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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • To find happiness look inside your soul
    Apr 13, 2017 8:00 am

    To find happiness look inside your soul

    Flattened, crushed, torn to pieces! I sobbed to myself. I had turned 40, and the hard hand of time caught up with me. At night I cried, “I do not want to grow old!”

    I accidentally found these lines a few days ago in my files.

    I...

  • Laugh your way to a healthier life
    Mar 16, 2017 8:00 am

    Laugh your way to a healthier life

    Early on a glorious morning in Miami, the soft sun shone on the beach. Loose branches of palm trees swayed in the wind and waves rhythmically crashed against the sand. I was standing barefoot in a circle of people, excited and fascinated to try...

  • Make your dreams a reality
    Feb 23, 2017 8:00 am

    Make your dreams a reality

    People keep asking me how and why I started writing.

    Fifteen years ago, I went to Moscow from a Siberian city called Irkutsk. Grey, unfriendly Moscow met me with a cold and piercing wind that threw a handful of snow right in my face.

  • The rule of 15 seconds
    Feb 16, 2017 7:59 am

    The rule of 15 seconds

    When I called my daughter in San Francisco, she answered me in tears.

    My heart sank. “What happened? Something very serious?” I asked with great anxiety.

    “President Trump, what he does here, his new laws about immigrants and other...

  • During chemo, surround yourself with positivity
    Jan 27, 2017 8:00 am

    During chemo, surround yourself with positivity

    After describing the brutal moment her cancer was diagnosed, in part two of this week’s column Nina London addresses dealing with the subsequent treatment and the need for support. Both are extracts from her upcoming book Find your Light...

  • The moment my life was turned upside down
    Jan 26, 2017 8:00 am

    The moment my life was turned upside down

    This is part one of an extract from my upcoming book Find your Light as a Warrior Woman. Don’t miss part two tomorrow.

    It was a sunny August morning. I was sitting in the doctor’s office in Vancouver,...

  • How to change your habits
    Jan 12, 2017 8:00 am

    How to change your habits

    Into the fireplace went my 2016 calendar with all its inked-in appointments and reminders. The new year is the perfect time to start all over with a new and clean agenda. For myself, and many other people, the first day of the year is a starting...

  • Waving goodbye to this year’s troubles
    Dec 22, 2016 8:00 am

    Waving goodbye to this year’s troubles

    For me, the Christmas spirit begins with the wonderful moment when we bring the Christmas tree to the house. This green forest beauty, fragrant and still alive, is a beloved guest in our home. It soon transforms into a respected fairy queen,...

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