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Trip to Russia. Day 3. Moscow. Up North to the Soviet showcase. Back to the Boulevard Ring

Trip to Russia. Day 3. Moscow. Up North to the Soviet showcase. Back to the Boulevard Ring

When someone asks me about my roots, it feels odd to say I am from Russia. I am Russian but from the Soviet Union. To me, Russia before the Soviet Union, the Soviet Union, and Russia after the Soviet Union are three different countries. My […]

Trip to Russia. Departure Day — Arrival Day. From Ridgewood to Moscow.

Trip to Russia. Departure Day — Arrival Day. From Ridgewood to Moscow.

We did get a few sympathetic words from friends about night flight hardships but it was our firm plan to fly a red eye. Direct. JFK to Moscow. Nine hours and some. Our plane was scheduled to take off after midnight NY time and land […]

SOUR SCHCHI

SOUR SCHCHI

From the mostly autobiographical novel “This is Me — Edichka” by Eduard Limonov which protagonist is a Russian immigrant abandoned by his wife living on welfare in New York (translation is mine — forgive me, Edichka): “If, between 1 and 3 pm, you happen to […]

O Lar — A Tight Spot in Piermont

O Lar — A Tight Spot in Piermont

After a hike in the Tallman Mountain Park, it seemed like a good idea to try O Lar, a tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurant on the main drag in Piermont with the focus on Mediterranean food. Many recommended this place and reviews were promising. It was Saturday […]

Bridges of Dutchess County

Bridges of Dutchess County

The original plan for the weekend was Jersey Shore but the weather was not cooperating. Over Central Jersey, the radar loop was showing solid green band with occasional yellow-red spots. Since the skies up north looked better, we decided to cross another trip off our […]

A Man on a Train

A Man on a Train

7:10 PM on a Saturday night. Getting on an uptown Q at Broadway & Spring. Doors open. No one’s by the door to get off and I’m about to step in. Here one of those, you know, “oh-look-this-stop-is-ours” slow pokes and a girlfriend who for […]

Fame & Fortune vs Dignity & Honesty

Fame & Fortune vs Dignity & Honesty

Lately, random thoughts keep bringing me back to my NYU days. Is it a sign to go back to school? Tony Robbins is in the news now for dissing the #metoo movement. Regardless of the movement, I’ve never felt partial to the guy to say […]

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and the dilemma of “tame”

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and the dilemma of “tame”

Back at NYU, Tom and I once had an argument about this word — “to tame.” Tom was saying that this word cannot be applied to people — only to animals. I was trying to explain that in this book the meaning was different and […]