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- a) Food - The Famous Karelian Pie - piirakka
- - Finnish Bread: Historical background - leipa
- b) Literature - Kalevala
- c) Churches in Finland - Religion
- cii) Archives: Nobel Prize winners - Jewish vs. Muslim
- d) Sauna Culture - Sauna, the Finnish Bath sauna
- e) Finnish Song Book - songbook
- f) Finnish Music and culture broadcast in Canada on the Internet. - Pirkko
- g) Finnish and Karelian Music, international music - Music
- h) Finnish Products Page - Products
Here are examples where independent researchers achieve better results than the medical industry, which is still using cutting, burning and poisoning to cure cancer despite billions of dollars raised to "find the cure." If these horrible treatments only save a few lives, why not offer alternatives that offer the same or even better results but without the colateral damage. Nobody is rushing in to study them so why not open it up to others? Their methods leave the patient severely damaged and in many cases their medicine kills the patient. Hypocrites said "do no harm" and to use natural methods (food) before attempting any powerful chemicals. For complying with the safe, effective methods proposed by Hypocrites, they are persecuted by the government sponsored agencies such as AMA, Cancer Society etc. that apparently are more concerned about their precious poor protocol and professional high paid positions than curing the patient. The Cancer Industry depends on fund raising and the appearance of trying to find a cure to perpetuate itself. A cure would result in a catastrophic implosion of the whole lucrative system, and they protect it vigorously. This situation is a classic case of conflict of interest and we are all the poorer for it. If they cared at all they would give alternative treatments a fair, unbiased hearing. They do not. That is why I choose to support the so called "Quacks" in these videos. If you or your loved one has cancer, the Hoxsey Clinic charges $3500 to cure the cancer. Check into it and the Gerson Clinic. Devine healing is also available; God can. It saddens me to see so many well-trained people in life sciences related fields sell themselves to the god of money, protecting their benefactors and furthering their financial goals at the expense of sick bodies.
Joronen is an old Karelian name from Johannes, Kaukola, Kurkijoki, Hiitola, Parikkala, Simpelä, Käkisalmi, and Salmi, which covers the area from just East of Viipuri, (Karjalan Kannas or Karelian isthmus) where my father's home is, (but of course the Karelians were moved out of their homes in 1944) to the Northeastern shores of Lake Ladoga. (Map) The Joro form is from Salmi and Suistamo. Today they are spread out all over Finland from Seinäjoki to Imatra. These two names also have the form Joroi which is from Nissilä and connected with the Orthodox church. Family oral tradition states that our relatives originate from a house named Jorossoppi (35 km Northeast of Imatra). The word Joro is possibly derived from Roman Catholic Saint Georgius, or Jorgius, Jorgas, Jorres, Joris, which are of Germanic origin. It's meaning according to one Joro, is the nickname for "wolf" in old Finnish, or it can mean "one who does not speak much." Joronen is the diminutive of Joro, which would be "little wolf." (If you saw and heard my father, you wouldn't think it means the "little guy who doesn't speak much," because he is not little, and the stories just keep coming - about the war, as well as the lost Karelian way of life, and his beloved Viipuri.) This nickname for wolf or "susi" originates from the old Finnish/Karelian myth that to give a name such as wolf would be calling the wolf, whereas a nickname would keep the wolf away.
My grandmother on my father's side is Vanhanen from Rotjanlahti, Pyhäjärvi, on the north side of Lake Ladoga. Everyone in Karelia was obliged to leave in 1944, leaving only two small parts now called northern Karelia and southern Karelia.
I certainly recall her house when I was five, at Ruuhijärvi, the coffee grinder, aroma of brewing coffee, and her sharp spoons. My grandmother from my mother's side is from Uusikirkko, between Viipuri and Terijoki. My father's family is from Johannes. Most of my close relatives lived on the Karelian Isthmus, which is now in Russia, where it is hoped that one day they can return to their homes.
On my mother's side, my grandfather was very well known - Viktor Saarnio the Kouvolan Harmonikka (accordion) representative to Viipuri and environs (200 km radius). He was an expert accordion technician (to such accordionists as Vesterinen), and musician which might not sound like much, but in Finland it was an important trade. He moved to Viipuri from Kymi, which is not far from Karelia. To my knowledge, our ancestry is Lutheran.
I was born in Finland (Helsinki) of Karelian ancestry, and immigrated to Canada when I was six, and never went to school in Finland. But no sooner had I seen a Finnish newspaper, than I was beginning to sound out the phonetic Finnish language (Vapaa Sana) at six years old. When I was in Junior High School, the principal told my mother that her kids couldn't speak Finnish on the school property. Right then I decided that I would never give up my Finnish language, nor my heritage. I used to listen to old 78 rpm Finnish records over and over again, fascinated. The songs still ring in my ears though I no longer have them. I made friends with recent immigrants from Finland which increased my vocabulary, especially technical/scientific vocabulary, because Pekka was an excellent electronics technician, even as a teenager. I learned that you can be anything you want to be: a Canadian, a Finn, or even a zoologist or a little of all three.
