|Még süt a nap|
A somewhat melancholy poem about the passing of the summer. The swallows sitting on the wires are getting ready to leave, compelled by the great Schedule and the great Compulsion. And he too, is getting ready to leave, following the same constraints as had his parents. See the full story...
Mécs László, O.Praem.
|The Reign of King Mátyás|
Every ruler hopes to pass on his legacy to his son. So did Mátyás király. But due to circumstances beyond his control, he was not destined to have a legitimate heir. His rule was tumultuous and brilliant, but it was not meant to have a continuation. See the full story...
Erika Papp Faber
| American-Hungarian Community|
|Literary Evening at the Somogyis|
On August 17th, Dr. and Mrs. Balázs Somogyi of Cheshire, CT hosted an evening with a talented, many-sided young actor named Marosán Csaba of the Kolozsvár Hungarian Theater, at 28 the youngest member of that group. (For a history of the theater, see the November 2016 issue of Magyar News Online.) He had just concluded a tour of Hungarian communities in Canada, and was returning to Kolozsvár the following day. See the full story...
|Remembering Anna Sándor de Kénos |
Sándor Anna was known to everyone as Annuska or Annuska néni to those of us who were more than 20 years younger than she. I remember her, going back to my childhood. She was a small woman, maybe slightly under 5 feet tall and weighed less than 100 pounds. But she was also a little power house, like a Hungarian version of the Energizer Bunny. I remember her always running around. She didn’t seem to stay idle for a moment. See the full story...
Charles Bálintitt Jr.
|Hungarian School Opening|
Fall is almost here, and the Hungarian School, sponsored by Magyar Studies of America, will once again be offering classes for adults and children. Registration will be on the first day of school, October 1st. See the full story...
|Flavors of Hungary|
For the longest time I considered myself a pretty good cook. I like to cook and bake, make easy and/or complicated recipes. Most of them I inherited from my mother. But I do not think I could save myself from prison with my cooking or with my recipes, as did this wonderful Hungarian lady, whose cook book just happened to come recently to Erika, our editor. See the full story...
Karolina Tima Szabo
VERES PÁLNÉ, A TRUE FREEDOM FIGHTER FOR WOMEN
Veres Pálné, neé Beniczky Hermin Karolina
“Man, have you lost your mind? Enrolling a girl in higher education?”…
- I overheard the robust voice of my father’s lawyer friend as I was playing in the next room with his daughters. My dad had just proudly told him that I was accepted in the fifth grade of a bi-lingual humanistic program of a highly reputable parochial girls’ school, leading to high school graduation and “Matura” after the 12th grade. His friend then went into a tirade about why girls are meant, and should be raised to, enhance the life and happiness of their husband and not to compete with him.
Believe it or not, their conversation happened just before the middle of the 20th century!
The man with the “antediluvian” principles was the frustrated father of five daughters, no sons. At the birth of the fifth girl he almost attacked the obstetrician for “not being able to deliver a boy” for him. To prepare the girls for their true calling, at a tender age, each was given a spinning wheel and had to learn how to use it. They were not allowed to go to secondary school but were expected to marry as soon as possible. Fortunately for them, the post-war years’ changing regimes sent their father into exile and they were free to follow their own dreams.
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Olga Vállay Szokolay
| It's a Small World/Kicsi a Világ|
It’s a Small World!
Janet Fekete with her sculpture titled "A Conversation with Nature"
Sometimes unexpected meetings lead to further unexpected discoveries – as I found here in Connecticut recently. Who would expect a cashier at a grocery store to be also a sculptor, photographer, and past designer of home goods who had also designed fine china for Rosenthal and Bloomingdale’s? See the full story...
|Did you know ...|
... that just as the iceman and the drótostót once were thriving tradesmen, so today there is another profession that is fading into oblivion? And that there was a series of Hungarian settlements in the Canadian Province of Saskatchewan? See the full story...
Karolina Tima Szabo