Monthly Archives: February 2011

The Last of Winter Thanks

Here it is – the last of winter thanks before spring gets the official Russian stamp of approval tomorrow. SPRING BEGINS ON MARCH 1ST (never mind the snow!). So now it’s spelled out – a list piled high like winter … Continue reading

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Neighborhood Church

I love the Russian Orthodox church in our neighborhood. The calm and quiet. The smell of incense and beeswax candles burning and people crossing themselves and bending and bowing up and down like oil pumps – It’s all inviting you … Continue reading

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Sunday afternoon browsing

The sun is setting – blue Moscow City skyscrapers with pink sunset lines like a giant frozen thermometer. Economist husband is still out on errands, and I’m in my pj’s winding down the last of the weekend on the computer, … Continue reading

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February Thanks

February is here. The days are that much longer and lighter with sunshine lighting up the crackling-frosty days and snow piled high on the sidewalks like Napoleon layer cake. I can tell it’s been too long since I’ve done this. … Continue reading

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Monday Morning Prayer

Closed eyes, bowed head. Just here now. “Be still and know that I am God.” Stop rushing. The golden-wood table with sticky black currant jam and the chair-scraping, coffee-grinding, silverware-clinking, piano-playing, European language din. And the gray-snow-blue-light out the window. … Continue reading

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“Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith” by Anne Lamott

It’s an autobiography about a stringy-haired, former bulimic, funny, gentle, honest and awkward writer from California. I love the writing and the honesty and how it makes me laugh in the metro. Anne Lamott is one of my favorite writers. … Continue reading

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Day Off

I woke up exhausted – the winter light streaming in bleak and gray through my windows. After an intense week of training at work my head is full and waterlogged – fuzzy like I’m underwater. The quiet, slow gray and … Continue reading

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