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This journal is mostly public because most of it contains poetry, quotations, pictures, jokes, videos, and news (medical and otherwise). If you like what you see, you are welcome to drop by, anytime.

Have a look at my archives as well--especially if you're interested in quotes or poems--take a look at the "quote of the day" and "poem of the day" tags; there's also a fairly large collection of items under the "inspiration" tag.

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(Painting is by Eleanor Pollen and was found via levkonoe--many thanks!)

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Smile ;)

Телефон сошел с ума и целый день самостоятельно рассылал сообщения.

пппппппппппппп опа вщщщщщщщщщщщщщ
Ярослава, мы сегодня заплатили, новый проект также подтвержден! Не ругайся!

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(from Yaroslava Gres' FB, July 26, 2018)

My mobile phone went crazy today and was sending messages, by itself, all day long.

To a client:

fffffffffffffffffff uh whhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh


Yaroslava, we paid you today, and the new project has also been confirmed! Don't cuss!

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I made some changes to the book list--not changed the numbering yet, will do after we're done revising. Please comment if you want any of the books removed, any of those removed, put back,  or any new ones added.

Thanks! I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with :)

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter series
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
(not all of them but a fair number)
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffeneger
20 Middlemarch – George EliotRead more...Collapse )

Books meme

(This has been making the rounds lately; thought I'd join)

The BBC estimates that most people will only read 6 books out of the 100 listed below. Repost this and bold the titles you’ve read.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter series
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
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Smile ;)

Начинался третий учебный день. Силы родителей были на исходе.

В лифте разговаривали мама и сын.
- Ненавижу школу. Ненавижу. Рано вставать. Добираться. Рюкзак тяжелый таскать. Уроки эти дурацкие.
- Мамочка, ну потерпи, ну чуть-чуть еще осталось. Буквально лет 7.

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It was the morning of the third day of the school year. Parents were at the end of their ropes.

A mother and her son were talking in an elevator.

"I hate school. Hate it. Have to get up early. Walk there. Drag a heavy backpack with me. Those stupid lessons we have to sit through."

"Mommy, just hang in there please, there's not so much of it left. Literally just seven more years."

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For everyone with school-aged kids ;)

"I'm telling you for the last time! Get up, it's time to go to school!"

"Dad, you're yelling at a pinecone!"

(from FB)

Smile ;)

Why did the ketchup blush?

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Two poems by Julia Drunina

Два вечера

Мы стояли у Москвы-реки,
Теплый ветер платьем шелестел.
Почему-то вдруг из-под руки
На меня ты странно посмотрел -
Так порою на чужих глядят.

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Two Evenings

We were standing near the River Moskva,
And the warm wind was rustling my dress.
Suddenly, you glanced at me funny
From under your hand--
Sometimes, people look at strangers this way.

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Оно, наверное, смешно...

Оно, наверное, смешно:
На склоне лет — стихи.
Но можно новое вино
Влить в старые мехи.

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I suppose it's ridiculous...

I suppose it's ridiculous--
Writing poetry in one's old age.
But new wine
Can indeed be poured into old skins.

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Как резко день пошел на убыль!
Под осень каждый луч милей...
Грустят серебряные трубы
Прощающихся журавлей.

Как резко жизнь пошла на убыль!
Под осень дорог каждый час...
Я так твои целую губы —
Как будто бы в последний раз...


How suddenly the days started growing shorter!
When it's nearly autumn, every ray of sunshine is more precious...
The silver thrombones of the departing cranes
Sing mournfully.

How suddenly life started growing shorter!
When it's nearly autumn, every hour is precious...
I kiss your lips in such a way
As if it were for the last time...

(Julia Drunina, 1965)

[duathir--here you are :))

