Category Archives: Lithuania

“Spring has come again already” – Lithuanian poetry through the ages

My Lithuanian Year continues as I delve into more of the Baltic nation’s literary history.  For National Poetry Month, I’ve decided to research five of Lithuania’s best-known poets, from the nineteenth century to the present.  From the age of the … Continue reading

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Tales from the land of the Nemunas

Back in 2013, I wrote a post on some of my favorite Lithuanian children’s stories.  Today, in honor of the March 11, 1990 re-establishment of Lithuanian independence (Yep, Lithuania actually has two independence days! 😀 ), which re-asserted the Declaration … Continue reading

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An ode to the books I Did Not Finish (Juv/YA edition)

In the past eight years, I’ve reviewed plenty of amazing books, less-than-amazing books, really-kind-of-terrible books, and just-plain-meh books.  The reading experience has been a mixed bag of awesomeness and problems, but there was always something in each book that kept … Continue reading

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Lithuania 100

Today is the 100th anniversary of Lithuania’s declaration of independence from Germany, Russia, and Poland. The Act of Reinstating the Independence of Lithuania was signed on February 16, 1918, announcing the establishment of an independent, democratic Lithuanian state with Vilnius … Continue reading

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Merry Meet! Merry Part! And Merry Mochas!

Edit 09-05-13:  Added a few more notes and one more picture.  Huge renovation, I know 🙂 . . . . . . . . It was close this year.  Very close.  We slid in just before the doors rumbled shut, … Continue reading

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“Ten miške, kur eglės ošią…”

Inspired by Jean of Howling Frog Books, whose January posts focused on lesser-known children’s titles from (mostly) outside the U.S., I thought I’d share a few of the classic Lithuanian stories I grew up with. . . . . . … Continue reading

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A song for the solstice

In honor of Midwinter and the world not ending, I’d like to share the following video from a folk song festival I attended back in October. First, a little background:  When my mom and her sisters were little, they used … Continue reading

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Cybele’s Secret

Juliet Marillier.  Cybele’s Secret.  New York: Knopf, 2008.  424 pgs. This is the sequel to Marillier’s Wildwood Dancing, set six years later and focused — seemingly — on much more this-worldly intrigues.  Paula, the second-youngest of the five dancing sisters, … Continue reading

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Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick

Joe Schreiber.  Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick.  New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2011.  190 pgs. I still get those moments of geeky delightedness any time I see Lithuania mentioned in mainstream media.  Like when Stephen Colbert did this bit.  You know … Continue reading

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Country pumpkins

Just a little Hallowe’en humor for y’all.  I miss Fox Trot — it’s not gone or anything; I just haven’t followed it in a while.  And hey, look, a Lithuania reference! 😀 Don’t forget, the progressive story game is still … Continue reading

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