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Monthly Archive for December, 2010

New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year!  I guess it is time for all of us to make some resolutions of things to accomplish during the upcoming year. I have a few ideas for myself:
1.  I am hoping to plan a trip to Poland. This will be a new kind of ‘tourism’ called “roots tourism”, “ancestral tourism” or “legacy [...]

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Christmas 2010

Christmas is coming in just a week, and I find myself remembering Christmases from long ago — it is starting to be a long time ago since I was a little girl!  We celebrated Christmas in traditional northern European ways, probably handed down through both of my parents’ families.
My friend, Irina, is coming over on [...]

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Filtering all the different information about the Cossacks has been confusing…they were people of the steppes, perhaps the ancestors of the Ukrainian people. The name Cossack (Ukrainian: kozak) is derived from the Turkic kazak (free man), meaning anyone who could not find his appropriate place in society and went into the steppes where he acknowledged [...]

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Who are the Cossacks?

Who are the Cossacks?  When I spoke to Cousin Betty the other night, she mentioned again that Grandfather Repinsky had been a Cossack. I had heard this too since I was a child–my mother told me that according to family legend, he and two others rode their horses across a river, probably some sort of [...]

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Antique Prints

For close to a decade during my life, I owned and operated two retail stores selling home furnishings and gifts. Little by little, antiques also crept into my inventory and I became especially interested in antique prints.
Antique prints are highly decorative, and not expensive at all — in fact, the framing of the prints, in [...]

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