Friday 13, What’s Behind?

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As I wrote in my book, Ukrainian superstitions sometimes seem to be weird and illogical. However, not all of them are meaningless. Besides mythical explanation, omens often are of large practical meaning. Let us talk about the origin of the most common ones. Oh, I feel that I am not alone now, some mystical spirits guiding my fingers on the keyboard. Ah!

Friday 13 makes Ukrainian shiver with fear. Popular superstition became widespread due to historical events. On Friday, October 13th, 1307, King Philip IV of France, in league with Pope Clement V ordered all Templars to be rounded up and thrown in prison. The Knights were accused of numerous crimes including heresy and treason. After a short court trial, all of them were burnt on fire. Thereafter this day is considered to be unhappy. Ukrainians (along with other nations) believe that bad news is delivered on Friday 13, and many important deeds remain to be unsuccessful”.

Are you superstitious?

Hope your Friday 13 will be lucky!

Yours Ann

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Transit Zone

 

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THEY have not SEEN each other for more than nine months. She left for the other continent last year. It happened three months before they firstly saw each other after a one year emailing. She could not miss the chance of her life – she headed for her dream come true. Their love seed has been already planted, they were unaware of it though. Months of web messages and no live chatting scared their longing souls who were left alone in the ocean of every day routine. Each one kept the non-lit love flame deep inside. And today finally she landed on his continent on the way home. Eleven hours between flights turned his weekend laundry time topsy-turvy – he needed to see her, he could not let this idea go. A million typical romantic airport scenes played out in his head. He was starving to hear her voice, and to see her blue eyes. The missing emptiness honeycombed his broken heart – he was feverish. The same hotel rooms were his only shelter from loneliness. An unknown feeling settled in his wounded heart, he did not give it a name, neither a meaning yet. There was no time to sort him out – life and work sucked up almost all his energy. However, today everything was different. A man of action after a lot of sleeping awoke in him. The last day of June presented him a date with that lovely girl who was sitting and waiting for him in the transit zone.

 

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A cute blonde with misty light blue eyes could not believe she would see HIM today. That was a spontaneous gesture of him, which might mean something, yet she did not dare to wish more. He outsmarted to police, his administrative experience came in handy. For the first time in his entire life he left himself as a hero – a knight in his shiny armors. Girls do love fairy tales and always fall in love with that handsome knight who is ready for any deed. His imagination directed the best film scenes and then….time stood still, his hazel eyes were laid on her. For some endless moment silence in the air was so thick that they could hear only the beats of their hearts.

 

 

 

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Not mine, but based on true facts, story!

Love and be loved, and stay away of transit zones!

Love you all,

Yours Writer

Autumn 🍂 Fibers

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Autumn fibers were penetrating his body and teasing his mind with deep thoughts. Today he meets fall season alone. Jeremey could not stay at home at this shining September Saturday, he felt desperate for getting out and grab a piece of life. Among trees you can’t feel yourself fooled by people who always use you for favors and never befriend with you without second thought. While sitting in the cozy gazebo Jerey’s sensitive soul is in shelter from money eyes. He never took life easy and never for granted, but cruelty and heartless always amazed him to despair. Jerey knew you come to this life only once – every minute must be filled with love and respect to the slightest amazing detail. Though his eyes saw the opposite and his ears were ringing like alarm 🔔. Every book, every life story, every motion, every wish and every breathe find the same way towards profit. Classic and dangerous theme with slippery road where everyone drives crazily without rules. Jerey possessed a blessed sense of observation, he loved to collect the life moments. He always followed the river direction, never turned against. Franny, his wife, sometimes did not understand him fully, but she was in love with his emotional look at life. Her hubby was gifted. He did not write his books, he actually lived them. Jerey Writer was happy when his words seated comfortably in his head. A passionate writer and lover of life, he made love with his thoughts. Yet sometimes he wanted them more than her, and she get accustomed to it. Fran found her own delights – she painted and made love with her colors. Her painting brush made her blush, there were no prohibited strokes. Two artistic souls were together and, at the same time, each of them alone – happy in their own created worlds. They felt odd being humans, he wanted to become his printing buttons, while she – her painting brush…

