What is it about Russian Women?~ Part 3, the “babushkas.”

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 This is the Part 3 of my weekly series about Russian women.  It’s about the babushkas, bless their hearts. The babushka, or grandmother, has a special role in Russian history and life. They are the social conscience, and humorously, the … [Read more...]

Bless the Babushkas!

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There are the babushkas, bless their hearts. The babushka, or grandmother, has a special role in Russian history and life. They are the social conscience, and humorously, the collective mouthpiece of Russia. They have an opinion about … [Read more...]

Good Sisters Make a Good Family

    It is such a pleasure to see the good that is done when people of different cultures respectfully get together. The result is a realization of how much we have in common, not in difference. Harmony and mutual appreciation happen—and we learn so … [Read more...]

Russian Women

In Chapter 38 of “The Domostroi”, which I jokingly call a sixteenth-century, Ivan the Terrible,  version of Good Housekeeping, the husband is admonished exactly how to discipline his wife and children, “...beat them only with the lash, in a careful … [Read more...]