Christmas Ornaments


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One of the appealing features of a ShopSmith is that it can be used as a lathe. For the longest time, I had been wanting to try my hand at turning things on a lathe but didn't know anyone who had one to use. All of a sudden, I had one of my own and […]

January 31, 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day


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Happy Valentine’s Day to you all! For those of you who have someone to celebrate with, enjoy your day together. For those of you who do not have someone to share it with, enjoy the day with yourself. Either way, treat yourself to a nice dinner. Ellie and I will be staying in tonight and […]

February 14, 2017

A Few Things and Wishing You a Happy Holidays


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Just a few things I want to touch on before the holidays are upon us.  I’ve been terrible at posting the past few months. I went strong for the majority of the year, then I just crashed and I’m not entirely sure why. I plan on improving on this in the new year. The Winter […]

December 23, 2014

Happy Memorial Day


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Happy Memorial Day to everyone. Kind thoughts to everyone who has served the country in some way, shape, or form. A handful of my family members (from earlier generations) served during the wars last century. A handful of my friends have also risked their lives to serve the country in more recent times. Thank you […]

May 26, 2014

A Disappointing Independence Day


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Yesterday, August 24, was the Ukrainian Day of Independence. I had looked forward to it because there are celebrations in the center for holidays. At celebrations, there’s almost always shashlik. Shashlik is delicious. It’s grilled meat but not like grilled meat I’ve had in America. I wish I knew how it is different, but I […]

August 25, 2012

The 9th of May


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Yesterday was Victory Day here in Ukraine. For a while, I thought it meant it was the day WWII ended (or as they say here, the Great Patriotic War) but a student explained it as something slightly different recently and now I’m confused. The Great Patriotic War was explained as a portion of the war […]

May 10, 2012

Eastern Orthodox Easter Sunday


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This morning I chose to wake up at 3:00 to stand outside for a little over an hour so a priest could dump some water on me. Why? Because it’s Orthodox Easter today and we had to get our food blessed. So we went here: I did this last year and it makes me wonder […]

April 15, 2012