Those Who Read Books Will Always Rule Those Who Only Watch TV

Content advisory 14+ There were times when libraries experienced heavy traffic as readers pop in to find the latest release. Days when one could hardly go to bed without reading a chapter or two, but what is happening nowadays? More time is spent on leisure and scrolling up and down a screen. That doesn’t mean that books are not treasured. There are few serious readers left. Are you one of … Read the rest

Mrs. Brown’s Last Room

Age restriction 16+ Of late I have been thinking of the connection between past and present, winter and summer, life and death. Some might consider the latter to be morbid subject, but I do not.


I remember reading a very insightful book years ago which was called "Time's Arrow and Time's Circle." It made what I thought was a very astute point: that the apparent tragedy of our human … Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

Turnstiles of Life

Контент 16+ In my English class last night way up high in the Imperia Tower of Moscow City, we discussed the subject of "Change." This particular group of three students (one of whom will be studying at Columbia University in New York next year) offered many sharp and vivid insights -- as is their custom -- but they are in one way lucky to remain ignorant, and that has to … Read the rest