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FROM PAST TO PRESENT ONE CUSTOM

My dear little Friends,

I am happy to see you visiting my blog. Hope all of you are doing well and enjoy your weekend. I am a bit not too frequent blogger last days, but I have a serious accuse. My work on my book is steaming and coming to its final word, which makes my heart jump from delight. Moreover, I cannot refuse a little pleasure and share with you

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some teasing fragments to gain your reader’s appetite. This is an excerpt from the last chapter of my book devoted to Ukrainian customs. Some fascinating description of one of the most mysterious holidays with roots from Pagan times (and do not forget to look at my shutterstock gallery where there are many new images https://www.shutterstock.com/g/anrostudio?language=en:

 

“My sweet Reader, in summer we have one more holiday, which may be particularly interesting for you as it is not so popularized and talked about, but absolutely beautiful and even mysterious. At night (July 6-7)  Ukrainians dive to water to celebrate Ivana Kupala. This holiday is related directly to water and the sun, and is celebrated on fresh air. I see your hungry faces – I will tell you all I know.
It is impossible to name the exact date of this holiday now. Somebody assumes that its first recall falls to XII century, however, its story goes deep down. The majority of researchers are of the opinion that this holiday existed from the early period of family-tribe relations. The talk is about the ancient trypilska and skiff-sarmatska cultures, i.e. the day of Ivana Kupala was celebrated minimum three thousand years ago, which is confirmed by many archeological excavations.
It is certainly known that for Slavs Ivana Kupala’s day was not the only entertaining holiday, but the basic concept of their Slav’s world. The point is that in ancient times this holiday fell on Midsummer day – 20th of June according to the old style. Heavenly body attains its maximum peak and power reminding about the fact that time turns to winter and the nights get longer. Slavs were obstinate sun-worshipers and could not accept the situation, and therefore the tradition of making large fires became their salvation. It was believed that the sun feeds on new energy so that darkness cannot win. At present, Ivana Kupala holiday is the bright example of interlacement of pagan and Christian customs, which is tightly related to the day of John the Baptist that is celebrated July 7 complying with the new style.
In accordance with the tradition at Ivana Kupala’s night, many various rites were performed. And even today Kupala’s night is found to be one of the most powerful when everything around fills with healing and magical properties. The main forces are water, fire, and herbs.
Mass bathing is one of the main rituals of Kupala’s day. It was reckoned that at this day evil spirits vanished from lakes and rivers so that people could swim without being afraid. Slavs also believed that at this time water was of some magical power that helped you to clean your body and soul from evil. Those ones, who lived far from any water source, used home saunas and baths.
One of the peculiar features of Kupala’s night is cleaning fires. The old custom to jump through fires is still one of the most popular favorite entertainment. Girls and boys who jumped the highest were expected to be happy and live long lives. Also was deeded that this-day-fire could deprive of illnesses and diseases.
Ivana Kupala’s night is indeed the magical holiday. Slavs believed that even plants and animals could speak at this day. People were haunting for different plants and herbs that are found to be magical. It is the holiday of many beliefs and expectations, Ukrainians still follow its main rituals and add new ones to enjoy it to the full!”

Obsession, Devotion, Work

Hello, my dear Friends,

Hope your week was successful and you did manage to accomplish several serious tasks. If not, then do not worry, you have plenty of time yet. Now time to relax and visit my channel at youtube.  Many of you know that I am a devoted film maker who cannot live a day without her camera.  I am obsessed with making videos about everything around me. Sometimes I dare to think of myself as a person who MAKES TIME STAND STILL. Every moment is unique and I would like to keep in in my heart.

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Though film making is not my only passion. Two years ago I discovered the still motion world and since then I have been babbling about any fantastic capture. A crazy kid who is happy about every shot made, especially great one.

Connect with my photoworld at twitter ann021814 or at Instagram ann.anro!

Finally, I recall my childhood years and come across the burning desire to write. I could not resist the possibility to start writing something serious and now I am on the half way to my new dream. I am going to finish it and you are going to LOVE IT. I am deadly serious and very decisive. Writing is a chat with my soul, it makes me feel complete. One more obsession, devotion, and work, which makes my heart jump in delight!

