Oct 12, 2017 8:00 am
My mother told us a wonderful story about her first date with my father.
“Sixty years ago Misha and I were young and in love. We had just started dating. It was spring in Siberia with a bright sun thawing the snow on the branches of the...
Sep 28, 2017 8:00 am
I know for sure that in a past life I was a small, fast, curious and courageous fish.
When I first jumped into the transparent tropical waters of Bermuda five years ago to swim with a mask, I realised in that moment that this would change...
Sep 14, 2017 8:00 am
Sometimes it happens that our plans, which we have long and lovingly built, crumble in an instant.
Do we need to despair and give up? Not a chance! We start building new plans and, when we realise them, we often see that the results are...
Aug 31, 2017 8:00 am
Each August, our family leaves for a remote island lost among the endless boreal forests and thousands of lakes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of northern Minnesota.
This enchanted island, with slender pine trees and rocky...
Aug 10, 2017 8:00 am
It was 7am on Saturday. The hot summer sun had just begun its slow trek through the shimmering sky. Immaculate snow white clouds changed in beautiful shapes above the edge of the turquoise sea.
This morning I organised the first “Walk,...
Jul 13, 2017 8:00 am
I conducted two wellness workshops for cancer patients and survivors right in the window of three weeks between my chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Many people back then were puzzled, asking me why I was doing it when I was in such a...
Jun 29, 2017 8:00 am
On June 18, Father’s Day, for the first time in many years, I took out one of the few surviving photographs of my father and me.
This faded piece of paper magically transported me back in time, to 45 years ago on the shores of Lake Baikal,...
Jun 15, 2017 8:00 am
Never give up
Before I left Moscow many years ago, my friend gave me a special and symbolic gift: a green frog made of jade. I loved it instantly and, as I rubbed its smooth surface between my hands, she quietly murmured a mysterious...
Jun 8, 2017 8:00 am
“Dear Vera, you are my first and only love. I was looking for you my entire life! I had been searching for you in many cities and countries, and yet to my surprise, I met you ten years ago in the elevator of my building. My life changed at this...
Jun 1, 2017 8:00 am
When I think of time I imagine it as a river. A river of my life.
It could flow quietly and smoothly and I would remain calm in the cozy, stagnant harbour of everyday life and hesitate to step in. Days pass by, measured and mundane, and...
May 11, 2017 8:00 am
I grew up living on stunning and unique Lake Baikal in Siberia, surrounded by magnificent mountains and wild, boundless taiga.
Baikal is the deepest and most ancient lake on the planet, holding one-fifth of the world’s fresh water. In the...
Apr 27, 2017 8:00 am
This is a very special photo for me. It was taken last July at Horseshoe Bay.
That Saturday began quietly. It was one of those rare, gloomy, summer days in Bermuda. The entire sky was covered with a low, grey curtain. The sun was hidden...
Apr 13, 2017 8:00 am
Flattened, crushed, torn to pieces! I sobbed to myself. I had turned 40, and the hard hand of time caught up with me. At night I cried, “I do not want to grow old!”
I accidentally found these lines a few days ago in my files.
Mar 16, 2017 8:00 am
Early on a glorious morning in Miami, the soft sun shone on the beach. Loose branches of palm trees swayed in the wind and waves rhythmically crashed against the sand. I was standing barefoot in a circle of people, excited and fascinated to try...
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