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» An Encounter with Oliver Dragojevic in Houston May 7-8 2015
By David Byler | Published 05/12/2015 | Music | Unrated
Oliver's lightening May USA and Canada tour for 2015 is done. He sang in Cleveland, Montreal, New Orleans, Houston, St Louis, and Mississauga on this tour to sold out or nearly sold out crowds. On the Facebook page for the tour is written: "6 performances, several time zone changes, twice crossing Canada-USA border, 9 flights, 700 miles by the car, taking photos and signing autographs to over a 1,000 fans! All of that in just 11 days!" We all love Oliver Dragojevic, and we are looking forward to seeing him again. Viva Las Vegas!
» Marin Čilić wins the US Open in New York!
By David Byler | Published 09/10/2014 | Sports | Unrated
On September 8, 2013 Marin Čilić became the winner of the US Open in New York at Arthur Ashe Stadium by defeating Kei Nishikori, the man who had defeated the number one tennis player in the world. Two days earlier, Marin took down Roger Federer 6:3 6:4 6:4 while Nishikori outplayed Djokovic 6-4 1-6 7-6(4) 6-3 and so the match of the new Titans was set to different music than most people expected  for the game on Monday.
» Croatian Ambassador to USA Joško Paro leads campaign to reduce dependance upon Russian Energy
By David Byler | Published 03/8/2014 | News | Unrated

For more than a year Croatians and Americans have been proposing that Croatia be an entry point of U.S. natural gas into the European market. The recent crises in the Ukraine has brought the matter to the forefront as it becomes more and more evident that dependency on Russian energy supplies places Europe at a marked disadvantage in negotiations with Russia.
» The Croatian School in Houston Celebrated its First Anniversary in January 2014
By David Byler | Published 03/3/2014 | Friends In Action | Unrated
The Croatian School of Houston recently celebrated one year anniversary. The Croatian community in Houston is extremely proud of this volunteer and non-profit initiative. The Croatian School of Houston is the first Croatian School in the greater Houston area. For the very first time the children in Houston have the opportunity to learn the Croatian language, cultural heritage, history and geography, while having fun. The main purpose of the school is to teach and perpetuate the standard Croatian Language. The main objective is to preserve Croatian cultural traditions and national heritage.
» Julia Dujmović wins Gold in Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
By David Byler | Published 02/24/2014 | Sports | Unrated

Saturday 22 February 2014 is a day which 26 year old Julia Dujmović will never forget. Her first run in the parallel slalom left Julia a dissapointing .72 seconds behind Anke Karstens from Germany. Julia Dujmović gave her all in the second run to overtake Karstens, pulling ahead in the course to win the gold by .12 seconds, winning the first gold medal ever for Burgenland in the Winter Olympics.
» Mike Stepovic, the Last Territorial Governor of Alaska dies on 14 February 2014 in San Diego
By David Byler | Published 02/22/2014 | In Memoriam | Unrated

Former Governor Mike Stepovich was the last Territorial Governor and the last surviving Territorial Governor of Alaska when he died in San Diego on Friday the 14th of February 2014. Mike Stepovich is survived by six daughters Antonia Gore, Nada Stockton, Maria Greulich, Laura Tramonte, Andrea McGill and Melissa Cook; seven sons Michael, Peter, Christopher, Dominic, Theodore, Nicholas and James; thirty-seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; two half sisters, Nada Houston and Ellen Burdette; and two half-brothers, Michael and Alexander Stepovich.
» Ivica Kostelić makes history in the Super-combined event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games
By David Byler | Published 02/16/2014 | Sports , Awards | Unrated
Ivica Kostelić wins the Silver for Croatia at Sochi on Valentine's Day 2014 becoming the first person to win three silver medals in three consecutive Winter Olympic Games. This is his fourth Silver medal in the Olympics.  Up until the present competition in Sochi, Ivica had won three Olympic medals, three medals in the World Championships, and 59 podium finishes in the World cup including 26 victories with 4 small crystal globes and one large globe in 2011.
» Joško Paro in Houston for the United Nations Remembrance Day 2014
By David Byler | Published 02/2/2014 | News , History , Croatian Life Stories | Unrated
His Excellency, Mr. Joško Paro, Croatian Ambassador to the United States (left) was in Texas on January 27, 2014 to make a presentation to the Houston Holocaust Museum. This was part of the United Nations Remembrance Day commemorations. There was also recognition of the Croatian "Righteous Among Nations".
» How do Croatians Communicate? By David Byler 8th Generation Croatian-American
By David Byler | Published 11/12/2013 | Opinions , Croatian Life Stories , Community | Unrated
"How do Croatians Communicate" is a vital topic for many of us. Croatian musicians, poets, artists, politicians, preachers, and marketing people of all varieties, no less than those from any culture or from any ethnicity, are communicators. Our success depends on persistent and pervasive communication. A song heard only by a few birds in the forest, as pleasant and appreciative an audience as they may seem to be, is somehow unsatisfying to us. Our satisfaction is not derived from the wealth or power that our communication might yield but about our "voice" being heard and perhaps eliciting a response from our audience.
» David Byler: 8th Generation of Croatian American, New Dalmatia, Nueva España, Texas, and the way Home
By David Byler | Published 05/18/2013 | Music , People , Environment , Education , Culture And Arts | Unrated
After World War II, in America parents began to teach phone numbers and addresses to their children so they knew how to get home. David Byler's parents taught him a little "poem" so he could find his way Home. Home, almost three hundred years ago, was a little town in western Slavonia.  David had a career in international forest products sales and transportation. He has had another career as a Lutheran Pastor which continues at the present.  David is currently producing music videos with which he hopes to attract both Croatians of all kinds and non-Croatians to the priceless treasure of Croatian culture.
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