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July 28, 2017

Archangel Michael is the angel that the little wooden church in my village is devoted to. As a child, I never gave much conscious thought to it. Yet the church played a part in our lives, for some more than for others, in days when the village was still busy with peopl...

July 28, 2017

She was a strong woman. My grandma. The head of the family. Independent. Hardworking. Always there for us. And then one day, she was gone. I didn't think it was her time yet, but no one could help it. God's will, I suppose? So I cried. And I cried some more. And then I...

July 13, 2017

One of the greatest days in Rusyn life is Christmas. It doesn't matter which date we observed it throughout the years, but we were Greek Catholics. We mostly celebrated Christmas in Snina in our apartment with everyone joining us at the table that always fit more peopl...

July 3, 2017

When my grandma retired, she took up two new hobbies: going to church and embroidery. When we came over for the weekend, she loved showing me what she had been working on: patterned tablecloths, nature scenes to be framed as pictures, kitchen towels with food-related m...

July 2, 2017

Now, I don't remember how old exactly I and my sister were when we decided to go on an expedition to this house. It belonged to my dad's cousin's mother who had passed away a long time before then and the house had been abandoned since. It didn't look like in this phot...

July 1, 2017

My childhood memories are so dear and so special to me that I don't want them to fade away with age. So I decided to be recording my stories and thoughts and share them here with everyone who wants to know what it was like to grow up as a Rusyn girl in the Rusyn villag...

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