I usually tweet my #FridayReads, the meme started by Bethanne Patrick (@thebookmaven), so I thought I’d let y’all know what’s cooking on the reading front this week here as well. I’ve done my first dive in to The Novel: A Biography. I’ve read the Prologue…
I started my family history journey 30 years ago, specifically when I became interested in the Jewish side of my ancestry. I knew very little. My father (Franklin) was an only child, and both he and his mother (Vera Elstein) had died by then. Plus, his…
There’s no place like home. But I had a fabulous time in Stockholm and, if life took such a turn, I could definitely see myself living there. (Although I’d have to visit in December to make sure of my feelings…) In no particular order, five of the things…
I’ve been searching the terrific database of parish records for Cheshire and for each set of records that are uploaded, there are notes from those doing the transcribing. In the parish of Tilston St Mary, I came across this one: Since I have been Rector…
I’m not making resolutions per se this year, but I’ve started a few projects that will put some discipline in my life. On the health front, I’m starting the 100 days of real food program. It’s 14 weeks of “mini-pledges” that (hopefully) turn into habits.…
Heading to a Syrian wedding today: the sacrament is this afternoon in Woodbridge and the party tonight in Etobicoke at the Edessa Banquet Hall. I won’t know many people there, but my partner-in-crime is getting less patient with loud music so it likely…
if you haven’t seen yesterday’s post, this is a continuation. 6. Family and (new) friends. We are blessed to have relatives in Taby, a suburb of Stockholm. Zouheir’s oldest brother Jean-Louis lives there with his wife Manar and their four adult children.…
In honour of Father’s Day, I’m reposting this piece from last year. All the best to those remembering their fathers today, living or dead. The son of Russian Jews, my father was born to David Berkman and Vera Elstein in Regina Saskatchewan, 1924. I…
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