Star Ford

Essays on lots of things since 1989.

Three Children’s Dreams

Three children were born at exactly the same time. One was Stefan Schmidt, of long-time Viennese ancestors. Stefan was from the family of royal musicians, but the times had changed and the Austrian kings and queens had been forgotten by everyone outside of his family. Stefan’s father built violins, and his father built violins, and as far as anyone knew, the fathers’ fathers had always built violins. They were the best fiddlers this side of the Donau.

Just as Stefan was taking his first breath, Katya Svyetlanya came to be on a farm in the middle of Ukraine, where her six brothers and sisters, parents, grandparents, and one great grandmother all worked and watched as the earth produced beautiful beets, onions, wheat, and cherries. Read the rest of this entry »

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