Trenchcoat Dude

The first time I saw him, the writer in me was piqued. He walked down the side of the road at night in a cowboy hat, a long trenchcoat, and a cane. Where was he going? Why was he walking down this road at this time of night? Why did ...

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The Tomato Contest of Dr. Charles

I’m growing tomatoes. He’s having a contest. Seems like a match to me. But let me tell you of my gardening woes. The very week after I transplated my tomatoes into my garden, we had record breaking high temperatures. I struggled to keep them watered enough, then I worried that ...

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Lose a size by July 4

That was the subject of an email that I recently received from “Prevention” magazine. I hate this. Not only because it perpetuates what I think is a very poor reason to lose weight, but because I buy into it at least a little. I am tempted to think that a ...

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What’s in a Russian Last Name?

J. Smith That’s the name of the file. Male or female? In English, we would be unable to tell. But in Russian, last names differ by gender. It’s very simple, really. The last name of a female has an “a” added onto it. Anton Chekov was married to Olga Chekova. Boris and Arkady Strugatskys’ ...

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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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What’s in a Russian Name?

Vladimir is the equivalent of John in Russian. If there is an unknown male, I suspect they call him Vladimir. Of the approximately 30 Russian men and boys that I’ve known, 5 of them have been named Vladimir. Then there is Sergey (3 of them), Alexander, Nikolai, Mikael, Konstantin, Leonid, Dmitry, ...

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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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Grand Rounds redux

Dr. Ibear, artist extraordinaire, is hosting Grand Rounds at Doc Around the Clock. He and I share something special: We’ve both fallen off a treadmill in front of lots of people.  

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