It's been more than five months since I wrote an editorial. CROWN is always being updated, so do not wait for my letter...check on your own whenever you can. The CROWN forum is open and it seems to me that CROWN Forum is becoming what CROWN used to be. It has a greater degree of interactivity between CROWN, its members and people interested in Croatia and its culture. To access the forum, point your browser to www.croatia.org/forum and register or go through the main page and click Forum (in the blue line on the top). Click here below and see for yourself. Participate with interesting articles. It takes less than a minute to post an article. We put new articles on a daily bases. Hopefully more posts from Joza Vrljicak in Spanish corner. Studia Croatica is going full speed ahead.
Many interesting and good news.
Katarina Livljanić, singer and musicologist, is one of the principal international specialists in medieval chant performance. If you are in Kansas City, Vancouver or Chicago, go and see this incredible show.
Croatian Heroes: Heroes of Vukovar TV serial by Eduard & Dominik Galic, part 9 will be broadcast next Friday. We opened a new category Croatian Heroes to emphasize the lack of recognition of true heroes. This 10 part series is well documented on CROWN. Watch it over the Internet at the address: http://www.hrt.hr/index.php?id=hrt-uzivo
If you want to see me (Nenad Bach) performing LIVE at Fairleigh Dickinson University Nov. 1st 2008, go ahead and reserve your ticket. It is a free concert, explained by promoter John Dull. Some prominent names are on the ticket.
"Dining at Delmonico's" is a new book by Judith Choate and James Canora. I was honored to be invited at Delmonico for the celebration and promotion of the book. See photos at http://nenadbach.blogspot.com/
Fr. Ante Gabric' (Metkovic', Croatia 1915 - Bengal, 1988) lived like a Bengali, and he worked tirelessly for the spiritual development of the Bengali community in India. People in Bengal consider Fr. Gabric' should be beatified like mother Teresa. Writes prof.dr. Darko Zubrinic.
In these uncertain and challenging times, Croatian Americans, like all Americans, are looking for a President that provides leadership. I am voting for Obama Biden ticket. Check www.CroatiansForObama.com Barack Obama's biography is being published in Croatia by Naklada Zadro. Book is out in a few days on October 3oth.2008
The Cravat. On the occasion of the International Day of The Cravat on the 18th of October we invite all the English speaking individuals to call the knotted scarf around their neck by it's original name the cravat instead of a tie and a necktie. Read about Marija Busic.
Ivan Vucetic' is the father of dactilosopy - fingerprinting as a method of identification. This year we mark 150 years since his birth on the island of Hvar, Croatia
Helen Crlenkovich renowned Croatian - American springboard diver.was one of the most successful athletes in America and the world on the three-meter springboard and the ten-meter platform. She was an American-born Croatian lovingly known as "Klinky." She was the first female to do a full-twisting 1 1/2 somersault and several other dives that were heretofore only achieved by men.
CROWN presents Croatian Heroes: Vinko Gecan USA (1862-1916) is one whose name is woven into the historical fabric of our Croatian and American people. True heroism is not something that is planned. Rather, it is something that takes place under difficult circumstances as presented by life. Heroic moments are those that for some mysterious urge within us surface out of love for others - those in danger or need.
Pandora.com The Music Genome Project plays Nenad Bach music from March 28th. We set out to capture the essence of music at the most fundamental level. We ended up assembling literally hundreds of musical attributes or "genes" into a very large Music Genome. Everything from melody, harmony and rhythm, to instrumentation, orchestration, arrangement, lyrics, and of course the rich world of singing and vocal harmony. It's not about "looks" or "genre". Revolution in music. If you live in the USA check www.Pandora.com and www.pandora.com/people/nenadbach
And many, many more: From Andrija Stampar to Blanka Vlasic...
The Croatian Constellation is happening. So far these are four websites that have found a common interest and sensibility: www.croatia.org , www.croatianhistory.net , www.studiacroatica.org and www.croatianworldcalendar.com run by the team of people. Darko Zubrinic (Croatia), Joza Vrljicak (Argentina), Marko Puljic (USA, St Louis), Ratimir Mocnaj (Montreal, Canada) and myself Nenad Bach (USA New York), plus many correspondents around the world including our very active and consistent Violi Calvert from Sydney Australia. We are approaching 200.000 hits per day. Yes you read it right. We expect more websites to be part of this Croatian Constellation, but we talk the talk and walk the walk, slowly... and the synergy is great.
