Dec 6, 2018 8:00 am
Only three weeks before Christmas!
During these days I look back and reflect on the last year.
I try to recall all the good things that happened and what interesting and kind people I met along the way.
In the course of that,...
Nov 29, 2018 8:00 am
On Thanksgiving Day, my mother, whom I had not seen for several months, flew to Bermuda from San Francisco to visit us.
When I saw her at the airport dancing and waving at me, I started laughing and thought, “As long as our parents are...
Nov 15, 2018 8:00 am
Last Sunday we were out on the ocean. It was already autumnally cool and windy. The sun was playing hide and seek with us, peeping out of the white clouds and scattering sheets of silver sparks on the radiantly blue water. There was a flash of...
Nov 8, 2018 8:00 am
How old do you feel?
Yesterday I talked to a Russian client who is now living in Norway, via video chat. At the end of the conversation, she suddenly burst into tears. “What should I do next? I am almost done. I’m already an old woman, I...
Nov 1, 2018 8:00 am
Why do I like living in Bermuda? Is it the silver glitter of sun on the restless sea? The blaze of flowers on ancient stone walls?
The delirious rush of wind in the palm trees? The hypnotic peep of tree frogs? Yes, all of that, but...
Oct 25, 2018 8:00 am
Autumn is my favourite time of the year in forests, where the trees show their brilliant selves and colour explodes in a delirious confusion of golds and reds and fading greens.
I watch in wonder as the leaves shake and dance in the wind. I...
Oct 18, 2018 8:00 am
Curiosity may have killed the cat, but not me.
Whenever I arrive in a new city I like to spend hours wandering aimlessly through its streets listening to the diverse sounds floating from the windows: snatches of speech in unfamiliar...
Oct 11, 2018 8:00 am
I love to dream. I often transport myself in my mind to new places to feel the excitement of the unknown, to imagine new cultures, to see and hear and touch and taste the exotic fabric of life.
I love to imagine myself doing something...
Oct 4, 2018 8:00 am
What is your speed?” I asked this suddenly of my husband, Bill, as we drove by a road sign showing the speed of our car.
He thought for a moment: “What an interesting question! I think I am in idle right now.”
“What about you?” he...
Sep 27, 2018 8:00 am
Have you ever started something important, something you look forward to and anticipate?
You see it clearly in your mind’s eye, when suddenly everything changes in an instant and all your plans turn upside down.
And in the end, to...
Sep 20, 2018 8:00 am
Sometimes, I stumble into the inner world of a complete stranger by accident, a person who brings new and lyrical sounds to the deeply hidden strings of my soul.
They respond in a melodious and gentle manner, like wind chimes which, with a...
Sep 6, 2018 8:00 am
What is the most beautiful and unusual date you ever had? The date you would remember for ever?
“I want to show you Bermuda from the ocean’s point of view,” Bill told me when we met for our first date.
I watched as he docked his...
Aug 30, 2018 8:00 am
When I was a little girl and lived in Siberia with its enormous wilderness, I thought that the forest was a part of my house.
It was always kind and friendly to me, often hiding me under its trees from a heavy rain or protecting me with...
Aug 23, 2018 8:00 am
Do we meet people at random? Is it pure chance or fate?
I often ask myself this question: why did I meet this particular person? Sometimes, it is the one who helped or even saved me, who said just the right thing or gave me the wise advice...
Aug 16, 2018 8:00 am
Have you ever had some small event suddenly open a secret gateway in your soul for the flow of deep and hidden memories?
It happened to me a few days ago. After dinner in a stylish restaurant in the small town of Ely, Minnesota, we received...
Aug 9, 2018 8:00 am
“How would I look in this photo with this background of the sunset?”
I thought about this seriously as I held up my iPhone, standing on a cliff soaring majestically above the calm lake.
At this moment I realised, with a touch of...
Jul 26, 2018 8:00 am
How do I know what true love is? This morning we received the results of my annual scan from the doctor.
My husband jumped out on to the sunny porch of our summer home in Minnesota, high above a calm and beautiful lake, spread his arms wide...
Jul 19, 2018 8:00 am
Yellow bundles of bananas, tight blue plums, bunches of transparent green grapes, deep red apples, soft and curvy pears, succulent yellow mangoes … I glanced over the rows of neatly laid fruits brought from afar to Bermuda.
Jul 10, 2018 8:00 am
What is it that I love about the West End of Bermuda? Perhaps it is the feeling that it is a bit closer to the old Bermuda that I see in paintings and faded photographs.
When I ride my bicycle from Mangrove Bay in the village of Somerset...
Jul 5, 2018 8:00 am
On July 4, 1952, renowned swimmer Florence Chadwick entered the grey and forbidding waters of the North Pacific off the island of Catalina.
Florence was already the first woman to swim the English Channel twice. Now she was determined to...
Jun 28, 2018 8:00 am
Have you ever experienced love at first sight where suddenly, like a thunderbolt, it strikes you?