And what makes your heart jump in delight?

Have a delightful weekend! Do what you like and enjoy it!

Love you all,

Yours Ann

 

See Ukraine Through My Eyes (Advertising My Book)

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Hope you are doing well and enjoy this weekend. Sunday has arrived and I cannot leave you without fresh food for your brain. In case you have a free minute and wish to relax, why not to read this little excerpt from my book, which is waiting to be finished by its always-busy author, and let me know what do you think about it:

BEING UKRAINIAN
The talk about Ukrainians as a nation requires an insight into our past. Ukrainian mentality was influenced by many factors: geographical location, specific climatic conditions, and tragic historical destiny. We have been known as hard-working, thrifty, skilled farmers emotionally attached to their land and family. It is historically proven that Ukrainians are Aryan descendants. Are not you impressed? Recently, Germans have made a serious DNA research, which confirms that Aryans were our ancestors, and also proved the fact that Ukrainians and Russian HAVE NEVER BEEN BROTHERS. We have different DNA genes. I knew it!
In Ukrainian culture there are a lot of elements related with the ancient Indo-European tribes – nomadic cattle-breeder, who called themselves “aryans”. They occupied the current terrains of Ukraine. Aryan soldiers similar to Ukrainian kosaks wear the same hair style, i.e. head is shaved with only one tuft of hair remaining. Also, Aryans were known to wear a battle waistband with different weapons. This waistband is still used in traditional clothing of Western Ukraine.

And now let us have a look at the modern Ukrainian. Ukrainians have always treasured a realistic look at life. We are mostly not given to artificiality. Ukrainians do not follow the rule of “a plastic smile” at their faces. Only natural feelings are stamped on our faces. Instead, our passions burn low but strong and steady. There is tendency to fall into moods; we may be sad, then suddenly burst with unabated optimism and infectious vitality. Our sense of humor is bitingly ironical. Surprisingly, the Ukrainian proverb “simplicity is not a sin” (direct translation) can serve us as an innocent excuse and who will argue about that. You cannot be sinful if your attitude towards things is just simple, without any second thoughts. You just follow your instincts and act according to your mind and heart. There is nothing bad – we are the children of Mother Nature. These features are reflected in typical Ukrainian character. In case you know the author of this book, then you are likely to have observed them. This book written by her is the most appealing fact…

To be written further…

Have a great Sunday and lovely forthcoming week! Appreciate every minute and smile!

Love you all,

Yours Writer

 

 

My Friend’s Book

Hello, my dear Friends,

I hope your summer days go well and you enjoy hot July weather. It is quite hot in the Eastern Europe and I am melting like a pineapple ice-cream.

Today is not my planned post, but there is a good reason to write it. One of my very dear friend, Monica, share with me wonderful news about her new book release. I was honored to read it, however, I failed to write a review on Amazon due to strict requirements of 50$ total purchase history. I confess I did not do shopping at Amazon. I tried several tricks, however, could not find the way to bypass the rules. I really wanted to help my fellow writer, since I know how much it means to her. Not everything depends on me. There is only one way how I can still share my opinion on her work:

CARRYING ALL THE WOUNDS IN MY SMILE is an inside look at what goes on behind the smile of every teenager. The book answers the question of what it is like to be a teenager in the 21st century where everything goes wrong. The author, Monica Pana, opens the doors to her very emotional and beautiful world of adolescence.

Everyone was a teenager, but not everyone faced the same problems. Teenage problems can be different, and yet they are very special. Today this problem becomes even more crucial. Teenagers are left to themselves along with Internet and cruel world where the stronger dictates the rules. A boy or a girl is trapped and often is tet-a-tet with her/his own emotions. Usually emotions are put into words scribbled secretly in their diaries. Monica gives us a unique chance to peep into our own teenager’s diary or even deeper. After Blue Whale invasion into young lives, any insight into teenagers’ thoughts is more than welcoming, do not you think so?

