10 Gratitudes

Thanksgiving Day 34 years ago, my family made our way to America. My younger brother and our parents arrived in a snowy, dead-looking country. Like in the best of novels, we knew not how our worlds would expand or contract nor what our end papers would look like. As a child of war on this anniversary day, I amaze that I am still here, and I am grateful for the mercies the Sisters of Fate have granted me. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, following are 10 things I’m grateful for. It is by no means exhaustive—I could add scores more. Continue reading

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Why Wysocki

I cracked a new puzzle-assembling personal record last night—12 hours for a 1,000 piece Charles Wysocki puzzle.  When assembling on the table, it typically takes me an entire weekend. Assembling on the floor typically takes all week. I admit this print is stylistically the simplest of the Wysockis I’d assembled before.  Titled “Victorian Christmas”, it is a puzzle I’d purchased online earlier this summer but hadn’t put it together until now. Continue reading