Mario Lanza – The World’s Greatest Tenor

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Mario Lanza looked like a god, he sang like a god. He was the world’s first Superstar. Mario Lanza, the romantic hero, with his immense beauty and richness of voice, made Opera sexy! Continue reading

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Folk to Polkas

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By now everyone should know that the Polka is not a National Dance in Poland, but rather, Polkas come from old folk tunes, set to a dance beat by Polish Americans. Continue reading

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Doctor Who at Fifty-Two

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They say you never forget your first Doctor. Even though I saw a couple of episodes of Doctor Who in the 1970’s and consider Tom Baker to be the ultimate Doctor,
it was Christopher Eccleston who pulled me into the world of Doctor Who. Continue reading

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Dejah Thoris of Barsoom

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Dejah Thoris is a name I have often used as a pseudonym, ever since I first read the 1912 novel, A Princess of Mars… the basis for the 2012 film, John Carter. It was in the 1970’s that I first discovered Barsoom (as the natives call Mars), and was swept away by the high adventure and romance of the world created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Continue reading

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O Little Town of EUReKA

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„I love science class!” is what one visitor to Eureka exclaimed upon seeing all the wonders that take place in this cozy Pacific Northwest town. Drama, comedy, action, and romance drive this quality science-fiction TV show. Continue reading

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Kolędy from Mazowsze

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When the Mazowsze Polish Folk Song and Dance Ensemble toured the U.S.A. and Canada, they are dazzled audiences with, not only songs and dances from 43 ethnographic regions of Poland, but they also sing several beautiful Kolędy, Polish Christmas Carols. Continue reading

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Onion Harvest “Dożynki” Festival

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In recent years, the Polish „Dożynki” Harvest Festival has become increasingly popular among American & Canadian Polonia. However, no Harvest festival can compare to the Orange County Onion Harvest Festivals that were held years ago in Pine Island, New York. Continue reading

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Listen to the Mockingbird

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Birds are like little angels, bringing sweet songs and divine guidance to us. The message of the Mockingbird is Respect….as in R-E-S-P-E-C-T, and they certainly could rival Aretha Franklin in the way they belt out a song. Continue reading

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Beware of the Dance Mix !!!

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The unfortunate thing about Europe is Techno-Rock.
In my efforts to buy one of Siklawa’s CD’s, I made the mistake of buying their “Dance Mix” album. I mean, it had the song titles I was looking for….
Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be Techno Rock !!! Yikes !! Continue reading

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Poland’s Five National Dances

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Poland is a nation rich in culture, and musical tradition. In fact, Poland even has five (5) National Dances. There are few countries in the world that have even one national dance. Continue reading

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It’s Oberek time !!

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The Polka is Not one of Poland’s National Dances, but the Oberek is!!
The Oberek is even a popular dance among Polish Americans ! Continue reading

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Mazowsze Legends

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Maybe it was the memory of a song on the radio… or a Mazur from a Chopin concert… Maybe it was the Polish blood flowing through my veins…. Maybe it was all of these things that caused my heart to beat to the rhythms of the music of Tadeusz Sygietyński. Whatever it was, it was magic ! I was hooked !! Continue reading

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The Magnificent Mazowsze… in the Matecznik

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As the girls sang, they put their arms around each other and swayed side to side. Having taken this song to their hearts, he knew they would touch the hearts of their audience, so it was added to their repertoire. Continue reading

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Mazowsze Around the World…

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While everyone who has ever seen Mazowsze knows that they are the No. 1 Polish folk troupe in the world, not everyone is aware of their versatility. Mazowsze’s repertoire also consists of 150 songs from other nations as well. In each of the 50 countries that Mazowsze has toured, they sing a couple of songs from that country in the original language. Continue reading

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The History of Poland you never knew…

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Poland was a pioneer in Democracy, Freedom of the Press, Freedom of Religion, Human Rights, Women’s Rights, Education, and more.
This is the history of Poland that you never knew. Continue reading

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The Pie

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The funeral parlor was crowded with family and friends who braved the snow storm on New Year’s day to say farewell to my Mother. As my brother, sister-in-law, and I navigated the crowd, in walked a very attractive woman about my age.
“You don’t know who I am, do you?” she asked. Continue reading

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Beneath the Surface

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I remember sitting in a friend’s apartment in Los Angeles, watching Zahi Hawass in a galabeya, sort through slides for an upcoming lecture at UCLA. He gets called away to the phone, a female admirer is on the line. Oh, yes, he has many. Continue reading

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Regeneration of the Doctor

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One of the reasons that the highly successful TV series, Doctor Who has lasted nearly 50 years is an ingenious plot devise: Regeneration. Not only does it allow for the replacement of the actor, but also injects new life into the show, with a new take on the character. Continue reading

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Waiting for the Doctor

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Marking time as we wait for the next series featuring the last of the Time Lords, let’s talk about our favorite Doctor Who scenes. Of course, everyone has their favorite episodes, and their favorite Doctor, and their favorite companion, etc., but since this is my blog, I’ll tell you what I like. Continue reading

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The Cloister Bell

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After several disappointments this season, Steven Moffat finally proved why he is my favorite Doctor Who storyteller. Although Russell Davies is great at the epic story, Moffat weaves tales full of twists and turns and surprises, as evidenced by the two part season ender: Pandorica/Big Bang Continue reading

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