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What’s in a Russian Middle Name?

The short answer to that question is: the father’s name. Vladimir was a bit suprised when I introduced my dad. He had assumed that my dad’s name would at least bear some resemblence to my middle name, but the two were completely unrelated. Russians always have a patronymic for the ...

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Ping Pong

I run. My husband plays ping pong. Now, lest you think this is mamsy-pamsy way to exercise, let me inform you that a number of his opponents are Chinese. These men set the bar for the game at Vlad’s office, so that even if he isn’t playing against someone Chinese, ...

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Putting Faces to the Stories

Mother in law snapped this picture when she and Vladimir came back to the car after we attended the Living Traditions Festival (see last paragraph). We were hanging out while they had been talking to some other Russian couple there.  This is my family. I’m a lucky woman.

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On Makeup and Language

I was putting Christopher down to sleep when the new family Vladimir had met arrived. I lay in bed, the baby still nursing, wondering if I should put on makeup before I went down. I even wondered about changing my clothes. Being well dressed and prettied up is important for ...

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Growing Humans

There is nothing quite like having babies.  No, I don’t mean the birthing process, though my statement could apply just as well there.  I mean, being the mother of a small human newly come into this world.  Contrary to popularly expressed experience, I’ve always felt like the first year or ...

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Snow Day

Whose sent this guy to work without making sure he was properly dressed?  Uhm, yeah… that would be my guy.  What actually happened is that we saw clouds and maybe a couple of flakes at our house in the southern part of the valley.  It looked deceptively mild.  The Crazy Russian works downtown, which was getting ...

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Sometimes, you don’t want to know.

My first kitchen. I looked around with satisfaction at the tiny room, and then bent down to the box in front of me. I did have a few things I’d acquired when I’d shared a house with five other girls before. I opened up the flaps and took out a ...

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Growing up

It has come to pass recently that I became the mother of a teenager. And my mother in law is moving in the middle of this month. (Please reference, again, the title of a recent post “Am I Insane?” and my question “What in Valhalla was I thinking when I ...

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