Архів розділу: FICTION/OPINION COLUMN

HOW CORONAVIRUS AFFECTS MAGAZINES

Advertising experts expect the first signs to start to appear in the June issues and by September, the most important month of the year for magazines, the decline will be clearly visible, especially for those that depend on luxury brand advertising. Independent magazines will likely feel the pain more quickly.

Why people forgive cruelty

“A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself”
(Bible, Proverbs 11:17)

What Author Needs to Know in 2020?

The last 10 years have been turbulent for publishers, writers, and agents. Technology has spurred seven key trends that are shaping the business and the art of our literary industry.

Why aren’t students hired?

Students find it hard to get a job. Most often, they themselves are to blame. The manner of behaviour, misunderstanding of goals, coupled with a lack of experience makes young specialists not the bestseller on the labour market.

Coco Chanel: born to survive

She was one of the most remarkable women of the 20th Century. But Coco Chanel’s reputation is again under scrutiny over allegations that she was a Nazi agent in World War II France.

Juvenile Crime. Work-out playgrounds, Rap Events?

Juvenile delinquency refers to antisocial or illegal behavior by children or adolescents and is considered a serious problem all over the world. It is caused by social, economic, and cultural factors. This criminal activity of youngsters is apparent in marginal sectors of urban areas where children and teenagers are exposed to violence in their immediate social environment, either as observers or as victims. Some steps are to be taken to curb it a bit…

Society and Problems

Students Against Drugs!
Students Against Hard-drinking!

“Don`t fall into the death trap. Say no to drugs!”
(Sloganhub.org)

Dogs have learned to identify COVID-19 patients

In a study by Finnish scientists who found out that dogs find COVID-19 by smell, some people in academia react with enthusiasm and others with skepticism. Although everyone knows about dogs’ keen sense of smell.

Instagram. Your Business Profile Promotion

In the CIS countries, social networks have long been gaining momentum as another channel of communication with the client. Online beckons. Even the owners of the “old school” business, faced with the consequences of COVID-19, are no longer so skeptical about Instagram and online in general. But the problem remains the same: the number of unsuccessful attempts to advance is many times greater than successful ones. Why does it happen? High competition, inappropriate social network, truncated coverage, or maybe a “non-working” target? Let’s speak frankly, the whole point is the initial development of your product and the further strategy for promoting it on Instagram, or rather, its absence.

How Not To Waste Your Life

The other day I was looking in my computer’s archives for an old document I needed. In the midst of my search, I came across a bunch of photos from my childhood. It was fun to be reminded of what life was like back then, the friendships and the good times. The amazing thing is the emotions that I felt back then come flooding back in, every emotion except the fear and worry. Then the thought occurred to me: I wasted a lot of time worrying about daily problems, my place in the world, and the future. I wish I hadn’t because I think it caused me to miss more of the joy I could have been living. Then I thought about the present. I’m stilled filled with the same fear and anxiety about the same things. Living in fear is a great way to end up with a wasted life.

They say, when senior people are on deathbeds the last thing they want to do is look back on their lives and realize they wasted it. So, here are 10 ways not to waste your life that we hope will be helpful to you.

Trends and Quarantine

(Viral article)

A healthy body makes a healthy spirit.”

Scriptonite

(Portrait essay)

“Music is also a woman, and so far – the only woman who can keep me close.”
(Scriptonit)

Bullying. Commercial Bullying. The Ways To Overcome It

“First of all, it seems to me that in a situation with bullying there is no one ‘culprit’. There are many responsible.
(Lyudmila Petranovskaya)

The Story Of…MARUV

“Art is a provocation. Look at the most famous paintings. The main thing is that I evoke emotions in you, I make you talk about it. ”
(MARUV)

In a dream I dance

(essay)

Do you know how it feels when you lose the hobby you thought was your most favorite thing in the world? If your answer is no, you’re the lucky ones. It’s like when your heart becomes so heavy that you begin to feel the heartbeat all over your body. Like if your life isn’t your life anymore and the only thing you can do is to sit alone and think why it’s you.
Oh, it’s a little bit negative, isn’t it?

Alive Trees

(50-words story)

 Annie had been looking into the window for a long time and couldn’t answer the questions: “Why do all trees are moving back? How do they move so fast?!”

Finally, the girl closed her eyes and realized the absurdity of the question, the reality of what was happening, and the fact that she was moving in a car.

One Day of My Life

(A story)

It’s raining all day. It’s my favorite rain. It’s my favorite day.
How many emotions can a person feel during a day? How many dearest wishes can be fulfilled in such a short period of time?

Why do rock stars kill themselves?

(Viral Article)

 ‘Live fast, die young’
(Ed Westwick)

Count till forty. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten… Forty. Do you know what happened right now? Somebody has committed suicide. It happens every f**king forty seconds. And it is terrifying. Especially, it is terrifying when you know the person to do this when there were no signs of trouble and he or she seemed to be so happy and successful.

My Lovely University

(Essay)

“A University should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.”
(B.Disraeli)

You know, today I realized I still haven’t said anything about my University for two years of study yet! Let me introduce my favorite Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University.

The courage to be yourself – what is it and how?

Each of us goes through a natural path of change in life. The butterfly also liberates itself from the cocoon through pain and misery. But if we help when it doesn’t ask, we will only harm it and the butterfly will die. Parents, by keeping their children close to them and “helping” them by falling in love or wrapping themselves in their fears — an excuse for inaction, are really only harming. After all, the absence of risk is the absence of danger and the possibility of growth in equal measure. Only if you risk going your own, you can turn into an authentic personality.

Quarantine… New Knowledge… New Horizons

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, more than 100 countries have closed educational institutions for quarantine. Quarantine invaded Ukraine brutally and unexpectedly.

Racism is Evil

On May 25, Minneapolis police detained 46-year-old George Floyd. According to law enforcement agencies themselves, during the arrest “the black man refused to get out of the car and offered physical resistance.”

In love with the mountains: Top 7 spectacular movies you should watch

(Listicle article)

Are you fascinated with dangerous peaks and wild gorges? Are you listening to the stories about mountains with bated breath? Save the list of movies complicated especially for you!

Rococo style

The philosophy of the Rococo style was determined by women – the favorites of the king: the Marquise de Pompadour, Madame Dubarri, Maria Leshchinsky.

5 main rules of economy

One of the positive traits of character has always been considered reasonable savings. After all, the ability to maintain and maintain a family or personal budget is not given to everyone by nature. But this difficult task can be learned by mastering a few basic rules of economy.

The Sunshine City

(blog article)

In the winter of 2019, I visited Barcelona. This city impressed me and left a lot of pleasant memories. Barcelona was the second foreign city I visited. I remembered these feelings for the whole life.

What is better: sweets or sausages?

(blog article)

How to set yourself up for proper nutrition? Ideally, you should do this gradually. So it will be easier for you, less stress for the body, and less likely that on the second day in general, the PP will go to hell. Gradually – how is it? That is, in the first week you need to abandon the worst: chips, crackers, sausages, sauces, fast food, other beer. A week later, remove sweets, pastries, sugar, and all products that contain it (yogurts with additives, rolls, curd masses, sweets, cakes).

Then you should learn how to cook dishes. Stop frying in oil, and give preference to stewed or baked dishes. You can also steam. You can fry in a dry non-stick pan or with a minimum amount of coconut oil. Remove soda from the diet. Especially sweet and colored drinks. If you drink juice it must be freshly squeezed. It is also better to refuse carbonated mineral water. Set the water regime. It is important! Not 1 cup per day. And 30-40 ml of pure water (this is not tea, not stewed fruit and not coffee!) Per 1 kg of weight. That is, for my 50 kg you need 2 liters of water.

What about alcohol? You can leave white / red dry wine. But only if it is a good wine, and only if a little (200 ml at a time). An overdose of alcohol threatens with loss of appetite control. Have a drink? Why not? Though, keep yourself in control.

Yes, proper nutrition is easy. And it suits to any wallet! Yesterday, the subscriber answered my story, where I cooked broccoli and redfish, that PP is expensive. Really? But aren’t sausage and sauces expensive? And aren’t sweets and cookies for tea expensive? Aren’t Nutella for bread expensive? Aren’t potato fried in liters of oil expensive? What about Fragolino for dinner to the rolls … ??? There can be nothing cheaper than proper nutrition, believe me. If one can afford to have dinner every day with redfish cutlets in almond flakes with dor blue sauce…

Then the second budget is smaller, and he dines with baked hake and salad, or an omelet with vegetables. That will be 5 times cheaper. But the first and second options relate to proper nutrition. Everyone just eats that his wallet allows. The first dessert has a fruit salad with mangoes, the second has baked apples. If you wish, you can always build your diet as diverse as possible, not expensive and at the same time useful and healthy! And let me prepare you one of these days for a post with inexpensive options for meals about? And you will see that proper nutrition is not expensive.

So, did you catch my idea? I mean, what is better: sausages or sweets?

When I Dislike Somebody…

(blog article)

When I really dislike someone, I always say to myself: “People are different. For some, this is the most beloved person. Husband, son or brother … And someone loves him, kisses, hugs… And then that I don’t like him doesn’t make him bad”.

‘The Ruby in the Smoke’ by Philip Pullman

“On a cold, fretful afternoon in early October 1872, a hansom cab drew up outside the offices of Lockhart and Selby, Shipping Agents, in the financial heart of London, and a young girl got out and paid the driver.
She was a person of sixteen or so–alone, and uncommonly pretty. She was slender and pale, and dressed in mourning, with a black bonnet under which she tucked back a straying twist of blond hair that the wind had teased loose. She had unusually dark brown eyes for one so fair. Her name was Sally Lockhart; and within fifteen minutes, she was going to kill a man.”

What a Strikingly Stunning Cover!

(blog article)

Oh, my God! What a beautiful cover! I come closer to the shelf where it is. The book of my dreams. Well, probably the book of my dreams. Most likely. I do not change my mind until I start reading the description. What kind of boredom? Oh my God. What a pity, what a pity. You are so beautiful on the outside, but so uninteresting on the inside. Sorry, so sorry.

Hot Bathes are Unhealthy

Sometimes we love to lie in a hot bath, warm ourselves and relax when we are cold or tired. Someone likes to stand in the shower for 20 minutes in the morning, filling up.

Thirteen Reasons to Read Books

  1. Books to read must be able to choose. Reading worthy authors, we not only gain certain knowledge but also learn to express our thoughts correctly and beautifully.

It is much more pleasant to communicate with people who speak competently. This skill is also necessary for those who wish to succeed in business, in leadership positions, or in politics.

How to combine work and study?

Currently, a huge number of students get a job and begin to combine two types of activity at once: labor and educational.  Sometimes this step is dictated by the desire of the student himself, but most often by necessity.  How to combine work and study so that it does not affect either the quality of labor or academic performance? 

Mankind riddle. Does life exist outside the Earth?

This issue has been of concern to people for a long time. There was a time when it was an acute topic and the first signals into space were something exciting, but now this interest has become less because of years of silence.

