Conversations with Gramps

Conversations with Gramps

I spent the past week in Buffalo, New York visiting my aunt and cousins and grandparents; we stopped by the Broadway Market for makowiec and placek, spent an afternoon wandering around Forest Lawn Cemetery and went wine tasting in the Finger Lakes. My favorite part of the trip, though, was going through old family photos [...]

Get Thee to a Nunnery

Get Thee to a Nunnery

So, we're Catholic. Really Catholic. I grew up attending Sunday School, memorizing my Acts of Contrition and finding excuses to skip out on Reconciliation every year. It was great (heavy on the sarcasm--sorry Mom!), and when I started researching my genealogy, it came as no surprise that there were not one, not two, but dozens [...]

There’s Another Musician in the Family, After All

There’s Another Musician in the Family, After All

I love to sing; I wouldn't say I'll be famous anytime soon, but I took all of the music theory classes offered in school and am always singing around the house. I'm the only one, though: the music gene seems to have skipped everyone in my family, and they've never been interested in reading music [...]