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  • It’s a special feeling to hold your dream
    Oct 10, 2019 8:00 am

    It’s a special feeling to hold your dream

    This September, on our remote island in the Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota, we planned to hike in the regal pine forest, boat on the loon-speckled lake, forage for mushrooms amid the lichens and ferns of the boreal forest and gaze at the...

  • Getting into the spirit of things
    Oct 3, 2019 8:00 am

    Getting into the spirit of things

    If someone were to tell me this fantastic story I would say it cannot be true.

    But it happened to me in August four years ago. We spend every summer on our island in the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota. This remote outpost is in the...

  • My belated love affair with tennis
    Sep 20, 2019 8:00 am

    My belated love affair with tennis

    All my life I have done everything possible to realise my dreams.

    When I arrived in Bermuda, I had a long cherished dream: I wanted to learn how to play tennis.

    I practised almost every day with my coach, Howard Cross, an older but...

  • Life is completely unpredictable – and that’s OK
    Sep 12, 2019 8:00 am

    Life is completely unpredictable – and that’s OK

    On our wedding anniversary this summer, Bill and I began a tradition of planting a tree on our island in the Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota.

    In August you will always find us there, living among the towering pines of our enchanted...

  • How a river plunge taught me the value of a ‘contrast shower’
    Jul 25, 2019 8:00 am

    How a river plunge taught me the value of a ‘contrast shower’

    It was a crushingly hot afternoon. My husband Bill and I were walking with our Swiss friends, Nika and Rubik.

    It was June, and Europe was in the midst of a heatwave. The temperature in Zurich, the city we were visiting, was over 100...

  • Surfing in the heart of the city
    Jul 18, 2019 8:00 am

    Surfing in the heart of the city

    How do you maintain your connection with nature and passion for adventure when you live in a big and busy city? How do you keep your spirit alive? You find unusual and interesting things to do.

    I was walking with my husband, Bill, yesterday...

  • We all need a chance to express our stories
    Jul 4, 2019 8:00 am

    We all need a chance to express our stories

    When I start a journey I never know what surprises lie ahead.

    Yesterday, my husband, Bill, and I went for a hike through the lush hardwood forests of the Alps in the remote and mystical valley of Verzasca in the Swiss canton of Ticino.

  • Of boxes and grappa and bringing people together
    Jun 27, 2019 8:00 am

    Of boxes and grappa and bringing people together

    We are now in the gorgeous Italian part of Switzerland, Ticino.

    What do I like to do here the most? Walk in the woods for hours.

    This area is a paradise for hiking. Hundreds of kilometres of trails with breathtaking views of...

  • Bratislava is the sound of the blues
    Jun 20, 2019 8:00 am

    Bratislava is the sound of the blues

    For me and my husband, Bill, there are cities that we love in a special way. We have a rare and cherished connection with them. They resonate in our souls as distinct music.

    One city sounds to us like blues. This is Bratislava, the capital...

  • Guided by the rhythm and passion of flamenco
    Jun 13, 2019 8:00 am

    Guided by the rhythm and passion of flamenco

    Two weeks ago I hugged my beloved drum and gave it to my girlfriend from our drumming group Coral Beats.

    She promised to take good care of it and write to me about where she played it. What happened? Bill and I decided to leave Bermuda for...

  • The first step to buying a smaller pair of jeans
    Jun 6, 2019 8:00 am

    The first step to buying a smaller pair of jeans

    It is summertime! It is a happy time! It is a beaching time! It is my favourite time because I can dive into the exquisite ocean that surrounds us on every shore. I love to swim in the turquoise sea, struggling with the current, fighting with the...

  • When things just fall into place for you
    May 16, 2019 8:00 am

    When things just fall into place for you

    Two days ago, my husband, Bill, and I celebrated an important anniversary. Exactly seven years ago, I sailed to Bermuda on a cruise ship and met him at Dockyard by chance. I remember how it all began.

    It was six months earlier. My first day...

  • The calm blue of Bermuda and the vast, tranquil sea
    May 9, 2019 8:00 am

    The calm blue of Bermuda and the vast, tranquil sea

    Spring with its warmth and bright sunshine has finally come to Bermuda. Mother Nature awakes and the island is transformed with colour. Bright-pink oleanders nod in a vibrant-blue sky, snow-white lilies blossom under red hibiscus and white...