Challenging times in Croatia are in front of us. And it is not just in Croatia. It is world wide for different reasons, but equally challenging. We Croatians have seen worse than this, through our 13 centuries documented history... and we survived. This too shall pass.
These are exciting times to live in. I guess all times are exciting, but when I say exciting I mean always challenging. Last century, more than 100 million people violently lost their lives. Did we learn something from it, or our lives are too short to transfer the knowledge to the next generation. In my opinion ALL WARS CAN BE STOPPED IN ONE HOUR. If only people will stand up together and say ENOUGH! Only few get rich and the rest of us suffer through the horrors of wars.
We are faced with a major financial crisis and the advise that comes to us, comes from the same source that caused it, with so called "bail out plan". I am not sure how much money did these people "earn" - Ben Bernake and Henry Paulson, but amount of half a billion was mentioned few times, without winking. If someone can earn that much by shuffling papers, we have to look ourselves in the mirror. It is not just Republican responsibility, it is responsibility of all people who are in power to say what they have to say. It is interesting how Singapore doesn't have much crime. Do you think that they are of a higher consciousness? .
Absolutely not. Punishment is so devastating that people will not risk. Law must reflect justice, but if someone steals from government (read us), than that person can NEVER EVER work for us (read government). And that principle doesn't go just for USA or Croatia. It goes for the rest of the world. Corruption will be down in 7 days by 98%.
Violence perpetuate greed. Stop the wars, stop the greed.
Talking about corruption, Just in:
October 27th, 2008 7 PM
Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens was convicted of seven corruption charges Monday in a trial that threatened to end the 40-year career of Alaska's political patriarch in disgrace. The verdict, coming barely a week before Election Day, increased Stevens' difficulty in winning what already was a difficult race against Democratic challenger Mark Begich, to be the first Croatian American Senator. CROWN supports Mark Begich. Democrats hope to seize the once reliably Republican seat as part of their bid for a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.
Other than that, all is fine and dandy.
On a lighter note, there were never unchallenging times. This time around, information and misinformation is widely available, so it is more than ever up to all of us to make a difference.
Read about stories of Croatian talented people, our true pride, true heroes and not just victims, people who contributed with more than their own life and suffering . CROWN Croatia.org and CroatianHistory.net became the most visible Croatian sites in the world, outside of Croatia. For that I thank all of you who support CROWN and specially Darko Zubrinic and Marko Puljic whose contribution is daily for years. CROWN will celebrate 10 years in 2009.
Svako dobro, keep it optimistic. New York, October 26, 2008
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And the best is yet to come....
