BADEK NEWS 51

One. Light a candle for the Earth. This year marks the fifth anniversary of Earth Hour in Canada- Saturday, March 31. Earth Hour is one hour where the world unites and turns off their lights from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time to send a powerful message in support of action on climate change. More… Continue reading BADEK NEWS 51

Nice to Have a Friend like Max Brod (“Franz Kafka, Biography” by Max Brod, Da Capo Press, USA, 1995)

Yes, indeed. It’s nice to have a friend like Max Brod (1884-1968) who is best known for his historical novels, written in German and as the editor of Kafka’s writings. Watch video: Max Brod-“Paradies” (Words:Franz Kafka) To the left is his book and below is the photo show dedicated to this book. Here is an extract… Continue reading Nice to Have a Friend like Max Brod (“Franz Kafka, Biography” by Max Brod, Da Capo Press, USA, 1995)

Jubilant Girls’ Get-together or Happy Birthday, Valya!

International BADEK Club has on agenda: Happy Birthday, Valya! Rimma Levchenko took a floor: “Dear friend-classmate of ours! In our childhood could we assume that our huge great country is split up and many people have to live abroad. It concerned you too: you live in Canada. Perhaps, God blessed you! it is for the… Continue reading Jubilant Girls’ Get-together or Happy Birthday, Valya!

“Snow-Clad is the Plain, and the Moon is White, Covered with a Shroud is my Country Side. Birches Dressed in White are Crying as I see. Who is Dead, I wonder? Is it Really Me?” {S. Esenin, 1925} A LETTER TO HOME

“How do you do do, my dear parents and sister Emma? I’m o’kay, glad to meet you at home. I remember you, Mom, always worrying about me. You used to invite me to the telephone booths at the post offices wherever I stayed to hear my voice. Thanks for your worries. That kind of attitude had passed… Continue reading “Snow-Clad is the Plain, and the Moon is White, Covered with a Shroud is my Country Side. Birches Dressed in White are Crying as I see. Who is Dead, I wonder? Is it Really Me?” {S. Esenin, 1925} A LETTER TO HOME

Immersing into Kafka’s World (Franz Kafka “Metamorphosis” and Other Stories, Penguin Classics, Deluxe Edition, 2008)

To better attune yourself into Kafka’s world, listen to:“Vi iz dus gesehen?-Where is the Village?”, performing the Barry Sisters To read and enjoy Kafka’s works one needs a huge imagination. Who has it and loves it, that kind of stuff is for her/him. The front and back covers of this book are presented here. Below… Continue reading Immersing into Kafka’s World (Franz Kafka “Metamorphosis” and Other Stories, Penguin Classics, Deluxe Edition, 2008)

Jubilant Girls’ Get-together or Happy Birthday, Gena!

I was born in the Russian city of Bryansk, so my classmates Nelly Gopina, Lyuda Krokhina, Lyusya Kuznetsova, Galya Kalinina, Valya Popkova, Zoya Lapitskaya, Rimma Levchenko and Emma Korneeva got together on March 17 at 10-30 a. m. by Moscow time at the Emma’s apartment where was turned on SKYPE. This is a cheerful song:… Continue reading Jubilant Girls’ Get-together or Happy Birthday, Gena!

He is Always With Us

Among Russians there is a saying that all in vain to wait for good weather at the sea shore because if the weather is bad, it means for a long time. But here, in Maly Karpaty everything is not so. It was drizzling rain in the morning in Bratislava, the sky was overcast. We were… Continue reading He is Always With Us

The Only Legacy My Father Left for Me was an Insatiable Quest for My Connections to the Heritage of the Motherland (“The Czech Legion 1914-20”, Men-at-Arms-447, Osprey Publishing, David Bullock* Illustrated by Ramiro Bujeiro, 2009.

This is why I am interested in the Czech legion (1914-20) because my father Viktor Holly had many friends from the Czech legion who told him the fascinating stories about how they made their way home. And Dad passed them on to me. One can see the book  cover”The Czech Legion 1914-20″ to the left.… Continue reading The Only Legacy My Father Left for Me was an Insatiable Quest for My Connections to the Heritage of the Motherland (“The Czech Legion 1914-20”, Men-at-Arms-447, Osprey Publishing, David Bullock* Illustrated by Ramiro Bujeiro, 2009.

Burn, Burn, My Candle, who Lights Our 40-days’ Commemoration of Gennadiy.

To-day 40 candles are lit up for 40-days’ remembrance of Gennadiy’s passing. Each candle is a personal memory. Me and Janko are lighting our candles and reflecting on the memory of beautiful days we spent together in Slovakia and Russia. Here it is our photo of us together in Bratislava in 2010. Candles1-2: Janko’s and… Continue reading Burn, Burn, My Candle, who Lights Our 40-days’ Commemoration of Gennadiy.

BADEK NEWS 50

One. Russia votes in presidential election. Prime Minister Vladinir Putin won Russia’s presidential election on Sunday, March 4th, 2012, according to exit polls cited by state television, but the vote was tainted by widespread violations claimed by the opposition and independent observers. “The Globe and Mail”, Sunday, March 4, 2012. Two. Canada’s actor Christopher Plummer,… Continue reading BADEK NEWS 50