Valentine’s Day: Romance: A Primer

Today is Valentine’s Day!  Russians have taken to this holiday with gusto!  You can’t move in Moscow today without tripping over something heart-shaped or red.
St. Valentine was a Roman who performed the Christian marriage rite when Christianity was about as legal as gay marriage.   He was imprisoned and…well, you know the rest.


A Tale of Two Torches: The Week in Review

Cabin Fever Strikes

A sinus infection – I seem to get one each time I re-enter Russia after an absence of more than two weeks – has kept me indoors for a few days, resulting in an ancillary case of cabin fever. I’ve been a little too listless to work but alert enough to become borderline obsessive about two of the week’s top news stories.