Monthly Archives: August 2010

Discouragement, perseverance, victory!

I love history, especially Russian history. I love reading about the czars, the somber Russian Orthodox church, and especially the recent decades of perestroika, glasnost, oligarchs, and economic and political turmoil. I’ve been deep in reading about the oligarchs in … Continue reading

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Is life really better or do I just appreciate it more?

The other day I was reading over the last One Thousand Gifts post I wrote, and thinking, I have such a great life! And I do. But I haven’t always been so happy. The last three years have been full … Continue reading

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Telling the truth in writing, in journalism and in life…

Per my last entry on telling the truth, I’ve collected a few quotes on being honest in journalism, in writing and in life. Enjoy! From one of my favorite writers, Anne Lamott: Write toward vulnerability. Don’t worry about appearing sentimental. … Continue reading

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Telling the Truth

As a Christian I struggle with telling the truth almost every day. What I mean is that I have some very strong, very real beliefs that I have a hard time being honest about. Talking with my good missionary friend, … Continue reading

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Fall is Here!

Summer has ended rather abruptly in Moscow. A week and a half ago the pavement was broiling, the heat oppressive, wildfires choked the city outskirts, and thirsty tree leaves were brown and crispy on the edges like donuts. Then, in … Continue reading

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Pigeons in the Park

My bank is a forty minute walk away from home. Rather then metro it back after my errands on Wednesday, I decided to enjoy the late summer air on foot. Partly inspired by this morning read in the International Herald … Continue reading

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Thankful!

A few of the blessings from this week: 27. Riding to church in our lovely air conditioned (finally fixed!) car! 28. Friends coming back to Moscow from vacation 29. The first juicy pink watermelons of the season 30. A great … Continue reading

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“We don’t smile because we’re serious about making you happy”

One of the first things people notice when visiting Russia is the lack of friendly smiles. Russians, at first glance, have often been noted for their air of gloominess and introspection, and their intense, ice-cold stares. I remember feeling constantly … Continue reading

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Breakfast and Quips from a British Chef

After biting into a mealy peach this morning for breakfast, I decided to turn my expensive and sadly inedible fruit purchase into jam. Inspired by pictures from Tara’s Going Slowly blog, I heated my 4 chopped-up peaches and nectarines with … Continue reading

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Summer Sunday Series of Thanks!

Is it really mid-August already? Another summer week gone by. Not to let the days slip by unappreciated, here (as a part of my One Thousand Gifts campaign) is a list of a few of the things I am so … Continue reading

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