What Men Really Think of Single Moms?

What Men Really Think of Single Moms?

I rarely read Russian media sites, but this article written by a man giving advise to other men not to get involved with the single moms, really upset me. And it’s not only because I am a single mom myself and I was raised by a single mom, but because it was absolutely horrifying to see how easily this guy de-valued and written-off a huge segment of Russian women (about 10 million of them!) – sweet, caring moms that lost their husbands to alcoholism, domestic violence or infidelity

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Kiev Crisis: things are even worse than reported

Kiev Crisis: things are even worse than reported

Situation in Kiev seems to be even worse than reported in media. People are desperately trying to leave the city or the country, but all exits are blocked. Police arrests anyone with gunshot wounds trying to get medical help. Shortages of food and medical supplies create panic in locals.

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Perfect World

Perfect World

When I was younger growing up in Russia, I had this ideal, almost naive, view of the world where good always defeats evil, everything is fair, everybody is perfect and eventually finds their true love.

This view was partially shaped by the books I read in high school (“Crime and Punishment” etc.), teaching methods in school at that time (We were encouraged to strive for perfection) and because of my overall sheltered childhood.

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I Wish I Was a Cat

I Wish I Was a Cat

I was reading today yet another love yourself self-help type of article advertising “Conversation with Self: Embrace Yourself” book, and I thought to myself – Why do we need so much literature teaching us on how to be happy? Why do we need a reason to be happy?

God, I wish I was a cat or a dog, or some other creature that doesn’t have to look in the mirror every day and talk itself into loving self.

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Why do we keep ourselves busy?

Why do we keep ourselves busy?

My last week was pretty busy. So I was looking forward to the weekend and was planning to take Sunday off. My plan was to do absolutely nothing. Well, I was going to go for a run and maybe read a book that I wanted to read for a long time. Instead, I didn’t relax at all and ending up washing windows all day.

So why do we keep ourselves busy at all times?

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Home Alone

Home Alone

My mom seems to be giving up on the idea of seeing her grandchildren any time soon, so she surrounded herself with a kitten and a puppy this year. 🙂

She never had a dog before, so I was worrying about how she’ll handle the challenge of raising a dog. She is already complaining that Pushok, her new puppy, is not listening to her and is terrorizing her cat.

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Lady in Russia Gives Birth to 10 Healthy Babies

Lady in Russia Gives Birth to 10 Healthy Babies

If 8 babies born at once called Octuplets. What do you call 10 babies born at once?

According to the video posted on one of the Russian sites, lady in Kursk walked into the hospital #6 on December 7th 2009 with a huge belly and delivered 10 healthy babies.

She didn’t have any medical records with her and, apparently, didn’t even visit doctors during her pregnancy.

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Growing up under Totalitarian Regime

Growing up under Totalitarian Regime

I was asked many times, since I moved to Canada “What was it like growing up under totalitarian regime in Russia?”.

The first time I’ve heard this question, I probably had a puzzled look on my face. I just never thought of my childhood in that way.

Well, what can I say? It was fine. It was more than fine. It was great!

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Good Use for Yellow Pages

Good Use for Yellow Pages

I came across these articles recently “The Yellow Pages – Who Wants Those Things?” and “More Evidence That Yellow Books are Dying”. There was a list of 16 once-common items, that were made obsolete in 2000s, and the phone books were mentioned at number12. Author was also saying that phone books are now used to start fires and as doorstops. Well, that reminded me of how I used Yellow Pages this summer.

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Sick on Holidays

Sick on Holidays

This happens to me often actually. I look forward to the holidays, but when they come, I am all coughs and spend days in bed. The worst thing is that I start losing my voice and can’t answer the phone or explain what I need at the pharmacy.

My mom brought me flowers 2 days ago (so sweet) and suggested I try garlic… actually eating the whole peace of it. I guess that’s how they cured cold back in her days in Russia.

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