  • ‘Every day is unpredictable’: a letter from disputed Donbas
    May 2, 2019 8:00 am

    ‘Every day is unpredictable’: a letter from disputed Donbas

    I received this message recently and was stunned speechless.

    Veronika: “Nina, I live in Eastern Ukraine, in the Luhansk, Donbas region. The war has been going on for more than four years here in the ‘grey zone’.

    “I am near the front...

  • How the healing power of a hug made everything OK
    Apr 25, 2019 8:00 am

    How the healing power of a hug made everything OK

    Last week, I was in Miami for my annual testing and screening.

    It is always a very emotional time for me. I got to Mount Sinai Medical Centre and was engulfed by harsh memories. Yet, among my strong feelings of fear, anxiety and dread,...

  • Each of us is an exquisite and delicate flower
    Apr 11, 2019 8:00 am

    Each of us is an exquisite and delicate flower

    “I am small, ugly and fat. No one will love me.” I received this devastating message from a Russian woman a few days ago. I looked at her picture and could not believe my eyes. I saw a lovely, smiling woman with big brown eyes. This was not the...

  • One hundred ways to share my deepest thoughts
    Apr 4, 2019 8:00 am

    One hundred ways to share my deepest thoughts

    Today is a very happy day for me! I am writing my hundredth article for this column, Life after 50.

    One hundred articles in 2½ years. I still can’t believe it’s possible!

    Before starting this column, I never wrote...

  • Sometimes good comes out of bad
    Mar 28, 2019 8:00 am

    Sometimes good comes out of bad

    Is it bad what happens to us, just bad? Two weeks ago, Bill and I attended the Bermuda International Film Festival.

    It is an important cultural event here, one which highlights the best in world cinema and allows us to watch rare...

  • Live your life on a path of the heart
    Mar 21, 2019 8:00 am

    Live your life on a path of the heart

    Are you happy or not? Why are some people happier than others?

    One of the most difficult things in life is to find and understand what makes you happy. Many people believe that the key is money.

    Then, after making millions and...

  • The island of splendour and paradise of colours
    Mar 14, 2019 8:00 am

    The island of splendour and paradise of colours

    If you ask me what is my favourite place in Bermuda besides the ocean, I would answer without hesitation: the Bermuda Society of Arts gallery.

    The first time I came there was exactly three years ago.

    I was looking for an opportunity...

  • The sea is ours to love and protect
    Mar 7, 2019 8:00 am

    The sea is ours to love and protect

    I will never forget my first hour when I arrived in Bermuda by cruise ship. It was seven years ago, in May.

    I had been working on board for five months and had visited many tropical islands. I loved to sit and look at the endless expanse...

  • Healing magic in the dance of surf and Moon music
    Feb 28, 2019 8:00 am

    Healing magic in the dance of surf and Moon music

    One early morning last week, I received this message from Irina who lives in Ukraine:

    “Nina, I’ve been sick for a long time and I am taking a medicine with a sedative, and it makes me feel like a vegetable! Yesterday, I looked at your...

  • Travelling creates an awareness of the goodness in all people
    Feb 21, 2019 8:00 am

    Travelling creates an awareness of the goodness in all people

    Why do we travel? What pushes us to fly for many hours, sometimes around the whole world?

    Before any trip my heart always beats joyfully and I can’t fell asleep in anticipation of something unusual, new and exotic. I know that after the...

  • Silence is golden: the long walk to nirvana
    Feb 7, 2019 8:00 am

    Silence is golden: the long walk to nirvana

    In my last article, I wrote about my six-day visit to a remote Buddhist monastery in Northern Thailand last month.

    When I first read the monastery schedule I was stunned: 18 hours of fasting, 8 hours or more of meditation, 1 hour of free...

  • It’s about surrendering to a greater truth
    Jan 31, 2019 8:00 am

    It’s about surrendering to a greater truth

    It was five o’clock in the morning. I was alone.

    I awoke and put on my rough, white linen robe. I walked out onto the wooden planks of my small hut.

    Thick morning fog ebbed through the mountains in a dream of languid mist. I heard...

  • Hindu temple of universal truths
    Jan 17, 2019 8:00 am

    Hindu temple of universal truths

    Even demons become kinder if they are fed on time and treated well.

    I learnt this last week, when we attended a service at a small Hindu temple in the remote mountains of western Bali.

