Monthly Archives: December 2011

Beauty

“By beauty, I mean the feeling you have suddenly glimpsed another world or looked into a portal that reveals a kind of magic or romance out of which the world has been constructed – a feeling there is something more … Continue reading

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Books on the Road

There are few things in life that make me feel more secure and content than a large supply of books. I like to have lots of them on my shelves, keep a few in my purse and take them with … Continue reading

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Notes from the Road: Florida Thanks

I’m in Florida with the window open, sitting on a bed with chlorine-scented damp on the ends of my hair, sunburn on my feet, and relaxed after an evening in the hot tub with my sister and brother-in-law. Vacation is … Continue reading

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Notes from the road: Fly Away

The morning light is blue – daytime with a sunrise behind Moscow’s thick gray cloud cover. We’re on the aeroexpress – people are giving orders on their cell phones. A baby in front of us sounds like a miniature angry … Continue reading

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America!

Oh America, I miss you! Big streets, over-sized cars and dinner plates, people with friendly wide-open faces, cheesey smiles, loud American accents. New York volume; Minnesota sweaters. A few weeks ago at work we got some video material in from … Continue reading

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December links

Well, “Snow Revolution” or no, Christmas is coming – if not to Russia, then at least to America. Economist husband and I are catching a plane soon – we get to celebrate Christmas with my family in MN! Here’s a … Continue reading

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Russia protests

Everyone in the newsroom is rabid over these post-election protests. Journalists are foaming at the mouth – “finally a story!” Actually, I stayed home today while tens of thousands of people marched in central Moscow, demanding free elections, and shouting … Continue reading

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Russia’s elections as seen from the newsroom…

It started at two in the morning when my cell phone buzzed on the nightstand, telling me the taxi was waiting outside. The office was empty and half dark when I got there. Even the coffee machines were turned off. … Continue reading

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