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Does this question ever post up in your mind? Have you ever doubted that what you were saying meant anything to anybody? Does your blog live because of the number of likes you get? Does it ever feel like an addiction? An addiction that is fed by stats and followers? I have! But something has been quietly happening that is very interesting. The less I’ve thought about these things and started to wonder if any of it mattered thing began to change. Why continue if it’s not making a difference?

Then it hit me, I had my “Aha” moment. My blog isn’t about me, it’s not about what I’ve done, but what others have done. If I really want to give something then I really needed to hear what others were saying. What their needs were. What is that each of these very unique people want to share with the world? Who are they really! Is anybody listening to their story? I started looking at the faces of those I shared about and what did their expressions told me. “Hey” I’m here. Do you see me?

Then I think…………when was the last time I stopped and had a real good conversation with somebody? My experience in the hospital showed me the reality of my world. I watched how a Tatarian woman cared for her husband, how my wife took care of me, and I was truly thankful for family. As I see it we are all one big family……..when are we going to start listening to one another……..not chasing the all elusive dollar……….understanding the value of things other then what is temporal. And I paused.

The only way I was ever going to influence others, is I first listen to them, maybe they can influence me. What if I try to understand their needs. So I will leave you with a wonderful little video. Hey it might just change your life, like it did mine.

So why do I really blog? Does this question ever post up in your mind? Have you ever doubted that what you were saying meant anything to anybody?

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Does this question ever post up in your mind? Have you ever doubted that what you were saying meant anything to anybody? Does your blog live because of the number of likes you get? Does it ever feel like an addiction? An addiction that is fed by stats and followers? I have! But something has been quietly happening that is very interesting. The less I’ve thought about these things and started to wonder if any of it mattered thing began to change. Why continue if it’s not making a difference?

Then it hit me, I had my “Aha” moment. My blog isn’t about me, it’s not about what I’ve done, but what others have done. If I really want to contribute something then I really needed to hear what others were saying. What their needs were. What is that each of these very unique people want to share with the world? Who are they really! Is anybody listening to their story? I started looking at the faces of those I shared about and what did their expressions told me. “Hey” I’m here. Do you see me?

Then I think…………when was the last time I stopped and had a real good conversation with somebody? My experience in the hospital showed me the reality of my world. I watched how a Tatarian woman cared for her husband, how my wife took care of me, and I was truly thankful for family. As I see it we are all one big family……..when are we going to start listening to one another……..not chasing the all elusive dollar……….understanding the value of things other then what is temporal. And I paused.

The only way I was ever going to influence others, is I first listen to them, maybe they can influence me. What if I try to understand their needs. So I will leave you with a wonderful little video. Hey it might just change your life, like it did mine.

So why do I really blog? Does this question ever post up in your mind? Have you ever doubted that what you were saying meant anything to anybody?

"Life in Russia" meets "A Place in the World"

“Life in Russia” meets “A Place in the World”

archecotech:

Cinda from “A Place in the World” invited me to post another article on here blog. I’ve really enjoyed the friendship her and I have developed through each others blogs. I hope you will visit her blog and get a glimpse of what she is doing.

Originally posted on A Place in the World:

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Pursuing the Purple Magic Liquor

In my last post I finished with “pursuing a dream is very…

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"St. Petersburg" A city of amazing contrasts

“St. Petersburg” A city of amazing contrasts

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I’ve got to admit when we first arrived in St. Petersburg I thought was nothing but a dirty old city, not a very good first impression. But as time went along it began to grow on me, St. Petersburg has become a destination and center of culture for younger Russians. I found out that there are 221 museums, 2,000 libraries, more than 80 theaters, 100 concert organizations, 45 galleries, 62 cinemas…

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Changing of the Guard - Red Square

Changing of the Guard – Red Square

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Standing near the Eternal Flame of the tomb of the unknown soldier is Saint Germogen who was the Patriarch of Moscow and all the Rus’ during the Time of Troubles. As in times past his statue stands guard along with honor guard of the Kremlin Regiment. We just happened to be present when the changing of the guard occurred. The guards who once guarded the Lenin Mausoleum ,…

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I really didn’t want to have a whole lot of words, I think the pictures speak for themselves. Let me know what you think.

A few night shots of St. Petersburg I really didn’t want to have a whole lot of words, I think the pictures speak for themselves.

Mirror Reflections - Togo & Russia

Mirror Reflections – Togo & Russia

When I started this particular post I had the thought it would be interesting to talk about the open markets of different countries. But that changed! It’s more about everyday life, the headaches, pains, sufferings, and everything else. It’s about one man’s family journey in Africa and another gal’s fascinating story about being in Russia and the reasons behind it. As Mark puts it in his blog…

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Cost of the average Russian vacation

Cost of the average Russian vacation

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Welcome to Moscow

So I decided to see what the average family of 4 spent while traveling on vacation in the states. I must admit I was a bit shocked when I saw the numbers, but then it’s been a while since I’ve experienced traveling in the states. I visited tripadvisor to see what people were planning when they went on a trip within the states. Remember they were planning for a 7 – 10 day visit…

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A little taste of vacation in “St. Petersburg”

So I’m back and ready to invite you to have a look at some of the wonderful places we visited for the last three weeks.

Mirror Reflections - New Caledonia & Russia

Mirror Reflections – New Caledonia & Russia

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Life in New Caledonia

It’s taken years, literally years, for me to get it. With a recent trip to New Zealand, thus leaving New Caledonia for the first time in 9 months – and with a recent study of the differences between island and mainland life - something clicked.

I’m guilty.

I’m guilty of projecting my mainland life onto my requests of island life. Dreams of choice, good prices, efficiency in…

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Proval (Precipice) In Pyatigorsk

Proval (Precipice) In Pyatigorsk

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In Stavropol Krai in Russia there is a cavern called “Proval”. According to the local scientists the Proval is an extinct crater which is located on the southern slope of Mashuk, on the outskirts of Pyatigorsk. People claim that the emrald green water has miraculous properties. it’s an unusual and mysterious place because of various legendsimages 1.

Modern scientists believe Proval to be an underground…

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Our next Destination

The City of Smolensk

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We are excited to be heading to the City of Smolensk, with a population of almost a million people and some fascinating history it should prove to be a very interesting visit. The river you are looking at here is the Dnieper River. I will be posting many pictures once we arrive and have had a chance to do some exploring.  It is my understanding that there was a very heavily…

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Russian Cats come to attention for – “National Anthem”

Think this proves that cats have brains. But I must admit I think the second one here was staged.

Stay Tuned II

For the next three weeks I will be traveling through western Russia with the family. I’m not sure how often I’m going to be able to post articles and pictures so be patient and excited as I will be exploring some interesting places along the way.

The Short Life Of A Beautiful Idea: The Soviet ‘Sormovich’ Passenger Hovercraft

The Short Life Of A Beautiful Idea: The Soviet ‘Sormovich’ Passenger Hovercraft

archecotech:

This is a great article about the first hovercrafts in Russia. It’s on Scout Paget’s blog which a very cool blog.

Originally posted on Atomic Flash Deluxe:

A gas-turbine hovercraft 'Sormovich' was built in 1965. During the tests  the 'Sormovich' reached  the speed of 120 km / h, went above the surface of the earth at a height of 0.25-0.3 m, it had easily overcame the shallow water and landed gently on the beach.

‘Sormovich’ was built in 1965. During the tests she reached the speed of 120 km/h (75 miles/hr), and went above the surface at a height of 0.25-0.3 m (approx. 1 ft), – she had easily overcome the shallow water and landed gently on…

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