    My husband, Bill, and I went for a bike ride. We...

  • Thailand’s Buddha temple of Wat Chedi Luang
    Jan 10, 2019 8:00 am

    Thailand’s Buddha temple of Wat Chedi Luang

    I flew with my husband to the rural north of Thailand, late at night. We awoke in the morning in the cool air of the highlands. The streets were pleasantly chaotic with vendors, and we heard the laughter of children from a nearby school.

  • Celebrating the new year in Bali with laughter and a kiss
    Jan 3, 2019 8:00 am

    Celebrating the new year in Bali with laughter and a kiss

    New Year’s Eve for Russian people is the most important holiday of the year.

    The table in each household is crammed with food, drinks and treats. Russian women start preparing for this celebration weeks in advance. We think about what...

  • It is truly more fulfilling to give than to receive
    Dec 27, 2018 8:00 am

    It is truly more fulfilling to give than to receive

    What a special and wonderful time of the year, filled with both magic and kindness.

    I love the smell of nutmeg, cinnamon and pine needles, the sparkle of decorations and flickering lights, and the love, care and warmth of the family...

  • Searching for your raison d’être
    Dec 20, 2018 8:00 am

    Searching for your raison d’être

    I am regularly asked, “How can I find my true self?”

    I often begin a new path when I start to feel something in my life is going wrong, realising that this is not the way I want to live.

    At these moments, I close my eyes and see...

  • Travel to the beat of a different drum
    Dec 13, 2018 8:00 am

    Travel to the beat of a different drum

    Thursday night is rehearsal time for the Coral Beats percussion group. It is two hours of positive and vigorous energy for the mind and body. After chatting, exchanging news, hugging and laughing together, we get down to work. Our rehearsals take...

  • The many and powerful benefits of gratitude
    Dec 6, 2018 8:00 am

    The many and powerful benefits of gratitude

    Only three weeks before Christmas!

    During these days I look back and reflect on the last year.

    I try to recall all the good things that happened and what interesting and kind people I met along the way.

    In the course of that,...

  • Why every generation loves a library
    Nov 29, 2018 8:00 am

    Why every generation loves a library

    On Thanksgiving Day, my mother, whom I had not seen for several months, flew to Bermuda from San Francisco to visit us.

    When I saw her at the airport dancing and waving at me, I started laughing and thought, “As long as our parents are...

  • Confronting your fears
    Nov 22, 2018 8:00 am

    Confronting your fears

    What can we do when something happens in our lives that causes us to be very afraid?

    Certain events can completely change our status quo or even turn our lives upside down.

    A divorce or separation from your loved one, an upcoming...

  • Shipwrecked dreams and forgotten beauty
    Nov 15, 2018 8:00 am

    Shipwrecked dreams and forgotten beauty

    Last Sunday we were out on the ocean. It was already autumnally cool and windy. The sun was playing hide and seek with us, peeping out of the white clouds and scattering sheets of silver sparks on the radiantly blue water. There was a flash of...

  • It is never too late to do it different, even extraordinary
    Nov 8, 2018 8:00 am

    It is never too late to do it different, even extraordinary

    How old do you feel?

    Yesterday I talked to a Russian client who is now living in Norway, via video chat. At the end of the conversation, she suddenly burst into tears. “What should I do next? I am almost done. I’m already an old woman, I...

  • Courtesy, longevity and the Bermuda connection
    Nov 1, 2018 8:00 am

    Courtesy, longevity and the Bermuda connection

    Why do I like living in Bermuda? Is it the silver glitter of sun on the restless sea? The blaze of flowers on ancient stone walls?

    The delirious rush of wind in the palm trees? The hypnotic peep of tree frogs? Yes, all of that, but...

  • The awesome blaze of colour in autumn
    Oct 25, 2018 8:00 am

    The awesome blaze of colour in autumn

    Autumn is my favourite time of the year in forests, where the trees show their brilliant selves and colour explodes in a delirious confusion of golds and reds and fading greens.

    I watch in wonder as the leaves shake and dance in the wind. I...

  • Hola to wonder and magic of sea trash art
    Oct 18, 2018 8:00 am

    Hola to wonder and magic of sea trash art

    Curiosity may have killed the cat, but not me.

    Whenever I arrive in a new city I like to spend hours wandering aimlessly through its streets listening to the diverse sounds floating from the windows: snatches of speech in unfamiliar...

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