So Who is Right and Who is Wrong?

Контент 16+ “The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.” So wrote the famous Irish poet W.B. Yeats almost 100 years ago (1919 to be exact). The lines, part of a great poem, seem as true today as then — and probably throughout the entire (circa) 200,000 history of the human race. But what do they mean? Of course, they are open to interpretation (pretty much a requirement for serious literature), but the direction in which I will... Read More | Share it now!

Размер чего имеет значение на самом деле

Контент 16+ Что на самом деле имеет значение? Ум? Находчивость? Хм… Разговор с деловым партнером натолкнул меня на мысль изучить вопрос о том, как влияет на продуктивность встречи то, на чем ты на нее приедешь. И вот оно… Оказалось, что более половины людей судят о... Read More | Share it now!

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Контент 16+ Being now relocated in Bulgaria, the time has come again to celebrate Christmas on 25 December, just as I did all my life before I went to live in Russia. To tell you the truth I am elated. As a so-called ex-pat (God I hate that term), I can truthfully say that I never missed Thanksgiving and Christmas all that much; in fact, there were years when the calendar just shuffled by and I didn’t know that these big days had arrived until some Russian student would wish me a... Read More | Share it now!

Как общаться с конфликтными людьми

Контент 14+ Посмотрел на лица людей в поезде, и решил написать про конфликты. Ну а что? Идешь по перрону – и вот они, ВУКи (люди с высоким уровнем конфликтности). Дерущиеся бабушки. И вообще, пришлось палец оперировать (выбирал что подставить – палец или нос), после того как... Read More | Share it now!

I WANT MY VISA!!!

Контент 16+ Obtaining a visa, any kind of visa, is always potentially — if not true every time– one of the most royal ass-ripping processes in the entire cosmos. Although, in case there actually IS life on other planets, I hope that they have evolved to the point where they haven’t had reason to think up the idea of visas or else have found a way to get past this noxious form of inter-cultural bullying and nullification. As an American citizen, I have to confess that such... Read More | Share it now!

The Long, Long, Long road to Varna

Контент 16+ My wife Liuba is from Omsk, and many hard, frozen, poverty-stricken years there did nothing to damage her health.But all it took was four winters amid the belching smokestacks and poisoned atmosphere of Moscow for her to contract a chronic bronchial infection. During her last two years in the megapolis, often amid endless bleak rains that more and more prevail there because of climate change, our apartment was starting to sound more like a tuberculosis ward than a homey... Read More | Share it now!

Out of the Wilderness

Контент 16+ Suddenly Brest did not seem like such a placid, pleasant haven for departing pilgrims. Nearing sundown, we drove aimlessly, having no idea what to do next, or where to go. The Russian Embassy? Belarus Embassy? Polish Embassy? At this point, we couldn’t even remember where our hotel was. We asked people along the street for directions, but frankly, they all acted as if they were little more than refugees themselves. Cass and Poppy were calm, but Liuba and I were almost... Read More | Share it now!

The Long Road the Mountains Know

Контент 16+ Anyone who thinks that driving from Belarus into Poland is a cultural step up (Wow ! The E-u-r-o-p-e-a-n- U-n-i-o-n !!) cannot be thinking of the roads, and this holds true all over Eastern Europe. Belarus may not be like Vatican City in terms of opulence, but it is certainly clean and at least the highway coming straight in from Moscow is exemplary — smooth as a baby’s bottom, in fact. By the time we got through the last checkpoint barricade — having had to run... Read More | Share it now!

Count Dracula's Long and Winding Road

Контент 16+ Having been roused by early patrons from our brief snooze opposite the do-nut shop, Liuba — grumpy — the dogs — cheerful and questioning — and I– mottle-eyed and grizzled from not shaving — remembered the job at hand, so Liuba cranked up the engine again and we resumed our travels, pretty much as vague and stunned in our sensibilities as we had been during the early phase of our disaster in Brest. We stopped for coffee, then Liuba again fiddled with the... Read More | Share it now!

Jubilee Atop the Last Mountain

Контент 16+ As night and death come to us all, so does morning with its breakfast smells and crowing roosters and, if you are lucky, your lover’s first kiss of the day. So it was with us, waking up at that truck-stop somewhere in Romania. I rose first, squired the dogs around and about the large parking area and border of woods, gave Liuba a peck on the cheek, and went to breakfast. There I met a woman, something of a receptionist and tutto fare in the restaurant who proved to... Read More | Share it now!