HOW TO BE A GOOD BOSS YOURSELF

There comes a time in the life of each of us when we fall out of our work routine and become our own bosses.
It doesn’t matter if you leave the office on a freelance basis, or start your own business, or just have to sit for a while without work and plan your day on your own – self-discipline is required in each of these cases.

Magpie Interview!

Today, a third-year student of the Institute of Journalism of the Borys Grinchenko University Anna Lugova interviewed a third-year student of the National Medical University named after O.O. Bogomolets Anna Zinchenko.

Primary School Teacher. Life Experience

(Interview)

Karabut Maryna Platonivna is a primary school teacher with 40 years of experience, and my lovely grandmother.

TOP 5 TRAVEL DESTINATIONS (QUARANTINE VERSION)

(Humorous article)

For many of us, it has been more than a month of constant staying at home. What was expected to be a funny experience became a nightmare for thousands of people (even introverts, imagine that!). We survived through the first wave of zoom screenshots instead of photos from real meetings. We endured several flashmobs and challenges on cooking, reading, drawing, yoging, blogging, studying, memeing, and embroidering. We enrolled in dozens of online-courses (which we are not going to finish), signed up for a hundred webinars (which we will sleep through) and now it’s time to search for new activities. With this, I give you a list of the top 5 places to visit without leaving your apartment.

Generation Gap Clash

“Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers”
(L.Mumford)

The life of the monarch: 10 interesting facts about Queen Victoria that surprised me!

“We will not have failure –only success and new learning.”
(Queen Victoria)

Best friends: how to wear diamonds according to etiquette

The classic rule is: “Diamonds are not worn until the age of thirty and until five in the evening.” In fact, the intricacies of wearing jewelry are much greater.

The Sea Before Him

(short story)

The sea before him is riotous. Dark. Foams with bright splashes against a gloomy sky, screams with a piercing cry of gulls. And lives.

Vegetarians Advance!

According to the earliest documents, historical development of vegetarianism started in the 6th century BC in ancient India and ancient Greece. The diet was closely hooked up to the idea of unharmed animals and was encouraged by religious groups and philosophers in both instances.

How not to start hating your job?

Do you know that there are three main factors that trigger the emotional burnout of employees?
1. High load daily tasks.
2. Lack of rest after a working day.
3. Conflict and tension in the team.

Teacher`s Day Around The World

“Teacher? We prefer the term the Educational Rockstar!”
(Students from California)

What to wear for an interview: 10 things that say everything…

We all know that we are greeted by clothes and escorted by the mind. But at the interview, the appearance has not a fewer role than the internal content, and partly it reveals it. And before you start the story about yourself, you have to arrange potential employers with their appearance. I picked up 10 things in a modern business style that can help you with this.

“I CONFESS” to JAUNE CABRE

(book review)

“Real art is born out of frustration. Happiness is fruitless.”
(D.Chirkova)

Business Correspondence

(From A to Z!)

Our community has long gone digital. Now just press the button, and the recipient is already reading your letter. But people still make banal mistakes in business relationships. Here are three, in my opinion, the most important rules that everyone should follow.

Best Goalkeepers of All Time

(listicle)

A good goalkeeper is half of his team. His position is the most important, tough and unpleasant for all his rivals. Let’s remember three of the greatest players in this position in the history of European football.

The Greatest ‘The Simpsons’ Episode

(Opinion article)

‘The Simpsons’, the animated sitcom screened by Matt Groening, has the fame of the satirical series, which not only entertains but also predicts the future.

The story of Princess Diana’s wedding shoes

“Only do what your heart tells you.”
(Princess Diana)

‘Theory of Lies’ by Paul Ekman

(book review)

The last book that struck me was The Psych Theory by American psychologist Paul Ekman. It was first published in English in 1985 and later appeared in Russian. The book was published in Ukrainian in 2015 by ‘Kraina Mriy’ publishing house.

Asymmetry Of Human Face?

Spiritual beauty in more important!

(opinion article)

“Take care of your inner, spiritual beauty. That will reflect in your face.”
(Dolores Del Rio)

Everything Can Be Different

(Celebrate diversity every day!)

There are different types of teas: black, green, and white…
(we know much more).
Apples are different: green, yellow, and red.
Girls are different: black, white, and red.
The hugs can be different…

Amazon Employee, Be Funny and Dirty!

Ardin Williams, Amazon’s vice president of employee development, during Amazon Career Day in the USA talked about what HR managers pay attention to when recruiting them.
“I would advise you to think about the principles of leadership, and they undoubtedly are the foundation of our company”, said Ardin Williams.
She also added it would be nice to recall a few stories before the interview about how you showed your leadership qualities: “What stories that cover your work in the context of leadership principles you can tell me as a recruiter or hiring manager?”

My Word is Law

“I believe fundamental honesty is the keystone of business”
(H.S.Firestone)

Ukrainian Business Culture

Machos and Lambs

Ukrainian sense of personal responsibility

The main difference between Ukrainian and Western thinking is that people in the West, when doing business, try to take as much personal responsibility as possible and rely more on their own strength, but with Ukrainians it is completely different. In Ukraine, all responsibility is transferred to the group. In doing business in Ukraine, you get used to such a concept as “external forces.” They will always stand in your way, and keep your partners from fulfilling their responsibilities, will make you wait. The culprit of this problem are public authorities, which create permanent bureaucratic wires, require additional documents and unnecessary formalities.

Tips for Successful Job Interview

(Don`t flirt a lot!)

The interview is the final stage of the job search. If you have chosen a vacancy and decided to go for an interview, you will definitely need some recommendations.

Ten Rules of Interview Etiquette

Job interview scheduled? Whether you’re looking for your first job or you’re a seasoned professional, it never hurts to brush up on these etiquette basics.
Follow these rules for making all the right moves before, during, and after the interview, and you’re sure to shine.

Workplace Etiquette

(Three strikes and you are out!)

Do you have to say hello to everyone you meet in the office building?

Greetings with eyes, a good look — this is a greeting. Neutral phrases or small talk are already a sign of attention. It is worth remembering that there are always national features and traditions. Koreans or Japanese are silent in many ways, Americans are joking loudly. The golden mean is fine jewelry. Like everything to do with gold.

Non-fiction is Leading

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
(F.Douglass)

We used to divide books into two large groups: educational literature and fiction. Fiction was for pleasure (or for school), and educational manuals are for knowledge (or for school too). Now the non-fiction is overtaking these genres. Today, fiction serves as an educator of the aesthetic course. And textbooks are needed for narrow specialists.

Instagram as Business

Stories. What comes to your mind when you hear this word? Red Riding Hood or Jack and the Beanstalk that your Mom read to you at night? Horror stories you heard at a scout camp? Stories about monsters under the bed your kids/sister/brother/nephew told you? Nowadays stories refry to Instagram which is becoming a more and more popular business platform.

Business in Ukraine

(business review)

In my opinion, there are many smart people in our country thanks to whom we can be known in the international market. Grain, steel, and sunflower oil have been recognized as the most famous goods of Ukrainian exports for centuries, but recently Ukraine’s reputation in the international arena has been growing thanks to outstanding achievements in information technology, high fashion, aviation, architecture, and design. Here are my top 10 Ukrainian things that have attracted international attention.

Female Office Etiquette

Compliance with etiquette in the office is an important nuance of the employment relationship, especially for young women. This helps to make friends with colleagues, not to get out of the work schedule and not be distracted by trifles.

Female Rules of Etiquette At Interviews

Those who are looking for a job know how important it is to get the desired job interview. After all, it is based on the results of the interview that a decision is made about your suitability for an open vacancy. Moreover, it is at the interview that employers evaluate not only your professional qualities, but also how well you manage, manage, work in a team, and whether you fit into the team.

Business etiquette in Ukrainian companies

(opinion article)

Every group of people has its own culture. Organizations also have their own culture, which is created over the years and cannot be changed in one day. Typically, such changes occur when a new chairman of the board or a new chief executive becomes the head of the company. Each employee requires some time to perceive the existing culture of a particular organization, so very frequent and abrupt changes can confuse employees, disorganize them and lead to disruption of the established rhythm of work. However, corporate culture cannot be static. It must correspond to a specific time, and therefore change.

Interview Types

While preparing for a job interview, it is desirable to remember that they could differ a lot. It could confuse you a bit, especially when your head is stuffed with all basic and additional information relating to the vacant place you want to take. So, look through these variants. Who knows, maybe, one day they will be useful for you.

Sport as a part of our live. Running is the Best!

Nice shape, great stamina, bulging muscles are the dreams of most people. These dreams may come true thanks to sport. Practice showed that strenuous activity is the most important stimulant of all the physiological functions of a man’s organism. This is a pledge of successful development of mind and body. Regular exercises strengthen the central nervous system, contribute to health and temper, making people strong-willed, purposeful, and active.

Six Amazing Hybrid Animals!

The world is full of enigmatic and exciting things. Just look at the hybrid animals I have recently encountered in the global network!

Learning a Foreign Language! Apprendre une langue étrangère! Eine Fremdsprache lernen!

Have you ever tried to learn a foreign language? English or French, German or Eskimo? It isn’t easy, is it? It takes time and hard work, but it’s definitely worth the effort.

Countryside or Big Cities?

In the situation we all are facing nowadays, a lot of families, especially those who have children, choose to leave big cities and move to the countryside at least for several months. But will they get what they hope to in the countryside?

Too-bloody-Much Tech-bloody-nology

(opinion article)

Technological advancements that are designed to make us smarter and entertain us are overwhelming many 21st century kids belonging to the so-called Generation Alpha (birth starts 2013). Since I have my younger brother who is twenty-two months old, this question has become familiar to me. As for my mother, she is into this issue too.

Letter to Compassionate Editor of Brovary Newspaper

Dear Editor,

I am a resident of Brovary, and I read your article about mitigating punishments for young offenders. Mercy and clemency are good things but not for those muggers who rob grannies and young women on our dark streets. I believe there should be tougher punishments.

What should be taught at school?

“Morale and attitude are fundamentals to success”
(B.Wikinson)

How to prepare for the interview?

“Do not confuse interviews with confession.”
(Alla Pugacheva)

IT IS MY LIFE

My autobiography

(essay)

“Kyiv is my love and my spirit dove,
Kyiv is my dream and my hearty beam.”
(Unknown author)

Ukraine and Poland! Concert market in 2020!

The show must go on. Inside my heart is breaking!”
(Queen)

Three Effective Ways To Never Get a Job

“If you hang around with losers, you become a loser!”
(Donald Trump)

Graphic Design as A Business

(opinion article)

“You can have an art experience in front of a Rembrant…
or in front of a piece of graphic design.”
(Stefan Sagmeister)

The Most Common Mistakes of Novice Writers. Part 2

Hello, y`all! I’ve been browsing on such a popular resource as Fickbook for more than five years. I have begun writing, recently, to practice in my major (publisher and editor). I started to check and edit the works of other young authors. It turned out to be a very fascinating and useful thing. Now I pay attention to a lot of details! This is the second part of the most common mistakes made by novice writers.

