Monthly Archives: July 2012

Return to Russia – Episode 8: The Day That Spiderman Cried

His bottom lip began to quiver. Suddenly, he had an idea! Spiderman ran to the wall. “Mama, I want to climb up to you!” The disappointment was almost unbearable. The Spiderman costume he was wearing, did not give this small boy the abilities of his favorite super hero. He couldn’t climb the wall of the […]

Return – Episode 7: Further & Farther

“Au-to-booss-eee–YOM.” “Yes,” she said, nodding, “Au-to-booss-eee–YOM.” One last, teary hug and the cab door was slammed shut. Eric & Lena drove off to the bus station to begin their journey back to Russia. I had a great 10 days in Russia with Lena and other dear friends. It was wonderful to walk the streets of […]

Return to Russia – Episode 6: Fish Pie for Sunday Lunch

“What’s that?” Usually I’m the one asking that question on this side of the ocean, but this time it was Lena’s question to me. As we routinely stood on the curb of this 600-year-old city, waiting for trolleybus #1 to take us to church, something unusual caught her eye. I turned to look. “Oh, it’s […]

Return to Russia – Episode 5: The Shock Left Me Speechless!

If you are a return-reader, you may have noticed that I got out of rhythm with my posting. Maybe I’m just talking to you, Emma, but I’ll give you the reason and it’s a good one! You live in a country for 12 years and you think you know a place! I mentioned that in […]

Return to Russia – Episode 4: Hospitality Practice

A tiny table unfolded to take up all of the little kitchen’s unclaimed floor space. The Coe family hosted me for the evening in their 2 room flat (Americans, that means one bedroom, a living room that doubles as the ‘master suite,’ one little kitchen and a small bath. Theirs is a family of 5…. […]

Return to Russia – Episode 3: This is Where I Offend Some People

Ducking down in the foxhole, the young soldier braces himself as one more explosion rocks the muddy walls surrounding him. It’s been raining for days. He can’t remember what it feels like to have dry socks to wear. Several friends have died. He’s tired, weary, and his nerves are shot from the close calls he’s […]

Return to Russia, Episode 2: Stories From The Wait

Coming back to this fascinating country, there are many observations to be made. The fashion here is a lot different from the pretentions or sporty attire I usually see in Dallas. I guess you could call it “revealing.” There’s the high fashion version involving skirts that are barely long enough to be called skirts. My […]