Mix Tape

Posted on June 29, 2016 by Amy Maczuzak under Sound & Place in You Are Here Stories. *** “Shhhhhhhhhh!” My exasperated, whispered command to be quiet is the loudest sound on the cassette tape. Repeatedly. Through the whir of the nearly 40-year-old tape, I can hear the giggles of my younger brothers fade beneath the laugh…

Ukrainian Soul Food

Posted on May 16, 2016 by Amy Maczuzak under Food & Place in You Are Here Stories. *** “Mine look like bananas!” I apologized. I was assured that, first of all, they did not look like bananas. And even if they did, who would care? Once they’d been boiled, smothered in sautéed onions, and served with…

Outer Banks

April’s theme at You Are Here Stories is Reclaiming Place. This marks my fifth YAH contribution. *** Tears streamed down my face as I huddled in my corner of the backseat of our wood-paneled station wagon. I was crying as quietly as I could, not wanting to attract concerned attention from my parents, or ridicule from my…

On my dad’s 75th birthday

My father was born on April 4, 1941, which means he would be 75 years old today. I wish he were still here so we could celebrate together, but in lieu of that, I’ll take this opportunity to share the four-part series of articles written about him the year before he died. Happy birthday, Dad! I miss…

Other People’s Dirty Dishes

Here’s my fourth You Are Here Stories post. March’s theme is Mess & Place. *** The stack of plates next to the sink had bits of dried cheese and other unidentifiable foodstuff stuck to them. A frying pan and a couple of saucepans were soaking in dirty dishwater in the sink, along with handfuls of…

Mary’s first Jubilee conference

If you follow me on Facebook, you are probably aware that Jubilee 2016 was the 40th Jubilee conference. When I did the math, I realized it was my 32nd. And it was my cousin Mary’s first. Mary’s daughter Miranda attended Jubilee a few years ago, after she participated in the CCO’s Ocean City Beach Project….

Making Pennies, or My Father’s Money

My third You Are Here Stories post is filed under February’s theme, Money and Place. *** When I was a little girl, I thought my daddy made all the money. That’s because when I once asked him what he did at work, he told me, “I make pennies.” I probably was too young to comprehend the complexities of…

The Divine Secret of the Ho-Ho Sisterhood

Here’s my second You Are Here Stories post, filed under the theme for January, Laughter and Place.  ***** Their husbands didn’t get it. Lauren, Mary, Suzy, and I made plans to meet at Beth’s house near Chicago for a long April weekend. Lauren would drive in from Indianapolis, and Mary could handle the six-hour drive from St….

Homecoming

My first You Are Here Stories contribution is live. December’s theme is Finding Place. Enjoy! ***** The snapshot is of a girl in a gray Allegheny College hoodie, one she purchased in the campus bookstore on one of her pre-college visits. She is gazing at the camera, chin on fist, an open notebook on the…

Finding my place: You Are Here Stories

Some of you may have heard that I have embarked on a new writing journey for 2016—starting in December of 2015. It’s a year-long writing fellowship with the You Are Here Stories blog: You Are Here | True stories about roots, identity, and place. The founders of this blog met in the Glen Workshop West Spiritual Writing…