"You Can't Have It All", by Barbara Ras

You Can't Have It All

But you can have the fig tree and its fat leaves like clown hands
gloved with green. You can have the touch of a single eleven-year-old finger
on your cheek, waking you at one a.m. to say the hamster is back.
You can have the purr of the cat and the soulful look
of the black dog, the look that says, If I could I would bite
every sorrow until it fled, and when it is August,
you can have it August and abundantly so. You can have love,
though often it will be mysterious, like the white foam
that bubbles up at the top of the bean pot over the red kidneys
until you realize foam's twin is blood.
You can have the skin at the center between a man's legs,
so solid, so doll-like. You can have the life of the mind,
glowing occasionally in priestly vestments, never admitting pettiness,
never stooping to bribe the sullen guard who'll tell you
all roads narrow at the border.
You can speak a foreign language, sometimes,
and it can mean something. You can visit the marker on the grave
where your father wept openly. You can't bring back the dead,
but you can have the words forgive and forget hold hands
as if they meant to spend a lifetime together. And you can be grateful
for makeup, the way it kisses your face, half spice, half amnesia, grateful
for Mozart, his many notes racing one another towards joy, for towels
sucking up the drops on your clean skin, and for deeper thirsts,
for passion fruit, for saliva. You can have the dream,
the dream of Egypt, the horses of Egypt and you riding in the hot sand.
You can have your grandfather sitting on the side of your bed,
at least for a while, you can have clouds and letters, the leaping
of distances, and Indian food with yellow sauce like sunrise.
You can't count on grace to pick you out of a crowd
but here is your friend to teach you how to high jump,
how to throw yourself over the bar, backwards,
until you learn about love, about sweet surrender,
and here are periwinkles, buses that kneel, farms in the mind
as real as Africa. And when adulthood fails you,
you can still summon the memory of the black swan on the pond
of your childhood, the rye bread with peanut butter and bananas
your grandmother gave you while the rest of the family slept.
There is the voice you can still summon at will, like your mother's,
it will always whisper, you can't have it all,
but there is this.

--Barbara Ras

reposted from elenbarathi in greatpoets--many thanks!

Tempus fugit

It was 10 years this April since I got my LJ account...

Account, Created on 24 April 2009 (#19748256),  Last updated on 6 August 2019

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Quote of the day

“Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but most of all, endurance.”

On James Baldwin's birthday, his no-nonsense advice on writing:


Poem of the day

Небо называют — голубым,
Солнце называют золотым,

Время называют — невозвратным,
Море называют — необъятным,

Называют женщину — любимой,
Называют смерть — неотвратимой,

Называют истины — святыми,
Называют страсти — роковыми.

Как же мне любовь свою назвать,
Чтобы ничего не повторять?


The sky is often called blue,
And the sun--golden,

Time is called irretrievable,

A woman is called beloved,

Truths are called sacred,
And passions--fateful.

What, then, should I call my love,
So as not to repeat anything?

(Natalya Krandievskaya-Tolstaya)

Amazing book reviews

Another book by an author whose book I'd come upon by chance, a couple of years ago, in the Little Free Library, and enjoyed. A collection of essays, somewhat akin to Montaigne's or Robert Fulghum's.

"Look Inside" is, of course, not available, as it's an older, out-of-print book.

Review #1: Five stars. Very inspiring and uplifting.

Review #2: One star. Spare me. Vastly rich shallow lady writes drivel about her religious fervor.

Review #3: Five stars. A library keeper. I think this is a most enjoyable book. It is inspirational and uplifting.

...whom does one believe?! ;)

(in case you're wondering, the author is Faith Baldwin, and the book reviewed is "Face Toward the Spring." The one I'd read is "Evening Star".)

Bonus review bit: a review for a bookseller:

"This book either had to be printed after ordering and the ink had to dry or it was shipped on a slow boat from China. It took 11 days to travel 1,100 miles. Hmmmmm . . . 100 miles per day. The book could have walked faster by itself."


[reposted post] (Very late) Friday word: Bezonian

Greetings, everyone.

Apologies for my prolonged and unannounced absence. I will try to avoid such in the future.

Many thanks to everyone for posting and commenting to keep this community alive.

And now, here's a word from one of the Merriam-Webster Online quizzes:

bezonian n., sometimes capitalized
be·​zo·​ni·​an | \ bə-ˈzō-nē-ən, bē-, -nyən\

1 archaic : a military recruit
2 archaic : a mean dishonest person : scoundrel


modification (influenced by English -ian) of Italian bisogno recruit from Spain, literally, need, from Medieval Latin bisonium

[reposted post] Friday word: Zetetic

...because we can always use more z-words!

-Proceeding by inquiry or investigation.

From mid 17th century: from Greek zētētikos, from zētein ‘seek'.

Used in a sentence:
"His zetetic habitudes have proved to have rather practical applications."

Curiosity killed the cat! But that’s just because the cat wasn’t at all zetetic. If the fumbling feline had adopted a more precise methodology, his inquiries may have had a more fruitful outcome.

