Apr 19, 2018 8:00 am
For some reason, I imagined whale watching as unromantic, on the “things to do” list for tourists.
I imagined myself on a big boat with a loud group of strangers, bobbing around for hours on the vast ocean, trying to find distant whales,...
Apr 12, 2018 8:00 am
My birthday is coming up this week. This is not just a celebration for me. On this day, I always think about what I did and did not accomplish in the last year and why. I reflect on how I have changed and what that means to my life.
Apr 5, 2018 8:00 am
One of my favourite events in Bermuda is KiteFest at Horseshoe Bay on Good Friday.
When I saw it the first time, with hundreds of bright kites of every colour flying in the deep blue sky, beating in the streams of wind and hovering over the...
Mar 29, 2018 8:00 am
What and who makes us who we are? Genes, people, environment?
I was going through my documents and found my daughter’s personal statement for her application for college.
We were living in San Francisco. I remember the sad sound of a...
Mar 22, 2018 8:00 am
I stood for a long time, holding my head high as I watched the slender structure floating in the sky, popping a fuzzy white cloud with the point of its spire.
The Sky Tower, the symbol and pride of Auckland, New Zealand, was the first...
Mar 15, 2018 8:00 am
My honeymoon was on the far side of the world. We chose a destination but made no plans.
We let our intuition guide us. We wanted to listen to our hearts, to follow our desires, to do what we felt we should do, and not what we were expected...
Feb 22, 2018 8:00 am
Last week, I wrote an article about how I left my home in Russia and I took with me photos of beloved people and my father’s favourite painting. I was interested in what my Russian-speaking readers would take to a new life abroad if they left...
Feb 15, 2018 8:00 am
If you were going to leave your house for ever and had to leave most things behind, what would you take?
I faced this tough decision when I left my home city of Irkutsk in Siberia to go to America. We had a huge library with countless...
Feb 1, 2018 8:00 am
People often ask about my last name. Why did I change it? Why London? Was it in honour of the city?
When I arrived in the west 20 years ago I realised that my name, Telpukhovskaia, was quite difficult to pronounce and completely impossible...
Jan 25, 2018 8:00 am
I believe that whatever happens in our lives, we must keep an eye out for miracles.
After two grey weeks of rain, last weekend was absolutely stunning. Brilliant sun in a bright blue sky, and unusually warm for January. It’s just amazing...
Jan 18, 2018 8:00 am
Have you ever accidentally eavesdropped and discovered something deeply surprising about yourself? I have one instance in my memory that I return to from time to time. If you live here in Bermuda you will understand why.
A couple of months...
Jan 11, 2018 8:00 am
People often ask me how I got to Bermuda. I was already over 40 when I emigrated to Canada from Russia. I fell in love with Vancouver at first sight. The city was the opposite of Moscow, with its crazy rhythms and frenzied energy. Vancouver is a...
Jan 4, 2018 8:00 am
On the last day of 2017, I took from the shelf a clay jug and put it on my table. It was my “jug of happy moments”.
Inside, were small scraps of paper and on each one there were a few sentences written throughout the year; a short...
Dec 28, 2017 8:00 am
When I arrive at an art exhibition, I always pause and listen to my heart.
I know that it directs me to the work that will be special for me, the one with a meaning that will touch my soul and reveal a secret hidden in the artist’s vision.
Dec 14, 2017 8:00 am
When I opened Facebook a couple of days ago, I saw a random photo, one of those occasionally displayed on your page as “see your memories, one year ago”.
I winced. Usually, I only glance at these photos before I delete them, but not this...
Nov 30, 2017 8:00 am
Sometimes our day does not go as planned. Everything goes awry.
That morning began perfectly. A sunny, windy day with white clouds scudding across the clear horizon and the waters of the Great Sound alive with small waves of turquoise blue.
Nov 23, 2017 8:00 am
Early Sunday morning passed in a hassle, a rush, and on a road.
