Архів розділу: FICTION/OPINION COLUMN

Nostalgia Versus Happiness

Summer is Going On

(opinion article)

I had never been to Prague but after visiting it, I felt nostalgia. I had such impression that I had already strolled along the streets of this ‘museum under the open sky’ city. Foaming beer, eccentric absinthe, great boar knee….and a chasing déjà vu feeling.

Best Friends Team

(humorous short story)

The office of Mr. Richardson, an ambitious middle-aged fair-haired CEO ruling not less ambitious NY Construction Company, was sparkling with superb led lamps and super stabbing eyes of his staff.

How Internet Affects Life

(opinion article)

Nowadays, the use of the Internet is increasing especially among adolescence or more accurately, students. The Internet issue is discussed by adults and parents. Most of them are worried that the use of Internet is dangerous to their kids. Some others said that the Internet may bring benefits to their children especially to those who will be sitting for an examination.

No one Owes Nothing to Nobody

Where did this popular phrase come from to the common people, “Nobody owes anything to anyone?” This is a disgusting statement. Deceitful in its essence, for any man and woman are social beings. And entering into a relationship of any kind turns into a social must. 

Folk Fest of Ivan Kupala

Why is Midsummer So Popular in Ukraine?

(Opinion Article)

The feast of Ivan Kupala is celebrated from July 6 to 7, during the summer solstice or midsummer. It is at this time that the vegetation reaches its climax, grows and flourishes, multiplies and rejoices in life.

Professional Career and Human Life

(Opinion article)

In my opinion, today, career plays a significant role in the lives of almost all people. Society changes and the attitude to professional development, too. If earlier a person who “made a career” had been condemned, now it is one of the indicators of a successful professional life. A lot of ‘career jokes, including this one went into oblivion, “Career pays off in the future, laziness pays off right now!”

What are you looking for?

Sometimes people look for life, and sometimes they find it in a day. Sometimes we wait, and sometimes make someone wait for us.

When awareness comes to you …

You will decrease the circle of friends.

Will not Appreciate

Some people will not appreciate you until you leave. When you no longer give them the support that they took for granted, when you no longer write them pleasant sms that they ignored, when you no longer meet them with open arms every time they knock on your door in the middle of the night and when you no longer wait for their call on the phone.

Killing Animals or Saving Them

(Opinion article)

Is it permissible to kill animals, can it be justified, is it necessary?  Ask these questions to me and I … I will not answer them.  For one simple reason.  I do not understand what “killing animals” means.  By the way, this is not the same as meat-eating.  If the animal died on its own and I did not kill it, then this does not prevent me from eating its meat.  Similarly, if someone else killed it…  Suppose a lion killed an antelope, and a man took away his meat.  Would a man be a murderer in this case?  Of course not.  It is necessary to immediately separate the question of murder and the question of food.  A hunter can shoot for entertainment and not eat meat, but the consequences of his actions are no less significant than if he ate (or maybe more – too much meat and skin does not need a person).  Killing is the cessation of life.  All living things are mortal, in death there is nothing wrong with the essence.  We are more concerned about the “premature”, that is, unexpected death.  We forget that the causes of death can be different themselves, and death is natural not only in the cases when the maximum age is reached.  All this should be considered when evaluating a murder.

Good Art, Evil Art

The Main Task of a True Artist

(Opinion article)

There are creators who cultivate GOOD art, reproducing beauty as such: elevated love and elegant body, laudable landscapes and superb skylines and so on. As once Mahatma Gandhi said, “When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.”

Korean Cuisine, Kimchi, Tkeok

My Much Beloved Hongju!

(Opinion Article)

I have never thought that I will be an aficionado of Korean cuisine. Nevertheless, my first visit to a Korean restaurant changed my tastes almost beyond recognition… I even don`t know how it happened, however, it happened. Maybe, under the influence of my new friends, my dreamy spirit or whimsical nature…Just at once I realized that, though they say that the healthiest is ‘Vietaminese’ food, the Corny Karma Korean food has a lot of advantages too.  Just a year has passed, and I turned in an experienced expert of this kind of Oriental cuisine.

