Kasia Pater

Kasia Pater
Lexington, Kentucky, USA
November 10
Freelance writer, I grew up in Krakow, Poland and have lived in the U.S. most of my life.



MARCH 23, 2011 9:52AM

From the Chronicle of Accidents

 By Julian Tuwim 


Uncuddled tenderness

A mourned wedding!

A love-poisoned heart died

Like a church bride.

She drank, shrieked and is fainting

Out the church they carry her pale,

And, it – what's it lamenting? --

Drank, shrieked and felled.


Translated from the PoliRead full post »
MARCH 17, 2011 4:48PM

A Four-leaf Clover for Nora Ephron


I have a thing with Nora Ephron. I hold her close to my bed in place of a year-round four-leaf clover, ever since she published: “I Remember Nothing.”

The thing is, the title jumped at me right after I had made my New Year’s resolution of not buying new books forRead full post »

MARCH 9, 2011 1:01AM


 By   Julian Tuwim

For the Lord created her and Satan possessed
So she be sinful and  holy until days have passed
Treacherous and faithful, a smile and a tear
Good and bad at once, delight and despair
A dove and a snake, a honey and suckle
An angel and deRead full post »
FEBRUARY 24, 2011 6:29PM

Traffic School

They kicked me out of every school

From east to west and back.

I am unwanted in all counties

Bad name in every almanac.


I am unfit and undeveloped

Don’t be misled by sight.

If you perceive me differently

Fine-tune your attitudeRead full post »

FEBRUARY 18, 2011 8:26AM

More is More

You got a Valentine card from your daughter Joanna. Valentines are like fleeting moments , true expressions of feelings, surprises in sweetness. You were moved by her thoughtfulness, proceeded to open the pink envelope, and fighting the emotions you read the inside out-loud. It said, “I love yRead full post »

FEBRUARY 12, 2011 11:52AM

"Baby You Can Drive My Car"

Liz Taylor’s heart has been treated for a congestive heart failure yesterday in Los Angeles. Somehow  the news did not surprise me. I've worried about Cleopatra, and how she is faring these days when her Egypt has risen.  Actually, Ptolemies were Macedonian Greek,” which makes CRead full post »

JANUARY 20, 2011 9:44PM

Show Me the Money

Recently, I stumbled upon a free standing sentence in the Letters to the Editor of the Lexington Herald Leader. Something to the effect of: Let me tell you about immigrants, they have no affinity to anything American; they are just here for the money. 

It slipped my mind atRead full post »

JANUARY 12, 2011 11:46PM


Wisemen came to the Fayette County Detention Center:  One was a lawyer , sleek-haired, computer sleeve under his arm, glasses perched on an arching nose. He brushed by the line-standers, cleared the security check and went straight in. Behind me in line a black woman with Latino features stood o… Read full post »

JANUARY 1, 2011 11:45PM

2011 Here Too


It is mind-boggling to experience four seasons in one week. Call it:

 A. weather a’la carte,

 B.  that's a global warming?

 C. end-of-the-year summary

 D. plain anomaly

 Choose one.

On Christmas Eve,  Oscar (at his young age of 100) working hisRead full post »

Courtesy of Anna Rajca, who also quoted The Economist (11/25/10) for us:  "For the first time in decades Poland is a player, not a playground."


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DECEMBER 9, 2010 7:14PM

Making A List

Daniel’s family loves making a list. They make one and expect one in return. Always have done it this way, so you should have learned by now to go along. Instead, you defy it. What works well for them, leaves you cold ruining your sense of surprise. They are task masters. You… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 30, 2010 5:13PM

Pumpkin Soup


Right before Thanksgiving I made peace with Big Bear. In honor of our long-lasting friendship I decided to make a soup, and called it Pumpkin. I thought of inviting Bear if he were available, which I doubted, but you never stop trying. It keeps the wheel turn. In either case theRead full post »

NOVEMBER 24, 2010 8:49PM



I wear this language that is not mine


Like I once wore that dress:


Baby blue batiste , light-weight


Hand-sewn by my good spinster aunt.