The Most Common Mistakes of Novice Writers. Part 1

Hey, hello! I’ve been surfing on such a popular resource as Fickbook for more than five years. I have started writing, recently, to practice in my specialty (publisher and editor), besides, I began to check and edit the works of other authors. It turned out to be a very fascinating and useful thing. I got accustomed to paying attention to a lot of details! Today I want to share with you the most common mistakes.

Charismatic Tom Hanks …and a cup of coffee

(essay)

If you ask who my favorite actor is, I’ll say it’s Tom Hanks. In fact, I like a lot of actors but I remember Tom Hanks most often. The fact is that I like him not only as an actor but also as a person. He impresses me even with his kind look. There is something so appealing about it.

Pirates of the Caribbean! World Classics!

(film review)

One of my favorite films is ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End.’ It`s an adventure film, starring Johnny Depp and Kiera Knightley. The story is set in an imaginary world of pirates. The special effects are actually amazing. The acting is looks accomplished too.

My Wished-for TV Program Is…

… Galileo. This is a television cognitive program about the structure of the world. It is out of the ordinary and easy to watch. The TV anchor of the program, Alexander Pushnoy, is a classy and charismatic man, having many hobbies, not speaking about the fact that he is a famous musician. He poses absolutely any questions on the air of the show, even those that seem ridiculous and ‘childish.’ The answers, quite mature, are screened in the Galileo video clips.

How not to go crazy on quarantine?

“Diligence is the soul of all work and the key to prosperity.”
(Charles Dickens)

Be Active Be Attractive. Even online!

These days we’ve spent worrying about our own health and health of our relatives and friends. No one person around me, whom I know, can really relax and I — not an exception. But as a part of the scientific community of Borys Grinchenko Kyiv university and because of my role as the Head of the scientific community in the Institute of Journalism I have to continue my activity.

Saving the future from your couch

The gaming industry has been thriving during the quarantine. It would be enough to just talk about the most popular gaming platform, Steam, surpassing a record of 24,5 million daily users. Everyone is staying at home, with most of their responsibilities taken away from them. It’s only natural that we’d finally free up enough time to dive into our favourite fictional worlds, somewhat in a way to escape grim reality.

My City Is On Quarantine… 

“If you are going through Hell, keep on going.”
(Winston Churchill)

YouTube! Big Bad Bar or Classy Cool Creation?

“Technology is just a tool.”
(Bill Gates)

Rap in 2020

“Talent is what brings you into the game, and personality is what leaves you there.”
(Doctor Dre)

All We Need Is Love

The world will be a better place if there is more love. Love is the most powerful thing in the world. It can change you, your world, and your life. It can make you the happiest person, and it teaches you how to be someone. Love is the least understood part of human life. Some people think that love is complicated because it breaks your heart. However, I believe that love is all we need because it encourages us to be the greatest, it makes our life better, and it teaches us to be stronger and more optimistic.

Alcohol: is it really good or bad for you?

Irish Dockers against Teetotalers

“Hit the bottom and get back up; or hit the bottle and stay down”
(Liccione)

Is alcohol bad for you? Many people know that it is bad, but still, some people won’t stop drinking. Once they start, they can’t stop; it’s too addictive. Now there are too many people on the Earth who drink and die. A lot of students are engaged in binge drinking. If this increases every day, one day everybody on the Earth would be drunk! To stop this from increasing, you must stop drinking first. I have some reasons supporting this.

Make Each Day Your Sport Triumph Tour!

(Opinion article)

“Without self-discipline, success is impossible”
(Lou Holtz)

What is beauty?

(opinion article)

“Oh…look at this pretty girl!”
“Oh…what a handsome man he is”
“What an awesome smell your perfume has!”
“Wow! what a delicious dish!”
“This song is amazing!”

Genetically Modified People

(Human Clones?)

(Opinion-article)

Not only products but also humans can be genetically modified. Modern scientists are widely exploring the possibility of editing the human genetic code. Moreover, new regulations will allow the testing of such modifications in Europe this year. But why do we need it?

Do you get pleasure? Call it hobby!

Book Reading Challenge!

(blog article)

“A good book is an event in my life”
(Stendal)

Summing up the Covid-19

Bacillius Calmette –Guerin and the Coronavirus

As everyone should know, the world is currently experiencing a global pandemic of SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Most infected people have been infected in China.

Where Is My Talent Or 8 Ways To Unleash Creativity

(viral article)

All people, without exception, are talented and creative by nature, and the main mission of anyone in this world is to find their talents, develop them, increase, and share with others. It is then that the main task will be completed, and the person will become happy because he does what he loves and what he has a talent for.

‘Purell hand sanitizer’ is A Hero Fighter Against ‘Corona’

In the first week of quarantine in Ukraine masks and sleeves were gone from pharmacies. The most interesting fact that there were no hand disinfectors any more in shops. Normally, sanitizers are not so popular. But during the coronavirus, they are top products. Someone bought them in liters, and someone bought them in dozens of liters. The drag of the coronavirus on the global economy is massive. While the real tragedy is in lives lost, the economic effect is a hugely significant secondary consideration. Businesses around the world are feeling serious pain.

‘Outliers’: the Story of Success

“… If you work hard enough and assert yourself,
and use your mind and imagination,
you can shape the world to your desires”
(Malcolm Gladwell)

‘The Girl on the Train’ by Paula Hawkins

(book review)

The psychological thriller “Girl on the Train” was written in 2015 by British writer Paula Hawkins. It is considered to be the most successful work of the writer. According to ‘The New York Times’, the book became a bestseller and held the glorious Number 1 spot for 14 weeks, selling more than three million copies and translating on 44 languages. Also based on this book, Dream Works made a film in 2016, complete with all the details of the plot, which I met for the first time in my practice. Vanity Fair compared the writer’s style to Hitchcock’s thrillers, and Entertainment Weekly claimed that the reader would not be able to solve the riddles of the book until the enigmatic end. Even Stephen King gave his personal response: “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins is a truly wonderful novel that keeps you in suspense. Because of him, I did not sleep almost all night. The narrator is just super…”

Growing Grudges is Bad Garden

(Opinion-article)

“Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs”
(Charlotte Bronte)

Where does ‘dream’ end and ‘goal’ begin?

Each of us is a dreamer. We meet our dreams in deep childhood. Making wishes, writing letters to Santa Claus on New Year’s Eve with a request to fulfill the most cherished dream, blowing off the eyelash from your palm, and quietly whispering about the innermost.

Set up a balcony and bake bread: Things to do at home during quarantine

“My Mom keeps me grounded and all that. She makes me do chores”
(A. Cravalho)

Fort in the middle of the living room

(sad story)

“I was seven,” he says to me.
I was seven, and I was happy, my dear friend. Imagine, there was a large fort in the middle of the living room, near the fireplace. It was built of plaids, blankets, bedsheets, pillows, sofa cushions and chairs. Father cursed, mother rolled her eyes. And my brother, John, was smiling. He grabbed my hand, dragged me inside the fort, and pulled out a flashlight. He knew many stories – my dear older brother. About hunters and demons, about the bravest of the brave. About battles and loud feasts. He told me that even if duty is above all, at the road fork you always should listen to your heart. He spoke, spoke for many hours in a row, and I held him tightly by the hand, and was afraid to let him go.

Should we believe in dreams?

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
(Walt Disney)

POLAND, MY TOURISTIC HIVE OF DREAM AND LOVE

I was passing through Poland, so I didn’t really see anything, just the silhouettes of endless fields and cozy houses in Wroclaw. The point was to return.

SNOWBORDING. I WAIT FOR WINTER NOT SUMMER

I even don`t know why but while sitting at a window now I dream about winter not summer…In winter despite the cold weather I feel better the warmth of hearts surrounding me…Especially, while going snowboarding or skiing with your friends…Though, snowboarding is better…

Five Authors Who Wrote One Novel

And Became Famous

All Over The World

(opinion-article)

“Writing is magic, as much as the water of life as any other creative art.
The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up.”
(Stephen King)

Quarantine From My Window

(opinion-article)

May 13, 2020, Kyiv-Wroclaw. In Ukraine, the cases of infection compose 16,425. The death toll is 435. The lethal rate is approximately 2.6%. In Poland, the indicators of infection are worse a bit: 17,062; 847; 4.9%. On the one hand, in comparison with other countries, the statistics are not so dramatic. On the other hand, I suddenly plunge into a slightly melancholic mood.

‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama

(book review)

“If you don`t get out there and define yourself, you`ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”
(M. Obama)

Before and After…

How Fashion Will Change After Pandemic

(opinion article)

Today we are witnessing rapid changes in the world of industry, and the coronavirus epidemic in Italy, which began right during Milan Fashion Week, became a symbolic harbinger of this process. Then many celebrities, fashion bloggers, and fashion editors fled from the fashion capital, leaving the first rows of shows. And some designers were even forced to cancel the show or transfer them online. After returning from Italy, top editors of glossy media voluntarily retired to self-isolation and conducted their work remotely.

How To Manage Your Emotions

(opinion article)

Emotions are a special type of mental processes or human states that manifest themselves in the experience of any significant situations (joy, fear, pleasure), phenomena, and events throughout life. Emotions act as the main regulators of mental life and arise in the process of almost any human activity. To learn how to manage your emotions, you can turn to the advice of Jill Hesson, a professional psychologist, for help. He is a personal development coach, author of popular books on self-development.

Hollywood Stars with Ukrainian Roots

(Study acting, Learn English!)

 Sometimes the films shown in American movie theaters seem extremely far from Ukrainian reality. However, Hollywood becomes closer and dearer when you find out how many of our compatriots make high-quality world cinema.

Dinosaur Professions

(Opinion article)

“We all have a dinosaur deep within us just trying to get out.”
(C.Mochrie
)

The Wind of IT Change! Future Professions

(opinion article)

“Take me to the magic of the moment on a glory night. When the children of tomorrow dream away, dream away in the wind of change!”
(Scorpions)

Fitness Tips. Run@Sup ideas.

“Water soothes and heals. Air refreshes and revives. Earth grounds and holds. Fire is a burning reminder of our own will and creative power. Swallow their spells. There is a certain sweet comfort in knowing that you belong to them all.”
(Victoria Ericson)

Stress, I bless! Don`t put me under Press!

(blog article)

Putting me in a panic is too easy. Flood me up with University work, set up urgent deadlines, load me up with negative moods and coronavirus news, and voila, I start panicking! During this quarantine period and with all this virus nightmare, my thoughts got stuffed with fear, stress, and emptiness. Yeah, yeah, the total emptiness… OMG! I try to concentrate on different daily things, turning my brains into oatmeal and TV serials, digested rice and on-line business, some smartly stupid things and stupidly smart trifles, not knowing exactly what to do! 😅.

How to Launch a Literary Contest?

(listicle)

How to create literary competition? It can help you to connect with talented writers and increase your organization`s influence. So what you should start with? I thought a lot about it and decided, “Why not to write about it, just in case?”

What are the social network brands for?

(Pull an all-nighter, Mouse Potato!)