Subconsciousness as the basis of communication

People do not suspect that a limited set of certain words controls their internal psychological space, for the reason that they do not realize them, and therefore these words are of particular importance because through self-directing we give them, even more, weight and strength. As a matter of fact, the words are the only true and absolute tyranny that involuntarily obeys a person; they dictate to us the reality in which we live and the form of consciousness that we have to use. As J.Osteen once said, “You can change your world by changing your words…Remember death and life are in the power of words.”

Gestures Don`t Lie

(Opinion article)

Gestures, of course, should help a person and not betray him or her in important moments. That is why most speakers, politicians, and media celebs choose gestures very carefully. They know perfectly what a gesture means, which ones are worth using, and which ones are better not to avoid. As J.Marguliers remarked, “Small gestures can have a big impact.”

Instagram-stories

(Opinion article)

The dramatic structure of Instagram Stories is almost always a snippet of the moment.

Why I don’t care about my grades (and you shouldn’t too)

(Opinion essay)

Woah, easy there. Don’t worry. I’m not ordering you to drop out of your school or uni and forget about studying EVER again. I’m simply here to introduce my own experience of not minding academic achievement and how it influences my life — cause it could influence yours, too.

What are the components of internal potential?

(Opinion article)

First, it is all kinds of health. Both physical and mental, mental, personal and psychological. Yes, yes, these are all different kinds! Physical health is about your body condition. Mental says about the ability to be adequate and the ability to adapt to the environment, the functioning of the psyche, the ability to think, I remember, and so on. Mental health is about inner state, openness to people, ability to rejoice and live in a high emotional tone. Personality is about the state of a person as a person, about successful personal growth and self-realization. Let`s look at the successful interaction of all types of health from a psychological point of view.

Passive rebellion

Why laziness does not exist

(Opinion article)

Probably NO ON THE LIGHT OF A PERSON who would never have said at least once, “You’re just lazy.” We hear about laziness from childhood – from parents, grandparents, teachers (“Able girl, but lazy. We need to try harder!”). Later we ourselves begin to use this phrase and call ourselves, our partners and children lazy. But is everything so simple with this idea?

INTERNET AND “GLOBAL VILLAGE”

“The electronic universe is nothing else
like a shameless cheater
open expression of the Antichrist.”

M. McLuen

In our time, the Internet has become one of the main ways of communication and knowledge of new information over long distances. Each of us, without much effort, can learn about the events in different countries – this is the essence of the “global village” by the works of Marshal McLuen.

Checklist for a successful trip

Are you going to trip? Keep yourself a checklist that will help you carry out the journey perfectly.

Techno Addict, Gloomy Verdict

Wakey, wakey, Ball is Waiting

(Opinion article)

It is well known that  our life develops constantly, so as technologies. Can you imagine your life without using a mobile phone, TV or Internet? I think no, because all of these items make our life easier. Now you can order clothes, food and other stuff from all around the world just in one click via your smartphone. Don’t forget about paying bills, reading news, watching movies, etc.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

Skill that is not taught in school

(Opinion article)

Emotional intelligence is the direction of practical psychology, designed to teach people specific tools with which they can manage their emotional state. 

Ten Most Terrible World Places

(Opinion article)

Today I decided to highlight the ten most terrible places in the world.

Cheery Сoffee or Latte Depresso

(Opinion article)

Nowadays coffee has become a more and more indispensable part of our lives.  I have read several academic articles on the topic of caffeine dependence and disorder in its usage. However, as the main one to take a stance on, I would like to take into consideration an article “Caffeine Use Disorder: A Comprehensive Review and Research Agenda.” This article is aimed at describing problems of excessive caffeine consumption and its possible consequences. It is written in a conceptual way with high-quality background data collection and research.

Suburban Trains – Terrible Territory

(Opinion article)

Today it is necessary to have steel nerves to get somewhere by a suburban train. I need to ride to the university every day by this type of transport and for 2 years I have seen in what scaring and, at the same time, stinking situation the rolling stock of Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian Railroad) is.

