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All about the soil, gardening and shards


Finished up on grades, was part of the graduation ceremony, planting vegetable gardens, mowed for first time last week (needs to be done again) and getting ready for our Syttenden Mai celebration on Saturday at the Carnegie.


The latest find that makes me happy is going out to the nearby field and finding more glass shards from crocks and also fine dishes.  Last night I found an antique axehead, it was just laying right on the top of the ground.  Much other metal that I pick up.  Remnants of bricks where this farm used to be.  My Dad said that they would go by and pick up the neighbor kids to go to the country schoolhouse, so I KNEW there had been a place but now I know more where the location was. Their place was farther from the road and more into the field, like a football field away.

Anyway, I will start making some artsy things with the pretty glass I have uncovered, perhaps I have already maxed out on the other place I used to go to one mile from our house.  I should check for asparagus though.  The rhubarb is ready and I gave a whole bag to my Mom.  Life is good because I have good friends like Phyllis and a wonderful sister.  They listen to me when I am struggling and hurting.

The Chancellor the other day asked me about the reputations of universities in Almaty, Astana and Aktau, Kazakhstan.  I wrote a real quick, gut level reaction to her question about whether they were reputable.  I wonder what she thought of my analysis?  I mentioned what I knew while teaching at KIMEP in Almaty and NU in Astana. Reputation IS important.


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Adil’s 75 year old Grandfather Uses Internet


My grandfather’s name is Kenesbay Tabyldy. He was born in year 1933 in a rural school-teacher family. When The Great Patriotic War began, he was only 8 years old. His father went to the Front and was killed by the enemies. Despite difficulties and destitutions during the war years, his family like other Soviet people, worked hard for the victory.

After finishing the school in 1948, my grandfather began his education in Kazakh Institute of Mining and Smelting and graduated in the year 1953 as an exploration geologist. At the same time he got married. He began his working activity at Karatau mining pit as a geologist. After gaining wide practical experience, he switched to applied geological science. He was engaged in research and was a faculty member of Kazakh Polytechnic Institute. My grandfather is the author of more than 60 research papers and publications. One of them was the Russian-Kazakh dictionary of geological terms, which is now in use by students of geological and mining faculties of universities and colleges in Kazakhstan. My grandfather also was one of the founders of Mangystau Polytechnic Institute in Shevchenko (now – Aktau) town – the center of Mangystau oblast in the Western Kazakhstan. He served as a dean in that institute for many years.

Currently my grandfather is 75 years old and is on honored pensioner. He was awarded by government orders, medals and diplomas. He is held in high respect of scientists and all the people of Kazakhstan.

My grandfather is a happy, cheerful and energetic person. He continues to work by writing essays about the history of Kazakh people and about his ancestry, parents and family. We all like reading those essays. He has hobbies like numismatics and philately. He collected large collection of badges, coins and postage stamps. He also likes playing chess and preference games. Despite his age, he became familiar with the computer and enjoys the Internet. He has many friends around the world and sends to and receives e-mails from them. Internet is also a source of information for him, especially for his papers.

My grandfather is at the head of a large family. He has seven children – six daughters and only one son, and many grandchildren and great-grandsons and great-daughters. He loves his family very much. Family members love their grandfather and grandmother very much. I love them very much as well.


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Baurzhan’s Grandparents’ Grew Up Early

My grandmother’s name is Aina. She was born in 1930. She was child in her family. Her family lived in South of Kazakhstan, in a small town Taldykorgan. When she was 11 years old, her father took a part in the war. At that time my grandmother had a very difficult life, she helped her mother in a house and also she worked in a farm. Moreover, she had to look after her little sisters and brothers. In her free time she was reading books and trying to study grammar.    

           At that time, a fisherman’s family lived in another part of Kazakhstan. His family included his wife and two of their sons.  His wife was a teacher in a primary school. The oldest son was 16 years old, he finished school and decided to go into the army.  However, the youngest son, it is my grandfather, was born in 1927.In 1941 when the war started, my grandfather’s dad and brother had to go to the war.

     During the war my grandfather and my grandmother had a very busy, difficult life. Also at that time there was lack of food and water, a lot of people died from diseases. After the war my grandmother’s father came home, and their life became stable and quiet. However, my grandfather came home, but his brother died. It was horrible news to my grandfather and his mom. They were very depressed and sad.

     When my grandmother was 16 years old, her father decided to send her to Almaty to study medicine. She moved there and lived at her uncle’s house. Also there were two more girls who were studying medicine too. She studied there six years and then decided to work at a hospital.

    At that time my grandfather was 22 years old and made a decision that he would leave home and look for a job. His parents were very angry, but they had no choice. For a long time he was looking for a job, then he came to Almaty and found job in an engineering company. It was not a difficult job for him, because he had been working since he was 14 years old.

    One day my grandfather’s friend had a problem with his leg, my granddad called to hospital, where my grandmother was working. My grand mother was a doctor in that hospital. When my grandfather and his friend came to hospital, my granddad saw her and fell in love. More over my grandmother liked him too.  In a one year’s time they decided to marry, my grandfather came to Taldykorgan and asked permission to marry. Their parents were happy, and gave them permission. My grand father and my grandmother moved to Aktau. There my grandmom gave birth to my father and my aunty and they lived together a long happy life.






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