Showing posts from May, 2018

The Star in Prague 6---Hvězda park and palace

From Wikipedia: "Letohrádek Hvězda(Czech pronunciation:[ˈlɛtoˌɦraːdɛk ˈɦvjɛzda], translating into English as "Star Villa" or "Star Summer Palace") is aRenaissancevilla situated in agame reserveof the same name (Obora Hvězda) inLiboc,Prague 6, 7 kilometres west ofPraguecity centre.
The surrounding game reserve was founded in 1530 by King Ferdinand I. Twenty-five years later he commissioned his younger son Ferdinand II, Archduke of Austria, to build the villa. The foundations were laid on 27 June 1555 by the Archduke alone, and construction of the villa was completed three years later. The villa is shaped as a six-pointed star, from which it and the game reserve acquire their shared name. In 1962 the villa was listed as a national cultural monument, which it remains today. An exhibition relating to theBattle of White Mountain, which took place nearby, is now on permanent display inside the publicly accessible villa."…

The National Theatre is 100 years old!

"The construction of the Czech National Theatre took 13 years and was partly covered by funds raised from a massive public collection. The building was completed in 1881 but only two months after its opening it was destroyed by fire."

"The National Theatre reopened on 18 November, 1883 with the performance of Bedřich Smetana’s opera Libuše, which was performed under the famous slogan Národ sobě – a nation unto itself."

Open House for architectural delights in Prague

"The Open House Praha festival this year will see 65 buildings open to the public on May 19 and 20. The buildings include new examples of modern office architecture, 20th-century landmarks and historical palaces. Twenty-four buildings are new to the program this year.

This year it will be possible to visit a newly renovated apartment building by the architect Kamil Roškot, a completely new development in the form of the Drn palace in Národní třída, the modern office building Greenline, the Brussels pavilion Expo 58 or original Zátka soda factory, now the headquarters of the advertising agency.

Clam-Gallasův palác, photo by ŠJů(cs:ŠJů)
“From historic buildings, visitors should not miss Clam-Gallasův palác or neo-Renaissance Schebkův palác. From the buildings of the 20th century, Kramářova vila, Hotel International Prague in the style of socialist realism, or the distinctive CETIN building from the 1970s are worth mentioning,” festival director Andrea Šenkyříková said."

Learning Czech for non-natives--young learners learn by immersion

"Half of the children in the private kindergarten and nursery school Bambino in Prague are from Czech families, one third are from bilingual families, mostly American-Italian or English-Czech, and the parents of the rest are expatriates, Bambino's head Tomas Trnka said.

"We have kids of about ten nationalities," he said, adding that American, French, Italian, Vietnamese, German, Slovak and Israeli children were most common. "We have children of diplomats who spend a limited time here, usually two or four years. It is their priority that their child has social contacts rather than learns to speak Czech well," Trnka said, adding that foreign employees of world corporations have a similar strategy. But if the foreign parents decide to stay in the country, they want their child to leave kindergarten with a very good command of Czech, he said."

In Brno--support local growers and fair trade

"Brno will join more than 100 other towns and citiesacross the Czech Republic in holding “Fair Breakfast” events on Saturday morning, May 12.

This will be the eighth time that this event, which is always held onWorld Fair Trade Day, has taken place in Brno.

This time, picnickers will meet on the lawn around the Environmental Education Centre Hlídka (“Středisko ekologické výchovy Hlídka”, map) at Špilberk. In case of rain, the breakfast will be moved inside."

Take a walk through 16th-century Prague

"Prague has a new virtual reality tourist attraction. Visitors to the city center can walk through 16th century Prague and meet the legendary Golem."

Symbols of Czechoslovakia for the 100th anniversary of its founding

"The particular exhibition sections focus on various state symbols and their changes in time, including the Czech (Czechoslovak) flag, state anthem and the developments of the country's coat of arms.

Though the exhibition is inspired by the establishment of Czechoslovakia in 1918, some exhibits are much older. The double-tailed lion, the land's symbol, from St Vitus Cathedral at the Castle dates back to the 14 century and another one from Zvikov Castle, south Bohemia, is from the 13th century, exhibition author Michal Burian said."

For Teacher Appreciation Week, May, 2018

Teachers are my role models. 

Some memorable teachers in my life: Mrs. Thompson (1st grd), Mrs. Coley (3rd grd), Mrs. Carlyle (5th grd), Mr. Cannon (6th grd), Sara Merrill (7th grd humanities), Mrs Fouchee (Spanish), Mr. West (US History), Raleigh Porter (English), Frances Gibson (choir), Janet Harrod (English and newspaper), Dr. Patrick Turbett (Sociology), Dr. Art Johnson (NYS History), Dr. Stan Nadel (Native American History), Dr. Charlie Pregger-Roman (Latin American history). 

My own teaching career has spanned my entire life, from tutoring a classmate on how to read in 1st grade in KY through teaching pre-schoolers in Prague, middle-schoolers and high-schoolers in a Florida private school, students in private universities in New York &Tennessee and in a Florida community college, and Central Europeans ages 16-76 in my business, the International Leadership Institute, in Prague, Florida, and Tennessee. 

I often feel that teaching is way too much work (mentally, emotionally, phys…

The Czech experience from communism to open markets and democracy after 1989: Leaders to Follow

Our business, the International Leadership Institute, had the rare and unique privilege of working with high-level business and government executives from Czechoslovakia in the 1990s as they made the tremendous leap from a state-planned communist economy to a free market economy operating in a liberal democracy.

Our Business Leadership Forum: USA programs brought eligible executives to the US for intensive executive education programs offering internships and university study in crucial business areas including marketing, accounting, logistics, and selling. We developed strategic partnerships with the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade, MORA/Moravia's Olomouc Training Centre, the University of North Florida, Jacksonville University, and a host of American-based businesses to deliver the BLF: USA programs from 1991--1996. After 1996, we delivered similar programs in conjunction with the the US Department of State to executives from Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia, Slovakia,…