Aquí hay una vida que vivir

Aquí hay una vida que vivir

So, I'm back. Again. Life update? I've spent the past few weeks conducting a seemingly-endless stream of video chats and figuring out what works best for my students, their learning styles and their families' schedules (and what doesn't). I'm trying my hand at teaching "central message" for the first time--for the first time online, too--and [...]

Vive Dunkirk, Vive Dunkerque

Vive Dunkirk, Vive Dunkerque

On October 23, 1946, the city of Dunkirk "expressed the humble spirit of Thanksgiving" in the greatest demonstration of its history; the local newspaper described the night's conversation as "A Great Meeting," and emphasized that, "If you had attended the meeting in the high school auditorium the other night you could not have avoided a [...]

The Haunting of Dunkirk Lighthouse

The Haunting of Dunkirk Lighthouse

When my maternal ancestors left Poland around the turn-of-the-century, they all made their way to the Fourth Ward of Dunkirk, New York. The city has a rich history: it was home to Brooks Locomotive Works during the latter half of the nineteenth century; provided steel for John Augustus Roebling's civil engineering projects, including the Brooklyn [...]

A Picnic for Two Hundred

A Picnic for Two Hundred

I'm not sure what compelled me to research my 5th great-grandfather, Silas Ephraim Nelson, last weekend, but here we are--and I'm very glad I did. It's strange, now that I think about it: I'm always ricocheting back-and-forth between the Hawkins family's schoolhouse, the Kuznicki family's bar and the Merrill family's military service, and the Nelson [...]