A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Larry Vuckovich

Larry Vuckovich was born in Kotor, Montenegro (Former Yugoslavia). He came to San Francisco in 1951 and was immediately exposed to a flourishing jazz scene. After receiving a classical training he became a frequent guest at music clubs like the Blackhawk where he met Vince Guaraldi. Mr. Vuckovich studied jazz piano as Guaraldi's only piano student. At the same time he enrolled in music studies at San Francisco State University, where John Handy was a major influence on the school's jazz program.

Mr. Vuckovich began his professional career in 1959 with tenor saxophonist Brew Moore, accompanying singers David Allyn and Irene Kral. Larry also performed with such instrumentalists like Handy and Monk Montgomery. During the mid sixties, he began a long-term collaboration with a vocalist and lyricist Jon Hendricks, and appeared at major festivals and clubs worldwide, including famous musical stage production Evolution of the Blues.

In the 70s Mr. Vuckovich was most active in Europe. There, he toured with Dexter Gordon and Philly Joe Jones and other famous musicians. Upon his return to San Francisco he became the house pianist at the well-known Keystone Korner until its closing in 1983. In the 1980s Vuckovich lived and performed in New York. There, he appeared at major jazz clubs, including Village Vanguard, Blue Note, Bradley's, Zinno's, and others. During this period of his career he received top reviews from the New York Times, the Village Voice and The New Yorker. The New York Times saw Larry as a truly unique musician who “brings with him an outlook and a collection of influences that set him apart from most pianists who are heard regularly in New York.”

Mr. Vuckovich now lives in Northern California, supported by his family of musicians. He often performs all over the San Francisco Bay Area and was named a “Jazz Ambassador of Good Will” for the newly renovated Lincoln Center premier performing arts center in July of 2008. In 2006 there was a Larry Vuckovich Day in San Francisco on December 8.

More information about Mr. Vuckovich, his remarkable new production and distinguished career is available at: http://larryvuckovich.com/


People Directory

Dimitrije Mita Postich

Dimitrije Mita Postich, a resident of Portola Valley since 1972 and widowed since 2011, died peacefully on the 27th of April, 2013.  Dimitrije was born on the 15thof July, 1932 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia where he grew up, later attending the University of Belgrade where he earned his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering in Telecommunications and Electronics in 1957.  Dimitrije immigrated to the United States in 1959 at the age of 27 to join his mother, Mirjana, and father, Milivoj Postich.  

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Publishing

The Church at Prayer

by Archimandrite Aimilianos of Simonopetra

Publisher’s note

Many readers of the addresses of Elder Aimilianos, which have been published in the five-volume series, rchimandrite Aimilianos, Spiritual Instructions and Discourses (Ormylia, 1998-2003), have frequently expressed the wish for an abridged and more accessible form of his teaching. In response, we are happy to inaugurate a new series of publications incorporating key texts from the above-mentioned collection. Other considerations have also contributed o this new project, such as the selection of specific texts which address important, contemporary questions; the need for a smaller, more reader-friendly publication format; and the necessity for editing certain passages in need of clarification, without however altering their basic meaning.

Above all, the works collected in this volume reflect the importance which the Elder consistently attached to prayer, spirituality, community life, worship, and liturgy. Thus the experientially based works "On Prayer", and "The Prayer of the Holy Mountain", which deal primarily with the Prayer of the Heart, appear first, followed by the summary addresses on "The Divine Liturgy", and "Our Church Attendance". These are in turn followed by the more socially oriented discourses on "Our Relations with Our Neighbor", and "Marriage: The Great Sacrament". Finally, the present volume closes with the sermons on "Spiritual Reading" and "The Spiritual Life", which in a simple and yet compelling manner set forth the conditions for "ascending to heaven on the wings of the Spirit".

It is our hope that The Church at Prayer will meet the purpose for which it is issued and will serve as a ready aid and support for those who desire God and eternal life in Him.