Stories

KGB Prison Cells, Tallinn

It was with a fair amount of trepidation that I had previously passed the imposing facade of my destination. Moving past the infamous bricked-in windows, knowing I would walk down…
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Great-Granddaughters

In an earlier post, A Mother's Voice, which I wrote from the dates of a genealogical outline, I likened the lives of Silvia's mother and stepmother to the "shadows, flitting across the…
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Metsakalmistu

I have come for Silvia. To bear witness in her stead. To be present at the return of Henrik Visnapuu to the soil of his homeland, and his reunion with…
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The Day, for Estonia.

Today was the day. It was the day I had traveled to Estonia to experience. I couldn't eat and I hadn't slept much. What sleep had come had brought dreams…
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Silvia and Henrik’s Jaani Fire

The day Henrik Visnapuu left North America, his remains returning on a special flight across the Atlantic to his homeland, was an important day for Estonia, as well as myself.…
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The Last Book

The weather today was blustery with manic periods of rain, creating less than ideal conditions for visiting Silvia's childhood home, or strolling through the nearby park that held her fond…
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Siuru, REaD

A favorite professor of art and architecture would be sorely disappointed with me, if he knew I were not visiting the churches while here in Tallinn. I admit, I have…
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Two Towers

  I made the mistake of failing to arrive exactly at eleven o'clock, when the Tallinn City Archive (Tallinna Linna Arhiiv) opens it's doors, as it took far longer to…
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Tatari 28, Tallinn

Tatari, I have traveled this street before in Vermont - on Google Maps. So, while following a slight curve on Tatari, I know Silvia's house will appear at any moment.…
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A Ticket to Tallinn

With only a couple of weeks remaining until I travel to Estonia, I am temporarily suspending work on Silvia's stories to devote my time to re-reading Silvia's writing and developing…
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