Не учись на чужих ошибках

Контент 16+ (лексика) Необязательно увидеть, чтобы осознать…вопреки цитате из фильма “Викинг”) Я расскажу вам историю, которая удивит вас, которую вы воспримете и скажете, что никогда бы так сами не поступили. Затем, когда вы попадете в такую же ситуацию, вы поступите... Read More | Share it now!

Jubilee Atop the Last Mountain

Контент 16+ As night and death come to us all, so does morning with its breakfast smells and crowing roosters and, if you are lucky, your lover’s first kiss of the day. So it was with us, waking up at that truck-stop somewhere in Romania. I rose first, squired the dogs around and about the large parking area and border of woods, gave Liuba a peck on the cheek, and went to breakfast. There I met a woman, something of a receptionist and tutto fare in the restaurant who proved to... Read More | Share it now!

Конфуций – Наставник Китая

Три вещи некогда не возвращаются обратно – Время, слово, возможность. Поэтому: не теряй времени, выбирай слова, не упускай возможность. Конфуций.   Контент 14+ У каждого человека, который близко не знаком с историей, философией, мировоззрением и жизненным укладом Китая,... Read More | Share it now!

Count Dracula’s Long and Winding Road

Контент 16+ Having been roused by early patrons from our brief snooze opposite the do-nut shop, Liuba — grumpy — the dogs — cheerful and questioning — and I– mottle-eyed and grizzled from not shaving — remembered the job at hand, so Liuba cranked up the engine again and we resumed our travels, pretty much as vague and stunned in our sensibilities as we had been during the early phase of our disaster in Brest. We stopped for coffee, then Liuba again... Read More | Share it now!

The Long Road the Mountains Know

Контент 16+ Anyone who thinks that driving from Belarus into Poland is a cultural step up (Wow ! The E-u-r-o-p-e-a-n- U-n-i-o-n !!) cannot be thinking of the roads, and this holds true all over Eastern Europe. Belarus may not be like Vatican City in terms of opulence, but it is certainly clean and at least the highway coming straight in from Moscow is exemplary — smooth as a baby’s bottom, in fact. By the time we got through the last checkpoint barricade — having had... Read More | Share it now!

Out of the Wilderness

Контент 16+ Suddenly Brest did not seem like such a placid, pleasant haven for departing pilgrims. Nearing sundown, we drove aimlessly, having no idea what to do next, or where to go. The Russian Embassy? Belarus Embassy? Polish Embassy? At this point, we couldn’t even remember where our hotel was. We asked people along the street for directions, but frankly, they all acted as if they were little more than refugees themselves. Cass and Poppy were calm, but Liuba and I were almost... Read More | Share it now!

The Long, Long, Long road to Varna

Контент 16+ My wife Liuba is from Omsk, and many hard, frozen, poverty-stricken years there did nothing to damage her health.But all it took was four winters amid the belching smokestacks and poisoned atmosphere of Moscow for her to contract a chronic bronchial infection. During her last two years in the megapolis, often amid endless bleak rains that more and more prevail there because of climate change, our apartment was starting to sound more like a tuberculosis ward than a homey... Read More | Share it now!

Укрощение огня

То, что казалось несбыточным на протяжении веков, Что вчера было лишь дерзновенной мечтой, Сегодня становится реальной задачей, А завтра – свершением. С.П.Королев Контент 14+ В 2017 году исполнилось 110 лет со дня рождения выдающегося ученого, конструктора, одного из... Read More | Share it now!

I WANT MY VISA!!!

Контент 16+ Obtaining a visa, any kind of visa, is always potentially — if not true every time– one of the most royal ass-ripping processes in the entire cosmos. Although, in case there actually IS life on other planets, I hope that they have evolved to the point where they haven’t had reason to think up the idea of visas or else have found a way to get past this noxious form of inter-cultural bullying and nullification. As an American citizen, I have to confess that... Read More | Share it now!

Как общаться с конфликтными людьми

Контент 14+ Посмотрел на лица людей в поезде, и решил написать про конфликты. Ну а что? Идешь по перрону – и вот они, ВУКи (люди с высоким уровнем конфликтности). Дерущиеся бабушки. И вообще, пришлось палец оперировать (выбирал что подставить – палец или нос), после того... Read More | Share it now!