorway. Also, check out the clock behind the bridesmaids.)

May 28, 2016

A Closer Look (Part 69)

Panemunėlis, Lithuania, about 1902 to 1904. This is my Dad's paternal Grandmother, Salomea.

Here's the original post.

May 24, 2016

Tending the Nest

Verona, Wisconsin, April 26, 2015. It's important to keep the area tidy.

Vacation Memories?

Ontario, Canada, July 1960. The earliest vacation I remember took place when I was four. Photos from earlier trips occasionally trigger a few memories. But there's little from those first vacations that stirs any nostalgia.

May 17, 2016


Brookfield Zoo, January 1966. Something looks good.


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Brooklyn, New York, 1949 to 1952. Here's the ID card my paternal Grandmother Tatjana used when she traveled between Toronto and New York.

May 14, 2016

Another Gift

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Verona, Wisconsin, May 13, 2016. Yesterday I delivered this sweater to another physician who has been at my side for nearly seven years. The design is Alice Starmore's "Irish Moss" from Aran Knitting (newer edition here; available as a kit here). This is one of my favorite designs.

I logged my time on this one; it took 154 hours to knit.

Graduation Weekend, in Three Takes

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River Forest, Illinois, June 1976. Where did I imagine I'd be in 40 years?

"Fraternal Kiss"

Art in Lithuania.

May 13, 2016


Allen Centennial Gardens, University of Wisconsin—Madison, May 2013. There are more on the other side.

Related by Marriage: An Uncle and an Aunt

Marquette Park, Chicago, Illinois, November 1965. Mr. Irene dines with his paternal Uncle Ignas and his maternal Aunt Martha. The family visit the home of Mr. Irene's maternal Grandparents during Ignas's trip to Chicago.

May 10, 2016

Interpretive Reunion

New Glarus, Wisconsin, May 6, 2016. That's not what we had in mind.

In the Garden

Kaunas, Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic, about 1957. The husband of my Mom's maternal Aunt, Dora, walks in the garden of my Mom's childhood home.

May 9, 2016

Delicious Reunion

Madison, Wisconsin, May 7, 2016. It's morel time!

This Year's Banquet

Mr. Irene and I just attended the annual banquet hosted by Madison Vilnius Sister Cities, Inc. Our friends V and her husband again joined us for the weekend. It was a great occasion.

The Madison Club once more decorated the tables in the tricolors of the Lithuanian flag.

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This year, Mr. Irene welcomed the guests.

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Guests enjoyed cocktails before the meal. Some of us eat the olives first.

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We had a great turnout.

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The chef is becoming expert at preparing Lithuanian dishes.

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We started out with a favorite: Šaltibarščiai.

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The kitchen remembered to serve the soup with a traditional accompaniment: boiled potatoes.

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Our featured speaker this year was Dr. Audrius Plioplys, creator of the Hope and Spirit exhibit.