(blog article)

Your time came, mouse potato! During the quarantine time, almost all businesses went on-line! So, stick your nose in social networks and turn into a successful idea hamster! Artificial intelligence starts ruling!

‘Why Women Kill’ Is For All Female TV Buffs

(Serial review)

Quarantine series selection 😂

“There are seven million people on the planet. I know one of them is gonna climb up on a moon for you”
(Otis)

“I`d like to kill you, but I just washed my hair”
(Beth Ann)

Finland. The Most Surreal Place

(Spooky-Flueky…Flunky-Chunky)

“The inhuman place makes human monsters”
(Stephen King)

Somebody can tell you about powerful places, where they can found inspiration and motivation. But who will tell you about scary, strange places? The spots where you could feel the creeping fear of vampires and werewolves, maniacs and monsters. I’m gonna do it. And I want to tell you about Parikkala Sculpture Park – the most surreal place in Finland.

Hear your fear: don’t let it disappear

(opinion article)

Fear makes people think.”
( Aristotle, ancient Greek philosopher)

Fear – quite often we find this word in everyday vocabulary, this word, at least not every day we can hear, whether from just casual passers-by or from acquaintances.  And how often do we feel fear?  And how often do we deal with it, asking ourselves, whether it is normal to feel afraid at all?  Could this be a manifestation of self-doubt?  Inability to get your hands together and get together?  Not faith in yourself?

My Place of Power

This happens to all of us. It has already happened to someone, for others it may happen later but all people go through such a period. I`m talking about sadness.

Ingvar Kamprad – a self made hero!

(Opinion article)

A business-oriented man is not a profession-oriented person. The business has its own losers, winners, and even heroes. Ingvar Kamprad belongs to the heroes of the Swedish business.

“Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength”

“Smart people are mean and dumb people are nice.”
(The Lawnmower Man)

Reflections on Being Based on George Orwell’s 1984 Book

Why you should learn English?

(Opinion-article)

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started”
(Mark Twain)

‘Ready or Not’

(film review)

I surf Instagram actively and often use the tips of bloggers. I have recently seen a recommendation for a new movie. The film is called ‘Ready or Not.’ The story is screened with fresh faces and released in 2019. I got very excited about watching this film.

Life is stronger than death. Death is weaker than life!

Political Correctness and Coronavirus

(opinion article)

May 5, 2020, Kyiv. Nowadays, in Ukraine 12,367 people are infected with the coronavirus, 316 patients died, the death rate is 2.56%. The number of those who got infected during this day decreased – 366. For comparison May 2 -550, May 3 -502, May 4 – 418 infected.

What to buy at the store in the quarantine? (Listen to your Gigi!)

Rule#1. In the questions of your daily diet, your grandmother is always right.
Rule#2. If your Grandma is wrong, see rule#1.

Love Will Overcome Everything, Even the Coronavirus

Love is love. A coronavirus is just a coronavirus. Love is stronger, panic monger! Don`t you think that I am right? The more caution the better. The less fear the better too.

Trends of business ideas in the crisis of 2020 – which business will be relevant in quarantine?

Now all business owners are concerned about the quarantine situation and economic instability. And it became attention-grabbing to me who will win and who will lose in the crisis? Which industries can grow? What opportunities does this open up? Where to invest your attention?

Breakfast: Everything You Need To Know About The Main Meal

(opinion article)

“Do not leave your house hungry,” — Anastasia Goloborodko, nutrition consultant, culinary journalist, author of the Spoon blog, believes that this is the best parting word that can be given to a modern person.

Seven FAQ questions about COVID-19

April 30, 2020, Kyiv. The number of infected people is 10,406 with a death toll of 261 persons. The lethal rate is 2.5%. In the present-day social media of Ukraine, a lot of fakes and exaggerated emotions circulate. In this article we have collected the so-called FAQ questions about the coronavirus and prepared  answers.

My HR Interview Ideas

Natural behavior with a pinch of humor looks fine

“To win the marketplace, you must first win the workplace”
(D.Conant)

Top 10 Interview Mistakes

“If opportunity does not knock, build a door”
(M.Berle)

Interviewing is a very important moment in the life of young urban and rural specialists. It depends on how you pass the interview whether they will take you to the desired job. Therefore, let us talk about ten mistakes that cannot be made at interviews.

TOP 4 FILMS FOR BOOKLOVERS

Books have been inspiring Hollywood since the industry first emerged. Many of cinema’s earliest hits were adaptations of literary classics like ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘Frankenstein.’ And while this bookish craze continues today, over the years the genre has expanded to include not just adaptations. Below are the four bookish films every bibliophile should watch.

The House of My Dream

(essay)

Ever since I was a little girl, I have been imagining what my future would be like; these imaginations included my future husband, future job, and future home. You may say that your childish dream home differed greatly from what they would now want as an adult but for me, they go pretty hand in hand. In this essay, I plan to create a vivid image of the layout to which my prospective house will match because, this home will turn into reality in my future.

Baking, Procrastibaking and Irish Bread

Quarantine is the best time for revealing your talents. For example, for baking. Or, as I sometimes name it, ‘procrastibaking.’
Procrastibaking is my favorite kind of activity. Let’s determine what is it?

Friendship! What is it?

(essay)

“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light”
(H.Keller)

Health and Fitness Oomph!

In spite of the outbreak of the coronavirus, it is desirable to remember that health and fitness are two intertwined phenomena playing a crucial role in shaping a strong immune system.

How to Learn English on Quarantine

With languages you are at home anywhere”
(E.D.Waal)

HOW IS E-LEARNING CHANGING EDUCATION?

“E-learning in the Internet age is learning tomorrows skill`s today”
(Unknown E-learner from KUBG)

How Does Diet Impact Health?

(opinion article)

Trendy diets and nutrition research change almost daily. Still, amidst all the hype, study after study shows that good food choices have a positive impact on health, and poor diets have negative long-term effects. Know the facts:

Five Rules of Information Hygiene

Don`t Turn Your Head in Info-Garbage Bin

  1. Stop and think

Of course, you want your family and friends to stay up to date on the latest epidemic information. So when you receive new information yourself – via email, WhatsApp, Facebook, or Twitter – you may be in a hurry to share it.

Visualization and Degradation

Captains of Lolage Business and Craiptains of Driddy Dupes

(Opinion article)

 “To achieve the goal, you must first go”
— Honore de Balzac

Top-10 Classical and Modern Arts Movements

Pablo Picasso was right…
Every student is an artist…

(listicle)

“A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others”
(Salvador Dali).

What books were banned and why?

Governments indeed love to ban various things. Books especially. Books are dangerous. But what books have been considered to be the most dangerous through the years and centuries, and why? Let me tell you (Warning! Get a cup of hot tea, this article needs a big amount of time for reading and a proper atmosphere.).

What books you should never read during quarantine?

As all of you undoubtedly know, now we are trapped inside our houses. Many resources give us ‘heart-piercing’ advice on what to do and the most popular tip is “read as many books as you can.” I am a bookaholic and a bookworm by myself, but I have already really tired of all these practical tips. So, why don’t they stop publishing lists of books you should read and publish at least one list with the words – you should ever read this stuff?

Good Example!

Bad Boys and Girls

Belong to the Past

Do you want to be a good example? You got tired of the advance of wonderful weirdoes, brave bastards, and fancy freaks, right? Okey, let`s get the ball rolling! Mother Nature is waiting for you!

Reading Pandemic?

April 27, 2020. Kyiv. In the context of an outbreak of the coronavirus in Ukraine, with 9,009 infected, 220 dead, and the death rate of 2.44%, our authorities are forced to resort to extreme measures and isolate people in their apartments. What to do? Of course, read!

Be like a King-Hunter (Don`t be like stags)

“When most hunters go hunting, they think like hunters. When a king-hunter goes hunting, he thinks like a deer.”
PS: The quote is just a topic, I’m against hunting😊⠀

Ukraine On Quarantine

April 24, 2020. In Ukraine, the death toll of COVID-19 is 193 people. The number of confirmed infection cases is 7,647. The death rate is 2.5 %. The figures are really dramatic. The year 2020 will definitely go down in history, but this story is not about having fun at home and having a good time.

The first thing I want to do post-Quarantine

(Own opinion)

We’re in this unprecedented global position of social distancing, quarantine realities, lockdown laws while dealing with re-inventing our realities and managing anxiety on a mass scale. However, we are united by the dream of getting out of captivity quarantine faster. Each of us already has a plan of things that await us after isolation. I want to share my goals with you. So, what I am going to do after quarantine?

Physical, Not Social Distancing

The rules of social interaction determine one`s freedom”
(E.Banovac)

Ukrainian Book Development Trends

“A room without books is like a body without a soul”
(M.T.Cicero)

Video Interview. How to Prepare

Write a short story about yourself

At any video interview you will be asked to tell more about yourself and your achievements, so prepare in advance. Write out the essential points on a piece of paper or in a text file. For achievements, you can create a table where the result will be recorded in one column, and in the second — how you achieved it, what you had to face and what you learned for yourself.

Online Etiquette Rules

(opinion article)

When quarantine locked billions of people around the world at home, and work became remote, online conferences and calls came into our reality. How to organize communication so that it is comfortable and brings maximum effect, says Anna Chaplygina, a specialist in etiquette and modeling of behavior, professional director:

How To Help The Planet Right Now

(opinion article)

It is essential to envision your place on this beautiful planet. Does our activity help, or vice versa leaves a destructive mark? Do we make purchases consciously? Do we show by the example that change is possible? What simple actions can help the planet?

Chastity Belt Truth Only

“One man`s folly is
another man`s wife”
(H.Roland)

I Want To Tell You…

Love is Eternal, the coronavirus is not

(amateur translation)

The Ukrainian language sounds like a song or like poetry. And it’s obvious that there are many prominent poets in our country.

10 ideas on what to do in quarantine

Self-realization is waiting for you!

  1. Online learning

Special emphasis is given to training courses and free lectures for children and adults. For example, you can learn new things by learning from courses offered on the Prometheus online platform. More than a hundred free courses are offered here. The WiseCow Online Video Lecture offers many interesting lectures on cinema, theater, literature, music, history, fashion, and more.

Humor and cats will save the world! Our tips save you from nasty haters!

(Viral article)

Nowadays, there are no eternal things except eternal haters. They crawl through social networks right to your brain and make you feel negligible and humiliated. Is it a familiar feeling for you, right? So, I suggest that you should find out some useful points on how to deal with these mostly anonymous freaking offenders. Sometimes they really bring benefits, and they can also become loyal subscribers. The main thing here is to learn how to work with negativity. Yes, yes, you didn’t hear, sometimes you even need to talk with haters.

The Sun and The Moon Play ‘Hide and Seek’

(an opinion article and a challenge)

Do you like challenges? That is one of them. The quarantine is rather long…

Prince? Maybe a dragon?

