My Translation of an article on Russia, Communism and Putinism

There has been a lot of talk in the last 10 years on socialism and communism, but unfortunately not a lot about what life was like within the Soviet Union – as it was called here, under the iron curtain – or as it was called there, in the “scooper”. Its been pretty strange for…

My Interview Part II on Ukraine

Below is a link to the second part of my interview with Galina Krasskova on Ukrainian-Russian conflict, its historical and ideological roots and what possible conclusions we can see emerging from it. Its an in-depth dive into some pretty heavy and complicated history, but I hope the above image serves as a nice summary of…

On my Ukrainian Identity

I grew up in Kharkiv. My family, just me, my dad and my mom, left in 1989, about a year before the fall of USSR. Her I want to make a short side note, something intensely personal to me that I think most people would probably not understand. My ancestry is mostly Jewish, with two…

Ukraine, USSR and Russia

The conflict in Ukraine has rocked the world, in many different ways. Living here, in the US, its been an interesting month for me to say the least. I have seen every reaction under the sun: people are galvanized, scared of the looming shadow of WWIII, horrified at the atrocities taking place in an otherwise…

For my Ukraine

The rivers and the forests of Ukraine flow through me, what happens to it happens to me. I shall lie on its soil as it will embrace and engulf me. I shall rest there as one would in their home. I am Ukraine and Ukraine is me. But even as Ukraine cries and struggles, the…

Prayer to Gullveig

Originally posted on Gangleri's Grove:
(written as a gift to my friend Tove) Prayer to Gullveig We praise You, Gullveig, thrice arisen from the fires of Your own immolation. We praise You, Heiðr, Bright and burning, drenched in the gold of power, bearer of every Honor. We praise You, mighty Völva, Prophetess wise in…

And the Yule Liturgical Cycle Concludes…

Happy Perchta’s Day, Everyone. If you haven’t already read it, head on over to Masks and Monsters to read Dver’s account of her Perchtenlauf. They … And the Yule Liturgical Cycle Concludes…

Labor and Craft

Today I got a quote in my E-mail box that made me think of Andvari: Diligence is the mother of good fortune. Miguel de Cervantes I often think about fortune and luck, and how luck comes in many different guises. There is luck of the die rolled, and luck in having your exam shifted by…

On Abortion, Family and Community

When I was 24, I had given birth to my one and only child, a boy. About 3-6 weeks earlier (it’s been about 20 years now) my husband was hospitalized for bipolar disorder with psychotic tendencies. At the time, I was working as an administrative assistant at an investment brokerage firm. I did receive 3…