Malanka and Vasyl – ‘Old New Year in Ukraine


Malanka is the New Year’s Eve according to the Julian Calendar. On this day it is customary to sing schedrivky (Ukrainian traditional songs with wishes of prosperity and good health to the hosts of a house). Groups of young people dress up as different characters, wear masks and walk from house to house showing their mini-performances and wishing the hosts good health and prosperity. The traditional characters are:  Continue reading “Malanka and Vasyl – ‘Old New Year in Ukraine”

Ukrainian Christmas


Christmas in Ukraine is one of the favorite and most important holidays of the year. It is celebrated on the 7th of January, according to the Julian calendar followed by the Orthodox church. The different calendars (the Catholic church uses the Gregorian calendar) are the reason why the same religious holidays are celebrated on different dates.  Continue reading “Ukrainian Christmas”

“Jim” by Hilaire Belloc

I'd like to present the poem by Hilaire Belloc called

Jim, who ran away from his Nurse and was eaten by a Lion


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To Eat or Not to Eat

Somebody has shared this video with me and it brought memories of similar talks with my younger sister when she was a child, a bit older than that boy in the video. My sister could not eat meat because it was ‘made of a living creature’. The thought of eating something that lived was repulsive for her. I remember that our grandmother lied to her saying that beef grew on a tree.39.gif

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Interesting Picture Annotation Tool

Look what I’ve found today!

Click on the image and you’ll get to the ImageDiver site, an interesting tool for annotating images.
I’ve spent some time today exploring this painting (Netherlandish Proverbs) by Pieter Bruegel the Elder and comparing Dutch and English proverbs and sayings.

Check it out!

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Hello, all!

On the threshold of Halloween, I remembered one of my favorite poems written by Edgar Allan Poe, a famous American writer, poet and literary critic.

I learned a part of this long poem by heart at the University (it was an examination requirement for our phonetics course). 

I think it would be fun to read and record it now. What do you think? Would you like to record yourself reading this beautiful but really gloomy poem?

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“I think that I think…”

I found this quote in the Free Dictionary which I visit quite often.

Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum.

think that I think, therefore think that am.

I love it!Grin.gif

These words belong to Ambrose Bierce, an American journalist, writer, satirist.

Have you heard of him? Do you know anything about his connection with the Devil? 😈

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Health Day

Last Friday my daughter’s school celebrated Health Day. This is an annual event, but this year some medieval knights dropped in on our school. Bozhena was ecstatic about it! When she was a bit younger her dream was to become a valiant knight.


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Record of Kindness

A week ago my city, the city of Zhytomyr, became the most philanthropic city in Ukraine.
Two charitable organizations have organized a six-hour act of charity which was called “The Record of Kindness”. The idea was to gather as many townspeople as possible on the main square of our city in order to raise money for children who need urgent surgeries or rehabilitation.


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My Nightmare

Do you have nightmares?
I have a recurring nightmare about having an academic concert (that is how exams are called) at my music school and realizing that I haven’t been practicing the piano for 20 years. A mere thought is sending a chill down my spine. But in about a month and a half, I’ll have to live through my nightmare…

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