Here’s to two thoroughbreds and the lucky family they raised

Here’s to two thoroughbreds and the lucky family they raised

I spent a beautiful Saturday with my in-laws this week, thanks to the magic of memories and Churchill Downs. Vince and Mary Jane Biskupic loved to spend an afternoon at the racetrack, he for the opportunity to test his horse acumen, and she for the chance to test her Irish luck. Mostly, though, they both [...]

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), [...]

The extraordinary beauty of our ordinary days

The extraordinary beauty of our ordinary days

My Sunday started with a swig of tea, a stroll to our cabin window to check out the view, strawberry rhubarb yogurt, a handful of grapes , some lively morning conversation and a slow walk through the woods. How extraordinary, I thought. How soul-soothingly beautiful to turn our faces toward the sun in step with [...]