Archive for the ‘Family Recipes/Lore’ Category

Veterans Day 2017, in Memory
of Uncles in World War II

They weren’t even uncles when they went to fight in Europe and the Pacific during World War II, three of my mother’s four brothers—Stan, and the twins Joe and John. When I was born, in 1947, the war had been over for a mere two years. In all that time, I cannot recall ever having [...]

Here Comes Halloween,
A Most Un-Polish Holiday

When I was around 7 years old, I kept asking my mother to buy me a “Lone Ranger suit.” I was enthralled by television’s masked cowboy and his loyal Indian companion and I wanted to look just like him inside those tight-fitting pants, living the life of a righteous crusader for all that is good [...]

Remembering 30 Years Ago
When the Pope Came to Hamtramck

On September 18, 1987, my mother’s brother Hank Brodacki, her sister Agnes Pavlik, and I joined her at her home at 2253 Norwalk in Hamtramck to prepare for the visit of Pope John Paul II, the first Polish pope. We spent much of the night walking the streets around her house, which were full of [...]

Cold War Games:
Polish Cousins in Lwów

I call the city Lwów because that is what we want to see, the remains of the old city that once was a center of art and culture in Poland. After the Second World War, borders were adjusted to punish the German losers and reward the Soviet victors. This was the agreement made by the [...]

Raising Turkeys:
Two Polish Sons in Montana

“Bought twenty turkey poults, shipped by the U.S. Postal Service from the Randall Burkey Company,” says my cousin Dan. Dan lives off the land in a remote area of Montana not far from Libby, for many years in a trailer in the woods and, after he met Tammy, in her ranch-style house complete with bathroom, [...]