Random Ukrainography

Just out enjoying Odessa, Ukraine, on this sunny spring morning. Some sights are unique to Ukraine, like these street cleaning women in their neon-colored vests… Others are not… The city is beginning to show a few signs of spring… Some buildings are in desperate need of refurbishing… I would love to have seen this city…

Black Sea

Odessa sits on the Black Sea and is known through the former-Soviet Union as the “pearl of the Black Sea.” I never really considered the sea near this port very pretty–rather dirty and cold. But today the sea seemed prettier than I remembered, even though we were cold…  I saw these cute little birds in…

Odessa, Ukraine!

“Booliltsya Deribosivskya” This is the main walking boulevard in Odessa, Ukraine. More than a decade ago, we lived just off this main street in the downtown area. My, my, how it has changed! There are so many modern restaurants, shops, and stores now. It is really hard to believe. Many beautiful, old buildings are being…

Homing Instincts

I just had to go home. We were in Colorado for a short time, but I had to go back… This is the home of my childhood. My parents don’t live there anymore, but this is where they raised four children. This is the place where my folks say the hardest years happened, and they also…

The Faces of Fear

It is silly now but as a child, fear gripped my heart at night. In those few moments after my parents switched off the light and before falling asleep, the shadows of the room leaped into monsters. I laid in bed frozen with fear as the form of a dinosaur appeared next to the bed. Then I…