Culture Lessons

The word for hose in Russian is “schlang”. When the short, stout Irina Leikina was addressing us in her mad bursts of Muscovite Russian, she demonstrated with her flying hands. “And my son,” she bellowed. “He was pouring water out of the schlanga--” She gesticulated towards her groin, as if she were her tall, half... Continue Reading →

It’s Veteran’s Day, 2020

It's Veteran's Day in the United States. Armistice Day in other countries. I wanted to this post to land at the 11th hour and the 11th minute, on November 11. In years past, that was when we would toast the veterans in the dining room. That was usually after the parade, the marching band, and... Continue Reading →

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