“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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Can you paint in watercolors?

When you look at a painting, it is hard to believe that some time ago it was just a piece of empty canvas or paper. As a person with no talent for painting, I always admired the works of artists and thought that I would never ever be able to create anything even remotely resembling their beautiful masterpieces. Or would I?

These videos show how to create beautiful watercolors. Anders Andersson has inspired me today. Continue reading “Can you paint in watercolors?”

The Importance of the Followers.

Many people consider a leading role to be very important and attractive. There are so many motivational books which explain how to cultivate the qualities necessary for good leaders. But I haven’t seen many books telling you that a leader is impossible without supportive followers.

This video explains (very gracefully) the importance of a good follower. Continue reading “The Importance of the Followers.”

Ode to Joy (flashmob)

Just watch this wonderful performance. I am sure most of you know this piece of music by Beethoven.

Let us also all celebrate brotherhood and unity of all mankind!

Lean on Me

Today I would like to share with you one of my favorite songs written by American songwriter Bill Withers in 1972. It is called “Lean on Me”. This song was covered lots of times by numerous performers, but I really love the original variant.

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Amazing Music Video

I remember watching this video by ‘OK Go’ on YouTube and my admiration for its creativity.

So I was very glad to find this TED talk about this video and the way it was created.

What do you think about 10 commandments of the team?

Do you know any other example (or examples) of ‘Rube Goldberg machine’ videos?

hope you’ll enjoy this talk and this music.



Last week three of us (my husband, my daughter and I) listened to the wonderful concert of one of the best choirs in the world called Oreya. I don’t exaggerate. Since 1986 (that’s when it was founded) the choir has won 7 grand prizes and 25 first prizes at the prestigious competitions of choral singing. We are really lucky because the headquarters of this choir Cappella is in my town (Zhytomyr, Ukraine), all the members of this choir live here as well as its director and founder Olexander Vatsek. Continue reading “Oreya”