Voices from Russia

Saturday, 25 July 2015

25 July 2015. Translated Russian Demot… Inspire People to Make Compote!

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This demot “lives” on several levels. Firstly, of course, it promotes happy sustainable living off the land at one’s dacha (it’s why the Russian government gives people free plots for dachas, dontcha know). Secondly, it’s arguing for a healthy society with a clear and emphatic defence of REAL family values. Thirdly, and most importantly, it’s calling Russian people to return to their roots in the Russian land, to embrace a healthy form of “blood and soil”… without any racist elements (that is, it’s open to everybody, of all nationalities and creeds). What’s not to like? Besides, dacha food is awesome… as one friend put it, “the best in the world!”

BMD

25 July 2015. A Friend’s Comment on Certain People in the World

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A friend of mine sent out a Facebook comment over their own name. Usually, I’m rigorous about protecting people’s identities, but Tim did send this one out under his name in a public venue, and I wish the author to get proper credit for it.

Forgiveness doesn’t mean that you “forget” anything… that’s impossible. Forgiveness means that you cut off the hatred that rots your soul from the inside out. Forgiveness means that refuse to let hatred rule your life. Forgiveness means that you go forward, but that you don’t stop to seek justice, if you can, and if it’s expedient (sometimes, justice is simply unobtainable or it just doesn’t help matters). Some people have sold out to evil. I’ll mention no names, but it’s clear who’s done so. Don’t let them rule you. “Don’t let out rooms to them in your mind without rent”… as one of our bishops said. Fight if you must… but without rancour. Seek justice… indeed, seek it avidly, if you can… but do so without a scrap of hatred. If I let other’s hatred enter my soul, well, I’d have no time for anything else.

Yes, “Some people have such absence of soul you begin to dislike seeing them more and more”… if you can remove them from your life, do so… forgiveness does NOT require one to keep contact with asshats who refuse to change. If you can’t remove them from your life, at least, avoid their company if you can. If you work with them, keep your contact to work-related affairs only and your conversation to work-related topics. Tim… I know what the hell you’re talking about… hate is real… there’s nothing that you can do to remove it from others. However, we do have control over our own reactions to it and to those who purvey and express it. You have a friend, dear…

BMD

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

22 July 2015. A Blast from the Russian-American (and Jewish) Past… Swee-Touch-Nee Tea

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It seemed like many Jewish and Russian-American families had the familiar red tin. The name is an attempt at translating “flowery”… you can still get it on Amazon, I think. I’ll check again. A BLAST FROM THE PAST! There was a political statement in the tea, too! Jews who were more favourable towards Russia drank Swee-Touch-Nee. Russophobic and rabidly Zionist Jews drank Wissotsky’s. To a degree, this still holds true! Yes… you can still find Swee-Touch-Nee in the Jewish foods section of many stores (but the loose-leaf variety, I fear, has gone the way of all flesh). Some have spotted it at some Wegmans locations…

BMD

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I’ve passed this tea countless times in the kosher section of my grocery store; it’s labelled “The Aristocrat of Teas”. I’ve read many Amazon.com reviews from people delighted to reconnect with the Swee-Touch-Nee Tea they so fondly remember from their childhood growing up the New York City area. However, sometimes, we develop nostalgia for things that, as adults, we realise really weren’t that great. I assumed this was the case with Swee-Touch-Nee. I was kind of wrong. It’s not the greatest tea, but I appreciate many not-so-great teas, and this one has some characteristics that make it worthwhile. The aroma always appears sweet and vegetal to me. Sometimes, I notice a woody quality, sometimes, I detect a bit of sweet spice (whatever that is). It goes down smooth with pleasant astringency, and it seems to pack quite a caffeine punch. Although Swee-Touch-Nee tea’s medium body holds up fairly well to milk, I find it best enjoyed without. A little sweetener or lemon would be okay. Swee-Touch-Nee, in case you’re wondering, transliterates the Russian word “tsvetochny”,’ which means flowery. Strangely enough, today, my wife asked me, “What was that tea you made the other morning that tasted flowery?” Perhaps, her concise analysis is more accurate than mine is.

11 November 2013

Leo Kapusta

Second Cuppa

http://www.secondcuppa.com/swee-touch-nee-tea-review/

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Yes, we have one of the red tins on the porch… all of us “of a certain age” probably have them… it’s a real “blast from the past”…

BMD

Monday, 20 July 2015

20 July 2015. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… Aleksandr Vladimirovich and Graham Phillips… Partyin’ Hearty in the DNR

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Not everything is serious during wartime… in fact, one NEEDS R&R… it looks like Chairman Zakharchenko is having a typical “dacha weekend!” He’s blowin’ off some steam with Graham Phillips, the well-known war correspondent from England. Where are the shashliki and the cucumber salad? Where’s the jug with the special kick-your-ass samogon moonshine (betcha that those bodyguards are stayin’ sober, though)? Perspirin’ minds wanna know…

BMD

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