I did some hitch-hiking in my younger days. In fact I hitch-hiked most of the way to the Bahamas, where I got a job as Engineering Stock control manager of Lucayan Beach Hotel, in the beautiful Caribbean. There I fell in love with the music they call Ska, which is now a part of the genre of Reggae. Listen to some of this music from the land of sea and sun.
A couple of years later I travelled to Finland by Norwegian bulk carrier freighter MV Tres Fonn from Norfolk Va. to Norway. (Victoria - Vancouver - New York; Norfolk Va: - Trinidad - Sauda, in Saudafjord Norway; Stavanger - Oslo - Stockholm - Turku - Helsinki) and surprised my grandparents! I spent six months of late winter and summer there and enjoyed it greatly, and gained a new respect for Finnishness. Thanks to the fantastic Finnish older couple who took me in off the streets of Helsinki one night in the winter, gave me warm socks and a bed. The old customs die hard.
Before going back to University, I spent several years on two Canadian Coast Guard weatherships, the CCGS Vancouver and CCGS Quadra where I learned respect for the untamed power of the sea.
- I graduated from the University of Victoria (B.C., Canada) in Zoology (Marine Biology) but ended up an Engineering Assistant for the Ministry of Transportation. My duties were what Civil Engineers do, but on the Construction end, implementing the design and supervising contractors. My credentials were from courses and home study in Civil Engineering, and passing the Provincial exams for different levels of responsibility. At the time I started, this was possible, but no longer. You must have at least an Engineering Diploma from a Institute of Technology or be on your way to getting an Engineering Degree. My job was inspector of highway and bridge construction, in locations all over British Columbia.
My hobbies are history, Finno-Ugric studies, hiking and nature, wilderness, skiing when I have a chance, reading, guitar and music, science, travel, aquarium fish, fishing, swimming and computers - and lately I have been developing a portable biomass stove-barbecue. I enjoy watching other sports also but don't consider myself a sports fanatic, and living a clean, healthy (almost vegetarian: and I don't like to see animals suffer...I have this cute Holland Lop rabbit I'm crazy about.) and sober lifestyle. I love animals and can have an instant connection with a receptive animal.
We arrived on the Pacific Coast from Sudbury. My father had bought a house on Long Lake after working in Canada for one year, having started from nothing. Try doing that today. Anyway, we house sit for a few months until my father got us an apartment to live in. These were tough times. We lived in the Italian section of Vancouver for two years before moving to Victoria BC. One day as I was in a hardware store, I found a dime, and brought it over to the counter. The clerk was sure surprised, probably the first time that someone had done that! The next Christmas a package was delivered to our apartment - a Mechano Set, that you can build many things with. That was perfect for me. It came from the hardware store. Another thing I remember is that I believe it was the United Church, sent us kids to summer camp at Crescent Beach. I never forgot that gesture and I still believe that God had done that for us, somehow.
My mother was a Christian woman and I am interested in the unseen world as well as the entire universe. I believe that God used natural processes to create the universe, just as natural processes proceed today. That doesn't mean that He does not intervene at times, but also He has left us a legacy through Jesus. What I mean by this is that God does not have to do every darn thing; we also have the power to "speak to our mountain" and affect our own lives through faith in God's Word. And as for the claim that the Bible is just a fairy tale, I can tell you it is not and you can find this out for yourself if you want. Start here. I realize this is not a popular concept today; we believe that we, by our own prowess and ability can do it all by ourselves. I disagree; everything we do ends up in some form of evil. For example, I am a biologist. I am disgusted with what is happening with our knowledge of genetics, which is being used to alter living organisms such as corn, to a different design which is called "better." However, this GMO food causes great problems with animals and people that eat this garbage. No problem says Monsanto, we will get the government to hide the information from consumers by not requesting that food be labelled as GMO. The result is that the government is forcing us to eat garbage or pay double for proper food, if it can be found. My angel story takes place in Trinidad where The freighter I was working my way to Europe on stopped at Trinidad to load Manganese Ore. I went into town with some Norwegian sailors. I got separated and founds myself passed out on a boulevard. It was 8AM. A "taxi driver" stopped to see if I was OK.
I wanted to know if the Christian God and Allah were the same thing. I found they were totally different. So how can we all be worshipping the same god? Impossible! Allah and the Christian God are not the same, contrary to popular opinion. Tom Wallace is an authority on Islam if you want more information.
My favorite spots to hike have been: Vancouver Island and Queen Charlotte Islands.
Best wishes to all of you somewhere out there in cyberspace. From the shores of the beautiful Pacific Ocean... Thank you for dropping by to visit!
British Columbia Canada
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