The Unexpected Present

Requiem and Repast for a Renaissance Man


Yuri in Nature

Memorial Day is Opening Day of the summer season, yet for the past two years, Yuri and I spent the weekend and weeks following in the ICU. This year, on Saturday, family and friends gathered at a morning memorial service, requiem, and repast commemorating the 40th day since Yuri’s spirit and essence left his physical self, ultimately melding into the universe of our collective consciousness.

On Name Day, It’s All In The Name

Sviato Yuri icon

Today is Yuri’s name day. May 6 is St. George’s Day. Name days, these traditional feast days, hold a unique significance as they commemorate a particular holy person, often a saint or martyr, and celebrate an individual’s given name. They are not just collective holidays marked by national calendars but personal celebrations

A Kinderhook Revival Reunion for Campers

Yuri@Kinderhook NY

It was Saturday night, April 25, 2009, when the band Kinderhook’s rocking revival reunion with the campers from the 1970s took place. Like the rest of the crowd that filled the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Whippany, New Jersey, I anticipated a night of returning to my youth during the Plast Scout Camp years in East Chatham, New York, a stone’s throw from their namesake Kinderhook Creek. That night, Yuri and I met. Eye contact.

Yuri Notes: Wake Me Up From This Dream

Yuri Turchyn Violinist 2024

I am sleepwalking and still reeling from having to write the words that Yuri Turchyn departed this world peacefully in my arms on Sunday, April 14, 2024. Time of departure: 15:05. Sail away.

Standing on the Edge, Living in the Moment

full moon

Spring is in the air—rebirth, renewal, and a return to the garden. Having a birthday in Spring always gave me a breath of fresh air. A March wind cleansing, although at times the winds can be fierce, wreaking havoc

Three Years, One Day, A Lifetime Away

violin in case

Three years, one day. On March 8, 2021, we took the first Pfizer shot—three years ago – that turned into a vaccine injury for Yuri, which upended our lives. We haven’t recovered.

Love Letters on Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day

On Valentine’s Day 2011, Yuri released Love Letters, a CD that, through original music, told the story of our courtship, romance, and an unexpected present: marriage.

Rockin’ Pneumonia+the Boogie Woogie Flu

Pat Guadagno&Tired Horses@Stone Pony

The Stone Pony, one of the world’s best-known music venues, opened its doors to concertgoers on Feb. 8, 1974. Like Yuri, a player on the Jersey Shore for fifty years, the Stone Pony is a survivor.

Dream Big With a Cup of Tea

Cup of Tea

Physical pain is very real; physical challenges can seem insurmountable, but I don’t need to add to it with thoughts like “I wish this weren’t happening” or “Why is this happening to us?” The past two weeks were a difficult time; I felt post-traumatic symptoms, Yuri still recuperating from recent events, topping it off with harsh wintry conditions and the deep, silent darkness before dawn.

A Forever Life Changing Masquerade

NYE Masquerade Ball

New Year’s Eve. The most memorable moment was when Yuri’s and my stars aligned and our crisscrossed paths across the universe finally met during the Viennese Masquerade Ball at Soyuzivka Heritage Center on New Year’s Eve 2010.

Voices Past and Present End on a High Note

Christmas Eve 2023

It was an unexpected present this Christmas season; It’s not where we ever thought we would be with decorations boxed in a storage unit, letters and card sending didn’t happen, and the only holiday travel I was on was to be with Yuri, who remains in a sub-acute rehab in Rockville

Cytokine Storm Mold Injury Week 5

sunlight through clouds

The end of the year brings us into the full circle of the ups and downs, the ins and outs, time-outs, and overtime for the Hail Marys that have been thrown and caught in the endzone to win the game. Yes, we’ve been watching football this season.