November 13, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 10
ODE TO A SUPER MOON
Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, the big event of this week takes place tomorrow, Monday, between midnight and dawn, depending on where in the world you live. The moon will be “larger” than it has been since 1948 or will be again until 2034.
So here it is, folks, the opportunity to stand outside in the dark and gaze at a dazzling planetoid which appears larger than the mother ship in the movie Independence Day and which apparently has the ability to shrink or expand at will.
Of course we know that part is not true. The moon remains the same size. Conditions just make it appear to change. That is true of many things in life, is it not?
I hope it does not rain on “my super moon.” Now that I have perspective, I would rather fancy enjoying the show.
Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.
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AUTUMN IN UKRAINE
It was an extremely warm week in Ukraine, up to +18C/64.4F degrees, which is quite an extraordinary and pleasant gift from Mother Nature.
This is the autumn that I love; warm, sunny, with golden leaves on still green grass. The trees are covered in all shades from ruby to golden brown. Just a pleasure to the eyes to ride in a train watching all this beauty and vast fields of Ukraine during my usual cross-country trip from West to East.
The fields, still yellowish after being harvested, meet the blue horizon and truly represent the colors of the country I love. From time to time out my train window, I see a herd of cows, or a lonely shacking horse. Villages, each with their own church; people busy with domestic things; flocks of geese other poultry all enjoying the freedom of non-urban life. From time to time I even see a villager riding a little wagon pulled by a horse, going somewhere behind horizon.
Perhaps this idyllic picture from the last century doesn’t convey all the harshness of life of a common Ukrainian, as it definitely is not that simple and most of people are quite poor due to economic stagnation.
But it is precisely because life is so hard that rage and sorrow swept over the land after the exposure of vast financial scandal by government officials and workers. The ones who were supposed to serve people appeared to be unreachably wealthy compared to a commoner. There is no sin in being rich but many in Ukraine wondered how a civil servant could possess such a wealth.
The U.S. expects Ukraine to investigate suspicious facts in e-declarations of MPs and other officials and while this will not take care of the problem entirely, any step that will provide more information is a step forward.
That’s it for this week, Mishka. Be safe, my cousin.
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