Disaster Relief…with Books:
Libraries without Borders

By Leonard Kniffel | July 16, 2013 When a disaster occurs, aid workers, organizations, and governments naturally focus on emergency assistance to victims. They set up medical outposts in conflict zones, drop food supplies from helicopters, and hand out shoes and clothing in disaster areas. The activists behind Libraries Without Borders (Bibliothèques Sans Frontières) understand [...]

What Do You Get When Polish and English Mix? Poglish, Like Spanglish on Vodka

“Na kornerze w storu kupił gallon milku.” This is a sentence that could bewilder a Pole in Poland. To a Polish-American, however, it is a logical adaptation to English, using Polishized versions of the English words corner (kornerze), store (storu), gallon (galon), and milk (milku). “He bought a gallon of milk at the corner store.” [...]

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 [...]

Chicago’s Polish Population Plummets

Anyone who shops in Chicago’s heavily Polish neighborhoods, as I do, knows the joy of Andy’s Deli and the Red Apple buffet, but it is also clear that for more than a decade the demographics of these Polish neighborhoods have been changing dramatically. Poles who are in America to stay are moving to the suburbs [...]

Chicago Salvation Army Store to Celebrate Polish Heritage Day with Appearance by Wanda Urbanska

Wanda Urbanska & Leonard Kniffel

The Salvation Army in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood will celebrate the third anniversary of the transformation of its family store at 2270 North Clybourn on July 23 with a host of special programs, food, sales, a fashion show and celebrity guests including my friend and colleague, author and sustainability advocate Wanda Urbanska, and Chicago street [...]

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