Christmas Trees, customs and traditions, Kwiatkowski, Olean, New York, Szadlowski

(n)O Christmas Tree

At the back door, the boys scanned the horizon, wondering how to come up with a suitable tree, and fast. It was at this point where one brother turned to the other and said, "What are we gonna do?

Bratislava, Slovakia, Christmas Eve, customs and traditions, Pozsony, Hungary, Pressburg, Austria-Hungary, Recipe

Grandma Stancik’s Slovak Christmas Eve

At first I was surprised to learn that Gloria Simo and I  have so much in common. After learning her family's story, I am even more surprised to learn the reason for our commonalities.

Christmas Trees, Lark, Utah

(n)O Christmas Tree

As the first group of would-be rescuers reached us, they called out, “Seen the Moulton boys? Their parents think they have fallen into a mine shaft or been buried in an avalanche.”

Christmas Stollen, Christmas Trees, Herriman, Utah, Uncategorized

(n)O Christmas Tree

I had finally reconciled with Santa's fall from Christmas grace, and I figured that nothing could be worse than the binder paper Christmas.

Christmas Trees

(n)O Christmas Tree

I could not stretch my limited imagination to see the twelve-inch foam cone with butterscotch disks attached as any sort of tree, especially a Christmas tree. First of all, trees are green, not school bus yellow.  God bless the poor family friend who made it for us.

Navajo, Navajo language, Navajo Reservation, Arizona, Uncategorized

Yá’át’ééh, Brody, It is Good

Before I moved to Page Arizona, I always thought the traditional Diné (Navajo) greeting was pronounced Yah-ta-hey. Someone just smack me.

customs and traditions

On Thanks

I'm not talking about Mayflower Pilgrims and Native Americans; I'm talking about finding opportunities to be thankful even when there doesn't seem to be much to be thankful for. 

customs and traditions, Navajo

When a Navajo Introduces Herself, She Gives her Genealogy

Navajo culture and society are organized matrilineally. Similar to the western patrilineal system of family organization, emphasis is put on the clan of the mother, and mothers are the heads of households and central focus of each clan. 

Burry Port, Wales, Davies/Davis, Eisteddfod, Llanelly Wales, Mary Davis Skeen, Plain City, Utah, Thomas Davies 1816-1899, Welsh Maritime History

Let’s get this Story Started

I have been told by one of her great-grandchildren that Mary Davis Skeen could not read or write, so she could not have written her own memoirs. Therefore, your knowledgeable input is the most valuable resource I have, especially if you are related to any of the players in Mary's story.

Cousin Connection Project, customs and traditions, genealogy, Kwiatkowski, Recipe

Cousin Connection #3: John Woodgie

The Duck, The Whole Duck, and Nothing but the Duck Quack. But seriously, my New York cousins from my dad's generation are very Polish. I mean, many of them speak the language, and even if they don't, they know a few words here and there and even understand much of the Polish dialogue. Even my father, who… Continue reading Cousin Connection #3: John Woodgie