Category Archives: Lithuania

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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The Flowing Queen

This book was originally published in Germany in 2001*, under the title Die Fließende Königin (The Flowing Queen).  In this review, I refer to the Lithuanian and U.S. translations:       Kai Meyer.  Vandens Karalienė (Queen of the Water).  Trans. Birutė … Continue reading

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