Here are some Polish friends of long standing. I was going to say "old friends," but who wants to go there??? I met Marta (top photo) in Poland in the 1970s when she was a young student. I was one of her English teachers. Today she is an architect with her own company in Krakow. I met Olek (center photo) in the 1980s when I was a grad student at Indiana University and he was a visiting professor. His specialty is the poetry of Czeslaw Milosz. He teaches in Jagiellonian University's program on Central European Studies. The Central European Studies program has students from the US and Europe in it. Marek, in the bottom photo, was a journalist in Krakow for many years. He's also a writer and poet---retired now but still publishing. It's wonderful that we can get together after so many years! All of these people (and more) will help in various ways when I come to Krakow in 2010 with UM-Flint students.