I have one published children's story on Amazon & another on the way. I edited and annotated my father's memoir, "Crossing Borders: From Refugee to Freedom Fighter and Beyond" (Amazon), which describes his life's journey from Russia.
A Beggar on the Train
I stretch my limbs and shake myself awake as the train squeals a bit on the rails. As I glance out the window, I'm shocked to see trees, fields and lakes passing by. This isn't the train I wanted! Where are the walls of the underground? Did I follow the wrong crowd in the congested station?
The Last Train
I struggle to open my eyes …but they remain closed…wanting to call out but I have no voice…I’m on a train…I recognize the movement...I’m floating…prone on a feather-soft bed…surrounded by white nothingness…no sound… no smells…only gentle movement of the train rushing through white fog back to the beginning…
Don't Eat Chocolate Like it Was Bread
Foreword My father’s home was in Ingria, a little-known area in what is now within Russia’s borders, just east of the Gulf of Finland and Estonia. It had been fought over by Sweden and Russia for hundreds of years until it was ceded for the last time to Russia in the 1700's.
Beat the Heat with Beets
Beet Salad 2 Ways (Each Salad Serves 4) With garden-fresh, young tender beets, carrots and potatoes available in the summer, these two salads are a great way to either incorporate them into meals or serve as a light meal, especially when they can be prepared in the cool of the evening the day before serving. If being transported to camp, do so in a cooler, keeping the dressings separate. I mentioned Variation 1 in my Sauna, Sausage, Berries and Fish submission for the Camp Challenge. Both salads have been family favourites for many years.
Sauna, Sausage, Berries & Fish
Could there be a more iconic summer food than fish in the pescatarian paradise that is Finland? With its more than 180,000 lakes and easy access to the Baltic Sea, the answer is surely no, as the rich bounty of both fresh and salt water varieties bears out.