Uncomfortable: Part Three: The Ethics of Nonfiction

I have been wrestling with this for about a week now, ever since I transcribed a few of these passages and came across an alarming pattern.  Now, It may be a pattern that leads to nothing.  Nothing to see here, folks!  It could also be a part of the story that would matter very deeply…

Sunday Share: Birthday Reflections

I’ve just read a lovely post written by Judy Dykstra Brown and I connected all too much to the superstition and reflections around birthdays. I wrote about some similar things here: The Big Day Along with a wonderfully written post, and blog!, there was a very moving poem included in this post.  Please check out…

Back to June, 1939

Guess what?!?!  I also missed a bunch of images that go along with June, 1939 so I cannot help but to splatter those up here as well in tandem with their text.  (Man I love when the diary entry and the images collide!) Sunday, June 4th, 1939 It broke today raining and we almost didn’t…

An Opinionated Sunday Share

My Sunday Share this week is a lovely blog called Of Opinions. It’s definitely not the political ball of anger leftist/rightist page you might assume it to be – current political climate aside.  It’s a nice blog from a twenty something.  I enjoyed reading this piece: Of Not Writing a Diary In a way, it’s a…

Back to July, 1939: Vintage Images

As it is probably clear to see, I have been spending a lot more time on this project and maybe what is not as clear as the posts is all the work I have been putting into the organization of the archive.  Today was especially rough.  My eyes actually hurt from looking at alllll the…

Trends

What is with my obsession with finding patterns?  I know life is more likely just chaos and random occurrences.  Even still, here are some trends I’ve seen transcribing 1940: I found an interesting pattern with the Nee-Wahs: Tuesday, February 13th, 1940 I wondered tonight if the Nee-Wahs were going to break up.  We discussed the…

Throw Back Thursday: The First Post

I have started to comb through the blog, fine tooth style.  I plan to archive the archive.  I may tweak some things, delete some posts, fix some typos.  I’m going through it all, rehashing it, if you will.  I’m mining more sense out of this, finding more meaning, identifying more patterns.  Perhaps…finding a way to…

A Day in the Life, 2018 and Another Month in 1940: Part Seven

I believe that as a caretaker, there is always room for self doubt.  For guilt and being hard on yourself.  Sometimes I have to reverse my thinking.  I sat with my grandmother tonight during what has become my favorite part of the day, night time pill time.  I quickly give her her pills then turn…

Sunday Share: Where Do I Begin?!

I clicked around looking for a blog to share for this Sunday.  Yes, I am happy to say I am bringing Sunday Share back!  I stopped by this blog and my first thought was that I loved the poem on…the cover page?  It was the best argument about the pros and cons on the digital…

A day in the life, 2018, and Another Month in 1940: Part Five

In the afternoons, Babu does her exercises.  She reads the paper.  I bring the dog down and she tells me that “she’s getting bigger!”  She rests again and gets up and does her exercises again.  She places her double sided sheet of instructions that are, of course, in a plastic sheet protector on the table…

A Day in the Life, 2018, and a Month in 1940: Part Four

“Dobre popowoodnew!” as she crawls from the living room after her long nap.  I say good afternoon in Polish slowly, and spell it (incorrectly) even slower.  She doesn’t reply but keeps making slow progress towards the bathroom. “How are ya feeling?”  I ask as cheerfully as possible but I already sense, and brace myself.  She…

A Day in the Life, 2018, and a Month in 1940, Part Three

After breakfast, once Babu is safely on the couch, is another span of time where I don’t need to be 100% on watch.  Many aspects of this job are not that hard.  Most days, Babu doesn’t need all that much and sleeps a lot.  I’ve gotten into the habit of cleaning and showering during this…