The small town of Binghamton, New York is a very ethnically diverse community. My family and I were also part of it for several years, thus it is very near and dear to my heart. An unbelievable tragedy struck that community, on Friday, April 3, 2009, when a deranged individual, a total coward, brutally took the life of 13 innocent, freedom loving people, at the American Civic Association.
One of the victims, Maria (Mima) Koropey Zobniw, a case worker at that establishment, was a dear friend of mine, and of my family. She was a gentle and loving person, with an ever present smile, kind heart, great listening and understanding skills, and readiness to assist in every possible way. She was an intelligent woman, who was very active in the Binghamton community, and especially the Ukrainian community throughout the US. She touched the lives and hearts of many people, and will be immensely missed by all who knew her.
Recently I read an article, Suburbia R.I.P, written by Michael Cannell, leaving me with a feeling that living in the suburbs is a dying dream….” In the wake of the foreclosure crisis many new subdivisions are left half built and more established suburbs face abandonment”. There might be some truth to this statement, since the downturn in our economy affects everyone, including the suburbs. The new home constructions did slow down considerably, but I have yet to see “half built” abandoned subdivisions, or totally abandoned suburbs.
These Ukrainian Easter Eggs were decorated by my Great-Aunt and her children, in Queens, New York, over 80 years ago. The “sticks” displayed in front of the platter, are home made styluses, used for drawing the outlines for the design on these eggs. The stylus handles were made from tree twigs, and the metal funnels were made from a metal can cut out…..such was life 70 years ago.
Our family celebrates spring with preparations for Easter Sunday Holiday and decorating of Easter Eggs. There are many ways to decorate eggs, such us coloring them with edible dyes in all different pastel colors, placing colorful stickers, beads, ribbons, etc. on eggs, drawing designs with markers, etc. There is also a very intricate egg decorating style, which I will introduce you to, and that is the Ukrainian Easter Egg, Pysanka, design.
My parents were my first mentors, and story tellers, about this old tradition, which was very popular in their native countries, Ukraine and Poland, and continues to thrive in the Diaspora