Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
They are organized in the following groups:
- SNPJ Lodge 778 Blog: Slovene-American Club of Spring Hill
- New pages
- SNPJ Lodge 778 events 2008
- Line dancing made easy
- Picturesque places in Slovenia
- Picturesque buildings in Slovenia
- Interesting facts about Slovenia
- Music from Slovenia
- Famous Slovenians
As always, you are more than welcome to leave your comments, questions, suggestions, thoughts - any feedback you might have - on each and every of these pages.
Note: The comments are published after approval.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
- here's a taste of his playing in Cleveland recently.
Thank you Ed for sending me this link! :)
Button box is one of the hardest instruments to master - but Denis' playing looks effortless...
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I told a few members of SNPJ Lodge 778 that for this season (08/09) my plan is to attend every event and make an online page about each and every one of them - like a scrapbook of every dance, with photos and videos - and available for viewing to anybody who might be interested.
For now I'm keeping my word and the page about the first event - Thanksgiving Dinner and Dance Party is now live at: http://yummiest.thanksgivingevents.ever.com/
or if you click on this link, a new window will open.
Please leave comments on the bottom of the page, let us all know you've stopped by - and tell us what you think.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
For everyone who is interested in practicing at home to learn even faster, there's a webpage available with most of the dances (sofar) taught by Catherine:
Learn from home: Easy Dancing in Line
It is not completely finished yet because uploading videos takes time. Bookmark the page so you can use it regularly. Also, don't forget you can leave your comments, questions and suggestions on the bottom. Those are very much appreciated plus - they help getting the page much higher rank in search engines.
Keep in mind that the comments don't show up immediately - they have to be approved first. Therefore, it might take a few hours before you are actually able to see what you posted/commented on the web.
Another resource for enthusiastic line dancers - especially the ones who are fans of ABBA music is Learn at home: HONEY POT line dance
Details about Honey Pot line dance:
Choreographed by Kim Ray
Description: 32 count, 4 wall, beginner line dance
Music: Honey Honey by ABBA
The last resource I have to offer you right now is more advanced:
Learn at home: Atomik Polka line dance
Atomik Polka is intermediate level dance, choreography inspired by a tune, made in Slovenia.
Details about Atomik Polka line dance:
Choreographed by Bastiaan van Leeuwen
Description: 64 count, 4 wall, intermediate polka line dance
Music: Turbo Polka by Atomik Harmonik, very popular Slovenian music group
I am currently working on a page Who is Atomik Harmonik? so you'll have a chance to get to know them better soon.
In the meantime, stay happy and keep dancing! :)
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
This is a photo of today's line dancing class with our wonderful teacher Catherine Feil. Her way of teaching new steps and dances is really adapted for beginner level so - if you've never line danced before, every Wednesday at 1:30 at SNPJ Lodge 778 is a good place to start!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
We've even had a chance to see some line dancing!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Yesterday's Thanksgiving Dinner and Dance was a success and there are quite a few people who made it happen:
Richard Krchmaric and his son Matthew were responsible for all the good foods we ate.
Grace Bouma, Anne Gombocs, Tony Markel, Carol Dragonsky, Eileen Harfmann and Walt Stauffer were busy servers.
The bar and its guests were taken care for by John Lavrich, Nezka Novak and Richard Brown.
Doris Lavrich and Marge Thomas were in charge of tickets.
Last but not least, the members of the decorations and setup crew were equally important piece of the puzzle: Doris, Anne, John, Walt and Marge.
Thank you all, including those who might have helped in any way but are not mentioned above!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Enjoy the photos in video below!
Friday, November 21, 2008
When this video was first put online, it circled the globe and was viewed by people in all continents within a matter of 31 minutes!
My today's message is short:
If you or your loved ones are battling disease, please take 5 minutes out of your busy schedule and watch this video here
It might for ever change your life...
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Here's the story about inventing a different kind of homemade cranberry sauce.
About a year or so ago I found this really great recipe how to cook cranberries into delicious sauce. I used the original recipe a few times and the sauce was great: easy to make and tasty. The only thing I have a problem with is that it calls for a lot of sugar (which I try to eliminate from my diet) and orange juice (which is acidic so it's also on my "stay-away list").
That's why I cooked my newly invented sugar free cranberry sauce by replacing sugar with agave syrup and orange juice with grapefruit juice...
... and my 2008 Thanksgiving cranberry sauce recipe is as follows:
* 12 ounces cranberries
* juice of a medium-sized grapefruit
* approximately 1/2 cup of agave syrup*
Cook cranberries in grapefruit juice and agave syrup in a medium size pan over medium heat for about 10 minutes (cranberries need to pop). Remove from heat, place in a bowl and let the sauce cool and thicken.
