Judgment Day

December 31, 2011

Judgment Day

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Christian Hollingsworth

I’ve been trying to write a blog post to wrap up the year. It’s not coming easily to the keyboard. My mind is distracted by pain. I am surrounded by it in a manner of speaking. My stomach, my bowels, my back, my legs, etcetera. I have several challenges to overcome and my recovery from salmonella is slower than I like.

The one human being that stands out this year. The one man that stands above all others for me. The one young man this year for which I am most grateful of another’s service to me is Christian Hollingsworth. His Week of Faryna rocked my world, his very generous donation to Nisha’s water project rocked my heart, and his personal card of encouragement that I received by post -it lifted me up.

Not because the Week of Faryna is fresh on my list of people and things for which I am grateful!

The timing, however, is perfect. Because it was a difficult year set with many challenges and, yes, even traps and petty conspiracies. Nonetheless, it is good to end the year overwhelmed with gratitude. Read the rest of this entry »


What’s In A Name? Act Two: Christmas in Kaczyka

December 26, 2011

What’s in a name?

Act Two: Christmas in Kaczyka

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Foreword

This is a continuation of the story that I had originally written for Betsy Cross’ genealogy writing contest. Click the linked text to read Act One of What’s in a name?

If you would like me to continue writing about Henry’s story, I need 10 comments asking me to do so. [grin]

Myself, I continue to recover from Salmonella. It’s a rough recovery. There were complications. It may take a month or two until I’m feeling like my old self, says the doctor.

Merry Christmas!

Act Two

There was another loud knock. Startled, Henry dropped the axe to the floor. Read the rest of this entry »


What’s in a name?

December 19, 2011

What’s in a name?

Act One: Mark 10:9

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Foreword

I began writing this story in response to Betsy Cross’ contest on her awesome genealogy blog. What I have written is too graphic for her to share with her blog audience. Betsy, mind you, is a wonderful friend, a fantastic fan, and a fellow blogger; I understand her decision.

However, that does not prevent me from sharing it with you on my blog. [grin]

Is this something I should continue with? Is it too graphic? Let me know in the comments.

The title comes from Shakespeare. Most of you will have guessed as much. Deadwood has had profound affect [sic] on my recent writing- as you can see.

Regarding my recent blog sabbatical, I apologize for the unannounced reprieve. I have been afflicted. Salmonella grieved me undiagnosed for several weeks. But also Castleville! [grin]

I am recovering my health with all haste and enthusiasm. And I miss you all very much.

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