Fan fiction based on “Fairytale Fandom”

Chapter 1

Unremarkable morning, if you do not take into account the surprisingly cold and cloudy weather for mid-summer. А gust of cool wind burst into the loosely fitting window doors, opening them open and giving an invigorating freshness to the young lady who was still sleeping peacefully in her bed. The girl jumped up. Crouching on the edge of the bed, she slipped her feet into fluffy pink slippers and tried to recall the recent dream, from which she was so unscrupulously pulled out by the frolicking weather. The dream definitely left a pleasant impression, but the more the girl tried to recall his details, the more rapidly they slipped out of her head. However, the only detail that filled the dream throughout it was not going to hide and vaguely surfaced before my eyes: a pink-haired top of the head. A painfully familiar image flashed in my memory now quite distinctly, supplemented by a broad smile on the young man’s contented face.

HOW TO BE PRODUCTIVE DURING QUARANTIME

For a lot of us (myself included), it`s hard to stay productive throughout the quarantine.

Past is Not the Best

Now

(Essay)

The past is always tense, the future perfect — Zadie Smith

Is a healthy diet expensive?

(Opinion-article)

It is believed that proper, healthy nutrition is very expensive. This is partly true, because fresh vegetables, herbs, dietary meat, chia seeds, and seafood are not at all cheap. However, there are many products that are not inferior in their useful properties and at the same time are not at all expensive.

Why do people want to be popular? Shame and game! One minute fame!

(opinion-article)

I have never been popular. I have had my five minutes of fame on a couple of occasions, such as that time the food on my tray rolled all over me in the cafeteria at summer camp and my face magically encountered the floor. I sometimes was recognized as an outstanding public speaker at comedy open mics where I only “bombed” a little. However, for the most part, I have always been an “inbetweener,” someone who walks the purgatory roads of normality and anonymity, but I think there are millions reasons why people love to be popular.  It’s usually because they need to be in the spotlight of attention to feel that they are worthy of existence or they are the best of the best! They need to feel they are more important than others to be more valuable in society.

How Proper Nutrition Affects The Work, Health And Longevity Of The Brain

(opinion article)

Lisa Mosconi, a doctor of neuroscience and nuclear medicine, researcher of  Alzheimer’s disease, wrote an excellent book, “Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power”, in which she talks about the impact of nutrition on work, health, and longevity of the brain.

My City is Quarantined

Don`t sleep a lot!

April 20, Kyiv. The diagnosis of COVID-19 was confirmed in 5,710 Ukrainians. 151 deaths were recorded, and 261 patients were recovered. The death rate is 2.6%.

Ukraine On Quarantine

Mental Balance

Now, it is hard for every Grandma and Grandpa, housewife and yuppie, student and kid. On the one hand, quarantine is a vacation, on the other hand, it is not. Many people get nervous because of these wise or not very wise restrictive measures for daily life. But do we have to panic or be sad about this ‘Black Swan event’?

Eight Reasons to Sing More

If You Want to Live Longer – Sing!

(listicle article)

“Music is the medicine for the mind” – John A. Logan

Everyone who loves to sing, and to sing along, feels the positive impact of singing on his or her mood and well-being.  It’s no secret that singing reduces stress, improves mood, adds optimism and joy.  But there are many other physical, emotional, social and psychological benefits of singing that you probably never thought of.  Today I will share them with you and say that it is tested on my own feelings.

Van Gog, Cut Off Ear, Absinthe, ‘The Starry Night’ and my dream

(essay)

“I dream my painting and paint my dream” (Van Gog)

Probably each of us wants to leave after him or her something, at least some track in history. Art is one of the refined routes to go down in the memory of this world.

How to survive social isolation and not panic over a pandemic?

“Smile, breathe, and go slowly” (Guru T.N.Hanh)

The coronavirus pandemic and measures to fight it have significantly affected our lives. While being isolated in such a vicious circle, people are getting tense, confused, alarmed.
How to take care of yourself in today’s realities?

Four simple rules for protection against coronavirus

(listicle)

Compliance with hygiene rules is a simple matter that can protect you from diseases and make a big contribution to maintaining overall health.
I have collected 4 simple rules that must be carefully observed during quarantine and be turned into your daily routine for life 🙂

AUTHORS ENGAGING

FROM THE FIRST PAGES

Everyone knows the “50-page rule”: to know whether you like a book or not, just read the first fifty pages and everything will be clear. To be honest, I’m not a fan of this approach to literature – if the author doesn’t open up the plot at the beginning, the reader will not immediately “dive” into the book.

TOP-5 Ideas for Quarantine

Sometimes hard times strike like a bolt out of the stormy sky when people need to stay home for a long time. Like now, people all around the world are stuck in their houses, no matter what skin color, religion, and work they have.

Why Women are Considered Unfunny?

It has long been customary to consider women not to be funnier. The first mention of this was in 1695. The British playwright wrote: “I must confess, I have never made any observation of what I apprehend to be true humor in women.” But how did this opinion appear? Here are some evidence-based versions.

Nine Tips for a Beginning Fanfiction Writer

If you have a lot of free time during the quarantine and you don`t know how to entertain, you could start writing fan fiction! That is a fascinating variant. Here are the tips that I have been sticking to since the first day of the pandemic…

Traveling on quarantine thanks to movies!

(listicle article)

We are all sitting at home now and just think about beautiful places where we were or want to visit. I offer you three films that, in addition to their plot, will touch and captivate you with the beauty of other countries` landscapes.

My Movie List. More Minds the Merrier

When I`m asked to advise a movie, I immediately become forgetful. I remember some good movies, but the best works slip my mind. Sometimes I just keep in mind the flashing movie scenes. Then I start the guessing game called Googleheimer (playing with Google).

How to Curb Your Social Media Addiction?

While cellphones are arguably the most convenient tool of the century, they`re also the greatest enablers of your social media addictions. After all, what could be easier than just the tap of your finder to open up one of our many online profiles?

Your Food – Your Mood

(Own opinion)

Good nutrition is crucial for health, particularly in times when the immune system might need to fight back. Yes, I’m talking about the COVID-19. Limited access to fresh foods may compromise opportunities to continue eating a healthy and varied diet. It can also potentially lead to increased consumption of highly processed foods, which tend to be high in fats, sugars, and salt. Nonetheless, even with few and limited ingredients, one can continue eating a diet that supports good health. Keep a few tips from me to regulate your diet and not become a duff donut after quarantine.

Sustainable fashion: what is it and why is it important

(opinion article)

The fashion industry is one of the largest environmental pollution factors. The dominance of ‘fast fashion’, when the largest fashion brands are racing for the speed and cheapness of clothing production, leads to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, encouraging the production of low-quality clothing with a short cycle of use, to scandals due to poor working conditions.

Action Without Hesitation. Stand up and fight!

(Essay)

Do not lose the best moments in your life just because you are not sure.
— Nicolas Cage.

Everywhere you should feel good, comfortable and cozy

(essay)

Running in the morning is a cool habit that will make you not only feel better but also stronger and more endurable. But how hard it is to get up in the morning! I really do not like to get up early. I am an owl. My time is night. Only at night, I can feel a surge of strength and energy. But, I’m very scared to go running at night! Darkness and pits are not visible.

Why book is the best present?

(essay)

Isn’t it hard to find a perfect present for family, friends or colleagues?  Oh yeah! But what we can choose that everyone will love. The answer is easier than you think. It’s a book.

Medicines for a computer disease that affects everyone

(Let`s get the ball rolling!)

Today, it is difficult to imagine a field of activity that does not use computers. Working at the computer, although it seems familiar and easy, can actually damage your health if you sit too long at the monitor in one position and do not allow your eyes to rest.

Forest Hotels For Virus Victims!

(opinion article)

“Every human life is of inestimable value.”(Desmond Tutu)

Different Times, Same Pandemics

Today, of course, the whole world is talking about the pandemic of the coronavirus. Yes, it’s scary. This disease is killing the lives of thousands of people around the world. When you go out, it seems like we are in some movie about the apocalypse: just a few people on the streets, all in medical masks, police officers ride in cars with loudspeakers and repeat the rules of behavior step by step, one by one, explaining how to avoid this wily virus. It’s such a paradox that people are dying, and the nature is blossoming and getting better, freer, and purer. I want to say, though it sounds harsh, the planet Earth itself has released this sly virus to cleanse its surface and finally breathe at full breasts. I think humans have polluted the Earth in an awful way, and I guess, just in a while, something could really explode.

My Biggest Fear

Snake phobia

(Essay)

I am afraid of a lot of things! Many trifles make me terribly nervous. But my biggest fear since childhood is snakes. Snake phobia is my cross I have been carrying for a lot of years.

Zero Ground

(short story)

Introduction
“Are you already here, my young traveler?
Let me be the first to ask you the question.
Everyone has a dream. This is true, right?
The girl in a yellow dress wants to be a doctor.
The man in a strict suit wants to get rich.
That blind man dreams at least once to see his family, and you?
What are you dreaming about, Hoshi? “

Alive and Dead Symbols of Love

Ralph W. Emerson once said,  “Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out values all the utilities in the world.”

How to Be Result-Oriented

(and not to waste your life)

“The secret to success is to learn to use pain and pleasure instead of pain and pleasure using you. If you learn to do this, you will take control of your life. If not, life will take control of you” — Tony Robbins.

How to keep calm and balance in times of panic

Howdy-dowdy…

Everyone in different ways reacts to the recent events in Ukraine and in the world. And there are certainly some people in whom information about the spread of the coronavirus causes a lot of anxiety. Surely, it is difficult not to get stressed by all these events. Many old people around the world die. We are to be human…And of course, all theses society`s fears often increase our worries and uncertainties about what will happen tomorrow.

What To Do if Quarantine Trapped You In The House?

In Ukraine, it’s the third week of quarantine and if you have time except for remote work and studying – you are lucky. But what to do? This first time, when many of us can’t go to the favorite coffee shop or go on a walk with friends. Therefore, I thought why not create a to-do list? And to name it like…

What are the principles of business etiquette?

“Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners” (Laurence Sterne)

How To Protect Yourself From Coronavirus At Work

If you are one of those who cannot work remotely, you should take greater care of your health.

Hi, success! Five Steps to Become the Top in Business

(viral article)

A successful career, own business, money — do you dream about it? If your answer is «yes», proceed with these 5 steps:

Eat Local and Get 100 Points Total

There isn’t only one meaning of the term “local food.” Someone is convinced that it is a product planted no more than 160 kilometers from the place of residence, others — that food was made in your region. But for the last year, the trend for local ingredients become more and more in favor. Now I will explain to you whу the local food, I mean Ukrainian, is both contemporary and healthy.

The most friendly city in Spain

(Travel Blog)

The most friendly city in Spain – this is how tourists describe Alicante. It really has a surprisingly welcoming atmosphere. It is interesting, fun and warm at almost any time of the year city.

People can kill unknowingly

(blog article)

Once, my mother killed my cactus, which I named Roni. I don’t know how to come up with new, original names, so most often I take them from some movies, books or TV shows. That was the name of the dolphin in one of the American TV shows.

Quarantine…What to do? Quarantine…

People are divided into several camps: someone panics, someone denies, and someone sits at home and prefers to wait. I am not a supporter of panic at all, but I also do not go into the negative. I am sitting at home, as there is plenty of work and affairs.

