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Monday, February 28, 2022

Ukraine: What Is Going on, My Family


This is going to be a haphazard, quilt piece, but I want to post it anyway. And you can understand why.

I am half Ukrainian and half Russian. My Dad is from Belgorod region that is not far from Kharkiv in Eastern Ukraine. The irony is – he is in Kharkiv now – during the invasion by Russian troops. I am very proud of him – he does not resort to panic (though he is afraid at times and has to take his blood pressure meds to recover).

By keeping himself calm with reading Dale Carnegie he unearthed, prayer, stretching canvas for paintings, cooking his food, he keeps his closest surroundings safe. His apartment and building aren’t damaged. Not watching local TV also helps.

I am not going to give you “woo woo New Age” stuff, but calmer view of the situation brings more peaceful surroundings. Less shooting here than in other areas, tanks only driving by, his windows and the whole building – how it was before the war. Though a block down the street – there are a lot of broken windows.


Quite ridiculous is the war between brother nations under a made-up pretext. Our family and friends live both in Russia and Ukraine. I want a prosperous peaceful future for my home country. I have been to Europe. I’ve seen the difference.

I want my school friend (who works as a teacher) to have any well-paid job she chooses. Life in joy and abundance (which is the right of everyone on Earth) for her and her daughter.


The Russian President looks quite desperate, resorting to “school bully” ways. He looks like someone who doubts his strength and is never in harmony. Violence is what a weak person turns to. I am not afraid of the pathos of “We will not tolerate this”. And I am proud and grateful to all who do not see war as a solution. War is doomed.

How all countries and groups hurried helpfully with sanctions to stop air to “war lungs”! So the next day it opens its mouth, there is nothing to breathe. And if love is not something that can reach Russian President’s heart at the moment – to stop the war, it’ll have to be lack of resources and isolation.

Craziness of the President doesn’t stop us as people of the Earth and neighbors to remain friendly and united. I am talking about my family and friends in Ukraine, Russia, and far beyond. And I am sure a lot of you feel the same.  

Dear All, please do something, whatever you feel called to do – in your place. Following your heart. Not because my school friend from Kharkiv in Eastern Ukraine writes about her experience, “It is so terrifying, I cannot even describe.”

On Being Tired