Friday, December 9, 2016

The Village of Fishtown Heights

Andy's Christmas Tradition

Andy Kroyos is in his 86th year. He has lived in Fishtown for a very long time. He is also an very old friend of the family. I'm sure that many of you have seen him in the neighborhood walking his dog along Palmer Cemetery and beyond.
It was around this time last year that the Spirit Newspaper (page 9) did a feature article on his Christmas tradition. It appears that the Star Newspaper will present him again, this year, in an up coming edition of the paper. (a link will be added when it's published)
Andy has worked on his Christmas village platform over most of his life. I was so happy to accept his invitation to see and photograph his life long work and family tradition. There is so much to see. The opening picture is where I got the title to this post. Also look for a loving note to his wife.

(click picture for slideshow)

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

In remembrance of the Battle of the Bulge (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945)

I'll be home for Christmas

Upwards to the mountains

Here's Andy
Joy to the World and Peace on Earth

words and pictures by roman blazic_all rights reserved

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Thursday, November 24, 2016


Thirty-three years and counting

My children. From then to now.

Thanksgiving, we still love each other, We still like each other. We still share a meal with each other whether together but always in the heart.

words and pictures by roman blazic_all rights reserved 

Monday, November 21, 2016

The 334th Anniversary of William Penn's Treaty with the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape People

"by deeds of peace"

The Friends of Penn Treaty Park celebrated the 334th anniversary of the of the signing of the unbroken peace treaty. A small group gather around the great-great grandchild of the original Peace Elm under which the peace treaty was made in 1682.
The Reverend John Norwood, the founding Pastor of Ujima Village Christian Church,  is a Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Councilman and Judge and also serves as the government liaison for the Confederation of Sovereign Nanticoke-Lenape Tribes, which is a union of the three interrelated tribal nations of Nanticoke and Lenape people remaining in the area of the Delaware Bay.
Reverend Norwood delivered a heart felt speech of the meaning of the oneness of all people and the Earth. He lead all in attendance in a blessing of this noble truth "by deeds of peace."
This blessing comes through prayer and the sacred use of tobacco. Tobacco, a herb, has the quality of being able to absorb. When made into a poultice, it can absorb toxins out of a rash or bug bite.  When you pray with it, it absorbs your prayers. And when smoked, the smoke carries your prayers up to the Creator.
Hold a pinch of tobacco between the first three fingers of your hand, say your prayer, then open your fingers and let the tobacco fall to the ground. Don’t toss it, let it fall. The nature spirits will then work on fulfilling that prayer.
“White people misused tobacco, the sacred medicine of the native people, and it made them sick.  When native people misused white peoples’ medicine, the sacred wine of the mass, it became their undoing.”
We must respect one another’s medicines.

We must respect our different worldly cultures.

The sharing of the sacred tobacco

The blessing and prayer
Barbara Morehead founder of the Friends of Penn Treaty Park along with Reverend John Norwood standing at the site of  great-great grandchild of the original Peace Elm 
Children enjoyed coloring nature's related picture of this event and made a necklace of the Turtle Symbol

Reading for an in-depth history introduction to the Lenni Lenape or Delaware Indians courtesy of  the Penn Treaty Museum.

words and pictures by roman blazic_all rights reserved
sacred tobacco sourced from Molly Larkin 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Are you Roman?

A funny thing happened

I was approached by a person today who has been reading my blog. This person commented that my Veteran's Day post was very thought provoking and had much depth of feeling. They also said that hearing the actual song surprised them because it was well composed. They strongly advised me that I should have someone who could properly perform it. 
I replied that I did the best that I can and that next time maybe I shouldn't produce a video in high-defamation. 
We both had a good laugh.

such is life by roman blazic_all rights reserved

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Veteran's Day

Coming home is not so easy for some

"Finding the Place of the Heart"

Deep into the heart
Deep  into the part
I'm falling away from love

Day into the night
night into the day
I'm calling to you, my heart

When you're near I feel your warmth
I can feel you breathe
Don't ask why I need to know I'm alive

Tether me I'm blind but see
I'm falling as I fly
Finding the place of the heart

Finding the place of the heart

words and music by roman blazic_all rights reserved
i did the best i can to honor a request

Monday, November 7, 2016

USA Presidential Election

Yep! Blame Russia

It seems that the USA is headed towards neo-McCarthyism: the practice of making accusations of subversion or treason without proper regard for evidence. It also means the practice of making unfair allegations or using unfair investigative techniques, especially in order to restrict dissent or political criticism.

Yes! In the USA we have Freedom of the Pest. Не все из нас не знают правду. Мир и наилучшие пожелания на будущее.

Some of you may be old enough to remember this.

pov by romann blazic