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With Oksana August 2010
If the photo doesn’t show up, it is because Microsoft has once again improved things to the point of breaking them. I'm working on it, but for now you'll have to work from memory.
Kiev, April 2017
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 turned five in October.
My focus has shifted from work to children. Eddie has been in kindergarten since September. I take 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.
Last spring we took Eddie to Poland, his first trip out of the country. Oksana bought Orff musical instruments. This spring we are planning to go to Italy.
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 called off the dogs of war 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 treasurer of the ArtTalkers English club. Oksana and I joined the German club and still occasionally attend the Russian club.
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.
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University of Maryland Career
I’m migrating away from Google. When companies get as rich and powerful as this (think, IBM, Microsoft) they come to believe that they own their customers. They try to force things on us (disclosing our friends, brand preferences down to Jockey vs. Hanes, personal data) that are uncomfortable, and make easy things (just sending email and sharing pictures) hard. They give in to government pressure to disclose our emails and private data. Google is violating its “Don’t be evil” credo in spades. До Свидания, Google
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