Category Archives: Holidays

THANKSGIVING 2016

Thanksgiving 2016 may well be a different version of a favorite national holiday. As a little kid, I used to enjoy bringing up politics at that meal, causing a great uproar among the tipsy Republicans, Democrats and know-nothings in my … Continue reading

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FATHERS’ DAY

My father was a lifelong gardener. I spent part of yesterday, Fathers’ Day, gardening in his memory. This past week I thought about  him and knew I couldn’t, in 350 words, do him and my feelings about him justice. Dad’s father … Continue reading

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THE HAPPIEST OF NEW YEARS 2016

  Wishing everyone the happiest of New Years! The wonderful news in our family is that Suzanna Elkin and our son, Nate Popik, are getting married in September, guaranteeing that 2016 will be a very good year for our families. … Continue reading

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A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN MARION

Last week, I published a copy of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.”  Now, Kamiko is back in Marion for Christmas, asking me if we can play all the games we did last year (games of which I have no memory), … Continue reading

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CATS AND CHRISTMAS

If you want people to read your blog, you’ll greatly improve your chances by including cats in the title and photo. No matter how much time I spend trying to write thoughtful, well-crafted essays, the ones that get the most readers … Continue reading

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FATHERS DAY

On this Fathers Day, I would like to give thanks to my Croatian forefathers, Jule, Franko, Vicko and Mice Mekjavic, who left their birthplace of Brac, Croatia in the early 1900’s and settled in North and South America. In the … Continue reading

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MEMORIAL DAY 2015

Memorial Day signals the start of summer for many of us.  As soon as school is out, vacation season begins…and that means ROAD TRIPS!  In preparation for your journey, here are some recommendations for stories of road trips: On the Road, … Continue reading

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BAD MOTHERS DAY

Mother’s Day has never been a big deal for me and as I remember, it wasn’t a big deal for many of my California friends. It never occurred to me that how we celebrated Mothers Day—or didn’t—was considered by some … Continue reading

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PASSOVER AND EASTER

This year Passover, the Jewish celebration, and Easter, a Christian one, were celebrated on the same weekend. These two rites are inextricably connected; Christ’s “Last Supper” was a Jewish seder, a ritual meal on the first night of Passover. In … Continue reading

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IF THERE IS A HEAVEN…

…I imagine it will look like this. Have a wonderful week, whatever holiday you celebrate.

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