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” [...]

Veterans Day: A Salute to Uncle Stan,
Awarded the Purple Heart during World War II

Copies of thirty-nine letters, some written in “V-Mail,” to my uncle Stanley Misiuk (April 7, 1915–March 9, 1999) during World War II, were recently given to me by his son, my cousin David Misiuk, and his wife Patti. Saved all through the years by his father, some of the letters were written by Stanley’s sister [...]

Shimon Peres and the Polish Connection

Right: Shimon Peres in his youth, from the Shimon Peres Archives at the Peres Peace House in Israel. The death of Shimon Peres on September 28 marks the end of an era, the era in which the nation of Israel was established. He was the last of its founders. Peres is revered, at least in [...]

Chicago’s Historic St. Stan’s
Added to Architectural Open House

St. Stanislaus Kostka as it looked before much of the complex was torn down to make way for the 90/94 freeway. St. Stanislaus Kostka has long felt like home to me in Chicago, and I have been a parishioner there for many years. The church is well on its way to a total renovation, the [...]

New Consul General in Chicago
Wants to Showcase the New Poland

Piotr Janicki interviewed by Leonard Kniffel, August 1, 2016 Encouraging trade and tourism is high on the priority list of Piotr Janicki, new Consul General at the Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Chicago. Before his appointment in July, Janicki worked for commercial banks in New York and New Jersey. He also served as [...]

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