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Remembering Dad

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It’s Father’s Day, a day that I’ve only paid a passing homage to, since my father died fifteen years ago.  I usually let the day fleet by with just a quick acknowledgment, a moment of tribute and then I move on so as not to dwell and sulk.

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The Multi-tasking Delusion

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One of the greatest advantages that we give ourselves, is to STOP multi-tasking. Scientist have long proven that the brain cannot concentration on two distinct thoughts at the same time. During this process the brain cannot fully focus and tasks take longer to complete and have a greater predisposition to errors.

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The Fountain of Youth

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As I’ve grown older, I have become painfully aware of my age and where I am on the the time horizon of a life span. I can hear the clock ticking much more vividly today than when I was young and time seemed abundant and endless. But in April, I celebrated my 45th birthday and …

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The Vote for Progress in Ukraine

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The elections are underway in Ukraine and voter turnout is strong in Kiev and the west. All over social media people have posted pictures of Ukrainian citizens that live abroad, lining up to vote at consulates around the world. I can feel the national pride and enthusiasm, as citizens come to vote wearing the traditional …

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Euromaidan

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This afternoon Oleh brought me to Maidan. Although Lutsk is several hundred of kilometers away from Kiev, Oleh came to Maidan at least half a dozen times since the protests began last December. He served as the perfect guide, pointing out items of relevance that I might have otherwise missed and introducing me to people …

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Olya, Oleh, Ihor & Oksana

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I arrived at Olya and Oleh’s house in Lutsk late on Saturday night. By now I have come to realize that Ukrainians don’t really live their lives by the clock. We ate dinner at 10 o’clock and then drank champagne until 1am – toasting our birthdays which occurred in a consecutive string of days last …

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The Ride Through Poland

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I landed in Warsaw where I was met my uncle, or cousin – I’m actually not sure how we are related, but it’s clear by the way he drives that we are family. The road was long and we sat at the border for over two hours – this made me rethink the decisions of …

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I Love Ukraine

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On Tuesday, my Aunt Irene called me to wish me a Happy Birthday. “I’m in London” I told her, but on Friday morning, I am heading out, to Ukraine. She asked me if I was scared for my safety because of the political unrest. I can’t say that I’m not at all concerned, but I …