My dad died six days ago. I’m having a hard time wrapping my brain around all of it. He was here and then he wasn’t and it just sucks so much. What’s worse, in my mind, is knowing that as a genealogist, I have to update the various websites. I don’t want to, but I … Continue

Vision(s) for the future

If I could “pin” moments in my life like one can pin stuff in Pinterest, I would have pinned a good chunk of yesterday. A week or so ago, through Facebook comments, I ended up with an invite to visit old friends. I went to high school with K, and we have remained friends throughout … Continue

Esther Pohjola (Obituary)

from today’s paper. POHJOLA ESTHER Age 84. Died January 21, 2005 in Florida. Formerly of Southfield and Farwell, MI. Beloved wife of the late William Pohjola. Much loved mother of Jack (Rona), the late Jeffrey Pohjola, Doris Naisby (Geoff), and Jay Pohjola. Dearest grandmother of Kate Pohjola and Karen (Blake) Johnson. Adoring great-grandmother of Veronica … Continue


my hanukkah memories are pretty vague. i remember potato latkes at grandma’s apartment. i remember grandpa and horseradish. or maybe that was passover. i know grandma made brisket and soup and there were lots of old dill pickles. i think. that’s the problem. my family always got together for the holidays, but we never celebrated … Continue