Ten Things to Help you Survive the World End (including COVID-19)

The end of the world is not an easy thing to do, especially since we meet it several times a year. This time it is called the ‘CORONA EBOLA VIRUS’. I mean the coronavirus, surely. People without a sense of humor are better off not reading!

I want to hug and be hugged! (Covid-19, you got me!)

Who did you last hug? In the spring, I want to cuddle more and more for no reason. There is a theory that for well-being we need at least 8 hugs a day. They also believe that we are most fully emotionally connected to each other when the embrace lasts for at least 20 seconds. Now I remember how we usually cuddle with friends and family – when meeting/saying goodbye and just quickly and friendly, no longer than 2-3 seconds but that was great!

From MY Childhood. Dad-Daughter Activities

(Blog article)

As a child, I was very curious and inquisitive, and dad often connected me to some household chores, bribing me with the phrases: “if you want, I will show…?” or “have you ever seen how…?” etc.

What better not to laugh at

“Let success be whimsical; it chooses from those who may be the first to laugh at himself.” A wonderful phrase from a brilliant movie. In fact, laughing at oneself is a terrific therapy, but laughing at other people can be extremely risky. When is it better not to do this?

Close people

You always need to make a choice – to be witty and sparkling or to maintain a relationship. Any jokes should not develop into humiliating ridicule. No need to recall weaknesses, curious cases, especially with other people, putting their loved ones in an awkward position. Relationships are often built precisely on the emotions that we experience, remembering another person. And if your loved ones experience discomfort when remembering you, the channel of your communication can become very unstable. Make sure you are remembered with a kind smile.

Appearance

Despite the fact that in our time everyone advocates “self-acceptance”, this does not mean all people are at this stage of enlightenment. Therefore, try not to discuss the appearance of other people. Even if a person himself seems to be laughing out loud at his overweight, this may be a simple defense against potential attacks or covering his own complexes, so never join in – just smile, say a compliment if you can do it sincerely, and if not – just gently change the subject with a question.

Disability

Paralympic people have set an amazing tone in communication with all people with disabilities. They explained to everyone that “being different” is gradually becoming a habit and a person function depending on the circumstances. Naturally, besides the fact that you should not laugh at all people, it is also important to understand that deliberate disregard, whispering to a neighbor or “slanting” looks can be unpleasant. Each time you need to communicate with people with disabilities, you just need to make allowances for these very circumstances – bend over, say louder or slower (without fanaticism).

Invisibility

Surely, many found themselves in an awkward situation when you were discussing a person with acquaintances in a bus, on the street, on the Internet, and he would appear behind you or later accidentally see your writing. Each time you talk about someone out loud or in writing, it’s worthwhile to understand these words can reach the person in question.

Children

Children are, of course, very funny when they learn to walk, ask ridiculous questions, get dirty from head to toe. But do not rush to upload photos and videos of such family comedies on Instagram and show them to the first person you come across. Children grow up very quickly, and they will be ungrateful to you for giving other people a reason to ridicule them.

Yes, you need fighting with the complexes, yes, you need to laugh at yourself, but how to do it is the right of each person. And if this person did not give you this right, then “do not take it without a demand.”

LIFEHACK FOR THOSE WHO REACHED EVERYTHING…

(Goloseevsky forest: an oak kills all viruses in 5 minutes and a pine in 10 minutes)

Hi guys!
My screaming headline may cause a silly question in your head, “And how can one tip help in such an incomprehensible situation?” Nevertheless, just believe me, it can.

Smart Planning

Everyone seems to dream of traveling a lot, but not always enough time and money. How to plan travel and your budget to visit different countries of the world after the final COVID-19 demise. That’s what I’ll tell you next…

Coffee Paradise

Have you noticed that coffee has become an integral part of most people’s lives? This is evidenced by the huge number of coffee shops, which every day appears more and more. Someone can not live without black coffee, and someone can not imagine their breakfast without a latte. But there are many types of coffee and coffee drinks and I think everyone will find something to their taste.

Say ‘NO’ to Viruses

In view of the worldwide epidemic, namely the COVID-19 coronavirus infection, I would like to give you some advice on boosting immunity. Of course, everyone knows that you need to eat vegetables and fruits, but this is not the only thing that can improve our immunity. Personally I, during quarantine, make fruit smoothies. To do this, I slice the fruit and grind it in a blender until smooth or in a juicer. My favorite is the smoothies with the addition of kiwi and bananas. By the way, not everyone knows, but kiwi contains more vitamin C than citrus.

Let’s Explore Contemporary Art

At Home10 Online Galleries To Subscribe

(listicle)

“The world is but a canvas to our imagination” (Henry D.Thoreau)

Have you ever dreamed of understanding modern art? Now that the whole world is in quarantine, this can be easily done with the help of social networks.
Here is a list of 10 online galleries and all of them are on Instagram:

#SUPPORTTHEDOCTORS

(miniflash story)

They save our lives …They fight the coronavirus …They sacrifice their lives to save us…

VAKULA OR WALTER WHITE?

Nikolai Gogol, the most mystical Ukrainian writer, influenced several generations of authors. You can find it all out from schoolbooks and encyclopedias, whereas we tried and drew parallels between the characters of Gogol’s works and those of popular TV series. Why? Probably, to encourage you to re-read the classics and have a literary discussion with us.

Mysterious Disappearance in the Old Castle

(detective miniflash story)

Time to act!

Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis will envy you!

During quarantine, each of us asks a question: what can we do to avoid wasting our time and to benefit? Of course, there is a lot of work downloaded for students and people who work remotely, and there is also a lot of work to be done. Deadlines are not sleeping. But besides that, there is an immense amount of free time!

TOP-10 Tips To Make Quarantine Fascinating!

In connection with the coronavirus, a lot of free time suddenly appeared for us. When you constantly live in a certain rhythm of life, it is a bit difficult to change the usual order and get used to it. I think that quarantine is a wonderful possibility to spend time not only with a benefit but in pleasure too. I offer you 10 tips that will “decorate” Your quarantine:

Coincidence or justice?

How many years have people been mutilating the “lungs of the planet”? People are indifferent to the facts that don`t concern them personally.
Life is cool… for yourself… 

The Great Wave – The Great Dream

The Great Wave off Kanagawa, also known as ‘The Great Wave’ or simply ‘The Wave’, is a woodblock print by Japanese artist Hokusai. And my favorite painting ever.

Sport and Self-isolation. This moment is yours!

(Opinion-article)

They say that being asked, when it was better to start to take up sports, the famous American ice hockey coach always answered, “This moment is yours.” In spite of the coronavirus spread, I would say the same, “This moment is yours.”

Don’t go crazy!

(What wonderful self-isolation!)

It was the 22nd quarantine day…

One Soul for Two Bodies

(Love story)

It happened several years ago.  Summer, a wellness camp, scorching sun, and a bunch of teenagers enjoying life and coming for a vacation.  It was July, the month of the fateful meeting of two hearts.  They were sixteen, naive, but so sincere that they found each other among thousands of other people ….. They were different and it was obvious… They were on the same wavelength and never parted during the whole of their stay in the camp.  Others would say that such feelings quickly fade out and it would not last  forever.  It was not about them.  However, the final day came and they flew away in different directions. With tears on cheeks and with wounded hearts… She left the camp and Him…forever.  They failed to find each other, though they had tried hard for two years.  One day, while on vacation in the same city, she decided to brush up on her memory of her teenage years…She took a bus and went to her camp.  She remembered everything – July, summer, camp…. and her Honey guy!!! He was there! On the same wooden bench in a pine park!  It wasn’t the end. It was a happy beginning! Once again they took the hands of each other, once again their hearts beat in unison…In a while, there were two weddings -one in her native city and the second in his small village. Now they have ONE SOUL for TWO BODIES…

Coronavirus: How to protect your health

(Good mood and Artemisia Absithium will help us)

Coronaviruses are a large family of respiratory viruses that can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to severe acute respiratory syndrome.
The most common symptoms are headache, cough, fever and difficulty breathing, in some cases – diarrhea or conjunctivitis. The incubation period lasts from 2 days to 2 weeks.

Corona Ebola Quarantini Ruined my Plans

(opinion article)

On March 10, 2020, Ukraine announced quarantine in all educational institutions due to the coronavirus.  We were gladbecause this is a great opportunity to relax and sleep.  However, everything didn’t turn out the way everyone wanted it. Deadsh*t.

It’s time to stay at home

Who would have thought that a pandemic virus would overtake our entire planet, its name is COVID-19, or else it is called a “coronavirus”. This is how the third week of quarantine continues, to which everyone has a different attitude. However, one thing is clear – the world is currently in a state of collapse. Borders are closed, most shops are closed, public transport does not work.

How to Write a Book? (During COVID-19 outbreak)

(listicle)

What is your life purpose? Many have heard about “planting a tree” and “raising a child”, but … What about writing a book? Especially, during the coronavirus self-isolation…If you have huge baggage of accumulated experience, in-depth knowledge, or the spirit of an adventurer just lives in you – write about it J I have collected for you 12 tips on where to start!

Quarantine for… Ukrainian newspapers?

Husband-and-wife activities are waiting for you!

(opinion article)

The coronavirus pandemic begins to affect all areas of our lives. Now it got to the newspapers – in Ukraine, some publications stop printing and will be available only online.

WHAT`S GOING ON: 3 NON-FICTION BOOKS FOR QUARANTINE

Choose books instead of toilet paper!

We’re ‘locked up’ in our houses. Our plans like paused for unspecified periods. For businessmen and workers it is ‘zeroing’ of many achievements, work processes, plans, etc. All of these developments remind me of three non-fiction books. The main thoughts of these books are intertwined and turn around the key one – what’s happening now.

A stapler

(humorous story)

They encounter stationery on the shelf – Annie Gadzinski and Natalie Dupinski. Both are tall, strong and in need of a stapler.

My first music festival: how is was

(opinion article)

Last summer my friends and I attended the annual Atlas week and Music Festival. It was located on the territory of the VDNH. At the entrance, we noticed the boutiques with souvenirs, so we took a set of magnets for memory. While getting a bit further, there were food stands, various photo locations, portable poufs and a bunch of scenes. The territory itself looked like a fascinating and floating platform.

WINDOW

(Touristic article)

“Saint Petersburg is the window through which Russia looks to Europe”
Yes. We will talk about the city that has the status of gray and dull, cold and rainy. About Saint Petersburg.

Spring Fever, Spring Mood

(opinion article)

Bonjour y`all and hello y`all! Your mood depends on the weather outside the window, right ??? My yeah. And yours??? Now it’s March 30th in the yard, and I go out in a winter jacket and at the same time I’m freezing (!). Meantime, I have a spring spirit and the so-called spring mood. I am so happy that I see nature waking up. I am so happy that several times I had the opportunity to walk outside in a denim jacket and in a light windbreaker. I am just so happy…

No panic, No laziness, No madness (COVID-19 is just 3.5 times tougher than flu)

(Opinion article)

Coronavirus ….. what a small word compared to the big problems it created.  The outbreak of the virus has created terrible conditions for people.  Unemployment, all the people at home, the deserted streets, the empty counters, the toilet paper towers at home and the strange behavior of people slowly starting to go crazy without society, without yelling of their bosses, without communication.

