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...
Mar 22, 2018 8:00 am
I stood for a long time, holding my head high as I watched the slender structure floating in the sky, popping a fuzzy white cloud with the point of its spire.
The Sky Tower, the symbol and pride of Auckland, New Zealand, was the first...
Mar 15, 2018 8:00 am
My honeymoon was on the far side of the world. We chose a destination but made no plans.
We let our intuition guide us. We wanted to listen to our hearts, to follow our desires, to do what we felt we should do, and not what we were expected...
Feb 22, 2018 8:00 am
Last week, I wrote an article about how I left my home in Russia and I took with me photos of beloved people and my father’s favourite painting. I was interested in what my Russian-speaking readers would take to a new life abroad if they left...
Feb 15, 2018 8:00 am
If you were going to leave your house for ever and had to leave most things behind, what would you take?
I faced this tough decision when I left my home city of Irkutsk in Siberia to go to America. We had a huge library with countless...
Feb 1, 2018 8:00 am
People often ask about my last name. Why did I change it? Why London? Was it in honour of the city?
When I arrived in the west 20 years ago I realised that my name, Telpukhovskaia, was quite difficult to pronounce and completely impossible...
Jan 25, 2018 8:00 am
I believe that whatever happens in our lives, we must keep an eye out for miracles.
After two grey weeks of rain, last weekend was absolutely stunning. Brilliant sun in a bright blue sky, and unusually warm for January. It’s just amazing...
Jan 18, 2018 8:00 am
Have you ever accidentally eavesdropped and discovered something deeply surprising about yourself? I have one instance in my memory that I return to from time to time. If you live here in Bermuda you will understand why.
A couple of months...
Jan 11, 2018 8:00 am
People often ask me how I got to Bermuda. I was already over 40 when I emigrated to Canada from Russia. I fell in love with Vancouver at first sight. The city was the opposite of Moscow, with its crazy rhythms and frenzied energy. Vancouver is a...
Jan 4, 2018 8:00 am
On the last day of 2017, I took from the shelf a clay jug and put it on my table. It was my “jug of happy moments”.
Inside, were small scraps of paper and on each one there were a few sentences written throughout the year; a short...
Dec 28, 2017 8:00 am
When I arrive at an art exhibition, I always pause and listen to my heart.
I know that it directs me to the work that will be special for me, the one with a meaning that will touch my soul and reveal a secret hidden in the artist’s vision.
Dec 14, 2017 8:00 am
When I opened Facebook a couple of days ago, I saw a random photo, one of those occasionally displayed on your page as “see your memories, one year ago”.
I winced. Usually, I only glance at these photos before I delete them, but not this...
Nov 30, 2017 8:00 am
Sometimes our day does not go as planned. Everything goes awry.
That morning began perfectly. A sunny, windy day with white clouds scudding across the clear horizon and the waters of the Great Sound alive with small waves of turquoise blue.
Nov 23, 2017 8:00 am
Early Sunday morning passed in a hassle, a rush, and on a road.
Even given an extra hour by the clock for daylight savings did not help much. I had to take our daughter, Ava, to a sailboat race in town and we hurried to arrive on...
Nov 2, 2017 8:00 am
At the Royal Naval Dockyard it was the opening night of an art exhibition.
Standing in the centre of the ancient clock tower hall, I quickly ran my eyes through the paintings — landscapes of Bermuda with oleanders, white roofs on pastel...
Oct 19, 2017 2:25 pm
When I was a little girl, I read excitedly about the ocean.
Wrapped up in a warm blanket and looking thoughtfully at my frozen windowpanes in Siberia, I passionately dreamt of swimming in it. My dream has come true.
Oct 12, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Sep 28, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Sep 14, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Aug 31, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Aug 10, 2017 8:00 am
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,...
Jul 20, 2017 8:00 am
A few days ago I painfully tried to learn a complex computer programme. I spent a long and exhausting day at my desk, trying all possible options to understand how it worked. Gradually, my many hours of diligence began to turn into quiet despair.
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