The Adagio of A Reluctant Pony Mom

Is there anyone in the galaxy who hasn't yet weighed in on The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Very Scary Amy "Well, it's a memoir, Stephen" Chua thing?   Ever slightly behind the curve, here's my semi tongue-in-cheek take:  ...more

How Tom Cruise helped me fall in love with a Russian military officer

Today is the birthday of the Naval Aviation of Russia’s Naval Fleet!   On this day (also Velvet’s birthday) in 1916, four Imperial Russian M-9 fighter planes engaged in a dogfight with German aircraft over the Baltic Sea, and won!  ...more

St. George’s Day /День святого Георгия Победоносца: Cry "God For Vovka, Russia and St. George!"

 May 06, 2010St. George’s Day /День святого Георгия Победоносца: Cry "God For Vovka, Russia and St. George!"The only difference between a saint and a sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.~ Oscar Wilde Today’s is St. George’s Day and before you Brits go ballistic, remember that, despite all that “religion is the opium of the masses” stuff, Russia still goes by the Orthodox calendar, and thus is always about 13 days behind the rest of the world. We’ve talked about this before.Having conceived this stunt, I was determined to steer clear of all but the most important religious holidays…once you get into things like  Day of Saint Simeon the Stylites, you kiss any hope of seeing Grey’s Anatomy on a regular basis good-bye........more

Day of the Cryptographic Service/День шифровальщика: Don't Russians Already Talk In Code, Anyway?

 "I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key…”...more

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