Архів розділу: FICTION/OPINION COLUMN

Oh! Again presents…

(Christmas story)

Christmas Eve brings me fun and joy, but for somebody it’s a kind of stress and anxiety. Almost everyone wants to give great presents to homies. But the most vital thing is the following:

10 Tips to Be a Top Reader

(article-listicle)

Who is a top reader?

Farm Adventure

(ironic story)

An old officer from the department of monitoring illegal planting near the territory of landscape importance came to a farm of a scandalous rich rancho man and demanded to show him all the fields for compiling an annual report.

Breath of Fresh Air

(short story)

Mia’s home is a prison for her. An empty, dusty and sad house. And most importantly, lonely. But it was not always so. She was the life and soul of the party and now she does soul-searching every day, wishing to find an escape from reality. She feels that her own mind devours her from the inside. Mia didn’t understand when something went wrong. She began to tire quickly because of her studies, moved away from friends, and the desire to do at least something was gone. What was the sense of life?

Believe In Miracles

First of all, I want to note that from an early age I love all Christmas holidays including New Year, Christmas, St. Nicholas Day. Once, when I was 5 years old, it was a cheerful Christmas Eve with me plunged in a fairy tale and waiting for miracles. I remember my parents leaving a trail of Santa, and when I woke up in the morning, I rejoiced in happiness, as if I had won millions!

Couch Potato

(ironic story)

In one warm country lived a Couch potato Alex, who was always dissatisfied with life. And once, while he was basking in the sun on the beautiful shore by the sea, a woman in a cloak with a closed face approached the boy and asked to take her to the city, and promised to fulfill one wish.

Girl with a Pearl Earring

(art story)

Girl with a Pearl Earring is an oil painting by Dutch Golden Age painter Johannes Vermeer, painted 1665. The painting fascinates every passerby. As Vermeer is known to have painted his housekeeper, the girl was of unusual beauty. You can see that the earrings are expensive, but a simple girl could not have so much money for such jewelry. The artist asked to wear his wife’s earrings to capture the beauty.

Sunshine Paintings

(opinion art article)

Vincent van Gogh is one of the greatest artists in his century. He was a prominent representative of the Post-Impressionism and became a genius of the art.

Knife-Hands

(Magic Realism story)

William didn’t always understand what it meant to be on guard. But one day he felt it on his own skin. Together with his beloved Carolyn, the cheery man went on a picnic. The weather was wonderful: the spring sunlight caressed the girl’s soft curls, and the birds had taken up their work – ringing sounds flew around, the smell of flowers and, in a sense, the spirit of love.

Father’s Daughter

(Magic realism miniflash story)

Milly was an ordinary 10-year girl from an average family.

GOAL!

(miniflash ironic story)

In an important football match, the score was 1:1, and the coach of one of the teams said that it was necessary to field goal. True, he did not specify which goal to score into. Therefore, his team scored into their own goal and lost…

Atrocious Alice

(miniflash story)

Bill and Rob, Martin and Alice played board games at Alice’s house.

TOP-5 places in Kyiv worth visiting for Christmas

On the holiday weekend you can watch a retro train, skate, immerse yourself in the atmosphere of folk festivals and learn the secrets of old Kyiv.

How to make better Christmas photos than last year

Feel the right moment

For the perfect shot, see what elements of the holiday are important to you and your family. In addition to decorating the Christmas tree and unpacking gifts, there are also trips to gift shops, preparing dinner, signing cards, excitement during a meeting with Santa Claus and, no doubt, many other things that mean something to you and your loved ones. The camera should always be on standby.

5 countries worth visiting for Christmas

1 Czech Republic

Тhis mythical country is full of various attractions. The Central Square in Prague is a place worth your attention. There you can buy such national dishes as Vepřo knedlo zelo (roasted pork), Řízek (schnitzel) and knuckle. To try the knuckle, you need to visit the restaurant Kozlovna Apropos. After Christmas dinner, Czechs gather at the Christmas tree to drink their world known beer and to sort out and open the gifts they think little Jesus brings.

Top 5 New Year’s Movies

(article-listicle)

How to make better Christmas photos than last year

1. Feel the right moment
For the perfect shot, see what elements of the holiday are important to you and your family. In addition to decorating the Christmas tree and unpacking gifts, there are also trips to gift shops, preparing dinner, signing cards, excitement during a meeting with Santa Claus and, no doubt, many other things that mean something to you and your loved ones. The camera should always be on standby.

Laurent Gounelle “God always travels incognito”

(book review)

Before I start, I want to say that it’s the first book from the genre of psychological novels for me, but I think that I found out one of the best books from this genre.

Christmas. How is it going in my family?

(essay)

One of the most heartwarming family holidays in Ukraine is Christmas. This is a fabulous time.

Dark Christmas is Getting Brighter

(Christmas story)

A dim street light shone through the dusty windows of the tavern, where the wanderers who got into this god-forsaken town stopped.

