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The Old Country: Between The Forceps and The Stone

  • September 3, 2019
The Old Country:  Between The Forceps and The Stone

Former Business Offices Of Prokop Babiy, Burkaniv. INFINITE DREAMS (БЕЗКОШТОВНІ МРЕЖІ). “How can you be in two places at once when you’re not anywhere at all”? --The Firesign Theatre.. Isn’t that what “Dreaming” is - being cognitively in separate spaces at the same Time - “Anywhere” and “Nowhere” at once? Life then, like the song lyric, may indeed be a Dream, infinitely intertwined along a continuum of separate realities. How many of us right now at this instant are alive on this planet; seven plus billions? Life then, might be a projection of seven...

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The Old Country: In Nomine Patris

  • September 3, 2018
The Old Country:  In Nomine Patris

FICTION AND FAITH. Upon reaching senescense, we tend to look back on our lives and begin to ask questions of ourselves. Questions that maybe we should have asked of our forebears when they were alive; like where did we come from, and who were we, and the ultimate; what have we become now [not that they would have come up with answers either]?

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The Old Country: Salt Of The Earth

  • August 11, 2018
The Old Country:  Salt Of The Earth

A GRAIN OF SALT. Here's a word association experiment -- or narrowing the scope a bit we might call it an Ukrainian Haiku since it encapsulates a few uniquely Ukrainian terms however decidedly non-traditional in structure: Salt >> Chumak >> Galicia >> Ruthenian >> Ukrainian >> Salt of The Earth. Now there is an expression that was once popular among the precariat in the Detroit area where I grew up: "back to the salt mines" which, since Detroit was built over a large glacial deposit of salt, was a local way of saying "time to get your ass back to work",...

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The Old Country: Lviv

  • October 1, 2017
The Old Country:  Lviv

Monument to Taras Shevchenko, Lviv. DAYS THREE & FOUR Having survived the first two days of my insane itinerary, my guide Diana Borysenko had scheduled us for two relatively relaxing days in Lviv consisting of various historical, museum and church tours, a vist to several unique cafes for coffee and confections, the sampling of local cuisine, and an evening at the Opera House to attend a "gala" presentation of the inaugural season of the LvivMozArt Festival.

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The Old Country: Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast

  • September 26, 2017
The Old Country:  Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast

Annunciation (The Savior) Church, a 15th Century Carpathian Wooden Church. Dolyna [Долйна]. Well if the itinerary for Day One was ridiculous -- four towns, 350 kilometers or more round trip, and roads that were in places more like obstacle courses -- Day Two would prove to be insane. We're talking about a tour of Sub-Carpathian Ukraine that involves at least 400 kilometers of driving in one day -- a weekend day at that -- smack in the middle of August which is high tourist season for this part of the world - not the smartest of plans.

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