Archive for the ‘Travel Memoirs’ Category

Polish Men in Love

I love the way thunderstorms roll in to Nowe Miasto, with a prolonged build-up of cloud and darkness, then sprinkles, and all the trees hang still, waiting; the chickens hide themselves and the waddling white ducks seem to be wondering what all the fuss is about. The flies slow down, ever more bewildered at their [...]

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, [...]

The Musée Curie:
A Polish Gem in the Heart of Paris

Madame Curie

The Musée Curie is a perfect little gem set in the heart of Paris. Located in the 5th Arrondissement, this elegantly renovated space on the rue Pierre et Marie Curie within the Curie Institute is equipped with bilingual explanations at each exhibit, where you can learn about the astonishing scientific achievements of Marie Curie. Born [...]

High School Reunion in a WASP Village

Reunion Group Shot

“The Polish-American last names staggered me,” said Ann Corson, my high school French teacher, at the 50th reunion of the Armada High School “Class of ’66,” August 20, 2016, at the AmVets Hall in Armada, Michigan. Armada was her first teaching job out of college, and it surprised me that she would remember that, of [...]