The Renaissance and Quarantine

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”
(Michelangelo Buonarotti)
Having a lot of free time during the quarantine, why not to ennoble your soul and to scroll the pages devoted to high art? Wherever and whenever you go, art connoisseurs are always respected. So, let`s touch upon the Renaissance.

COVID-VID –VID-19-19-19

Currently, all Ukraine is quarantined by the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Currently, all malls, restaurants, shops, except grocery  are closed. Also, we do not go to university but study remotely. Supermarkets can be visited by a limited number of people, and only if you have a protective mask. But unfortunately, there are many who do not adhere to the following quarantine security rules:

The Profession of Journalist: Personal Perspectives

(opinion article)

They say that if you cross a sports reporter and a vegetable, you will get a ‘common tater’, and if you cross a ghost and a newsman, you will get a ‘spooksman’! Would you like to be a journalist, peeps?

Why Do People Work? (Reasons?)

(opinion article)

First and foremost, we need work to make money and honey, but this, of course, is not the only reason. Working makes one feel that his life is meaningful. Regular employment gives us a chance to interact with people outside of our normal social circle. Also, some people may feel comfortably happy when they can do things they desire. People understand that it is not only to work to secure themselves, but also to bring benefits to society. People also work to satisfy their passion, to fulfill their dreams and to meet the need of society. We like to help other people. Jobs give us the opportunity to meet new people on a regular basis, which can provide us with a sense of happiness.

Coronavirus is not a sentence –  it’s an opportunity

(Opinion-article)

Coronavirus! It is a scary word that makes one cry and pushes someone to keep quiet. The coronavirus outbreak has created a lot of problems. Most people are isolated! All the time at home. What? We are not used to living that way. No panic, no friends! Here are some of my tips on how to spend your quarantine productively and appreciate every moment.

Do Not Panic!

(opinion article)

Coronavirus. This word is mentioned in all news headlines and seems to have filled the entire information space. And, of course, the whole world is under stress due to the virus and mass isolation. I want to share with you some tips on how to stay calm.

Coronavirus disease in Ukraine

(Absinthe Wormwood Will Help Us!)

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a severe respiratory virus. The second variant of which is the milder version called coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
The disease was first identified in 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei, China, and has since spread globally, resulting in the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.

Tips From A Neuroscientist: How To Deal With Depression And Anxiety. During Coronavirus

(opinion article)

In 2015, a neuroscientist, Ph.D. and writer Alex Korb wrote a bestselling book about how general knowledge of neurophysiology can help fight depression and anxiety.

Coronavirus… Flash… Crash… And Toilet Paper

It happened so quickly, irrevocably and unexpectedly …

LIFE AT HOME

Now is the time of spring, sun, warmth and cozy home atmosphere.
And this time can be used to:

МORE UKRAINIAN!

Today’s newspapers do not intend to reduce the Russian-language circulation due to the entry into force of the Law on the Functioning of the Ukrainian Language for Print Media on January 16, 2022, according to which the Council allowed the publication of newspapers and magazines in Russian only if Ukrainian circulation was available.

Don`t panic, it`s just pandemic!

(Opinion-article)

People have to wash their hands, cook food at home and communicate with their children, if things go on this way, it may even come to reading books. What is it? Punishment? Warning? Natural selection?

Coronavirus and Statistics. Don`t mix up the coronavirus symptoms with daily body functions

” There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”
Mark Twain

Ukrainian journalists like the journalist of a number of world mass media outlets use the term ‘COVID-19 pandemic’ forgetting that the word ‘pandemic’ relates to regions covered with a widespread epidemic disease exceeding 5%  of the population. Where on the Earth can we find such a country with infected 5% of the population? China – no, Italy- no, Ukraine – once again no.

Coronavirus? Don`t worry-shworry!

One day everything got topsy –turvy. The usual work and school education turned into never-ending blah-blah-blah about the coronavirus, quarantine and shop lines. People are full of different feelings and thoughts. Many men, many minds. Many women, many  whines. Some people condemned it all, the others thought about an opportunity to relax. Let’s see if this is good or bad and what is the current state of our country.

Wonderful Vienna

Last year, I was lucky enough to visit one of the most beautiful places on the Earth – ‘the City of Dreams’ called Vienna, the capital of Austria. There’s a lot to do in Vienna and you can easily spend weeks trying to see it all.     

TO-DO LIST FOR QUARANTIME

(listicle)

READ THAT BOOK YOU’VE BEEN MEANING TOO.

Are you someone who always says they want to read more? Or are you someone who says that they can’t remember the last time they picked up a book? This is the perfect time to read a book. Trade the Netflix for that book you’ve been eyeing.

DO SOME SELF-CARE.

A bath + skincare + candles + yoga… or whatever self-care means to you. My self-care of choice has been working out and taking care of my skin. My skincare game while at home has definitely been on a whole new level and POPSUGAR fitness on YouTube has been my go-to.

DO SOME CLEANING.

I’m not someone who loves to clean and organize (although I know those people are out there… if you’re one of them, what’s your secret?), but being stuck in the house is the perfect opportunity to get some spring cleaning done. Sell your clothes you no longer wear, fold everything in your dresser, dust all the nooks, you know where the drill.

BAKE, OR COOK A NEW RECIPE.

I love to bake, even though I feel like I’m horrible at it. I never seem to have the time, so if you’re also someone who likes to bake, pull out a new recipe. If baking isn’t your forte, trying cooking. Everyone has to eat!

ENJOY YOURSELF

I know this one may seem a bit strange but go with it. You only have one life. You may be facing a financial strain from being off work or a mental strain from being stuck inside with your family, but you are alive and well. You won’t have two weeks off work again soon (or maybe forever). Soak up this time and use it for good. Just having a positive mindset about this whole thing can change the outcome of your quarantine period! Embrace it. Be safe. Stay Sane. Good luck!

ANXIETY ANGST

“Where are you going?”, asked the wanderer when he met the Plague.

“I’m going to Baghdad. I need to kill 5.000 people there.”

A few days later, the same person met the Plague again.

“You said you were going to kill 5.000, but you killed 50.000,” he reproached her.

“No,” she said,  I’ve lost 5,000. The others died of fear.”

 

“Why do we need these things of the bygone days?”you may ask.

“Just replace the word ‘plague’ with ‘the coronavirus’,”I suggest doing it.

P.S. Besides, I would like to give you two additional coronavirus tips:

– Don`t eat your toilet paper. It`s bad for your stomach.

– Don`t sleep in a sanitary mask. It is uncomfortable.

Kolochava – Ukrainian Shambala

“Kolochava is a unique village in Transcarpathia, situated in the picturesque Tereblia valley. Beautiful mountain scenery, clean air, mineral water, and the hospitality of local residents will make your stay pleasant and unforgettable. In addition, Kolochava is a village of ten museums, so you have the opportunity to get an aesthetic delight from staying in this truly magical Ukrainian village. Welcome to the hospitable land called Kolochava!” This information I got in some advertising booklet given to me by one of my friends.

Sights of Kharkiv in One Day

(touristic article)

Of course, visiting all the appealing attractions in the city in one day is just a dream. Especially the time of the coronavirus…But if you are young and ambitious, a rushing run in a sanitary mask through the most picturesque places is quite possible. You can start the walk immediately on the forecourt, there is a musical fountain, near which the newlyweds like to crowd and to take pictures.

TOP 5 Stockholm Attractions

(opinion article)

In spite of the coronavirus outbreak, decreasing and quite low in Sweden, by the way, why can`t we think about our summer vacations?
Between the lake and the sea on 14 inspiring islands, there is an amazing city called Stockholm. The touristic places in this Venice of the North look like one fabulous fairy tale — gingerbread houses, bright colors, beautiful architecture. The city that stands at the crossroads of time where ancient traditions intertwine with modernity.

How the city of ancient myths met us

Kalimera! Wow! That was just before coronavirus hysteria…A bit about our journey. From an airplane, the city seemed incredible. As if scattered pieces of white Lego on a green carpet. We arrived just at the time of the rally when all public transport stopped its movement. We were lucky; we met women from Kyiv, with whom we shared the sky-high price for a taxi to the center.

Coronavirus…  How many pea seeds are there in a pea package?

04.20.2020. Kyiv, according to official statistics aired by UNN, twenty-six persons have been infected by a coronavirus, three of them lethally, in Ukraine, so far.

12 FACTS ABOUT VIETNAM: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW TO ENTERTAIN, FUNTERTAIN AND ECOTAIN!

“Good morning, Vietnam!” Vietnam is a relatively small state, but its entire eastern part is washed by the sea, and the coastline is more than three thousand kilometers. So there is no problem with a beach holiday. Vietnam — these are ancient temples, stunning nature, the warm sea all year round. This country — the pearl of the Asian continent — not in vain attracts vacationers with its features. The original, unique and mysterious culture harmoniously combines with modern technological progress and is infinitely ready to amaze its guests, surprising and giving a new experience, vivid unique emotions.

A Golden Page from Ukrainian History: Taras Hryhorovich Shevchenko

Today March 10, great poet, writer, painter, philosopher and Intellectual Freedom Fighter Taras Hryhorovich Shevchenko left this world at the age of 47 in 1861.

Yesterday 9 March was his birthday as he was born as a slave in 1814 on March 9 (according to New Style dates).

Five Tips for Relaxation in the Carpathians

“Words are missing to say,
How beautiful in the Carpathians!
There trembit trembits,
The shepherd drives the sheep,
The cuckoo happiness is forging,
So I have the wings!”
(a Carpathian song)

Welcome to Miami, Miami is Floriding you, baby!

(Travel article)

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.
© Robin Williams

Texas is the USA, the USA is Canada. The Best Places to Visit

If you want to feel the spirit of the USA, you are to go to Texas. Texas is Number 1, and it is not bragging. All Americans know it. That is the truth. But if you have already been there, the following stunning sites are the best to visit.

Barca, Barcelona, Barna

Barcelona. The city I fell in love with it in photos. The city I want to visit first on my list. A city of history, football, and beautiful streets. Miguel de Cervantes was right saying, “Barcelona, archives of courtesy, shelter of the foreigners, hospital of the poor, father-land of the brave, the vengeance of the offended and pleasant correspondence of firm friendship, and in the site, and in beauty, unique” Barcelona is Spain’s main tourist pearl and the second largest city of the Iberian Peninsula. Its architectural masterpieces and numerous unique museums attract hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. Many artists have made it here, most notably the Catalan genius of architecture, Antonio Gaudi, whose name has long since become a synonym for Barcelona, ​​and his landmarks are the hallmark of the city.

Top 5 things to do: Chicago

Hello fellow travelers! I see you’re going to the USA, huh? You more than everything must visit this marvelous Big Shoulder City. And I, as a good guide, will help you to choose the best places to visit.

