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  • 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.

  • Helping others to help yourself
    Jul 13, 2017 8:00 am

    Helping others to help yourself

    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...

  • Time, the greatest gift you can give children
    Jun 29, 2017 8:00 am

    Time, the greatest gift you can give children

    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,...

  • Always find the strength to fight on
    Jun 15, 2017 8:00 am

    Always find the strength to fight on

    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...

  • Never say never to finding love again
    Jun 8, 2017 8:00 am

    Never say never to finding love again

    “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...

  • Remember, you are the sculptor of your life
    Jun 1, 2017 8:00 am

    Remember, you are the sculptor of your life

    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...

  • Time for a new energy
    May 18, 2017 8:00 am

    Time for a new energy

    Spring is in the air! I throw open the curtains and windows to let in the warm sunlight.

    I close my eyes, smile and breathe the fresh air filled with blooming flowers.

    There is something very exceptional and hopeful for me about...

  • Places where water has healing magic
    May 11, 2017 8:00 am

    Places where water has healing magic

    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...

  • I’m going to run on the waves
    May 4, 2017 8:00 am

    I’m going to run on the waves

    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...

  • Leave your shell and beauty will find you
    Apr 27, 2017 8:00 am

    Leave your shell and beauty will find you

    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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