побежал от волка, но столкнулся с медведем - Ran from the wolf but ran into a bear

побежал от волка, но столкнулся с медведем – Ran from the wolf but ran into a bear

побежал от волка, но столкнулся с медведем Literal: Ran from the wolf but ran into a bear


Out of the Frying pan, into the Fire


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медведи плохие соседи - Bears are bad neighbors

Life From Your Point of View

дать кому-то шанс испытать жизнь с вашей точки зрения. Give someone a chance to experience life from your point of view.

Grasp all, lose all.

За двумя зайцами погонишься, ниодногонепоймаешь Grasp all, lose all.

Grasp all, lose all.

За двумя зайцами погонишься, ниодногонепоймаешь Grasp all, lose all.

Жизнь коротка́, а дел мно́го. – Life is to Short

Жизнь коротка́, а дел мно́го. Literal: Life is short, but there’s a lot to be done. Life is short.

Language Matters: Do You Sound Like Yourself?

Language Matters: Do You Sound Like Yourself?


With each word in this post, I felt pressure coming off my shoulders. My back is a little straighter I’m not crazy, I’m just in the process of learning to jump the wall just a little taller then myself. I must admit it only feels like I’m just breaking dirt. The soil is rocky on top sitting on top of a gold mine. The pick in my hand doesn’t seem to be doing the job except breaking up…

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The Legend of “The Golden Mountain”

The Legend of “The Golden Mountain”



ONCE upon a time a merchant’s son had too much fun spending money, and the day came when he saw himself ruined; he had nothing to eat, nothing to drink. He took a shovel and went to the market place to see if perchance somebody would hire him as a worker.

A rich, proud merchant, worth many, many thousands, came along in a gilded carriage. All the fellows at the market…

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Kupala Night

Kupala Night is one of the most joyous Slavic traditions in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and other Slavic countries. It’s a celebration of fire, water, the Sun and the Moon. It’s a time of bumper crops, fertility, and love for all who join in the festivities. They began as pagan celebrations that date back to the time of Slavic, German and Celtic tribes that are still practiced to this day.

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What began as a pagan holiday has changed into a Christian Holy day.

One scholar of mythology, Sir James Frazer, believed the holiday originally called Kupala was a pagan fertility rite that was adopted into the Orthodox Christian calendar. The analogue for the celebration of the legacy of St. John comes at the time of the summer solstice. It was a day celebrated as St. John’s Day in Western Europe. Thus comes the name Ivan (John) Kupala (derived from the Slavic word for bathing) joining of the two names in a ritual that is practiced in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and other Slavic nations. Each celebrate it a bit differently which adds so much more beauty to the whole event.
Some believe the name of the celebration originated from the Indo-European word “kump”- a group or a crowd. There is also a belief that the Roman “Cupid” and Slavic god “Kupala” are ascribed to this celebration. The name ‘Sobótka’, it’s history can be traced to the lighting of bonfires on Saturday, on the eve of the Pentecost.


The night of love

During the eve of the midsummer night eve, it’s believed to be a time that people to fall in love, that those who celebrate Kupala Night will gain happiness and prosper throughout the coming year. Young women will gather and make wreaths of flowers and herbs. Then taking them to a lake would float them on water. The young men then would eye the wreath of the young woman he hoped to gain her attention would then try to capture it from the other side of the lake. If this happened the young couple could then venture into the woods in search of the magical fern flower.

Folklore says that St. John’s Eve was a time for telling fortunes from flowers and herbs and celebrating many rituals like jumping over a fire, which was supposed to purify the body and ward off evil and bad luck. It was believed that during ’Sobótka’ swimming in rivers and lakes was prohibited, while swimming after sundown or before dusk had healing properties.

Here you will get a small glimpse of  what each of these celebrations are like, each country is a little different.

Kupala Nights in Russia

Ukrainian Day Ivan Kupala

 Kupala Nights Poland

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Giving a peek into my “novelette”.

Giving a peek into my “novelette”.

Under the Blood Moon


Chapter One

In a tiny village in the foothills of the Altai mountains the cry of a newborn baby could be heard. It wasn’t unusual to hear a child when it was born, to the neighbors closet to the home this was normal, but this wasn’t any ordinary birth. The moon was just beginning to rise over the snow capped mountains. The air was crisp as fresh snow blanketed the trees,…

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Mirror Reflections - Rwanda & Russia

Mirror Reflections – Rwanda & Russia

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Thoughts of an Expat

When I do my research for each post that I create for Mirror Reflections I always discover something new, something different. This time was no different. In both countries there is a history that is quite disturbing, unsettling, tragic about their pasts. In Rwanda the deaths were uncountably horrifying, seeing the pictures of those who lost their lives. It left an absolute…

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Mirror Reflections - Kenya and Russia

Mirror Reflections – Kenya and Russia

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Thoughts of an Expat

I had an epiphany while putting this post together. Why is there such a fight over the rights of a woman to be able to have an abortion? I believe it perfectly understandable if the mother is at risk, but in the reality of things how often does this happen?  It’s staggering to see the numbers of abortions that are performed all around the world including Russia, the U.S.,…

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Mirror Reflections - Niger & Russia

Mirror Reflections – Niger & Russia


Life in Niger

We’ve made the trip between Maradi and Niamey, Niger over the last 15 years countless times.  Literally.  But I don’t believe I’ve ever dedicated a blog post specifically to the trip.  So here goes.

Niamey, the capital of Niger, is located in the south-western part of the country.  The majority of the population also lies on the southern border, known as the Sahel Region.  Not many…

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Mirror Reflections - Angola & Russia

Mirror Reflections – Angola & Russia


Life in Angola

Angola is home to some relatively unknown treasures of this world. As spectacular as any other world-wonder, the Black Rocks of Pungo Andongo rise up majestically over the African savanne landscape. Known locally as the Pedras Negras de Pungo Andongo, these rocks are one of the main tourist sites of the Malanje province. They are steeped in history and intrigue, since no one…

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Mirror Reflections - Congo & Russia

Mirror Reflections – Congo & Russia


 Life in DR Congo

One topic that I haven’t touched on too much yet revolves around all the expats who are living and working DR Congo. It’s a screwy thing that I’ve only started to have a couple contiguous of thoughts about it. Let’s start with what’s good about the people living in DR Congo.

For one, this is a country that is tough to live in. Beyond the diseases, poverty, and hellish climate…

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Mirror Reflections - Nambia & Russia

Mirror Reflections – Nambia & Russia


Life in Nambia Fighting for a life in freedom

They hold an irresistible fascination: the Wild Horses of the Namib in south-western Namibia. For centuries their origin was shrouded in mystery. Their habitat, the barren plains around Garub on the eastern fringe of the Namib Desert, is no paradise; nevertheless they have managed to adapt to the harsh conditions. Their forebears, once in the service…

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