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.
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.
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...
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".
The DNA Test Results - "redux" 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.
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.
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?"
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",...
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.
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.
The earliest recollection I have of hearing the ethnic appellation Ukrainian applied to our family name Babij was in the Fall Quarter of my first year of college during the Kennedy Era when I received a telephone call from a woman (whose name unfortunately I do not recall) inviting me to a gathering of Ukrainian-descendant students to be held at an apartment in the campus married housing complex. The woman went on to describe what typically went on during such occasions: an exchange of tales relating to family lineage and history; performances of traditional...
So....I received my DNA test results from MyHeritage.com (an Israeli company - parent to Geni.com) and the results are .... middling to mildly surprising. The key point to keep in mind is that results of this kind only show the population groupings with whom I (we) share DNA with. Click on the featured image for a close-up of the genetic map.
ALONG THE ROAD OF LIFE
I recently received an email response from niece Erin Osgood regarding an earlier message I had sent her announcing my upcoming visit to The Strait. In it she expressed her regrets that she and her family planned to be out of town taking their annual vacation to Maine on the same weekend I would be coming in. Maine. The last time I was "out East" in Maine was a little more than four decades ago, in the Summer of 1972.
Do We Dream Of Sheep?
Say the name or cite any of the works of Philip K. Dick and thoughts immediately time warp to futuristic dystopias, internal and external, to alternative realities where dark forces vie for control of a world that may not even exist. Dick was definitely a deeply confused and conflicted individual evidenced by the number of times he married (five) and his frequent bouts with depression and drug addiction.
Kathryn Bly's Quilt - 1906 Unseen for more than 60 years! This is a quilt made by Kathryn Bly in 1906, more than 100 years ago. It has not seen the light of day for at least 60 years - the day that Kathryn died and the quilt subsequently passed on to Ma (Elsie Joyce Blashill). Ma kept the quilt, along with other precious heirlooms like her wedding dress, Dad's Navy officer's blouse, a 48 star Anerican flag, and a boxed set of silverware, in one of those classic chests made of mahogany lined with cedar that graced the living room of the house on Kinmore Court. The "real" story is the tale...
I was sifting through family archives and ran across a newspaper clipping from the local Croswell paper dated sometime in or after May of 1945. In the clipping were articles on local servicemen and their recent overseas postings, hospital admissions, awards and correspondences including the publishing of a letter that Captain Peter Babij sent to Grampa & Gramma Babij dated May 8, 1945 - VE Day. Here is the text of that letter.