If you like your cranberry sauce more jellied, mash cooked cranberries with a fork.
* The quantity of agave syrup is approximate because the taste will depend on the size and the sweetness of the grapefruit you use. However, with using agave syrup as a sweetener it's easy to add more, even after the sauce cools down.
And the most important thing about this recipe is that it's good for everyone, does not contain any alcohol or any artificial ingredients.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
He has quite a story to tell about his 2008 FASCAR LATE MODEL CHALLENGE 100 season, which was his first full season ever!
He is presently looking for sponsors for the next season and while his fans praise him with words like "Daniel is a Great Driver!" and such, his mom stated, "He's great on the radio, in interviews, and quite good looking. He'd be great in those jean commercials."
Read the whole story and see more photos here.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I couldn't make it myself so I don't have a picture for you today - or more detailed report - but I'll stop by as soon as I can and let you know how many line-dance students are having fun there.
It's not too late to join though - even if you've never line-danced before, you should at least give it a try. It's a lot of fun and great exercise for all ages and genders.
Schedule and details can be found here.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
"... I wonder if you have any nice pasta recipes with different herbs. I own a small shop and have just started selling salads and any variation on what I offer would really be appreciated..."
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008
|Event:||Beginner line dancing classes|
|When:||Every Wednesday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.|
|Cost:||$3.00 per person|
Sunday, November 2, 2008
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Thursday, July 3, 2008
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Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
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Monday, May 26, 2008
There's one really awsome webpage out there about Ljubljana, about it's history, how Ljubljana got its (hard to pronounce) name, about Ljubljana Dragon, how were Argonauts and Jason from Greek mithology involved and what this small capital with less than 300,000 inhabitants (and more than 50,000 college students!) has to offer to a visitor and townsfolk - and more.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
When: Friday May 30, 2008
at 8:00 PM
Where: Beachland Ballroom
15711 Waterloo Rd
Cleveland, Ohio36 44110
Click Here To View Event
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
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Sunday, May 11, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
"I believe in an all-wise and all-loving God,
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
This is the message from me, Daria, the author of these posts to everyone who clicks on the link above. And - by the way, you're more than welcome to return as often as you like... :)
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Take a look at:
Friday, April 4, 2008
"Mr. Boris Vene co-authored this book with Nikola Grubiša, another internationally acknowledged marketer. It is difficult to explain how well this book did in Slovenia just by sheer numbers. It has sold 10,000 hard-copies on a 2,000,000 market (the population of Slovenia) without any direct marketing, only word-of-mouth and articles of praise that were printed in Slovenian newspapers (not promotional articles)."
2,000 of these 10,000 copies sold were purchased by Slovenian business-men that chose to give it away to their business partners as a gift (the book sells for $30 USD here in Slovenia), it's also at the top of the Amway recommended reading list (but the book itself is not on multi-level marketing). We are also just preparing an e-book version of the book for the Slovenian market, and the hard-copy is just entering its third release with 1,000 pre-orders before the book even entered print.
"This book undoubtedly has great potential for the US market. Based on Slovenian sales we could even expect sales from 1,000,000 to 1,600,000 hard-copies sold in the US."
Click Here to read about the American version of this electronic book and endorsements it received from famous people from around the world!
"Here was a book with how-to techniques, positive philosophy, an up-lifting message, and a practical bent to it. It talked about human nature, as well as business and even spirituality. It was like the best of every business and self-help book I had every seen while still being entirely fresh, new, inspiring and practical.
And this book sold where? In Slovenia? I had never heard of it before. I'm told it's a small country right above Italy. Well, if it's near Italy, it's got to be good.
I quickly decided that I wanted to be the one to bring this book to Americans. After nearly a year of translating the book, refining some of the book's messages to be clear for the Western audience, and settling on our deal, I'm proud to say the e-book version is done.
But there's also something else wonderful about this book.
It's been blessed. A famous spiritual teacher, Sri Sathya Sai Baba, signed the front of it. You'll see his digitized signature in the book. In a sense, he infused the book with his own magical power. That alone, for a book touted to be pure business, is rare.
Any way you look at it, you're about to read a treasure. Let it touch your mind, stir your soul, and awaken "The Millionaire's Mindset" within you."
Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Slavko Avsenik - Slovenija, od kod lepote tvoje (1999)...
...and an older video of the same song, made in Bled in 1970:
Thursday, March 27, 2008
There was nothing left to give but the tiny and most beautiful space on the blue planet, between the Alps and Adriatic Sea, which God kept for himself.
