A Land Frozen in Time

Yesterday Donna, a friend of mine on Facebook, posted a link to a collection of photos — now archived in the Library of Congress — that were taken by Russian photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944). Although it was still early for the art of photography — 1909 – 1912 — the photographer was quite inventive … More A Land Frozen in Time

When the Tanks Roll into Russia Again…

Fox News made this announcement about the Russian military invasion of Georgia on August 8, 2008. And here we are few days later, and the war is escalating. Read this story. In the American Thinker on August 5th, Putin has described the collapse of the Soviet Union as the “greatest geopolitical catastraphe in the 20th century.” Will the former Soviet … More When the Tanks Roll into Russia Again…

Train Memory

  In the barrenness and cold of winter, I traveled for the first time to Russia. I wrote this poem on a Soviet train as we wound through the Russian woods and farmland from St. Petersburg to Moscow. My first train ride through the former Soviet Union overflowed with the romance of high adventure, set against the winterscape of the … More Train Memory

Old Woolen Red Coverlet

I wrote this poem in St. Petersburg, Russia, after hearing an old Russian soldier play marches on his accordion in the square. On his wool coat, he had pinned dozens of military medals he had won fighting for the ideals of Mother Russia.