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  • So close and yet so far away
    Jul 19, 2018 8:00 am

    So close and yet so far away

    Yellow bundles of bananas, tight blue plums, bunches of transparent green grapes, deep red apples, soft and curvy pears, succulent yellow mangoes … I glanced over the rows of neatly laid fruits brought from afar to Bermuda.

    “Everything as...

  • Sign on road of life made me take stock
    Jul 10, 2018 8:00 am

    Sign on road of life made me take stock

    What is it that I love about the West End of Bermuda? Perhaps it is the feeling that it is a bit closer to the old Bermuda that I see in paintings and faded photographs.

    When I ride my bicycle from Mangrove Bay in the village of Somerset...

  • Learning lessons from inspirational swimmer
    Jul 5, 2018 8:00 am

    Learning lessons from inspirational swimmer

    On July 4, 1952, renowned swimmer Florence Chadwick entered the grey and forbidding waters of the North Pacific off the island of Catalina.

    Florence was already the first woman to swim the English Channel twice. Now she was determined to...

  • Drumming up a storm with the Coral Beats
    Jun 28, 2018 8:00 am

    Drumming up a storm with the Coral Beats

    Have you ever experienced love at first sight where suddenly, like a thunderbolt, it strikes you?

    The whole world disappears for a moment. Your heart freezes and then begins to knock fast and loud. Your inner voice tells you “this is yours”...

  • Stop and look up at the beautiful art in the sky
    Jun 21, 2018 8:00 am

    Stop and look up at the beautiful art in the sky

    I love clouds! And most of all, I love Bermuda summer clouds! I spend each evening watching the tall and stately procession of formations. They glide above the calm waters of the Great Sound like an armada of ships from times past.

  • Listen to your heart
    Jun 14, 2018 8:00 am

    Listen to your heart

    “Our hearts require the changes,

    Our eyes require the changes,

    Into our laugh and our tears,

    And into pulse of veins

    Changes!

    We are waiting for changes.”

    I always remember these...

  • A gift does not have to be expensive to be of value
    Jun 7, 2018 8:00 am

    A gift does not have to be expensive to be of value

    In the ancient and charming city of Riga, the capital of Latvia, is a lively and positive old woman by the name of Claudia. We met on the internet, and over time became friends.

    We exchange messages and useful information about health and...

  • Don’t howl at the moon – be a grateful wolf
    May 31, 2018 8:00 am

    Don’t howl at the moon – be a grateful wolf

    The old man tells his grandson that in the soul of each person there are two wolves, between which there is a constant war.

    One of them embodies fury, envy, arrogance, anger, fear and shame, and the second, tenderness, kindness, gratitude,...

  • Emotional walking as a cancer survivor
    May 24, 2018 8:00 am

    Emotional walking as a cancer survivor

    This year was the first time I participated in Relay for Life in Bermuda.

    I walked the Survivors’ Lap that opens this immensely popular fundraising event. We survivors, caregivers and people who are currently affected by cancer were...

  • Make your dreams come true
    May 17, 2018 8:00 am

    Make your dreams come true

    When I think of beautiful childhood dreams I imagine them as stars inside us that warm our souls and prevent us from falling into the routine of everyday life.

    They can be so close that we could reach out and touch them, or distant, shining...

  • The flowering of a dream
    May 10, 2018 8:00 am

    The flowering of a dream

    Nina London

    May is a time of awakening and flowering. I close my eyes and move in my thoughts to my home town of Irkutsk on the far eastern edge of Siberia. I clearly remember how the lilacs were beginning to blossom, the caps of which...

  • The most beautiful and powerful words on the planet
    Apr 26, 2018 8:00 am

    The most beautiful and powerful words on the planet

    As I grow older, the more I believe that some people appear in my life not merely by chance; they carry for me some very important message that I need to recognise and understand.

    When I travel to Miami, I always visit Wynwood Walls.

  • Message of love from beneath the ocean
    Apr 19, 2018 8:00 am

    Message of love from beneath the ocean

    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,...

  • The most important decision someone can make
    Apr 12, 2018 8:00 am

    The most important decision someone can make

    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.