That's how Slovenians got "The Greenest Country in Europe" on "The Sunny Side of Alps" - Slovenia, God's own piece of heaven. Oh, and the only country with 'love' in its name...
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
The song below is about Slovenian folk hero, stout fellow - Martin Krpan. Following is my summary of the story about Martin Krpan z Vrha pri Sveti Trojici (written by Fran Levstik back in 1858):
Martin Krpan made his living smuggling English salt on his skinny mare colt. To Martin Krpan's greatest disappointment, the emperor in Vienna couldn't solve his biggest problem (giant, named Brdavs, who already killed all of the emperor's strongest and bravest noble men) without his help. Although annoyed, he did emperor a favor and took care of Brdavs - once and for all. In exchange, he could get almost anything but only wanted and received the permit to import English salt freely for the rest of his life. :)
Moja lepa Belokranjka (video below) is one of the awarded songs. Lyrics are telling the story about a beautiful but foxy musician's girlfriend from Bela Krajina.
Čas beži (translation: time passing by fast) is the name of the next video below. The members of Ansambel Vrisk are:
- Beti Stopar - singing
- Jože Šarc - singing
- Jernej Tišler - contrabass and singing
- Rok Fojkar - guitar and singing
- Jože Avbar - accordion - and the boss
Ansambel Vrisk - Enkrat v življenju (translation: for once in my life)
The song on this last video Gobarska pesem (below) is dedicated to mushroom gatherers - and love, of course...
Ansambel Vrisk also has a song, named Button Box, most likely inspired by their U.S./Canadian tour (guessing). Button box is called "diatonična harmonika" or, even more often, "frajtonar’ca" in Slovenian language. Here are the lyrics of Button Box in Slovenian:
Besedilo (lyrics): Majda Rebernik
Glasba (music): Jože Avbar
(Moja lepa Belokranjka)
IZ POZABE VZETA B'LA, JE MED LJUDI ZAŠLA,
DANES JIH VELIKO JE, KI NA NJO IGRA.
VSEDLA SE V SRCA JE, NAVDUŠILA LJUDI,
KJER VESELO JE POVSOD FRAJTONAR'CA ZVENI.
HEJ! BUTTON BOX JE ŠKATLICA,
KI VELIKO GUMBOV IMA,
SLOVENSKA JE HARMONIKA,
JI PRAVIMO FRAJTONAR'CA.
ZRAVEN BERDA, KLARINET,
TO SLOVENSKI JE TERCET,
KI JE STAR ŽE VRSTO LET,
GA POZNA ZDAJ CELI SVET.
ŠLA ČEZ LUŽO K ROJAKOM NAŠIM JE,
BUTTON BOX SO REKLI JI, NA NJEJ UČILI SE.
SPOMINI LEPI NA VAŠ STARI KRAJ
S PESMIJO SLOVENSKO SO VRNILI SE NAZAJ.
Learn more about Ansambel Vrisk at their website: http://www.ansambel-vrisk.com/
More samples of their music at:
Monday, March 17, 2008
Debbie is one really nice lady with a big heart. She is taking care of her sister, who is battling a disease as well as an elderly lady who feels more secure having someone like Debbie around. Yesterday, Debbie travelled almost 150 miles from North of Florida to Spring Hill to hear and see Stan playing drums with Virgil Baker's band. She enjoys the energetic folk music and the company of happy people, although - until two years ago she had no idea what polka music was or how to dance to it.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Slovenian National Benefit Society
Sunday, March 9, 2008
About current Slovenia flag: When Slovenia became independent from Yugoslavia in 1991, the red star was removed from Slovenian flag - and replaced by a new coat of arms, designed by an artist and author, Marko Pogačnik.
The traditional three equal horizontal bands of white at the top, blue, and red - stayed unchanged since 1848, when the white-blue-red Slovenia flag was first officially recognized by the Austrian Empire as the symbol of United Slovenia and Slovenians, regardless of the historical region in which they lived.
Photo Girls with Slovenian flag - courtesy of bw.ruth
The coat of arms on Slovenia flag is actually a shield, representing the tallest mountain in Slovenia, Triglav. Underneath are two wavy blue lines - for Adriatic Sea and rivers. The three six-pointed golden stars are from the coat of arms of the Counts of Celje, the great Slovenian dynastic house of the late 14th and early 15th century.
Beautiful Slovenian Alps with the highest Slovenian mountain Triglav and Slovenian flag.
Photo Triglav, Slovenia and comment above - courtesy of Vincitor
Slovenia flag - national country flag 3 x 5 foot
Slovenia flag - Black license plate frame metal holder
Slovenia flag miniature