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December 28, 2018

One of the favorite and very satisfying things to do in our forests has been picking mushrooms. My Grandma loved doing it. Mushrooms are mostly a fall thing, so if we were in the village (normally, the school year was well under way in September), we would accompany he...

December 27, 2018

If you live in a city, it's hard to imagine the smell of dry hay on a hot summer day. It smells like... a promise of things being good forever. 

Back in the day when we still tended the fields, the men used scythes to cut grass and once it dried up, we, the women would...

December 26, 2018

During long and warm summers we often took walks along the road, that one road that leads to Zboj, the village next to mine. Just a short distance north of my Grandma's house, hidden under green tree branches leaning towards the slope used to be a hole in that slope -...

December 26, 2018

24th December or, until lately, 6th January (according to the Julian calendar) has been a very special celebration for us, the Rusyns. It is very much a Christian holiday and it is baby Jesus who brings presents to children. We do have St Nicholas, for sure, but he's a...

December 26, 2018

Now, I know that barbecue is as super-popular as ever. I mean - who doesn't love the grill! But when I was little, we did things a bit differently. An open fire in a suitable corner of the garden under apple trees... and we didn't grill beef, of course. It was mostly p...

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