Now that we are starting to get hang of writing and illustrating our stories, we published yet another Tale from Laura Bear’s Garden on Kindle today! I love the layout of the pages and the way the colors “pop” off the page. As usual, it will be a week or two until the book is available in paperback format.
Happy Fourth of July Everyone! We are celebrating the day by adding another children’s book to my Kindle publications, and we are so excited to share it with you! Get your digital copy from Amazon TODAY —
Paperbacks will be available in a week or two.
I am working with my daughter and trying my hand at a new endeavor — writing for children! Introducing our first book…. Who Broke the Moon?: A Tale from Laura Bear’s Garden! Our first group of books will be a collection of stories about friends who live in Laura Bear’s Garden. All stories will be easily downloaded onto any device via the Kindle Reader app, and soon they will also be available in paperback print. This book may be purchased and shared as a GIFT to a child you LOVE! Get it HERE!
My mother could not wait for Halloween to roll around every October. I can’t say she was big into ghosts, goblins and pumpkins, but she LOVED sewing Halloween costumes. I remember as a child participating in local Halloween parades and contests, and we usually came away with at least a prize or two. Mom was very resourceful and used clearance fabric or even free fabric. For instance, when I was about five or six years old, she repurposed velvet drapes from a local theatre into matching adult and child skunk costumes, which won prizes for best costume that year. Another year, my lion mask was created from an old Clorox bottle. Mom always dressed up with us when we went trick-or-treating, and she continued to dress up and surprise her friends and neighbors long after we were adults. As a grandmother she would fly across the country and change into one of her costumes at the airport to meet her grandchildren! They really enjoyed greeting her at the airport as a frog or clown or in some other get up! Can you imagine that happening today in the wake of heightened airport security? Mom’s especially enjoyed sewing clown outfits – happy clowns, not the scary ones so prevalent today. We got a lot of use out of those clown outfits, as they were used not only at Halloween but for performances and even participation in community parades such as the Fall Fantasy parades at Kennywood Amusement Park. As I scrape up more photos of mom’s costumes, I will update this post to include them. Thanks, Mom for sharing your talents and for all the fun times……..
In commemoration of Labor Day weekend, I want to add a couple of links to the “Duquesne Croatians” Tab on this website. Beginning in 1999 The University of Pittsburgh developed a website entitled Labor Legacy, which they completed in 2003. Those of us who are interested in the lives of our fore-bearers who worked the steel mills around Pittsburgh should take a gander and reminisce.
Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania Labor Legacy
While I was searching the internet to identify faces in my most recent post, I came across a database within the Labor Legacy website which includes names and basic information about people who worked at the National Tube Plant in McKeesport, Pennsylvania during the 1940’s.
National Tube Co., U.S. Steel National Works, McKeesport, PA
I have added another wedding photo to my collection of Duquesne Croatian Marriages, Pre – 1950s. This photo was submitted to me by Eric Gerstbrein who is trying to break down several brick walls in his Croatian genealogy. Please help him gather a few more clues by studying the photo and commenting if you recognize any faces. Eric is the grandson of Matthew (Mato) Draskovich and Antoinette (Tonka) Magdic Draskovich who are in this photo. Tonka is wearing the dark dress to the bride’s right, and Mato is behind her in the slightly lighter colored suit. According to Eric, his grandmother Tonka was born in 1907 and came back to the US possibly in 1927. He guesses the photo to be between 1930-1940. The bride and groom are unknown at this time. Please help identify them if you can! Thank you!
It takes a village to raise a child, and sometimes as an adult I need an entire county to help me stay on track. Many times I have felt supported or inspired by mother figures who don’t hang from a branch on my family tree. This Mother’s Day I would like to acknowledge and celebrate one of these special women. Her devotion to preserving her family’s story and that of her community has been an inspiring example to me and others. Read more about her here.