    I have...

  • The miracle can happen for you too
    Apr 5, 2018 8:00 am

    The miracle can happen for you too

    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...

  • Our choices deeply impact our children’s lives
    Mar 29, 2018 8:00 am

    Our choices deeply impact our children’s lives

    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...

  • Cross those bridges when you come to them
    Mar 22, 2018 8:00 am

    Cross those bridges when you come to them

    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...

  • Sometimes the universe leads you in the right direction
    Mar 15, 2018 8:00 am

    Sometimes the universe leads you in the right direction

    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...

  • Forgive and forget
    Mar 8, 2018 8:00 am

    Forgive and forget

    Last Sunday, the last day before Lent, Russia marked one of the most unusual holy holidays.

    It is known as Forgiveness Sunday. On this day, each person can ask forgiveness from anyone he or she intentionally or accidentally offended or...

  • Hope is all you really need if you move abroad
    Feb 22, 2018 8:00 am

    Hope is all you really need if you move abroad

    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...

  • Living life according to a rule given to me by father
    Feb 15, 2018 8:00 am

    Living life according to a rule given to me by father

    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...

  • Reading London novel helped me discover truth
    Feb 1, 2018 8:00 am

    Reading London novel helped me discover truth

    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...

  • Miracles can happen in most unlikely places
    Jan 25, 2018 8:00 am

    Miracles can happen in most unlikely places

    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...

  • Stop searching, you’re living in paradise
    Jan 18, 2018 8:00 am

    Stop searching, you’re living in paradise

    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...

  • Dreams are calling and you must listen
    Jan 11, 2018 8:00 am

    Dreams are calling and you must listen

    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...

  • Bill’s polar bear swim is safe in my jar
    Jan 4, 2018 8:00 am

    Bill’s polar bear swim is safe in my jar

    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...

  • Art inspired by a simple but powerful message
    Dec 28, 2017 8:00 am

    Art inspired by a simple but powerful message

    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.

  • Persevere as all bad things end
    Dec 14, 2017 8:00 am

    Persevere as all bad things end

    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...

  • I looked for a solution, not an excuse
    Nov 30, 2017 8:00 am

    I looked for a solution, not an excuse

    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.

  • Sometimes it’s important to enjoy the moment
    Nov 23, 2017 8:00 am

    Sometimes it’s important to enjoy the moment

    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...

  • We must believe in miracles
    Nov 2, 2017 8:00 am

    We must believe in miracles

    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...

  • Seeing our island through others’ eyes
    Oct 19, 2017 2:25 pm

    Seeing our island through others’ eyes

    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.

    The ocean,...

  • My mom’s beautiful first date with dad
    Oct 12, 2017 8:00 am

    My mom’s beautiful first date with dad

    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...

  • Sending signal of love will get a reply
    Oct 5, 2017 8:00 am

    Sending signal of love will get a reply

    This article is dedicated to Abby May

    My birthday this year started in a very special way.

    In the early morning, I was walking along a deserted beach. It was a windy, gloomy and unfriendly day. Heavy storm clouds...

  • The time I was chased by a swarm of flesh-hungry chub
    Sep 28, 2017 8:00 am

    The time I was chased by a swarm of flesh-hungry chub

    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...

  • Wild ash and a huggable dog on a perfect day
    Sep 14, 2017 8:00 am

    Wild ash and a huggable dog on a perfect day

    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...

  • Be a winner ... swim to the other side
    Aug 31, 2017 8:00 am

    Be a winner ... swim to the other side

    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...

  • Try the mirror test
    Aug 24, 2017 8:00 am

    Try the mirror test

    In our society we are conditioned to believe that we can achieve things quickly, almost overnight, but real change takes a long time. It begins with small steps that become the journey of a lifetime.

    We repeat our bad habits over and over...

  • We walked with gratitude, emotion and empathy
    Aug 10, 2017 8:00 am

    We walked with gratitude, emotion and empathy

    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,...

  • Listen to your heart
    Jul 20, 2017 8:00 am

    Listen to your heart

    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.

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