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Monthly Archive for October, 2012

Weather Gone Crazy

It seems that the weather patterns have gone crazy, both in the U.S. and Europe. The east coast of the U.S. is now recovering from ‘the big storm’ — Hurricane Sandy — and in Europe, record snowfall has been recorded in Autrans, France (a small village up above the city of Grenoble in the French [...]

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The Django Reinhardt Exhibition

I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Django Reinhardt Exhibit at the Musee de la Musique in Paris this past Friday. It was a multi-media exhibit, mixing old photographs, live film footage from the 1940s, and vintage posters and publicity. Additionally, there are paintings by artists representing an artistic movement of the times whereby [...]

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Sisu

SISU is a Finnish term which loosely translated into English means “strength of will, determination, perseverance, and the ability to act rationally in the face of adversity.” However, because of the cultural significance of SISU, true translations into any language are put to question. SISU has been described as “the word that explains Finland.” SISU [...]

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Django Reinhardt

I subscribe to a magazine France which is devoted to reporting on events, travel, and the history of France. It is actually a great read for anyone who is a ‘Francophile’ and aspires to visit France.
This month’s issue, Fall 2012, features an article about Django Reinhardt, a famous Gypsy musician who pioneered ‘jazz Manouche‘ style. [...]

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Superstitions

Throughout the book ‘American Gypsy’, the author speaks about many of the superstitions held by both her Gypsy and Armenian families. In fact, she says, “Though not openly hostile, each side of the family regarded itself as superior to the other, more cultured and sophisticated. Ironically, love of superstition was the biggest thing that they [...]

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