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!
hockey or not?
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, Mood Swings, and Literary Miracles
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
Spring Breeze, German Chocolate, New People
Spring breeze, European treats, downtown cafe, laughter, new people, the feeling of normalcy and excitement. Almost post-Covid atmosphere. It is March 20, 2021, and it has been more than a year since we have been allowed to hang out with more than 2 friends in the restaurants on the patio. We are sitting outside: 5 … Continue reading Spring Breeze, German Chocolate, New People
I like everything beautiful. Beautiful sound of music in the headphones. Beautiful bookshelf arranged by an introverted reader. Beautiful reflection in the mirror on the days when you wake up looking good. Beautiful pop of colour on the dinner plate with a little bit of brown, green, and red. Beautiful smile of a person who … Continue reading beautiful
Do you want some rock'n'roll in your life? Some spice in a little bit mundane-repetitive-boring covid-19-year? Do you want to experience all the ups and downs of being in the band without actually sacrificing your real, maybe comfortable life? Well, then, there is one way to do it - read the brilliant book Daisy Jones … Continue reading let’s rock’n’roll?!
Game of Life
What are you living for? Do you have "THE purpose" in life? You know, the one that defines you and your existence on this planet?! Everyone is shouting how you are supposed to figure it out, have THE goal of your life, and confidently go towards it, step by step, brick by brick. Sometimes life … Continue reading Game of Life
Ok, I have to admit from the start that I have never been into audiobooks before. In fact, I used to be a book snob and look down on people who opted for audiobooks instead of "real" physical hardcopied with words printed on pages books. And I feel bad about it. This year I have … Continue reading audiobooks…greenlight