A good ball of love

A good ball of love

A handmade card I received with my chocolate chip pancakes set the tone for my mid-week, mid-ish decade, mid-century birthday. "Have a good ball of love," it read and, lucky me, I did. My ball of love grew like an April snowball in Wisconsin, shaped by pudgy fingers and delivered with joy. By the end [...]

Ukrainian Easter Blessings (from my Croatian family)

Ukrainian Easter Blessings (from my Croatian family)

I have to think my Ukrainian matriarchs would have loved our Easter celebration this year. My daughter Molly gifted me with a Ukrainian Easter basket including traditional kielbasa and Molly-made goodies, my sister in-law Elaine gave me (and everyone else) a walnut roll (the highlight of every visit to my grandparent's house in Colver, Pennsylvania), [...]