Communication and Children, Sleeplessness and Cheerfulness

(Opinion article)

Judging upon our experience and by the passage of time, it can be argued that communication in one way or another affects a person. But as to how strong this effect might be, the existing versions differ significantly. The first concept arose in the 1920s and 1930s, it was called the magic bullet theory or the theory of injection. Then it was thought that the media can quickly and effectively influence the audience. People perceive information in the same way and do not form other opinions because they can not get it from other sources.

To Read or Not To Read

(Opinion article)

Actually, that’s a rhetorical question. Everyone all around the world knows that it is very important to be literate because in this case, you will be respectable in any group of people. As Jiddu Krishnamurti said, there is no end to education.

Top Seven Travel Things

(Opinion article)

Each of us thinks about what things you need to take on a so long-awaited trip. Do I need this thing? And this? Do I need a frying pan or a radio? Of course, travels are different. Perhaps a frying pan would be useful if you were going to have a rest in the woods with tents and mosquitos, and the radio, if you went to the middle of nowhere or the end of the world, where no one lives, except Robinson Crusoe and Friday girl. In this opinion article, I will tell you what is better to take in a trite trip to Europe, where all you will do is walk around the city, see the sights, taste traditional dishes or go to museums.

Thank you, Professor Andreas Kappeller

(Opinion article)

May 22, 2019. Andreas Kappeler, Professor of History from the University of Vienne, a famous friend of Ukraine, presented his new book ‘Unequal Brothers. Ukrainians and Russians from the Medieval Ages to Nowadays’ in Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University (KUBG). The book presents  profound research of the uneasy Ukrainian and Russian relationships from an Austrian perspective.  It is based on a database and authentic sources taken from the leading libraries of the European Union. A part of reference literature is not in the circulation of the Ukrainian historians, still now, it is just unknown here. It is not surprising that after the warm greeting words, Academician V.I. Ogneviuk, Rector of KUBG, invited Professor A.Kappeler as well as his prominent disciples to take part in a number of scientific projects relating to the history of Ukraine.

School and Not-School Bullying

(opinion article)

Recently, I got concerned about cases of school bullying that took place in our society. School Bullying is a type of bullying, that occurs in any educational establishment. School bullying campaign is systematic harassment with anger, humiliation, which is often distributed in educational institutions. Usually, this term means persecution among students. School bullying  can be: physical and psychological. Physical bullying is any unwanted physical contact between the bully and the victim. This is one of the most easily identifiable forms of bullying. Psychological bullying is any form of bullying that causes damage to a victim’s psyche and emotional well-being.

YOGA LIFESTYLE

(Opinion article)

Today, yoga is fashionable. The whole world is engaged in yoga – Hollywood stars and Prime Ministers, office workers and housewives. This word has become a part of our daily life. But different people put different concepts into it. For some, yoga is another type of fitness, a way to improve your body, for someone – a means of getting rid of stress or the ability to lose weight. And someone thinks about deeper aspects, looking for answers to eternal life questions. So what is this yoga?

It is believed that yoga is an ancient teaching, with a religious slant. They say that many thousands ago it was  invented by Pantajali, a naga or a serpent looking guru, who left almost two hundred unforgettable aphorisms about yoga, “A mind free from all disturbances is yoga…Be happy for those who are happy, have  compassion towards those who are unhappy and maintain equanimity towards the wicked.” But everything in the world is changing. Today, yoga has a lot of new perspectives, faces, and names. It has become more athletic, curative and accessible but, at the same time, it has retained its destiny and brings light into the life of people, connecting them with true “I”.

Yoga and a healthy lifestyle are inseparable concepts. The fact is that the main purpose of yoga is a complete improvement of the body, including the moral recovery. It’s no secret that yoga is considered the most effective method not only to get rid of diseases but also to prolong one’s life. So what happens during such activities with our body? First, due to increased blood flow, the metabolism becomes more intense. Regular exercise helps strengthen the muscles of the chest, and our breathing becomes the most complete. In this case, all organs and tissues are actively supplied with oxygen.

During yoga, there is an active exchange of energy with the outside world: negative energy leaves our body, and positive, on the contrary, passes through it, leaving a positive result. It is noteworthy that regular workouts contribute to both the physical and emotional recovery of any person. Often, people who are fond of yoga come together to study in groups in order to find harmony and balance with the outside world.