The book begins with the description of controversial feelings arise in our childhood. Later the author raises sensitive issues such as love, optimism, lie, destroy, honesty and parenthood. Page by page the reader finds himself involved in the philosophical and uneasy conversation with his/her soul. People hardly think of these things nowadays. Life for most of them is a constant wheel. The author stirs up a hornet’s nest. The important issues are written aloud, and the reader is in search of the right answer. Chapters about life experience, family and love bring smile and make you think again. An intimate chat between the author and the reader, yet you can not be sure, they both think the same. Every word or phrase is written by the author’s heart and soul, there was a trio, or there was the only voice whispering in the silence of thoughts, decision is yours!

It is difficult not to like the author with her emotional and thought-provoking style. The structure of the book is similar to a diary or a blog, which gains popularity nowadays. Also while the author answers many questions, she invites even more. The book provides a valuable and absorbing window into the 21st century teenage head that is for most of us inaccessible. A very young, but ambitious, girl dared to speak her own truth and she deserves to be read.

More information on this book and the author can be found at her website https://lookaround99.wordpress.com/2017/07/09/adolescence-trapped-between-two-worlds/

“A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation… A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold.
― Henry Miller, The Books in My Life

Love you all,

Yours Booklover

 

As Cool as Cucumber

Hello, my dear Friends,

Today is Sunday and many of you get your pretty bodies out…I guess you are not in front of your computer screens now. And this is very right, weekend is the time to relax with  bodies and souls. I was also out, thus could not prepare a new Sunday Series video.  “Oh, no!” somebody of you will say…but do not be in despair, I’ve prepared something delicious for you,  I beg you pardon, something cool! Cucumber-4

Cool cucumbers dropped in for the summer photo session to me. I was taken aback by their willingness and serious interest in presenting their shapes as best as possible. They are very different from human models. Not so capricious, not so demanding (no private massage, no diamonds left afterwards, etc) and very easy-going. They can turn to any sides and take any pose. What a delight!

Cucumber-2Their road to our tables was a very long one. Foreigners from India captured our vegetable world quickly and painless. We happily met them and quickly sliced  to our salads. Also we found an approach to them and persuaded  to reproduction. Awareness that there can be more little cucumbers at our tables brought peace to our minds and welcoming sounds from our stomachs. Cucumbers are so delicious and useful to be neglected as very healthy vegetables (though in some countries they are regarded as fruits, lol). Just chewing them makes us loose calories and wash our bodies with the water filtered through their veins. No wonder the feeling is great when we apply cucumber slices to bruises under our pretty swollen eyes.Cucumber-5

Cucumbers are familiar to every Ukrainian. As an agricultural country we harvest cucumbers every year and try to supply every home with juicy and crunchy taste. However, last several years Ukrainians faced problems growing them. Due to global warming and raise of ozone layer climate in our country has drastically been changed. Our always rich soil has been conquered by many pests and lack of rain. Consequently, we harvest less cucumbers every year, which automatically rises the prices at the markets. Unfortunately, farmers use their methods to fight against it. As a result, cucumbers may be not free from nitrates that turns this veggie to not useful one. What a shame!

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Cucumbers are great in salads, smoothies and by themselves, but many people are discovering that along with all of the above benefits, cucumber water is a healthy, refreshing beverage. This treat used to be found at spas but is fast becoming mainstream.

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As to Ukrainian cuisine, cucumbers dance together with tomatoes. We have never been warned that cucumbers and tomatoes are not compatible. None of us ever thought that such beautiful red and green colors are not in tandem, even more when they reach the stomach and the process of fermentation starts, the acid released in the abdominal cavity for digestion can cause numerous digestive problems. Who would have thought? Tons of such mix has been consumed and probably will be more no matter of sound aftereffects. We still love it!

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Did you get used to pile cucumbers? Do not do it again. Eating cucumbers with the peel provides the maximum amount of nutrients. And their peel is so crispy! Cucumbers can be eaten fresh or pickled. They can be enjoyed as a  snack or used to add flavor in a variety of dishes. If you have a Ukrainian friend or you have ever been to any Ukrainian home, you know that Ukrainians cook a lot of home tins with pickled cucumbers. Receipts can be different as well as tastes, however, there is nothing better than to open a tin of your cucumbers at cold winter days.