(from The Grandiloquent Word of the Day FB page)

About hedgehogs:

Hedgehog (European) Hedgehogs have about 5000 spines. Each spine lasts about a year then drops out and a replacement grows.

Why sharks don't get cavities:

“(The surface of) shark teeth contains 100 percent fluoride. In principle, sharks should not suffer from cavities. As they live in water and as they change their teeth regularly, dental protection should not be a problem for sharks.”
Where did nickel get its name?

Nickel gets its name from the German word "kupfernickel" which means "devil's copper." German miners named ore containing nickel "kupfernickel" because, although they thought the ore contained copper, they were unable to extract any copper from it. They blamed their troubles with this ore on the devil.


Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, 2010 Пётр Ильич Чайковский. Опера "Пиковая дама". Песенка Томского "Если б милые девицы..."

Tomsky's song, "If the sweet girls..."

(yes, this takes place in a casino, and they've all had a few, as you can tell by the state of their dress)

(lindahoyland and I were discussing this opera, and we both thought other people here might enjoy this comic piece from it)

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[reposted post] Friday bonus word: What's another word for thesaurus? ;)

Seen on the Grandiloquent Word of the Day desk calendar for today, Jan. 18:

Synonymicon (n.): a lexicon of synonyms. The elusive answer to the question, "What's another word for thesaurus?"

Bonus facts from the same calendar: January 18th is Winnie the Pooh Day, and Unsliced Bread Day.

Smile ;)

This Dad was super thoughtful to leave his teenage son a note with and some cash to order a pizza. Even better is that he specifies that he left the money with “Meatloaf”.

As it turns out, Meatloaf is the cat, who is still daintily holding a twenty-dollar bill between her paws. Let’s hope the son was willing to share his pizza with this talented kitty!


(there are more funny notes from parents in that gallery)

And now, in other important news...:P

Police Incidents: Spider

Arachnid's violent death rudely relegated to the mere parenthetical

Police in Western Australia responded to an emergency call over what turned out to be an arachnophobic man screaming at a spider, The Guardian reported Wednesday.

A passerby in suburban Perth had called police after hearing the man repeatedly yell, "Why don't you die?!"

The Wanneroo police log of the incident read, in part, "No injuries sighted (except to spider)." The man apologized for inconveniencing police.

(The Washington Post Express)


Happy New Year!

A few vintage mini-greeting cards:

Dolly Dingle's New Year cards

"Gratitude", by Clyde McGee


For sunlit hours and visions clear,
For all remembered faces dear,
For comrades of a single day,
Who sent us stronger on our way,
For friends who shared the year's long road,
And bore with us the common load,
For hours that levied heavy tolls,
But brought us nearer to our goals,
For insights won through toil and tears,
We thank the Keeper of our years.

(Clyde McGee)

(from my LJ archives, came across it and thought I'd post it here again)

Happy upcoming New Year to everyone!

A New Year's wish

Я хочу пожелать вам улыбок –
Самых искренних, добрых и светлых –
Сколько в небе блестящих снежинок,
Сколько хвои у ели на ветках!

Я хочу пожелать вам удачи
И успеха в любых начинаниях!
Чтоб решались любые задачи
И чтоб сердце дружило с сознанием!

Я желаю вам мира и счастья,
Пусть мечты и желанья сбываются.
Все обиды, болезни, ненастья
Пусть уходят и не возвращаются!

Я хочу пожелать вам достатка,
Пусть растёт он и приумножается.
Пусть дела ваши будут в порядке.
И пусть жизнь вам всегда улыбается!( из интернета)

Vintage Soviet New Year's cards

They are charming, and different from other vintage greeting cards; have a look:

Here's a funny one:

(naughty rabbit!)

And a more serious one:

(bullfinches were common in New Year's cards)

20+ more cards here!
Some people said they'd like to hear more--hope you enjoy ;)

Ded Moroz ("Grandfather Frost") is the Slavic equivalent of Santa Claus, but he acts just a bit differently from the St. Nick that Americans are used to. He does wear a long red fur coat and fur-trimmed hat, but Ded Moroz also carries a magical staff, and instead of sneaking down chimneys to deposit gifts before disappearing into the night, he actually shows up at New Year's parties to give kids their gifts. He’s also accompanied everywhere by his granddaughter Snegurochka, the Snow Maiden.

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Here's one of the traditional children's songs:


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