December 19, 2020
Jigsaw puzzles, Russian stories, Advent windows
Two new blog posts since my last newsletter: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and Me & Patsy.
I've been binging on jigsaw puzzles and audiobooks. My go-to puzzle is a 1000-piece landscape or cityscape photo. These best puzzles of 2020 are something to aspire to.
This is the time of year I turn to a good Russian novel. My favorite is A Hero of Our Time by Michael Lermontov. It took me ten years to read War and Peace by Tolstoy. My stepdaughter gave me a beautiful edition of Anna Karenina two Christmases ago. I'm half-way through.
Now I'm listening to Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, by Robert K. Massie. It's a 24-hour audiobook--about 3 puzzles worth, by my estimation.
I've become quite enchanted with Russian blogger Alex Mokavich, author of Poet Cafe. Several times a day he posts photos, tiny poems, and paintings. He uses his blog to promote the work of his artist friends, including Igor Kirichenko who painted the piece in this newsletter. I was smitten by Mokavich's series on Russian postcards. He is a prolific blogger/creator/sharer of art, and he has succeeded in his goal to "create an interesting, cozy place online."
My friend Jason and his family live in Calstock, England. This year, his village is doing an advent calendar where each day a household unveils a window decoration for the holidays: Calstock Advent WIndows. Jason's window is December 7.
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