Regular training can completely change a person, both externally and internally. The proportions of the body improve, thoughts become clear and, eventually, the feeling of anxiety completely leaves you. It feels complete harmony with the outside world. “True meditation is to be fully present with all that is, including discomfort and problems. This is not a salvation from life, ” said C. Hamilton.

Today, yoga is becoming more popular than ever. About 40 million people devote their free time to this amazing activity. However, in most cases, yoga is perceived as one of the ways to train the body, that is, as a form of fitness. But the philosophy of yoga is in a deep and a meditating truth. Following noble moral principles, a certain way of life, a complete transformation of the personality and consciousness as a whole – only this can make a man a yogi in the full sense of the word. I was interested in yoga during my school years. At first, I was doing irregularly, mostly while being in a good mood. Now I try to do it daily. Yoga is now a key part of my development process. For me, the word ‘yoga’ refers to a combination of physical and respiratory exercises aimed at changes in the energy of the body. Let everyone find their own definition of yoga!

Unravel the web of travel

(Opinion article)

“Traveling makes you speechless, and then turns you into the best storyteller,” so once said Ibn Battuta, an Arab traveler and itinerant merchant, who traveled all over the Islamic world. Hard to disagree. Each of us has ever dreamed of seeing another world. To move away from the usual everyday affairs and look beyond your room walls. To look at other cultures, find new friends and hear exciting stories. But what’s stopping you? No time? No money? No company? Scared? You will be surprised, but for a good trip enough three or four days, a small amount of money, one true friend and a pinch of courage. I will try to tell you about three countries in Europe that will not bite your pocket, will give a lot of positive emotions and tell stories that you will tell your grandchildren. (Note! The grandchildren will not fall asleep from boredom!)

Mass and Elite Culture

Is it Cakeism?

Whether we like it or not, but each of us is a part of society and is deliberately or unknowingly exposed by the media. Mass media can inform not only news, distribute interesting information, advertise goods, but also spread mass culture. Under the notion of mass culture, we can understand many things. For me, the first association is connected with fashion, style and trendy things. But apart from this, it can be entertainment, literature, music, cooking.

Oblivion of Architectural Monuments

Ukrainian Tragic Saga

(Opinion article)

 With every passing year, more and more historical monuments keep on crashing down. The majority of historic buildings are getting destroyed, and just few lucky ones are getting reconstructed. At this rate, the architectural heritage of Ukraine will remain just only in our memoirs. The pessimists affirm it will happen very soon.  Let`s highlight the present conditions of several Ukrainian architectural monuments.

Cruel Cosmetics and Lousy Lipstick

Every day we use cosmetics, but avoid getting it in the eye, tasting it or rubbing it in the wound, we know that it is dangerous. But when making cosmetics, to understand the interaction of mixed substances with the living body, many companies test cosmetics in animals, and only some of them show mercy.

FASHION OR SELF EXPRESSION

(Opinion article)

Now, in the age of mass consumption, fast fashion, merciless madness and a cutting-edge concept of ‘individuality’, it is difficult to say where YOU are and where the one you want to SEEM.

Why do people need mass culture?

(Opinion article)

In our life, we are constantly faced with mass culture. It is an integral part of our existence because we are the bearers of this culture. Around this phenomenon that seems to be usual for us, there are many discussions. What is the mass culture? When did it appear? What influence does the mass culture have on people’s consciousness: positive or negative? And the main question is: why do people need it?

Education for children with special educational needs

Every year in early September, all children and adolescents go to school. There they learn new things, the world and communicate with their peers. All of this plays a significant role in the formation of their worldview and future behavior in society. And have you seen many children with disabilities in a regular school? The school where I studied didn’t have such children. Why? The answer is very simple; there are no conditions for inclusive education in an ordinary school. Not to mention educational programs and plans that are not adapted for children with special educational needs. This type of education is quite specific. As Sarah Palin said, “Sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenge, and children with special needs inspire a very, very special love.

