Merry Christmas & Happy New Year:
Letter to Friends and Family

The highlight of 2016 for me was the 50th high school reunion of the Armada (Michigan) High School class of ’66. Reconnecting with old friends was wonderful, seeing what interesting and varied lives my classmates are living. Even more rewarding was talking with two of our greatest teachers, Mrs. Motherwell and Mrs. Corson, or “Winnie” and “Ann” as I’ve finally gotten used to calling them. The only problem with the day was that—like life itself—it seemed to go by in a flash. Early in the day, one of my classmates said that when he received the invitation to the 50th year reunion he thought someone had made a mistake. It could not be 50; they must have meant 40! We old classmates vowed to reunite again in 2018 when most of us will be celebrating the “Big 7-Oh!”

Other highlights of the year for me were working with my favorite charitable and educational organizations including Fraternite Notre Dame, the Polish Museum of America, St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church restoration project, and as president of the Polish American Librarians Association. Poland was the country of honor at this year’s BookExpo here in Chicago, where I helped staff the Poland booth and met and chatted with many authors—from Poland and the USA–and worked with the publisher Aquila Polonica to create an exhibit of books by Polish-American Authors. Speaking of which, my new book will be out early in 2017, titled Busia: Seasons on the Farm with My Polish Grandmother. I am also busy on a second edition of my movie guide called Musicals on the Silver Screen, adding movies I missed in the first edition and adding another decade. On this website I publish movie and book reviews, stories, family memoirs and recipes, and other stuff that I hope will be of interest to the Polish community and beyond.

Travel continues to be a great passion, and this year involved long stays in California, Virginia, Michigan, and best of all Paris, which has become like a second home thanks to friends and colleagues there. Travel adventures in my life are winding down, but next year the annual international library conference that I have attended since 1989 will be held in Poland, and I am making plans to spend a good chunk of time there next summer before heading for Paris in September.

Dear friends and family, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Keep those cards, letters, and postings coming, and let us know if and when you are coming to Chicago!

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