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Tagged With: America

What is a “Mother Tongue”?

The phrase “Mother Tongue” has always intrigued me.  Up until a few years ago I didn’t even think very much of it.  To me it had always meant a person’s first language, period, no more and no less.  There didn’t seem to be anything more interesting to know or even learn about the expression.  However, … Continue reading »

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Another Glance Back to 1947

On April 16th, 1947 American financier and presidential adviser Mr. Bernard Baruch describes the then increasingly evident post- Second World War tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States as a “Cold War”.  The terms sticks and on May 22nd , 1947 when President Truman signs the Act of Congress which implements his Truman … Continue reading »

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A Glance Back to the New Year 1947

Every New Year promises change, only in January we cannot know how that year will unfold. 1947 was no exception.  Researching the year my father arrived in the United States, I experienced a fascinating walk through history.  What made looking back particularly captivating was the discovery that, with the benefit of hindsight, one could very … Continue reading »

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(Re)visiting Life- the reason we write family history?

I came across an article recently which had been written earlier this year.  As part of my family history research, I also research economic and political themes to gain a perspective on where some (monetary and political) systems have originated and how they have evolved.  This is important in understanding the context of my family’s … Continue reading »

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The Journey- Trains, Planes, a Horse-Drawn Carriage and Automobiles (though not necessarily in that order)

Having put together a framework of chapters to provide structure to my family history, I am finding parts of the skeleton rather bare, with little meat to hang onto the bones.  One such gaping hole is the actual, physical journey my father took from his little village in eastern Bulgaria all the way to the … Continue reading »

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Love and Duty

Love and duty.  These two concepts are often regarded as completely different where relationships are concerned.  Depending on whether someone originates from an eastern or a western culture, our idea of relationships, and marriage in particular, is largely influenced by our parents, families and society.   Among western cultures, we tend to “choose” our partners and … Continue reading »

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Ellis Island – Part 1

A few years before my father passed away I met my parents in New York for a little reunion.  I flew in from London, where I’d lived for ten years by then, and they took the Amtrak Express up from Washington, D.C. to meet me.  We’d first been to New York together when I was … Continue reading »

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A Rift in Time

I was 18 years old and living in Washington, DC when the Berlin Wall came down in 1989.  I distinctly remember reading the news, back from college and perched upon a stool in my parents’ kitchen.  For me, it was more than just a story in the newspapers, it was the past coming together with … Continue reading »

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