Mar 21, 2019 8:00 am
Are you happy or not? Why are some people happier than others?
One of the most difficult things in life is to find and understand what makes you happy. Many people believe that the key is money.
Then, after making millions and...
Mar 14, 2019 8:00 am
If you ask me what is my favourite place in Bermuda besides the ocean, I would answer without hesitation: the Bermuda Society of Arts gallery.
The first time I came there was exactly three years ago.
I was looking for an opportunity...
Mar 7, 2019 8:00 am
I will never forget my first hour when I arrived in Bermuda by cruise ship. It was seven years ago, in May.
I had been working on board for five months and had visited many tropical islands. I loved to sit and look at the endless expanse...
Feb 28, 2019 8:00 am
One early morning last week, I received this message from Irina who lives in Ukraine:
“Nina, I’ve been sick for a long time and I am taking a medicine with a sedative, and it makes me feel like a vegetable! Yesterday, I looked at your...
Feb 21, 2019 8:00 am
Why do we travel? What pushes us to fly for many hours, sometimes around the whole world?
Before any trip my heart always beats joyfully and I can’t fell asleep in anticipation of something unusual, new and exotic. I know that after the...
Feb 7, 2019 8:00 am
In my last article, I wrote about my six-day visit to a remote Buddhist monastery in Northern Thailand last month.
When I first read the monastery schedule I was stunned: 18 hours of fasting, 8 hours or more of meditation, 1 hour of free...
Jan 31, 2019 8:00 am
It was five o’clock in the morning. I was alone.
I awoke and put on my rough, white linen robe. I walked out onto the wooden planks of my small hut.
Thick morning fog ebbed through the mountains in a dream of languid mist. I heard...
Jan 17, 2019 8:00 am
Even demons become kinder if they are fed on time and treated well.
I learnt this last week, when we attended a service at a small Hindu temple in the remote mountains of western Bali.
My husband, Bill, and I went for a bike ride. We...
Jan 10, 2019 8:00 am
I flew with my husband to the rural north of Thailand, late at night. We awoke in the morning in the cool air of the highlands. The streets were pleasantly chaotic with vendors, and we heard the laughter of children from a nearby school.
Jan 3, 2019 8:00 am
New Year’s Eve for Russian people is the most important holiday of the year.
The table in each household is crammed with food, drinks and treats. Russian women start preparing for this celebration weeks in advance. We think about what...
Dec 27, 2018 8:00 am
What a special and wonderful time of the year, filled with both magic and kindness.
I love the smell of nutmeg, cinnamon and pine needles, the sparkle of decorations and flickering lights, and the love, care and warmth of the family...
Dec 13, 2018 8:00 am
Thursday night is rehearsal time for the Coral Beats percussion group. It is two hours of positive and vigorous energy for the mind and body. After chatting, exchanging news, hugging and laughing together, we get down to work. Our rehearsals take...
Dec 6, 2018 8:00 am
Only three weeks before Christmas!
During these days I look back and reflect on the last year.
I try to recall all the good things that happened and what interesting and kind people I met along the way.
In the course of that,...
Nov 29, 2018 8:00 am
On Thanksgiving Day, my mother, whom I had not seen for several months, flew to Bermuda from San Francisco to visit us.
When I saw her at the airport dancing and waving at me, I started laughing and thought, “As long as our parents are...
Nov 15, 2018 8:00 am
Last Sunday we were out on the ocean. It was already autumnally cool and windy. The sun was playing hide and seek with us, peeping out of the white clouds and scattering sheets of silver sparks on the radiantly blue water. There was a flash of...
Nov 8, 2018 8:00 am
How old do you feel?
Yesterday I talked to a Russian client who is now living in Norway, via video chat. At the end of the conversation, she suddenly burst into tears. “What should I do next? I am almost done. I’m already an old woman, I...
Nov 1, 2018 8:00 am
Why do I like living in Bermuda? Is it the silver glitter of sun on the restless sea? The blaze of flowers on ancient stone walls?
The delirious rush of wind in the palm trees? The hypnotic peep of tree frogs? Yes, all of that, but...
Oct 25, 2018 8:00 am
Autumn is my favourite time of the year in forests, where the trees show their brilliant selves and colour explodes in a delirious confusion of golds and reds and fading greens.
I watch in wonder as the leaves shake and dance in the wind. I...
Oct 18, 2018 8:00 am
Curiosity may have killed the cat, but not me.
Whenever I arrive in a new city I like to spend hours wandering aimlessly through its streets listening to the diverse sounds floating from the windows: snatches of speech in unfamiliar...
Oct 11, 2018 8:00 am
I love to dream. I often transport myself in my mind to new places to feel the excitement of the unknown, to imagine new cultures, to see and hear and touch and taste the exotic fabric of life.
I love to imagine myself doing something...
Oct 4, 2018 8:00 am
What is your speed?” I asked this suddenly of my husband, Bill, as we drove by a road sign showing the speed of our car.
He thought for a moment: “What an interesting question! I think I am in idle right now.”
“What about you?” he...
Sep 27, 2018 8:00 am
Have you ever started something important, something you look forward to and anticipate?
You see it clearly in your mind’s eye, when suddenly everything changes in an instant and all your plans turn upside down.
And in the end, to...
Sep 20, 2018 8:00 am
Sometimes, I stumble into the inner world of a complete stranger by accident, a person who brings new and lyrical sounds to the deeply hidden strings of my soul.
They respond in a melodious and gentle manner, like wind chimes which, with a...
Sep 6, 2018 8:00 am
What is the most beautiful and unusual date you ever had? The date you would remember for ever?
“I want to show you Bermuda from the ocean’s point of view,” Bill told me when we met for our first date.
I watched as he docked his...
Aug 30, 2018 8:00 am
When I was a little girl and lived in Siberia with its enormous wilderness, I thought that the forest was a part of my house.
It was always kind and friendly to me, often hiding me under its trees from a heavy rain or protecting me with...
Aug 23, 2018 8:00 am
Do we meet people at random? Is it pure chance or fate?
I often ask myself this question: why did I meet this particular person? Sometimes, it is the one who helped or even saved me, who said just the right thing or gave me the wise advice...
Aug 16, 2018 8:00 am
Have you ever had some small event suddenly open a secret gateway in your soul for the flow of deep and hidden memories?
It happened to me a few days ago. After dinner in a stylish restaurant in the small town of Ely, Minnesota, we received...
Aug 9, 2018 8:00 am
“How would I look in this photo with this background of the sunset?”
I thought about this seriously as I held up my iPhone, standing on a cliff soaring majestically above the calm lake.
At this moment I realised, with a touch of...
Jul 26, 2018 8:00 am
How do I know what true love is? This morning we received the results of my annual scan from the doctor.
My husband jumped out on to the sunny porch of our summer home in Minnesota, high above a calm and beautiful lake, spread his arms wide...
Jul 19, 2018 8:00 am
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.
Jul 10, 2018 8:00 am
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...
Jul 5, 2018 8:00 am
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...
Jun 28, 2018 8:00 am
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”...
Jun 21, 2018 8:00 am
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.
Jun 7, 2018 8:00 am
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...
May 31, 2018 8:00 am
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,...
May 24, 2018 8:00 am
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...
May 17, 2018 8:00 am
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...
Apr 26, 2018 8:00 am
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.
Apr 19, 2018 8:00 am
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,...
Apr 12, 2018 8:00 am
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.
Apr 5, 2018 8:00 am
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...
Mar 29, 2018 8:00 am
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...
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