Happy New Year and Merry Ukrainian Christmas celebrations everyone!
I’m happy to share with you this interview that I did recently with a new friend from my neighbourhood, Steph Fazio – of Lealou. Steph is one of those dynamic “get stuff done” moms that everyone in our neighbourhood seems to know, with the most darling kids, impeccable design sense, curious interests and a great attitude on life. She also happens to be an avid Etsy shopper, so hey- what’s not to like? I took an instant liking to her when we met and was really touched when she asked me if she could interview me for her blog (gee, am I that interesting?)!
Have a look – and take a virtual stroll through Steph’s blog too – she finds the coolest stuff! I particularly like her “Links I clicked on this week” section – short and simple, and always great stuff!
2014 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Taras Shevchenko – Ukraine’s most famous cultural icon – and Ukrainian organizations all around the world have been commemorating this historic anniversary in different ways. The US-based Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus celebrated this remarkable poet (after whom the ensemble is named) with a CD release of Shevchenko’s most famous prose, set to new musical arrangements, some of which have never been heard or recorded before. (more…)
This prestigious award was developed by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Alberta Provincial Council (UCC-APC) to recognize members of the vast Ukrainian community in Alberta who dedicate their time and expertise to benefit Ukrainians in their province. This year there are a record 10 recipients in the youth, adult and senior categories, and I’m so proud to say that one of them is a long-time friend of mine!
I live in Mimico, an established community in the South West part of Toronto, with wide, tree-lined streets, small houses and friendly neighbours. Our street is one of many mini-communities of young families with kids, who never run short of playmates and are always busy in neighbour’s yards and driveways. But with kids comes STUFF, so come spring, everyone starts purging the toys, games and STUFF our kids have grown out of and start thinking about Garage Sales! (OK… so maybe the “big kids” have some stuff to purge too!) This year, some residents on our street decided that it would be a great idea to pool our garage sales into one big Street Sale, give it a street festival vibe and maximize the foot traffic to help make everyone’s sale a success.
I will never forget the first three months of 2014. Never in my life have I been so proud of my Ukrainian roots, and never before have I cherished the human rights and freedom that I enjoy every day as a Canadian citizen. The events of the Euromaidan revolution, ongoing since November 2013, are history in the making. I’ve been moved to tears almost each and every day on reading and hearing stories of the brave people of my ancestral homeland who have been peacefully protesting for months now, their futures unknown, yet full of hope.
Ukrainian Valentine’s Day – really?? I bet you’ve heard of Ukrainians celebrating “Ukrainian Christmas” on January 7 instead of December 25… or “Ukrainian Easter”, typically a few weeks after the rest of the christian world. But do you know why we celebrate on different days? And when exactly IS Ukrainian Valentine’s Day? (more…)