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Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead
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Katarina Livljanic presenting Judith in Vancouver, Chicago and Kansas City
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| ||Katarina Livljanić, singer and musicologist, is one of the principal international specialists in medieval chant performance. Born in Zadar, Croatia, she directs the vocal ensemble Dialogos, Paris, specializing in medieval chant and liturgical theater of the Glagolitic tradition. She will perform Judith in Vancouver, Chicago and Kansas City, November 2nd, 7th and 8th, 2008.|
Croatian Heroes: Heroes of Vukovar TV serial by Eduard & Dominik Galic, part 8
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| ||Part 8 of the Vukovar Heroes series by Eduard and Dominik Galić, entitled Slavonska and Hercegovačka Street will be available on Friday 24.10.2008, at 20.10. You'll meet Mirko Brekalo senior, Nenad Gagić (on the photo), Ivan Kapular, Ivica Lukić, Dragan Luketić, Ivica Habajec. |
Nenad Bach performing LIVE at Fairleigh Dickinson University Nov. 1st 2008
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| ||An incredible line-up of cross generational folk stand-outs will perform in a trend-setting concert experience. Join them in song on Saturday, Nov 1, 2008. "An evening of outlandish chuckles and thoughtful folk provocation!" Oscar Brand, Terence Martin, Uncle Floyd, Nenad Bach, John and Martin Dull, Alex Zetelski. Featured seasoned musicians with Nenad: Kinny Landrum, Richard Lindsey, Michael O'Keefe and Mick Hanson.|
Ante Gabric the Saint of Sundarban in India
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| ||Fr. Ante Gabrić (Metković, Croatia 1915 - Bengal, 1988) lived like a Bengali, and he worked tirelessly for the spiritual development of the Bengali community in India. People in Bengal consider Fr. Gabrić should be beatified like mother Teresa and all the people are praying for for this. He was very much related to Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata and they worked hand in hand.|
Croatian Americans for Obama Biden 2008
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| ||"In these uncertain and tough times, Croatian Americans, like all Americans, are looking for a President that provides steady leadership and puts the middle class first," said Representative Peter Visclosky (IN). "Barack Obama will be that President – a President who, by his example, demonstrates that achieving the American dream is still possible."|
The CRAVAT instead of a TIE and NECKTIE
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| ||On the occasion of the International Day of The Cravat on the 18th of October we invite all the English speaking individuals to call the knotted scarf around their neck by it's original name the cravat instead of tie and necktie. The earliest known cravat in history was worn by Ivan Gundulić from the City of Dubrovnik, a famous Croatian poet from the 17th century.|
Croatian Heroes: Heroes of Vukovar TV serial by Eduard & Dominik Galic, part 7
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| ||Part 7 of the Vukovar Heroes series by Eduard and Dominik Galić, entitled New Banijska Street will be available on Friday 17.10.2008, at 20.10. Main characters in this episode are Miroslav and Tomislav Josić, Vlatko Voloder, Ivica Banožić, Ivan Kapula and Dragutin Špac (on the left).|
Ivan Vučetić the father of dactilosopy - fingerprinting as a method of identification
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| ||Ivan Vučetić (1858-1925), in Argentina better known as Juan Vucetich, introduced dactilosopy, that is, fingerprinting as a method of identification. This year we mark 150 years since his birth on the island of Hvar. On this occasion The Croatian Heritage Foundation in Zagreb has organized a series of events and issued a nice publication.|
Helen Crlenkovich renowned Croatian - American springboard diver
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| ||Helen Crlenkovich (1921-1955) was one of the most successful athletes in America and the world on the three-meter springboard and the ten-meter platform. She was an American-born Croatian lovingly known as "Klinky." She was the first female to do a full-twisting 1 1/2 somersault and several other dives that were heretofore only achieved by men.|
Croatian Heroes: Vinko Gecan USA
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| ||Vinko Gecan (1862-1916) is one whose name is woven into the historical fabric of our Croatian and American people. True heroism is not something that is planned. Rather, it is something that takes place under difficult circumstances as presented by life. Heroic moments are those that for some mysterious urge within us surface out of love for others - those in danger or need.|
Croatian Heroes: Heroes of Vukovar TV serial by Eduard & Dominik Galic, part 6
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| ||We invite you to see Part 6 of the Vukovar Heroes series by Eduard and Dominik Galić, entitled Technical building. It will be available via Croatian Television on Friday, October 10th, 2008, at 20.10. Main characters in this episode are Marko Filković, Ivo Komšić, Zdravko Mamić, and Ivica Mikula (on the left).|
Mirna Brkanovic working on her debut film
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| ||Mirna Brkanović studied at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb since 1994. In 1997 she started studying at the Academy of Television and Film in Munich, Germany. "Hidden Truth" is her graduation film. At the moment she is working on her debut film. Her motto is: "Stay true to your deepest and inmost wishes, because one day they will become your true."|
Croatian Heroes: Heroes of Vukovar TV serial by Eduard & Dominik Galic, part 5
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| ||Part 5 of the Vukovar Heroes series by Eduard and Dominik Galić is among others about Zdenko Horvat, Croatian defender (on the left), who destroyed 10 tanks and one armored vehicle and almost alone stopped a large enemy breakthrough in Vukovar across Bobota channel in 1991.|