Fashion as Fancy Media

Modern and Modish

(Opinion article)

At long last, it happened. For the majority of youth, the problems of the environment got flashy, funky and faddy!  Just several years ago, the eco-topics were “not in the backyards” of people and those who said that they refused plastic or furs were considered to be scammers. Nowadays, more and more leaders of public opinion and big-league companies support the idea of environmental protection.  The most striking manifestations are in the fashion industry.

Castles of Trash

(Opinion article)

Every time I take a trip home from Kyiv to my native Pavlograd I feel it like a journey. The sound of trains, outside the window – beautiful landscapes: from snowy valleys in winter to green gardens in spring. The pictures flash one after another: fields, forests and … tons of garbage, instead of a flourishing land, an urban nightmare. I call it a castle of trash.

Global warming

(Opinion article)

One of the main problems of humanity in the 21st century is global warming, which inevitably destroys the atmosphere of the earth and threatens our planet.

Ukrainians aren’t ready to pay for music

(Opinion article)

In 2019, it is extremely easy to access various sites and services that provide you with tons of music, movies and TV Series. Still, research shows that only 6% use streaming platforms to listen to music. According to an analytic company MUSO, Ukraine joins top-10 of countries visiting piracy sites. So why do Ukrainians still choose to steal media and refuse to pay for anything on the internet?

Is there feminism in Ukraine?

While in the 28 countries of the world same-sex marriages are staggering, in Ukraine gender equality issues are only beginning to gain momentum. Moreover, Ukraine ranked 83rd in the index of gender equality among 150 countries of the world. Is the phenomenon of feminism positively affecting our society?

Chicken Ankle Generation

(Opinion article)

A week ago one old doctor astonished me with a funny affirmation, “Look at the ankles of the present-day youngsters! They are thin like chicken bones! Don`t you know why? They lack the Earth Energy. The miserable asphalt jungle kids!”

Veganism. The Price of Life

(Opinion article)

Veganism… What’s that? This is not another “smart word”, not pseudoscience and not a diet. It’s a way of life. A life that does not harm others and those who cannot protect themselves. Life healthy and long. Life without furs and skin. Life without honey. Life without milk, cheese, curd, sour cream, condensed milk, and eggs. Life without meat, fish, and seafood. Free life — without violence and murder.

Hamburger or Salad?

(opinion article)

One spring evening, I sat on the balcony, drank green tea and surfed the news on the internet. I saw a very witty video that said that human health is 70% depending on what you eat.

To Grow Up or Not To Grow Up

Growing up is a natural change that sooner or later happens to all people. I think that the adulthood of a person is determined not so much by his age, as by the ability to take responsibility for the committed actions to analyze them and correct them. Therefore, it is very important to stop hoping that others will solve your problems and do it yourself.

Hatred, Racism and Extremism… Not for Ukraine

(Opinion article)

Racism covers the world and unfortunately Ukraine is no exception. European countries are effectively finding ways to eradicate such a phenomenon. In general, racism is a belief in the superiority of some races or ethnic groups over others and prejudice and discrimination related to such faith.

Just Love Pandas

(Opinion article)

The famous black and white Chinese “bamboo” bear, panda, can completely disappear from the wild nature. This was stated by the World Wildlife Fund, the symbol of which is this animal. Scientists have named the reasons that for many years “push” pandas to the brink of extinction.

Social networks: our assistants or traitors?

(opinion article)

It is impossible to imagine modern life without the internet. There are almost no such people left, who don’t have an account in a social network. In social networks, it is easy to find the desired video, music, book, and it’s also simple to find a like-minded person. Social networks bring us simplicity of communication, because of opportunity to be in completely different places in the world and communicate with relatives, friends or colleagues.

Ukraine. The toothless eco-activists and the smirking business sharks

(Opinion article)

Nowadays we live in a world where the ecology problem goes bigger and bigger with every passing day. Through our actions we are always destroying habitats: many cities suffer from smog, animals are dying because of hunting, there’s more plastic in the world ocean than fish in it…

Alexander the Great and his drunk or sunk fleet

(opinion article)

From school I loved the lessons of world history, so when I heard that scuba divers supposedly found the sunken fleet of Alexander the Great near the shores of Lebanon, I began to study this information better.

