Life Stories and Tales to be Told

Ned’s Online Autobiography and Multimedia Archive

Ned Buratovich wearing STORY TELLER T-shirt

Here I share my personal and family history stories. Now (January 2024) I have resumed posting to this site after a three-year hiatus due to health challenges. At this point, telling stories is what keeps me going.

I feel shame for having fallen out of touch with so many close family and friends, many quite abruptly during the years of caregiving crises with mom. I’m using this website as a way of reaching out and reconnecting, and giving some explanation for why I have been incommunicado for so long. For the full story, see my About Page.

I’ve just begun expanding this site beyond family history to include personal journaling. Expect continuous upgrading and reorganization. For the near term, this home page presentation is simply three lists: Featured Stories, Recent Stories and Developing Storylines.

Stories Added/Updated Recently

One this site, all the stories are given the post date of the event occurrence and the stories are typically listed in that chronological order.

Since I’m continually adding stories with event dates across the decades, a chronological list by event won’t tell you what the most recently published stories are.

This Stories Added/Updated Recently List displays the stories (posts) that are recently published or older posts that have been recently updated with more content.

The stories below are listed with most recently added/updated posts first. Use this as a list of “What’s New” on this site.

Frank Kriletich’s 100th Birthday

Uncle Frank celebrates his 100th birthday with a gathering of family and friends at his home.

Ned Turns 75 Years Old

A vibrant birthday announcement and observations on a milestone birthday.

Frank Kriletich’s 99th Birthday

Uncle Frank celebrates his 99th birthday at his home

2024 Happy New Year’s Resolution

Resolving to take myself less seriously and find humor in my life stories, despite ongoing challenges.

Mom Bakes Biscotti Italiani

Recipe and photos of mom's legendary Italian biscotti.

Kite-Skateboarding with Donald

Donald hangs 100 feet beneath his kitesurfing kite while it pulls him along on his skateboard.

Good Friday Lockdown – 4 Years Ago

Reminiscing on the bleakness of Good Friday, 2020, during the nationwide COVID-19 lockdowns.

Mom Cooks Dinner at 94

At 94 years old, mom cooks a lamb roast dinner for her sons, Ned and Nick.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Mom's favorite recipe for her renowned chocolate-chip cookies.

Memoir for My Dad

Deeply personal retrospective on my relationship with my dad, written two years after his death.

Grateful To Be Alive

Expressing gratitude for my favorite places in the park which helped me heal.

Chronic Pain Chronicles

A collection of updates documenting my long road to recovery from a spinal injury.

Happy New Year, Happy New Affirmations

Recorded on New Year's Day, reaffirming my dedication to self-expression as a means of self-preservation.

Thanksgiving 2023

I'm grateful for my first Thanksgiving in years not spent alone.

Police Called for Pain Response – 3 years ago

3 years ago today police called by neighbor hearing my distress from pain and my improvement since then

Validation for Declining Back Surgery

Sharing a doctor's essays on ineffective treatments for back pain and the dangers of spinal surgery.

Suicide Watch Time

A series of stories on mental health anguish and recovery.

Why I Don’t Take Attitude from Anyone

Note to a friend on how strict upbringing shaped my reaction to chastisement.

The Day They Took Mom Away – 3 Years Ago

After 34 months of continuous care, mom was taken from my care and to the hospital for the last time on October 29, 2020

Frances Buratovich Storybook Memories became a repository for Buratovich Family Stories, with stories from Frances' (mom's) life to refresh her fading memory in her final years.

Ned and Nick in the Kitchen 10-8-21

Ned and Nick negotiate how to serve the sweet potatoes.

Hailstorm in Sebastopol 3-29-23

Hailstones cover the ground in this freakish spring squall.

Metal Art Garden Tour

3-minute video tour of Nick's backyard metal art garden

Doctor’s Indelicate Diagnosis

I asked the doctor treating me for my painful low-back injury, "Tell it to me straight, Doc, what's my diagnosis?"

Developing Storylines

This site already has over one hundred posts, over the next few months, there will be hundreds more. Each post usually covers a single event, incident, observation or insight.

I have certain posts, categorized as “compilations” which gather related stories around a narrative thread. These “storylines” present a series of stories around a timeline with interspersed commentary showing how the pieces fit together for the larger view.

For now (September 2023) I’ve selected these three storylines for this front page:

My memoir of caregiving for mom, epic in every way, with hundreds of stories I was too overwhelmed to share until now. My chronic pain journey of the last four years which has dominated everything in my life. My nostalgic processing of my past, acknowledging it, blessing it and, finally, letting go of so much.