Even given an extra hour by the clock for daylight savings did not help much. I had to take our daughter, Ava, to a sailboat race in town and we hurried to arrive on...
Nov 2, 2017 8:00 am
At the Royal Naval Dockyard it was the opening night of an art exhibition.
Standing in the centre of the ancient clock tower hall, I quickly ran my eyes through the paintings — landscapes of Bermuda with oleanders, white roofs on pastel...
Oct 19, 2017 2:25 pm
When I was a little girl, I read excitedly about the ocean.
Wrapped up in a warm blanket and looking thoughtfully at my frozen windowpanes in Siberia, I passionately dreamt of swimming in it. My dream has come true.
Oct 12, 2017 8:00 am
My mother told us a wonderful story about her first date with my father.
“Sixty years ago Misha and I were young and in love. We had just started dating. It was spring in Siberia with a bright sun thawing the snow on the branches of the...
Sep 28, 2017 8:00 am
I know for sure that in a past life I was a small, fast, curious and courageous fish.
When I first jumped into the transparent tropical waters of Bermuda five years ago to swim with a mask, I realised in that moment that this would change...
Sep 14, 2017 8:00 am
Sometimes it happens that our plans, which we have long and lovingly built, crumble in an instant.
Do we need to despair and give up? Not a chance! We start building new plans and, when we realise them, we often see that the results are...
Aug 31, 2017 8:00 am
Each August, our family leaves for a remote island lost among the endless boreal forests and thousands of lakes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of northern Minnesota.
This enchanted island, with slender pine trees and rocky...
Aug 10, 2017 8:00 am
It was 7am on Saturday. The hot summer sun had just begun its slow trek through the shimmering sky. Immaculate snow white clouds changed in beautiful shapes above the edge of the turquoise sea.
This morning I organised the first “Walk,...
Jul 20, 2017 8:00 am
A few days ago I painfully tried to learn a complex computer programme. I spent a long and exhausting day at my desk, trying all possible options to understand how it worked. Gradually, my many hours of diligence began to turn into quiet despair.
Jul 13, 2017 8:00 am
I conducted two wellness workshops for cancer patients and survivors right in the window of three weeks between my chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Many people back then were puzzled, asking me why I was doing it when I was in such a...
Jun 29, 2017 8:00 am
On June 18, Father’s Day, for the first time in many years, I took out one of the few surviving photographs of my father and me.
This faded piece of paper magically transported me back in time, to 45 years ago on the shores of Lake Baikal,...
Jun 15, 2017 8:00 am
Never give up
Before I left Moscow many years ago, my friend gave me a special and symbolic gift: a green frog made of jade. I loved it instantly and, as I rubbed its smooth surface between my hands, she quietly murmured a mysterious...
Jun 8, 2017 8:00 am
“Dear Vera, you are my first and only love. I was looking for you my entire life! I had been searching for you in many cities and countries, and yet to my surprise, I met you ten years ago in the elevator of my building. My life changed at this...
Jun 1, 2017 8:00 am
When I think of time I imagine it as a river. A river of my life.
It could flow quietly and smoothly and I would remain calm in the cozy, stagnant harbour of everyday life and hesitate to step in. Days pass by, measured and mundane, and...
May 11, 2017 8:00 am
I grew up living on stunning and unique Lake Baikal in Siberia, surrounded by magnificent mountains and wild, boundless taiga.
Baikal is the deepest and most ancient lake on the planet, holding one-fifth of the world’s fresh water. In the...
May 4, 2017 8:00 am
A vast ocean, waves foaming white at their crests, rainbow-coloured kitesurfers hurled by strong winds across the blue sky — the thrill of speed, power and independence. Carving the ultramarine wave tops until the invisible barrier of momentum...
Apr 27, 2017 8:00 am
This is a very special photo for me. It was taken last July at Horseshoe Bay.
That Saturday began quietly. It was one of those rare, gloomy, summer days in Bermuda. The entire sky was covered with a low, grey curtain. The sun was hidden...
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