Tragic Prophecy of Victor Hugo

(Opinion article)

Like millions of people around the world I can`t but express my condolences on the case of Notre Dame damaging blaze. The whole night I could not sleep keeping in mind the lamenting faces of Parisians. Next day, with a hard heart, instinctively, I took ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame,’ the novel written by Victor Hugo from my bookshelf, just to look through and to calm down a bit…

Do you need a bag?

(Opinion article)

The phrase you hear every day at the checkout at the supermarket. Courtesy to the buyer and spit at the planet. ⠀

Ready, steady, go!

(Short story)

I chose running or did it choose me? Most likely, the choice was mine.
My marathon lasts for 19 years 3 months and 3 days.

How to start zero-waste living

OThe progressive part of our society solves the sore garbage problem by sorting it and proper disposal. However, there is a much better and more importantly, systemic solution – to make so that there is less garbage, and ideally, it was not at all at the “entry” stage when you are shopping for new things and products. This movement, which is spreading around the world and is already finding its supporters in Ukraine, is called Zero Waste – “zero rubbish.

Angelic Peach Aroma

(short story)

The aroma of the first peach fruits in the garden of Ann and Antoine, the young couple in their late twenties, was actually angelic. They planted it at the third anniversary of their marriage. The divine looking peaches were so sweet that bearded Antoine can`t help but smiling, “The fruit flavor resembles your lovely lips!”

Gender Equality in Ukraine

(opinion article)

Women in Ukraine have equal opportunities with men, if they would have a desire and ability to make them – this opinion is quite widespread. However, it is false, statistics prove. Ukrainian women still face discrimination on the basis of sex.

Cloning: scientific progress or a threat to humanity?

(opinion article)

Man is a creature that cannot live without progress. Every year we develop, create new technologies, look for ways that can improve our lives. Unfortunately or fortunately, people, in addition to the desire for scientific progress, have a clearly defined morality and empathy. Therefore, I would like to present one of the most complex ethical and scientific issues of mankind: it is ethical or not to have cloning, what kind of benefit or danger it represents. At the moment there are more negative than positive positions on this topic.

Fancy Fille Fatale

(Criminal story)

One day my friend and I were at the railway station and waited for the train to go on holiday for a few days. The weather was so scorchingly warm, the sun shone so brightly that I wanted to do just only one thing – to put off my sweater. I put my purse with all my documents, tickets and money on a bench and started changing my сlothes.

Notre-Dame. Catastrophe. Condolences. Questions.

(Opinion Article)

 On April 16, 2019, the grim grief in the heart of Paris stirred up the whole world community. The enormous fire engorged the scaffolding, the spire and the roof of Notre Dame, the 850-year-old Gothic cathedral, the most visited touristic landmark of the world, with almost 13 million people attending it each year.  

Paris-Tele-Tour-Portation

(Fantasy story)

“I don’t know, maybe, I sound old-fashioned or retro-style thinking, but visiting Paris with all its art tourist attractions is one of my deepest dreams,” Peter, a twenty-one-year-old student with a nerdy appearance of an A-student simpleton took off his glasses and looked at Ann, his University group mate, a diva-licious glamour girl with noble manners, who socialized with him just only because he was her summer cottage neighbor. 

In vain

(Romantic story)

He doesn’t get used to the constant cold: for the first weeks, he tries to keep warm in vain, wraps himself in everything warm in vain, sleeps under a pair of blankets in vain and turns on the heater in vain.

Leyla, Jack and David

Eternal Love Triangles
(Romantic story)

Leyla, a 21-year-old brunette beauty, with a slender figure and fruity voice, was still a university student. In her life, there were a lot of buddies and friends, but Jack was special, they studied together. Outwardly, he was shy a bit, but inside he had a kind heart and sharp brain. She knew it. From time to time, he appeared from nowhere and said: “Let’s go for coffee!My shout!”They drank coffee for hours and talked about everything, starting from a new video game and ending with the global problems of humanity. The day came when Jack told Leyla about his feelings and said that he could not imagine his future life without Leila. Leila was in doubts, she could not understand whether she loved Jack or not, whether he was a friend or just a bit more. On reflection, Leila decided not to hurry up and to leave this question for the future. Jack agreed and gave her time to thinking.

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