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The Old Country: Between The Forceps and The Stone

  • September 3, 2019
The Old Country:  Between The Forceps and The Stone

Former Business Offices Of Prokop Babiy, Burkaniv.


INFINITE DREAMS (БЕЗКОШТОВНІ МРЕЖІ).

“How can you be in two places at once when you’re not anywhere at all”?

The Firesign Theatre..

Isn’t that what “Dreaming” is – being cognitively in separate spaces at the same Time – “Anywhere” and “Nowhere” at once? Life then, like the song lyric, may indeed be a Dream, infinitely intertwined along a continuum of separate realities. How many of us right now at this instant are alive on this planet; seven plus billions? Life then, might be a projection of seven billion multiple realties radiating from seven billion human bi-locating sources; finite creatures interlinked via rhizomatic networks along finite timespans, dreaming versions of what is ultimately a non-sequitur: Immortality.
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The Old Country: Salt Of The Earth

  • August 11, 2018
The Old Country:  Salt Of The Earth

A GRAIN OF SALT.

Here’s a word association experiment — or narrowing the scope a bit we might call it an Ukrainian Haiku since it encapsulates a few uniquely Ukrainian terms however decidedly non-traditional in structure:

Salt >> Chumak >> Galicia >> Ruthenian >> Ukrainian >> Salt of The Earth.

Now there is an expression that was once popular among the precariat in the Detroit area where I grew up: “back to the salt mines” which, since Detroit was built over a large glacial deposit of salt, was a local way of saying “time to get your ass back to work”, associating one’s job with the hard work of mining salt. Of course those salt mines are closed now and those job are gone, along with millions of others sacrificed on the altar of neoliberal capitalism.
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Tempus Fugit

  • September 29, 2015
Tempus Fugit

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The News.

Ever see the musical “Newsies”? It’s a Disney Theatrical Productions stage musical based on the 1992 musical film Newsies, which in turn was inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City. Read more...

The Forever War

  • September 4, 2013
The Forever War

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The Spanish Flu and Our Family

  • March 20, 2020
The Spanish Flu and Our Family

By Anne Chavez

Dear Family,

We’re all wondering how long this flu crisis is going to last so I did a wee bit of research. I’m including Susan Kaye and Jimmy in this email because I suspect they’re doing some research of their own. Please correct me if any of my details are inaccurate and/or fuzzy.

The Spanish flu of 1918 was from the H1N1 group. There were three (3) waves that hit the world.
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Don Darnell Obituary

  • January 14, 2020
Don Darnell Obituary

Donald F. Darnell

Morely, Michigan:

Donald F. Darnell, 74, of Morley, passed away unexpectedly while on his farm Friday, Nov. 29, 2019.

He was born July 25, 1945, in Barryton and was the son of Cecil and Lillian (Hart) Darnell.
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Ruthenia, Galicia and the Babij Surname

  • July 31, 2019
Ruthenia, Galicia and the Babij Surname

 


 

Cousin Sue Roth sent me an email recently concering the origins of the famous Hollywood director Billy Wilder. It seems Mr. Wilder (nee Samuel) was originally born in the town of Sucha, Galicia then a province of Austria Hungary. So Mr. Wilder was a Ruthenian by birth. Sue termed the revelation “weird”. Read more...

DNA Test Results Redux

  • January 22, 2019
DNA Test Results Redux

The DNA results have been updated as of 5 January 2019 from 23andMe and they seem more in line with what has been published previously by relatives on the Blashill side and what we have been finding in the Ukrainian archives in Lviv/Ternopil Oblasts. This is not to say that the MyHeritage results were inaccurate (they did have a very cool map display), but the 23andMe analysis is much more detailed and scientifically oriented – if one needs to go there. There are maps, that we originally characterized as “graphically challenged” but since then they’ve been updated and improved. Read more...

Dark Places In Past Light

  • January 8, 2019
Dark Places In Past Light

FIN de SIECLE

Two Thousand Eighteen was a year filled with both joy and sorrow; buoyed by success yet scarred by tragedy; suffused with hope but plagued by pessimism; our Future obfuscated by humanity’s obsession with personal gain often at the potential risk of species Omnicide.  We have become the personification of an Ouroboros…obsessed with the Past, its lessons ignored, trapped by our own hubris in a repetitive cycle of self-annihilation. Read more...

The Old Country: In Nomine Patris

  • September 3, 2018
The Old Country:  In Nomine Patris

FAITH AND FICTION.

Upon reaching senescense, we tend to look back on our lives and begin to ask questions of ourselves. Questions we might have asked of our forebears when they were alive – not that they would have come up with any answers either. Questions like: “where did we come from?”; “what were our forebears like?”; “who were they?”; “what did they do for a living?”; “who are we?”; and ultimately; “what is that?” Read more...

The Old Country: Lviv

  • October 1, 2017
The Old Country:  Lviv

Monument to Taras Shevchenko, Lviv.


DAYS THREE & FOUR

Having survived the first two days of my insane itinerary, my guide Diana Borysenko had scheduled us for two relatively relaxing days in Lviv consisting of various historical, museum and church tours, a vist to several unique cafes for coffee and confections, the sampling of local cuisine, and an evening at the Opera House to attend a “gala” presentation of the inaugural season of the LvivMozArt Festival.
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The Old Country: Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast

  • September 26, 2017
The Old Country:  Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast

Annunciation (The Savior) Church, a 15th Century Carpathian Wooden Church.


Dolyna [Долйна].

Well if the itinerary for Day One was ridiculous — four towns, 350 kilometers or more round trip, and roads that were in places more like obstacle courses — Day Two would prove to be insane. We’re talking about a tour of Sub-Carpathian Ukraine that involves at least 400 kilometers of driving in one day — a weekend day at that — smack in the middle of August which is high tourist season for this part of the world – not the smartest of plans. Read more...

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