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Poem by Cheryl J. Fish

Posted on Apr 9, 2018 | 0 comments

Can I use my miles to get more miles? They never expire. Flea market to closet. A calm naked swim in Simhall, then smoke sauna. Have a Lapin Kulta Premium. Find out who’s where. Angie’s singing. She sways and scat sings, the guitar rolls. She’s on stage in the crowded bar. Past, present, future. Go and hit the water. Swim naked in the Simhall then sit in the smoke sauna hot on wood bench, top row. Out into cold pool. Annika shows me where they wash rugs with a brush in the Gulf of Finland. After a pounding, they hang from the rug dock. Long periods of light. Lena tells me of churlish...

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International Women’s Day

Posted on Mar 8, 2018 | 0 comments

International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day to all wonderful women out there! To honor this day we would like to name few notable Finnish women that have made an impact on women’s empowerment in Finland and internationally.   Minna Canth– Minna Canth (1844-1897)  was the first female significant writer in Finland. She defended women’s rights and wrote about social issues. Canth was also the first female journalist and in her writings she raised the issues from a feminist, socialist and gender ethics perspective and advocated for the freedom of religion. She was the first woman in...

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The Best Thing about Finland! … And a Finnish Perspective

Posted on Dec 18, 2017 | 1 comment

The Best Thing about Finland! … And a Finnish Perspective

The results of our informal Facebook survey about what is the best thing about Finland are in. The overwhelming winner: Air Guitar Championships. Very funny! Shows that Finns have a quirky sense of humor. How come nobody mentioned the wife carrying contests, cell-phone throwing contests, swamp wrestling… Among the more serious responses: Sibelius, pine trees and birch trees, marimekko, granite, lakes, reindeer, cloudberries, and the good and honest people who live there (several people mentioned this last one). Thank you to everyone who participated!       It is...

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HIM Bang and Whimper Farewell tour in Hammerstein Ballroom NYC Nov 17th

Posted on Nov 27, 2017 | 1 comment

HIM Bang and Whimper Farewell tour in Hammerstein Ballroom NYC Nov 17th

You could say I grew up listening to HIM. The first time I saw them was in 1998, during Helsinki Festival (Helsingin Juhlaviikot) at Huvila. Yes, 1998 was almost 20 years ago, and at the time I was barely in my teens. Though I never considered myself a major fan of the band, I was quite involved in the music scene and happened to see them perform many times. I have a great appreciation for Ville Valo’s song writing and the band’s energetic live performances. In fact, several of my New Years’ Eves have been spent in attendance of a HIM concert. Every year, HIM hosts a three-day party...

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Ville Juurikkala: HIM: Right Here in My Eyes opening in Morrison Hotel Gallery NYC Nov 14th

Posted on Nov 27, 2017 | 0 comments

Ville Juurikkala: HIM: Right Here in My Eyes opening in Morrison Hotel Gallery NYC Nov 14th

Invitation only. Morrison Hotel Gallery is a second floor walk up located in the middle of SoHo, on Prince Street between Greene and Wooster. On November 14th, they hosted an invite-only event where Finland seemed the common ground between attendants. People who had met years ago through friends of friends were suddenly in the same room together after long separations. And people who had never met found their connection to Finland the perfect topic to begin a conversation. The occasion was an opening reception where two shows were on display concurrently. On one side of the space were...

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EMILY’S CHRISTMAS by Meritta Koivisto

Posted on Dec 11, 2016 | 0 comments

EMILY’S CHRISTMAS by Meritta Koivisto

   Emily’s Christmas   Emily watched the slowly floating snowflakes through her kitchen window. It was just past four o’clock, at the dawn of Christmas Eve. The herbal tea warmed nicely her fingers that were wrapped around a mug of tea. Rooibos. That’s what she had made, so that she would have something to do, because she was not able to fall asleep. The newspaper she would still have to wait, for a while, maybe till five – or if it took more time than usual for the newspaper delivery to get through the blanket of snow that was growing heavier and heavier, it could be even six...

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Michael Monroe at Gramercy Theater

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 | 0 comments

Michael Monroe at Gramercy Theater

Michael Monroe at Gramercy Theater 2/19/2016 by Alex Markwith Photo: Ville Juurikkala Headlining on a U.S. Tour in support of their new album BLACKOUT STATES, Michael Monroe made a stop at New York City’s Gramercy Theater last Friday night. Though the stage name Michael Monroe sounds decidedly American, and indeed the namesake frontman lived in New York for a time beginning in 1985, Michael Monroe was born Matti Fagerholm, in Finland, from where two current bandmates, bassist Sami Yaffa and drummer Karl Rockfist, also hail. Michael Monroe, the singer, rose to fame through the band...

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Introducing Elina Miettinen from American Ballet Theater

Posted on Jan 3, 2016 | 0 comments

Introducing Elina Miettinen from American Ballet Theater

Elina Miettinen is the first Finnish ballerina to join American Ballet Theater and so far the only one. She was born in Russia, but moved to Helsinki at the age of five. Due to her Finnish father, and growing up in Finland, she identifies herself as a Finn. Whereas many ballerinas start dancing extremely young, Elina was relatively old when she found her way in to the ballet world. She started rhythmic gymnastics at the age of seven, which changed to ballet at the age of nine, when she started at Helsinki Dance Institute inspired by her mother’s suggestion. Elina loved to dance, but the...

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