Matryoshkas & Matriarchs

Matryoshkas & Matriarchs

Matryoshka dolls--more commonly known as Russian nesting dolls--are sets of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside another. Matryoshka means "little maiden" or "mother," and the dolls have become a symbol of the babushka, a strong female matriarch and central figure in the family. My grandparents are Polish--not Russian--but my grandmother always had Russian [...]

Younglove Connections to Jane Austen

Younglove Connections to Jane Austen

Jane Austen's been in the spotlight more than usual lately; last month, the Daily Mail published a series of photographs of nineteenth-century aristocrats in their sprawling manors and estates. Unexpectedly, the photo album includes a number of Jane Austen's relatives--Captain Edward Bradford, who lost his arm in a tiger attack, and Fanny Knight, who was [...]

Shelved: Tips and Tricks of Deciphering German Handwriting

Shelved: Tips and Tricks of Deciphering German Handwriting

I never win anything; my grandmother has won the knitting competitions at the Erie County Fair for the past three years in a row now (no, really, she knits blankets and sweaters and she's made a name for herself in the Buffalo area), but I clearly didn't inherit the same luck. But then again, my [...]