Month: November 2015

Vitauts Take 19: The Package from Venezuela

Vitauts Take 19: The Package from Venezuela

A week or so ago, I came home from lunch and dad was a bit excited about the mail. I asked him what it was, and he showed me a package from Venezuela. “Who do you know in Venezuela,” I asked. He looked at the name and thought aloud, “Guntars Gedulis… Guntars Gedulis…” He paused …

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Vitauts Take 18: Yutan and Family Football

Vitauts Take 18: Yutan and Family Football

On any given night some thirty years ago, Vitauts Grinvalds could be seen in these same stands, or, more likely, standing up along the fence of the Yutan Chieftains’ football field watching the game and smoking his pipe. His sixth child, Alan, was a star on the team and one of dad’s few family engagements …

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Vitauts Take 17: Husker Games

Vitauts Take 17: Husker Games

I am writing this still in the euphoric afterglow of Nebraska’s incredible comeback against Michigan State this Saturday. It was one of the most amazing games that I have ever watched, and I watched it with dad. Usually, two or three random siblings and other relatives or friends will show up for a big game, …

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Vitauts Take 16: The Accident

Vitauts Take 16: The Accident

This is going to sound rather awful, but since my dad has been living with me, my siblings and I have all shared our biggest fear: Dad will eventually hurt himself or someone else while driving. The big question is, “When do you take away the keys?” I have had this conversation with many of …

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Vitauts Take 15: Another Flat Tire

Vitauts Take 15: Another Flat Tire

I was sick on Friday, and luckily I was home when dad got yet another flat tire. The first flat tire happened on the way to Lincoln several months ago. He was driving down I-80 when his rear tire shredded. He called me for help, and I, in turn, called my son, Kyle, who lived about …

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Vitauts Take 14: 88

Vitauts Take 14: 88

This is Vitauts about fifty years ago or so. Dapper and dashing with his pipe. He always had that air about him. Today Vitauts turns 88-years old. Eighty-eight! What a terrific number. The crazy 88 from Kill Bill come to mind. And then there are, of course, 88 keys on the piano. For his birthday, …

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Vitauts Take 13: Halloween 2015

Vitauts Take 13: Halloween 2015

I will bet that Vitauts always thought of Halloween as a special occasion. After all, it’s the day before his birthday. Yes, the life-long pastor was born on All Saints Day. Coincidence? Maybe. Last night was the first time that I’ve spent Halloween with my father since, well, maybe since forever. When we were little, …

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