The whole world disappears for a moment. Your heart freezes and then begins to knock fast and loud. Your inner voice tells you “this is yours”...
Jun 21, 2018 8:00 am
I love clouds! And most of all, I love Bermuda summer clouds! I spend each evening watching the tall and stately procession of formations. They glide above the calm waters of the Great Sound like an armada of ships from times past.
Jun 7, 2018 8:00 am
In the ancient and charming city of Riga, the capital of Latvia, is a lively and positive old woman by the name of Claudia. We met on the internet, and over time became friends.
We exchange messages and useful information about health and...
May 31, 2018 8:00 am
The old man tells his grandson that in the soul of each person there are two wolves, between which there is a constant war.
One of them embodies fury, envy, arrogance, anger, fear and shame, and the second, tenderness, kindness, gratitude,...
May 24, 2018 8:00 am
This year was the first time I participated in Relay for Life in Bermuda.
I walked the Survivors’ Lap that opens this immensely popular fundraising event. We survivors, caregivers and people who are currently affected by cancer were...
May 17, 2018 8:00 am
When I think of beautiful childhood dreams I imagine them as stars inside us that warm our souls and prevent us from falling into the routine of everyday life.
They can be so close that we could reach out and touch them, or distant, shining...
Apr 26, 2018 8:00 am
As I grow older, the more I believe that some people appear in my life not merely by chance; they carry for me some very important message that I need to recognise and understand.
When I travel to Miami, I always visit Wynwood Walls.
Apr 19, 2018 8:00 am
For some reason, I imagined whale watching as unromantic, on the “things to do” list for tourists.
I imagined myself on a big boat with a loud group of strangers, bobbing around for hours on the vast ocean, trying to find distant whales,...
Apr 12, 2018 8:00 am
My birthday is coming up this week. This is not just a celebration for me. On this day, I always think about what I did and did not accomplish in the last year and why. I reflect on how I have changed and what that means to my life.
Apr 5, 2018 8:00 am
One of my favourite events in Bermuda is KiteFest at Horseshoe Bay on Good Friday.
When I saw it the first time, with hundreds of bright kites of every colour flying in the deep blue sky, beating in the streams of wind and hovering over the...
Mar 29, 2018 8:00 am
What and who makes us who we are? Genes, people, environment?
I was going through my documents and found my daughter’s personal statement for her application for college.
We were living in San Francisco. I remember the sad sound of a...
Mar 22, 2018 8:00 am
I stood for a long time, holding my head high as I watched the slender structure floating in the sky, popping a fuzzy white cloud with the point of its spire.
The Sky Tower, the symbol and pride of Auckland, New Zealand, was the first...
Mar 15, 2018 8:00 am
My honeymoon was on the far side of the world. We chose a destination but made no plans.
We let our intuition guide us. We wanted to listen to our hearts, to follow our desires, to do what we felt we should do, and not what we were expected...
Feb 22, 2018 8:00 am
Last week, I wrote an article about how I left my home in Russia and I took with me photos of beloved people and my father’s favourite painting. I was interested in what my Russian-speaking readers would take to a new life abroad if they left...
Feb 15, 2018 8:00 am
If you were going to leave your house for ever and had to leave most things behind, what would you take?
I faced this tough decision when I left my home city of Irkutsk in Siberia to go to America. We had a huge library with countless...
Feb 1, 2018 8:00 am
People often ask about my last name. Why did I change it? Why London? Was it in honour of the city?
When I arrived in the west 20 years ago I realised that my name, Telpukhovskaia, was quite difficult to pronounce and completely impossible...
Jan 25, 2018 8:00 am
I believe that whatever happens in our lives, we must keep an eye out for miracles.
After two grey weeks of rain, last weekend was absolutely stunning. Brilliant sun in a bright blue sky, and unusually warm for January. It’s just amazing...
Jan 18, 2018 8:00 am
Have you ever accidentally eavesdropped and discovered something deeply surprising about yourself? I have one instance in my memory that I return to from time to time. If you live here in Bermuda you will understand why.
A couple of months...
Jan 11, 2018 8:00 am
People often ask me how I got to Bermuda. I was already over 40 when I emigrated to Canada from Russia. I fell in love with Vancouver at first sight. The city was the opposite of Moscow, with its crazy rhythms and frenzied energy. Vancouver is a...
Jan 4, 2018 8:00 am
On the last day of 2017, I took from the shelf a clay jug and put it on my table. It was my “jug of happy moments”.
Inside, were small scraps of paper and on each one there were a few sentences written throughout the year; a short...
Dec 28, 2017 8:00 am
When I arrive at an art exhibition, I always pause and listen to my heart.
I know that it directs me to the work that will be special for me, the one with a meaning that will touch my soul and reveal a secret hidden in the artist’s vision.
Dec 14, 2017 8:00 am
When I opened Facebook a couple of days ago, I saw a random photo, one of those occasionally displayed on your page as “see your memories, one year ago”.
I winced. Usually, I only glance at these photos before I delete them, but not this...
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