Michael on July 7th, 2017

Each year near to her birthday we take a picture of Valerie in the same dress, one of Olga’s. I got this idea from Life magazine years ago. It’s fun to watch her grow up: 4th Birthday: 5th Birthday:

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Michael on March 10th, 2016

Valerie has a weekly piano lesson. Her teacher is in St. Petersburg, Russia while we sit in Athens, Georgia. It’s actually a pretty good arrangement. We use Skype for the call, so Valerie and the teacher can see and hear each other. It works well. We do this because, interestingly, the Russian names for notes […]

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Michael on December 6th, 2015

I posted this last year but thought some people might like to see it again — I recently told some Russian friends about something I did before I moved to Russia, and they asked if I’d post it on the web: Years ago, when I was an old bachelor, I had the idea that it […]

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Michael on September 27th, 2014

In case anyone is interested, here is a map of our recent travel from Russia to Montenegro and back. The return trip took us through countries we’d never visited before: Romania, Moldova and Ukraine. We started the trip at dacha, about two hours south of St. Petersburg. We spent the first night in a motel […]

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Michael on August 26th, 2014

There is a gate on the lane leading to the little cabin where we stay in Finland. One of Valerie’s chores, assigned a couple of days ago, is to open the gate when we come and go. She enjoys it, and she’s almost a perfect counterweight for the counterweight . . . . She actually […]

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Michael on June 21st, 2014

Here’s the weather on the longest day of the year here in St. Petersburg. Note the sunrise and sunset times —

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Michael on June 5th, 2014

I had to take a picture of this menu that I saw in Montenegro. Notice the Sweet Crepe with Plasma. Can you find Ham & Eggs and Bacon & Eggs?

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Michael on January 14th, 2014

Well, it looks like I’ve finally figured out the problem with posting pictures on this site. It took me quite a while (needed to change folder permissions on the server), but now I’m able to create posts again. Hopefully that’s the last of our ‘issues’. Goodness, I spent many hours troubleshooting that problem. A week […]

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Michael on November 28th, 2013

Here’s a video of our drive through Finnmark, in Northern Norway. Yura and I made the trip in September, and Yura set it to music —

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Michael on October 2nd, 2013

From time to time I post videos of places I’ve driven. While in Norway, Yura made some pretty long videos of our drive. I’ve trimmed a few down so you can see what it’s like up there. These were all made as we drove from Lakselv to Vadsø, across Finnmark. Driving Across the Tundra — […]

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