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With Oksana August 2010

Kiev, June 2017

Oksana and I have been in our new house since 2013.  Summer 2015 was spent on finishing touches and getting the lawn and garden in order.  2016 was the year for barbecues and dance parties.

I have been in Kiev since 2007.  I have known Oksana since 2009, and we celebrate our sixth anniversary on September 21, 2017.  Our son Eddie will turn six in October.

My focus has shifted from work to children.  Eddie was in kindergarten all last year  I took him there every morning and back daily at 1:30.  I read to him in Russian, English and Ukrainian.  He loves books on technology, also Kipling, Saint Exupery, Dr. Seuss and A. A. Milne.

Spring of 2016 we took Eddie to Poland, his first trip out of the country.  Oksana bought Orff musical instruments. 

Oksana is a talented hostess.  Our house, which would be nothing special back home, is large for Kiev.  She brings friends together for painting, dance, cooking poetry and similarly themed evenings / classes.  She posts regularly on Facebook – look for Oksana Badovska.  We had large dinners on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years and big music parties this summer.

Ukraine may have seen the worst.  Putin appears to have settled for a stalemate in Donbass.  Being surrounded by yes men is an occupational hazard of an absolute despot, and it looks like he was seriously misled as to any residual love of Russia among Ukrainians.  There is none.  Since the events of Maidan there has been a buoyant spirit, as the Ukrainian people seem to have at last found themselves.  Though our friends almost all speak Russian among themselves, they are emphatically not Russian.  Most would like to call themselves European.  I am rather on my own in remarking that, no, they are better than that.  Ukraine would do well to continue as it is, avoiding Europe as well as Russia to the extent possible.  Brexit makes that appear more likely.

We continue to be very active in Toastmasters.  I am the outgoing treasurer of the ArtTalkers English club.  Oksana and I occasionally attend the German and Russian speaking club.

This year I became a top 500 Amazon reviewer.  I have blog occasionally for Return of Kings in the manosphere. 

We will raise our family here in Ukraine.  I give credence to the Cassandras who foresee a major collapse of Western economies and currencies.  I hope that if we continue living simply, minding our own business, raising our children as they should be raised, the sturm und drang attendant to the abrupt end of the liberal postwar idyll will pass our little backwater by.

Educating Eddie is a two-level process.  At my level I have to assemble a complete concept of how the world works.  I read and review a vast number of books and keep links to the most interesting articles I find on the web.  The second level is to distill this down to something that can be transferred to the next generation, Eddie, in an intuitive, largely automatic way.  One has to leave behind most of the reasoning and simply tell them how to be.  It is a matter of moral instruction.  Not an easy thing.  I update my thoughts on the subject here.

Happiness is a hard thing to write about.  One worries about jinxing it, being contradicted, and being asked to contrast it with other states of being.  I've written about those contrasts in my biography and book of plans for raising Edward.  It is safe to say that, however belatedly, however improbably, I've found what I had been looking for in life.

 

 

Emergency: 

Fire 101

Police 102

Ambulance 103

Gas 104

Useful links for residents of Kiev

English Yellow pages

Kyiv Community Listings

Online Maps

·       Contour Maps of Ukraine

·       Maps of Ukrainian cities

Travel

·       Intercity train schedules (Russian)

·       Intercity bus schedules (Ukrainian)

·       Local train schedules Ukrainian)

·       Kiev circle line

·       Kiev city travel planner: metro, bus, tram, marshrutka

·       Another Kiev travel planner

Services

·       Medical

·       Dental

Current Interests

·         Edward – my book on home schooling

·         Toastmasters  Our Club Photos

·         Writing about Ukraine

·         Aphorisms



Reading - Amazon reviews

Video - Youtube Presentations

My Life

Letter from an Unperson

University of Maryland Career

Teaching career

Business Career

 

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