Hotline Miami, or why you should travel to Florida

“Florida means the land of flowers, not land of ugly”
(Bill Johnson)

The USA is built of states. Each of them has its’s own history, culture differences, food, etc. Now I’m gonna tell you about one of the shiniest states – Florida. Also, I will show you the most cunning and sightly place in this warm state. So let’s waste no more time. This is Florida, baby!

California Wild Freedom

Have you ever thought what is traveling for you? What feelings does it cause? Why people should go abroad at least once in their life? Why traveling is so popular among, basically, young people? For which reasons people go to another town, country? Why do they often tell that their biggest dream is to see the world? You know, I am one of these people who sleeps and dreams about trips around the world. When I think about being able to see other countries, cultures, to try local food and to speak to local citizens, be in places where you know anyone and anyone knows you, where there is no judgment, just curiosity, where you can walk and talk, touch and watch those ‘sick’ views… Where you can witness God’s incredible creations, learn lots of new legit things and local languages, observe others people’s life, being able to be just you, chilling, getting fun, even maybe get lost somewhere and get in trouble, come down with a flu or somethings else, and be exhausted — frankly speaking, it all sounds really rad, wonderful and inspiring for me…

Bookworm`s Guide in Kyiv

Do you passionately love books? Do you sincerely want to spend time with books and only books? Do you live in Kyiv? If you replied “Yes” for all these questions, we would have the perfect guide for you with three places!

TOP-5 places for visiting in Georgia

“Let`s drink so that our desires will always coincide with our opportunities!”
(A Georgian toast)

Spring Fever. How to Enjoy it?

Do you know the old joke, “Can February march? No, but April May!” It means that spring fever is coming!

Eco-Eagles, Lake District, Eco-Pans

Lake District is not just a national park. Time stops here and you are left alone with nature. Amazing landscapes, all kinds of activities and historical significance of this place. That was the favourite place for Sir. Walter Scott, who once confessed, “I climbed the dark brow of the mighty Helvellyn, Lakes and mountains beneath me gleamed misty, and wide…”

Olet tervetullut to Helsinki

(touristic article)

Quiet, deserted, speaks in whispers only to you. You know, he’s always happy for you, like a grandmother waiting for her grandchildren.

SPACE SETTLEMENT IN BUKOVYNA

It might sound unbelievable, but Ukraine has its own Pamir hidden in a small nook in the Carpathians, in Bukovyna. Once a secret air defence station, it is now a picturesque tourist spot shrouded with mysterious riddles and mystical stories. The ‘Pamir’ is, of course, not as tremendously high as the same-name mountain range in central Asia, but it is one of the highest points in Ukraine (over 1500 meters).

CARE FOR MIND

(essay)

Did you know that doing morning exercise is a healthy habit? I am always guessing you know. We are finding out how to keep/make our body from parents, teachers, medical posters, Instagram posts or another way. So, what about mental health? Did you know some ways to keep your mind in a good mood? Maybe you know what could “ruin” your friend inside? Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps… But most of us don’t care about the internal state as much, as we concerned about our looks.     

From Cinderella to Mermaid: How to Become a Princess?

“Remember you`re the one who can fill the world with sunshine”
(Snow White Princess)

Fairy tales and cartoons are part of our childhood life that we always keep in our hearts. And when we read fairy tales, we are likened to the main characters and we want to become them. So how to become a charming Disney princess?

ROME: ALL ROADS LEAD TO JOY

(lifestyle article)

In Godard’s ‘Breathless’ Jean-Laul Belmondo’s character says, ‘If you don’t like the sea… If you don’t like the mountains… If you don’t lik the city… Then get stuffed!’ This phrase could become a motto of those travelling around Italy, with the following addition: if you love life or want to fall in love with it, come to Rome.

Splendid Sunsets and Magic Nights Clubs. Berdyansk Sea Resort.

In Zaporizhia region, there is the famous Ukrainian resort with sparkling sun paths and golden sunrises, Berdyansk. The sea in Berdyansk is the most wonderful and, at the same time, the shallowest, its average depth is only 8 meters. Therefore, people go to Berdyansk to rest, mainly with young children.

Paris-Amour, Paris-Toujours

(touristic article)

“I am not a complicated girl…I just want to run away with you…fall in love and eat ice creams in Paris” (M. Faudet)

San Francisco is THAT city

Dear tourists, if you want to get inspired for the whole year and to instill your soul with incredible emotions for the whole life, San Francisco, the Golden City, with all its hippies and fashionistas, digirati and glitterati, is waiting for you. This jewel of Northern California, full of rolling hills covered with fog, is worth visiting. I would like to show you the unbelievable beauty that the city has. You will be shocked. So are you ready?

Portugal My Dream. My Love, My Inspiration

The Portuguese Republic is the westernmost state in continental Europe, washed by the Atlantic Ocean. Portugal is made up of the Azores and the Atlantic Ocean archipelago of Madeira. The capital is Lisbon. Portuguese is the official language.

Switzerland as a Touristic Choice

Annually, millions of tourists fly, go, and ride to Switzerland. Why attracts all of them? A lot of things, however, I think that is just a picturesque and at the same time great and wise country. As once said F.Scott Fitzerald, “Switzerland is a country where very few things begin, but many things end.”

M-M-Malta is My L-L-LOVE

The famous Malta proverb says, “Where the heart loves, that`s where the legs walk.” I can`t but agree with it – a part of my soul is closely connected with Malta.

HOW TO MAKE A TRIP TO MOROCCO UNFORGETTABLE?

In the lands of Morocco, many civilizations left their traces: in ancient times the Phoenicians and Romans ruled here, in the Middle Ages and New Time, the Arab states of the Maghreb had to survive several waves of European expansion. Modern Morocco is a synthesis of cultures, where Islamic traditions are interwoven with the beliefs of the Tuareg nomads and the legacy of the French colonists.

Tokyo, Japan: you need to feel it!

When you look at Japanese traditional architecture, you have to look at Japanese culture and its relationship with nature. You can actually live in a harmonious, close contact with nature – this very unique to Japan”(Tadao Ando)

How to fall in love with Buda and Pest

Budapest is called the second Paris, the second city of love. For me, it turned into something special and became my ‘head in the clouds’ home. As M. John Harrison remarked, “Budapest is the prime site for dreams: the East`s exuberant vision of the West, the West`s uneasy hallucination of the West.”

The Gentlemen

The Gentlemen is a 2019 criminal comedy. Famous English director, Guy Ritchie, made it. Also, he wrote the script for this movie. His humor was so smart and so British… I like it!

Destiny’s Gift

Do you believe in destiny? With all of us, strange things happen sometimes. Some people call it punishment, some – a gift of fate. Nevertheless, what actually is destiny? The story is about how your parents met or how you met the girl of your life for the second time even if the first was in another country… And at this moment you understand what destiny actually is like… All people have their stories related to the theme of fate so let me tell you mine.

ROME: ALL ROADS LEAD TO JOY

(lifestyle article)

In Godard’s ‘Breathless’ Jean-Laul Belmondo’s character says, ‘If you don’t like the sea… If you don’t like the mountains… If you don’t lik the city… Then get stuffed!’ This phrase could become a motto of those travelling around Italy, with the following addition: if you love life or want to fall in love with it, come to Rome.

Trip to Stockholm. Välkommen!

Whether on vacation, business trip, romantic trip or just a short impromptu trip to the capital of Sweden, you will be fascinated by this unique city while enjoying the incredible surroundings – numerous clear water canals, modern cityscapes, sophisticated city restaurants, splendid shopping centers, as well as the diversity of Stockholm’s historical and cultural sites. This unique combination is complemented by many recreation parks and green corners, the picturesque scenery of which offers the most wonderful forms of relaxation. The most striking sights are in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. This magical combination will turn your vacation into a special unforgettable experience, and you will return to Stockholm again and again.

Under Spotlights

Standing on stage under the spotlights is the dream of every dancer. Feel the strength from your own movements, feel the support of the audience, be happy only because you can show your talent. With such feelings, my 2020 began.

Ukraine is My Country and Paris is My Inspiration

“An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris”
(F.Nietzsche)

I have recently visited Paris and, being full of fascinating feelings, I want to share my impressions and to recommend some tourist attractions you should visit. Of course, first of all, it would be a good idea to climb the Eiffel Tower. An entrance ticket to the tower costs € 15, and if you still want to move it up, it is strongly desirable to buy a ticket in advance on a website, otherwise, you spend half a day in a lively line. If you want to enjoy the panorama of Paris, surely, you can do it from other viewing sites — more affordable and definitely cheaper. However, the Eiffel Tower, with its three levels for visitors, with restaurants on the first and second, is the best variant for tourists with romantic souls.

Passengers, Please, Clear the Carriages

Metropolitan is a museum for the atypically typical human dooms and destinies. This museum has one notable feature: its daily visitation does not bother you at all. For an entrance ticket, they ask a scanty cost, but  emotions and feelings will be definitely enough until the next ‘visit’. The traveling from one end of my native blue branch to the other is full of mysteries and models… Sometimes it is even possible to get acquainted with some unusual ‘museum exhibits’. No wonder that I fell in love with this subway branch because blue is my favorite color. This is a common statement, that this sea-sky color soothes and improves concentration, but on the subway, I usually concentrate on the psycho types of passengers.

KATYA ZUBAREVA AND HER ‘SLEEPER’: UKRAINIAN BRAND THAT CONQUERED THE UNITED STATES

Feature story (profile)

If you were once interested in Ukrainian fashion, you definitely heard about the Sleeper brand. Katya Zubareva, who is the co-founder of the brand, saw her future project in a dream and when she made it in reality, she became a part of Forbes 30 under 30 list.

How my winter holidays became the best and the worst part of the season?

I really enjoy winter because of this magic atmosphere and a lot of holidays. For me, it’s time to live and feel all the love that you have in your heart. But this year it wasn’t as always. I was tired even when all day I was at home and had done nothing. I was lonely even when there were my family or friends. It was like a big hole in my life without any possibility to survive. I tried a lot of things but nothing helped; therefore, I decided to change something dramatically, so I went to my grandma’s house and was there for the whole week. It was my type of vacation. I grabbed a few books, my lively laptop with old classic movies and a bit of hope to change my mind and to become healthy, wealthy and wise…again…at least in my thoughts.

An Angel Who Saved a Life…

My Dad is a hero
(The story that changed me and my family.)

My country is going through a hard time when another state has invaded our freedom. Many of our fathers and sons have stood up for our independence and freedom. One of those defenders is my Dad. It was the feeling of patriotism that made him go to war. If necessary, he will fight for the future of Ukraine to the victorious end. In any case, my Dad will not back down because he understands that, protecting his country, he protects me, his brother, and all of us together.

Stone Village: a mysterious place where diseases disappear and desires are fulfilled

If you don`t know where to go on your weekend. Stone Village is waiting for you. It one of the most mystical and magic places in Ukraine. The monster looking stones are located to the east of the village Rudnya-Zamyslovytska in the Olev district of Zhytomyr region.

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