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When I was little, there were no photographs of my father’s relatives in our house. My mother’s “side” was the only one that existed. 1,326 more words

Personal History

Bittersweet coming of age story captures confusion and conflicts of immigrant life in 1920's Chicago

On Bittersweet Place

By Ronna Wineberg

Relegation Books: Sept. 1, 2014

265 pages

On Bittersweet Place is the coming-of-age tale of Lena Czernitski, a 12-year-old girl living in Chicago with her Russian immigrant family during the 1920s. 350 more words

Book Reviews

Review: One More Year: Stories

The collection of short stories in One More Year: Stories, by Sana Krasikov, concerns the former Soviet Union and its grip on individuals.

The characters in the stories have an innateness about them that binds them to their country in one fashion or another.  332 more words


The Muse.

January 24, 2014 at 10:44pm

The electronic strains of “Danse Trepak” from THE NUTCRACKER Ballet sounded its alarm via my senior citizen model cell phone at the ungodly hour of 8:10 am and, two years into retirement from teaching school, this reminder that the lack of a full 8 hours of deep and REM sleep would chip well more than two years off my life was a rude awakening at best. 1,646 more words



We have always called my mom’s friend Zena, Aunt Zena.

This photo of my mom and Aunt Zena was taken in Tehran, Iran in the 1940’s. 219 more words


Book Reviews: In the Morning I'll Be Gone by Adrian McKinty and Brooklyn Graves by Triss Stein

In The Morning I’ll Be Gone
A Detective Sean Duffy Novel;
The Troubles Trilogy, Book Three
Adrian McKinty
Seventh Street Books, March 2014
ISBN: 978-1-61614-877-5… 534 more words

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Russian Draft Dodgers Made History...

Spaniards brought wheat to the New World in 1520 and during the 1600’s, English Colonists grew it, or tried to, but it didn’t work out. Thanks to the Mennonites who settled in Pennsylvania, we have a history of wheat being successfully grown in America. 130 more words