Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Returning to Normal

The title of my blog "Changes and Colours" mirrors the constant motives of my life: changes - small every day ones, and big - like moving to another country, and colours (or appreciatio of beauty) - in which I find my grounding. As soon as I find myself reveling in the beauty of my surroundings, noticing small delights here and there - I know that everything will work out.

 Welcome to Bahamas!

Morning Light
Grounding in Vrksasana (Tree Pose)

Finding Grace in Natarajasana (Lord of the Dance Pose)

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Heading Towards the Light

This is such a slow, endless rise from the depth of the Dupont Circle, it always thrills me.

"You can't have a light without a dark to stick it in" Arlo Guthrie

Back in DC

I saw something exquisite today that took my breath away....

The Veiled Nun
c. 1860, marble
National Art Gallery, DC

The Veiled Nun

The Veiled Nun

Madonna and Sleeping Child
marble, c. 1500/1510
North Italian (Possible Veronese), National Art Gallery, DC

And then, I saw something that cracked me up...

Madonna and Child
oil on panel, c.1496/1499
Albrecht Durer
German (1471-1528)

Fragment Madonna and Child

Pay attention to fingers position. Yep, I am easily amused.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Interesting Discoveries

Death is our friend precisely because it brings us into absolute and passionate presence with all that is here, that is natural, that is love,” - this quote by Rilke starts yet another beautifully written and illustrated post of Maria Popova at her blog brainpickings. This time she looks at the subject of our mortality through the prism of the children book “Duck, Death and the Tulip.” If you are interested in literature, history, philosophy, or art and haven't discovered her blog, you certainly should take a look.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

About Music

Back in January I mentioned my love for Robert Plant's "Lullaby and.. The Ceaseless Roar". Apparently, my infatuation with post Led  Zeppelin works of the band's members still continues. This time  it was triggered by watching Led Zeppelin 2007 concert on DVD that followed discussion on various bass guitar players and their roles in the bands. That led me to sifting through John Paul Jones' various concert clips, listening to tracks of his "Zooma" and "The Thunderthief" albums and reading Led Zeppelin issue of The Ultimate Music Guide. Aside of discovering his absolute brilliance, it led to his appearance as a school principal in my dream along with young version of Jimmy Page as my son's classmate. Robert Plant and John Bonham were conspicuously absent...

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Sunday, February 7, 2016


Walking along the shore on a bright and moderately sunny day I was startled by the feeling of utter happiness and content. Walking does it to me but this realization also got me thinking. I used to long for a company - to share a walk, to share a talk, to share a visit to a theater, a meal, a dance. As if simply being there wasn't enough, my soul yearned to share a an experience with someone. And now, now I am just enjoying the experience. If someone happen to be along, that is great, if not, it is fine too. When did this happen?
I bet, the fact that I have been a world traveler for 19 straight years has something to do with it. Moving from country to country ( the longest stay in one place - four years) builds up certain qualities: I, for example, became exceptionally good in adapting to different cultures, learning as much as possible in the shortest possible time,  practicing detachment and, yes, being alone.

Time changed the dynamic of exploring the new places - instead of jumping in the thickness of things, collecting new acquaintances, actively building connections as was my pattern - I just let everything to unfold on its one. Is it a sign of wisdom, is it a sign of emotional laziness, is it something to embrace, is it something to fight, who knows? And,who cares? What is a moral of this little observation, you may ask. To paraphrase the Beatles, "Do what you want to do, and go where you're going to..." and if our  paths will cross, we can discuss it further..


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Thinking aloud

What is on my mind? Robert Plant and his “Lullaby and ...the Ceaseless Roar”. I cannot stop listening to this album – I listen to it while walking, I listen to this while cooking, I listen to it while centering myself before yoga lessons, I listen to it in the evening, I listen to it in the morning. The damn thing is absolutely flawless – it steadily gathers momentum from Little Maggie to hauntingly beautiful Embrace Another Fall, reaches the crescendo in Turn it Up and then drops into slowness of A Stolen Kiss, and keeps me captivated until the very last Abraden. The irony is that it isn't even a new addition to our music collection, it was last year Christmas gift for my older son, but here I am a full year later - still completely entranced.

Sunday, January 17, 2016


There is nothing better for me than greeting the rise of the sun and bidding it farewell at the end of the day near water.


Waiting for the sunrise

Early Hours

Shadows on the water

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Object Of My Affection

No, it isn't this rose, though it is gorgeous for sure, it is the spatula. It isn't just a spatula, but the best spatula ever - it is sturdier than most, it is good for mixing and scrapping the dough from the side of the bowls, it is great for flipping pancakes, or stirring scrambled eggs.
                                                               It is perfection!
 It was recommended in a fabulous cook book "The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook" by America's Test Kitchen and it is - Rubbermaid Professional 13 and1/2 inch High Heat Scraper. Absolutely great, both, the book and its recommendations.