Monday, January 23, 2017

Happy Name Day, Zdeněk! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

Now here is a name I can relate to!  And I bet a lot of you out there, Czechs especially, can, too!

Today we honor Zdeněk.  Happy name day, Zdeněk!
The name Zdeněk is mainly used in the Czech language. It is of Latin origin and a variant form of the name Sidony, which means "from Sidon".  

The name Zdeněk is one that I am quite fond of as it's popular in my grandfather, father, and uncle all bear the name.  So as we're supposed to do on name days, let's raise a glass in honor of Zdeněk!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Happy Name Day, Slavomír! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

Today we honor Slavomír.  Happy name day, Slavomír!
The name Slavomír is of Czech origin and means "renowned glory".

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Happy Name Day, Běla! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

Today we honor Běla.  Happy name day, Běla!
The meaning of this name is not known for certain. It could be derived from a Slavic word meaning "white" or a Hungarian word meaning "within".  This was the name of four Hungarian kings.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Happy Name Day, Ilona! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

Today we honor Ilona.  Happy name day, Ilona!
The name Ilona is of Hungarian and Greek origin and means "light".

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Happy Name Day, Doubravka! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

Today we honor Doubravka.  Happy name day, Doubravka!

The name Doubravka is of Slavic origin and means "oak grove".

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Happy Name Day, Vladislav! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

Today we honor Vladislav.  Happy name day, Vladislav!
The name Vladislav is of Slavic origin and mean  "to rule with glory".

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Happy Name Day, Drahoslava! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

Today we honor Drahoslav.  Happy Name Day, Drahoslav!
The name Drahoslav is derived from the Slavic elements dorgu meaning "precious" and slav meaning "glory".

Monday, January 16, 2017

Happy Name Day, Ctirad! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

Today we honor Ctirad.  Happy name day, Ctirad!
The name Ctirad is of Slavic origin and means "honor, care".

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Happy Name Day, Alice! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

Today we honor Alice.  Happy name day, Alice!

The name Alice is of Old German origin and means "noble, exalted".  It's a variant of the Old French name Adeliz.  The name Alice was made famous by the heroine in Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" (1865) and "Through the Looking Glass" (1872), who was based on his child friend Alice Lidell, daughter of the Dean of Christ Church, Oxford.

FINALLY a name where I can actually wish an Alice a Happy Name Day.

Lots of famous folks named Alice, actually.  To name a few:

I think these two just cross each other out.  But then again, Alice probably just came across as all sweet and innocent.  Deep down we know she's hiding a few tattoos and some dominatrix clothing under that prim & proper dress of hers.

And my favorite Alice of all...

2016 decided to take her soul, too.  You are missed.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Happy Name Day, Radovan! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

Today we honor Radovan.  Happy name day, Radovan!
The name Radovan is of Slavic origin.  The name is derived from "rad", meaning care, joy. It can be translated as "the joyful one".  The name is mainly used in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia and Croatia.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Prague, My Love

I never tire of the view...I never tire of the city.

Happy Name Day, Edita! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

Today we honor Edita.  Happy Name Day, Edita!
The name Edita is a variant of Edith, which is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Edita is "strife for wealth".

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Happy Name Day, Pravoslav! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

Today we honor Pravoslav.  Happy name day, Pravoslav!
The name Pravoslav has its origins in the Slavonic language and is used mainly in Czech.  The meaning of Pravoslav is "righteous glory".

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Happy Name Day, Bohdana! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

Today we honor Bohdana.  Happy name day, Bohdana!
The name Bohdana is of Slavonic origin and means "given by God".

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Trading in my Human for a Robot

Who needs a human spouse when you can build one to your liking?  

Hmmm, hang on, something about this is quite appealing.  I envision romance and towels hung back up after showers and more romance and, "yes, my love..."  Although it's just too artificial,  One would surely get bored, no? One would surely realize said robot was programmed to their liking and that the entire relationship is a fake.  But perhaps, for some, that would not matter.  Perhaps, some would be happy, and isn't happiness what we all strive for?

For those of you in London, go see  Love, sex and marriage...with a robot? at The British Academy on February 3rd "...for an evening of activities from talks to performances, as we explore the future of romantic relationships."

Is this REALLY our future??

Happy Name Day, Břetislav! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

Today we honor Břetislav.  Happy name day, Břetislav!
The name Břetislav is of Slovak origin and means "noisy glory".

Monday, January 9, 2017

Happy Name Day, Vladan! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

Today we honor Vladan.   Happy name day, Vladan!
The name Vladan is a short form of Slavic names beginning with the element volod/vlad meaning "to rule, ruler".

Again, another name where I don't personally know a single Vladan, and again another name I am digging.  But there are Vladans out there, and to them I raise my glass on their special day.

Happy Belated Name Day, Vilma & Čestmír! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

On Saturday, Jan. 7th, we honored Vilma, and on Sunday, Jan. 8th, we honored Čestmír.  Happy belated name day, Vilma & Čestmír!

The name Vilma is a form of Wilma, which is the short form of Wilhelmina, which is of Old German origin and means "will, helmet, protection".   German settlers introduced the name Wilhelmina it to America in the 19th century.

A very famous Wilma...

The name Čestmír is of Czech origin and means "fortress".  I have yet to meet a Čestmír, but I am digging the name.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Tears fall as the Christmas ends

Epiphany, commonly known as Three Kings' Day in the United States, is on January 6.  Today.  It celebrates the three wise men's visit to baby Jesus and also remembers his baptism.

A short history lesson:
In the Czech Republic, today is known as Svátek Tří králů, Three Kings Day.  The Three Kings, Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar, also known as wise men from the east, saw a bright star on the night that Christ was born. They followed it to Bethlehem and met the baby Jesus, to whom they gave three gifts:gold, myrrh and frankincense.  Based on Biblical stories, the three kings represented three life stages - history, presence, and future (young, middle-aged, and old king).  The oldest man also had a dark face that represented the shadow of death.

Translates to:
Christmas is officially over and tears fall into my coffee.

My Solution:
Keep the tree up and pretend....
Fa la la la la, la la la la

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Happy Name Day, Dalimil! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

Today we honor Dalimil.  Happy name day, Dalimil!
The name Dalimil is of Czech origin and is derived from the Slavic elements dal meaning "far away" and mil meaning "gracious, dear".

I don't know anyone named Dalimil, do you?