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July is the high season for cucumbers. You must have cucumbers at your gardens. They are very gracefully growing with the yellow flower first. Later you can spot a cute baby cucumber who grows as fast as sun kisses its head. Growing them can help you release your stress and improve your daily life. They are very healthy and photogenic! I believe my photo session was pretty successful. Thank you for my models and thank you!

Do you have cucumbers in your menu today? No, then I am coming to you! Ha-ha!

Have July Sunday!

Yours Food Specialist

P.S. This post was sponsored by…”CUCUMBERS Association of Ukraine” !

 

A Book Written By Heart and Soul

My dear Friends,

Today I would like to introduce the prologue of my BOOK:

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PROLOGUE
While standing on the peak of this unknown mountain with a film camera in her hands Ann could scarcely make out the land hidden behind. A large orange drop of sun lingers on the horizon and spreads welcoming early morning beams around. The instant buzzing drone sounds approach Ann’s ear. She curiously lifts her head up and catches the first glimpses of flying object. It looks like a small plane on a serious mission. And truly its mission is very important, it smoothly inspects the endless unknown terrain and films stunning views. The colors visible through the tiny remote control are difficult to describe, the palette is the brightest as ever. A prominent artist will give them an appreciative look and imprint them in his/her creative mind. Later this picture will be presented to you at one of the markets, but you might pass them by being intrigued by stupid something. There is no time to admire art. Our minds are too often occupied by unnecessary thoughts, it is better to remove the clutter – the thoughts, the worries and the fears, and you will see that life roots at this moment. This is a perfect early sunrise on the green hill to meet a new day, a new life, and a new challenge. “That is, indeed, a real challenge!” Ann’s mind silently whispered to her. This little girl in a strikingly violet coat with her blond hair flowing with the wind has got this mysterious smile, the kind not seen in a while. She firmly presses her precious camera to her chest as if they are bonded. There is something in the way she looks, the way light sparkles in her eyes. It is weird how she doesn’t know, she attracted his attention the instant he laid his eyes on her. She does not see him, right behind her elegant back he throws admiring glances. However, she glances back and flirtingly smiles. Their glances sealed in a love dance speak for themselves. Their knot is tight, their souls are in tandem, both enjoy the same. He is a skillful master, she is a dream lady, and each of them knows what to do like the details of one wheel that circles well. He inspires her and she cannot stop creating something new. At this instant a thought strikes her mind and she throws herself into the void…she dreams a book! A pile of thoughts collected in her brain shelf to be released!

What did your critical reader’s eye catch?

Stay in tune!

Sunday Series will be also devoted to my BOOK!

Yours Film Director and Writer

 

Freezing of Water Painted by…

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 Hello to you, my Friends! I am happy to see you silently browsing my blog pages. Hope you have some fun. This week our Mother Nature was especially generous for lovely surprises. She met dear Madam Weather and they agreed to have a painting masterclass. Look, what they’ve made:     Frozen Branch

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We are very visual creatures.  Our love of images lies with our cognition and ability to pay attention. Images are able to grab our attention easily, we are immediately drawn to them. These are facts know to that two ladies whose pictures are just…help me with a proper adjective please? Comment, comment, comment…

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Don’t be greedy for compliments. These two artists were extremely successful today. Colors, shades, shapes are chosen so elegantly right. My eyes are beaming with pleasure, and yours? Not…hm…then one more image…

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How odd is that the most beautiful things are most simple ones. They just wondered through that thick trees and enjoyed what they saw. Together with their simple equipment they managed to capture this innocent beauty and show to you. They felt themselves artists who can transform that live images into a picture that can hang on somebody’s wall or be presented as a greeting card. Do not know whether they were enough skillful, but their results are given here and available for download. In case some of you particularly like one of the image (or all of them) and would like to have then in original size or designed for special occasion as a greeting card, you may contact me via comment folder and I’ll provide you with all the required details ( I am their delegated agent). Everything is possible, art has no restrictions and borders. we can always spread it to be able to evaluate and treasure. A nice picture can always cheer you up in any season or weather, right, my Friends?

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Have a sweet weekend! Enjoy the simplest!

Love you all,

Yours Ann

P.S. Who is curious about new episode of Fun Time with Ann?