Are you in love with the city you are living in? Or is it more of a love-hate relationships? Did you choose to live in this particular city or did you simply end up living there because of a job opportunity, family ties, or education prospects? I came to the city I am living in … Continue reading Relationship with the city: it’s complicated
I have always appreciated art. I have always wanted to be part of something bigger, and art is bigger than anything. It is bigger than life. Recently, I have come across this book "Writers and Lovers" by Lily King, and the minute I started reading it, I knew I was holding something very precious in … Continue reading When you touch art…
Little white beard on the dark-brown face, I cannot stop looking at you. You show the origins, my puppy's family - a dark-brown loving mama and a sweet caramel-flavoured dad, a beautiful union. Their markings mark my pup. Their blood is pumping his heart. When I look at you, my puppy, I see all your … Continue reading Little white beard
Isn't it cozy to sit on an armchair under the blanket with a laptop on your knees and watch the trees bend left and right from the ruthless wind outside? You feel so lucky to be warm inside, away from the bad mood of the weather. Is there anyone who loves wind? And not a … Continue reading let the wind slap you on the face
We have been living in renovation for more than two years now. When we bought the house, we were full of energy to renovate everything: break the walls, scrape the ceilings, build a new deck, repaint the house, redo the floors, repurpose the rooms, change the layout - change everything! Two years later, that energy … Continue reading Keep Calm: Renovation in Progress
I am trying to unlearn the habit of complaining about things, but sometimes I cannot help it. Living in Canada, I usually watch movies and TV series on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or iTunes. And I want to complain about the small amount of really good, thought-provoking movies available on these platforms and being produced every … Continue reading In search of a good movie
I have recently started a new book - "Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead" by Olga Tokarczuk. It is a mystery novel written by a pretty famous Polish writer who has won many prestigious literary rewards. It was given to me by my Polish friend who knows I have a YouTube and … Continue reading Nostalgic Reading
Just want to write a short post to wish everyone Happy Friday! This is my last class of teaching this semester, and I have a mix of feelings: excitement for more free time and sadness for saying goodbye to some amazing students this year. It has been a tough "zoom" semester for all of us, … Continue reading Happy Friday!
Looking through my older posts, I realize I used to write about hockey before, but recently - not a single post about the favourite Oilers. When I join zoom classes, the first thing my students see is the photograph of the German hockey player Draisaitl on my wall. They immediately assume I love hockey. And … Continue reading hockey or not?
Teaching is such a capricious thing. It is definitely one of the professions that is mood-dependent. It has good days, great days, and absolutely the worst days. What works one time will not go well the next. What you considered as a boring activity is suddenly a hit among students. And what you have worked … Continue reading Teaching, Mood Swings, and Literary Miracles