Embroidered neatly it hung on the wardrobe key


Waiting for me to grow into it.


Then it fit perfectly

For one moment when… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 16, 2010 4:16PM

Mollie Malloy and The Front Page

In the stage production of “The Front Page” I saw last weekend, I was touched by Mollie Malloy, a $2 street walker. The working girl on the streets of Chicago 1920’s.  She is a peroxided blonde in fishnet stockings, a red boa scarf wrapped around her neck over a strand of… Read full post »

OCTOBER 20, 2010 12:25PM



Next to kingdom of brooms

Scented with ocean breeze,

Is the place where lone socks

Grow like cones on pine trees.


Some stay fit -- in good shape

Ready --  set to compete

Chasing in… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 6, 2010 11:17PM

Tests of Friendship

Kara was on a treadmill walking against the wind in a freezing sleet, the most extreme virtual condition you can get under the roof, preparing to climb the highest point of the Continental Divide, treading on 35% incline at 5 mph in full gear, an oxygen bottle planted next to the camelback… Read full post »

AUGUST 22, 2010 11:04PM

Never Too Late to Be On Time

Being late is a chronic disease I contracted never mind from whom, that I have been married to for twenty-some years. The relic kind of relation to be displayed at the Smithsonian’s soon. Not only that but it also makes me suffer severe pain of lateness everywhere I go.

Once weRead full post »


I was sitting on the porch of a Bed and Breakfast in Welch,  West Virginia looking at a glass castle, rocking on a high-back rocking chair, when I heard man’s voice,


“Is it hot enough for you?”

“I think it is,” I said.


I glanced over trying to… Read full post »

AUGUST 7, 2010 6:02PM

Time Game with The WEG

I drove on Main Street, downtown  Lexington today by the Triangle Park, where a digital clock installed at the skywalk says 48. You can’t miss it unless you never look up driving, which you shouldn’t, but then you also miss out on the messages from the sky: a plane pulling a ban… Read full post »

JULY 31, 2010 11:04AM

Driver's License Angst

My youngest is almost licensed, and I am on the brink of ecstatic despair.  The last of the brood, driving herself and an innocent friend to school starting this August. (Speaking of which : Who came up with the idea of school starting in the thick of the summer?)  Half of/… Read full post »

JULY 6, 2010 12:01PM

The Gloves, In Good Hands

On Saturday after St. John’s Night on-town celebration everything got quiet on the farm. The cows were mooing in the distance. The broken faucet was dripping in the kitchen waiting for a Monday repairman. As did the dishwasher and the garage refrigerator. We had houseguests who in theRead full post »

JUNE 18, 2010 6:09PM

Sara VS. Equus


Sara has a love -hate relationship with horses. They are noble, beautiful, powerful animals. And they are her boyfriend’s greatest love. If she were to lament her fate more she would have to wish to become a horse, and this might be a stretch for Sara’s want or imagi… Read full post »

JUNE 5, 2010 10:19AM

Graduating in Washington, D.C.

Sis comes all the way from Krakow to see her daughter graduate from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies aka SAIS in Washington, D.C. Sis is a Polish Mother par excellance. Her house is on a flood watch being perched on a slant that turned into a mudslide as… Read full post »

MAY 20, 2010 10:43PM

All Creatures Welcomed

My black-and-white cat Chanel brings a mouse every day and lays it with distinction on the doormat.  I don’t care for mice that much, not even as a trophy presented to me. But I praise Chanel for her killer instincts. She is a stray, and a survivor. I respect that: pick/… Read full post »

MAY 6, 2010 10:03AM

Mom and Son On the Phone


I am all for open communication and my college-age son Bart tries hard calling me regularly. He calls on Monday, “Mom, hi, I am on my way to classes, sorry have to go, the bus is here, “

 “I didn’t know you take the bus, I thought you were walking.”Read full post »