(A Bear and a Bug)
(By the Sea There is Some Trash)
(Hey, My Two Hands)
(Kaleena is Rocking a Cradle)
(The Bear's Wedding)
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Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Bulgaria and more.
The tropanka is a folk dance from the Dobruja region of Bulgaria. In Bulgarian, it’s spelled . It’s traditionally danced as a line dance in the shape of an arc. The dancers generally hold hands throughout the dance. There are many regional variations to it. You can listen to the [...]
Roger wrote asking for help. Here’s what he emailed us: Dear Lisa, I am trying to find information about a song which I believe to be Bulgarian. I starts: Todora todorke vecheya la lisi… Obviously I’m not sure about spelling. Do you know it? Thanks for any info, Roger If [...]
As Easter approaches, it’s natural to think a little about eggs! In days gone by the egg, due to its shape, was a symbol of the earth. Thanks to its obvious association with the beginning of life, it has also been the basis of many ancient creation stories. It has been a symbol of fertility, [...]
Guest Blogger, Ed Gawlinski, has been involved in many cultural organizations throughout his life. Here, he discusses Easter traditions in several Eastern European cultures. A common custom is to color hard boiled eggs for Easter. We usually colored them on Good Friday, while eating hot cross [...]
Larraine wrote to me looking for Scouting Campfire Songs from around the world. Here’s what she wrote, followed by my response with some suggested songs and sites to go to for help: Dear Mama Lisa, It has been suggested that I contact you with my request. I am the sketch producer of [...]
"Patience" is a great poem about the importance of forbearance. Often you’ll just hear the 1st verse recited like a proverb. You can listen to the poem below and read along with the text. MP3 of the Poem Patience Patience By Anna M. Pratt If a string is in a knot, Patience will [...]
I bought a large bag of raw almonds recently. It was a 3 lb. bag for $12. A great deal! My family loves when I roast them. Yum! Delicious and good for you. Here’s my recipe… Recipe for Salted Roasted Almonds Ingredients 2-3 pounds Raw Almonds 1 1/2 teaspoons Sea Salt 1 1/2 Tablespoons [...]
"Sunset" is a beautiful poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar. It’s a perfect time to read Dunbar’s poems in time for Black History Month. Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872 – 1906) was born in Ohio. His parents were emancipated slaves. He wrote his first poem at the young age of 6! His [...]
We have finally added the Esperanto language to Mama Lisa’s World with two nursery rhymes with mp3 recordings. Esperanto is the most widely-spoken constructed language in the world. It was created by a Polish-Jewish ophthalmologist, Dr. Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof (1859-1917). He published a book [...]
Hazel shared this recipe with us that her Egyptian husband taught her how to make a long time ago. Here’s her letter… Here is the "recipe". It is not very specific because I have never written it down. Sephardic Jews will put up the fava beans on a Friday night [...]
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