5 Books Making My Life Fabulous!

When I was a little girl, my parents always wanted me to read, to read a lot and to read fast. And like an every average Joe-child I hated it. Once I felt something inside while surfing the Instagram. I wanted to look through the book like my favorite blogger. ‘Reading Challenge’ grew trendy and I got a flashback from my bookworm school years. Well I decided to find it… My way in reading started. So far I’ve read more than 30 books and I can definitely say that 5 of them are really vital for me. Well, here they are:

OSCAR FOR CHRISTMAS

(article-listicle)

Winter evenings often turn into watching movies with friends and relatives. The period of three months forces us to believe in miracles and immerse yourself in the magic world. Search for a good movie is delayed for a long time. Appropriate film is able to maintain a warm atmosphere in the house and complement the mood with positive New Year’s emotions. For you I have prepared a selection of 5 Christmas films that will bring positive, good mood and fabulous holiday atmosphere for the whole family.

Princess and Frog

We all know the story about Princess and the frog. But do you wonder what happened after their marriage? Do they live happily ever after?

5 Christmas songs for your soul

(article-listicle)

Christmas is a beautiful holiday, isn’t it? Yeah, I think so, which is why it needs to be done properly. The right dishes, the right decoration of the room and the most important thing — the right music, of course. Therefore, the five best, in my humble opinion, Christmas songs are brought to your attention. I’m sure everyone knows them, but there’s nothing to stop me from making my own little list. Like they say, “for posterity” or something.

Wow! Different Laws!

Rack your brains! People blame others for breaking the law, right?

Merry Crisis and a Happy New Fear!

Merry crisis and a happy new fear… I am constantly seeing that graffiti on Tumblr and Instagram every year. Somehow, there are always some edgy teens on my feed. They find it unique, even provocative, to post this kind of stuff every winter holiday. Is it bad? No, I was just like them back in the day. Was it irritating? Maybe, because it was pretty much relatable this year.

Dog and Chocolate

(Humorous mini flash story)

When Jack was a kid, one day, his mom bought two bars of chocolate.

The Junkie

(narrative essay)

It happened one spring evening. I was in a hurry to the dormitory because my roommate didn’t have a key… Maybe, I was in a hurry. I could take a tram to the subway, but decided to walk (which is plus 15 min). Frankly, the weather was dull, it was gonna rain. I didn’t know who or what forced me to go on foot…

A Trip To A Mysterious Town

(magic realism story)

Every year, when autumn comes to a big city, where nothing is heard except the sounds of cars, sirens and human voices – Marie feels tired and immediately thinks of buying tickets to a town that is not on the map. And it’s not a joke. A small town without a name and without a mark on the map does exist, but behind the fog and high mountains no one notices the quiet place with its rules and laws.

To Love or Not to Love

(mini flash story)

Maria was about to break up with her boyfriend. She had already decided to tell him, but while cleaning out his things, she found an engagement ring. After that, she changed her mind about breaking up.

The First life of My Cat

(miniflash story)

I feel like Agent 007 when I hide from a cat in order not to play with my fat friend.

‘Twilight’ by Stephanie Mayer

(book review)

Don’t be offended, but you seem to be one of those people who just attract accidents like a magnet. So… try not to fall into the ocean or get run over or anything, all right?”
– Twilight

The Crisis of Peeps in Their Twenties

I heard somewhere about the crisis of the young adults in their twenties. This is when you have already studied well, tried your best, kind of know how to live, but don’t have a job. You are lost and go back to where you started. Where there is misunderstanding and the fear of the future. But I am neither the first nor the last. Everyone’s dealing with it, right? You bump it, don’t you…?

Museums are History Reflections

(essay)

Do you visit museums often, or do you know a lot about the cultural heritage of Ukraine, your native country? No? And they Know!

Fear of Water

(essay)

We all start to sink sometime.
Our lungs are filled with illusions, and our thoughts are filled with doubts. We gasp for self-pity. It paralyzes every cell, injecting the poison of inaction into the bloodstream. The body, unable to fight this poison, continues to fall to the bottom.

What is Crowdfunding?

(essay)

“Crowdfunding is not a new thing in the world, but it is not very popular in Ukraine yet. Therefore, there are many risks and difficulties. But those involved are convinced that crowdfunding is a very fascinating and useful method in promoting and financing various projects. So, dear investors, you should remember, “No one has ever become poor by giving.”
– Anne Frank.

Laugh Or Tears

(essay)

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
Malcolm X

“Is this dish tasty for you?”

What to do if you do not like the dish in the café

(essay)

SITUATION: you ordered a dish in a restaurant, but you did not like it. You don’t know what to say when the waiter asks if it was delicious. Find out what to say when you don’t like food.

Heavy and Easy Professions

(essay)

I study at the Institute of Journalism, KUBG. My major is Publishing Studies; my minor is journalism. And every year I understand that this is not such an easy profession, if you start analyzing the subjects that are taught to us.

‘All In Your Hands’

(book review)

If you are first you are first. If you are second, you are nothing.”
― 
Pele

FEAR OF FALLING ASLEEP

(essay)

It’s not bad that you can’t fall asleep. It’s not bad that you’re scared of the dark. It’s just something you born with I guess…

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

(book review)

In the real world outside of academics, something more than just grades is
required. I have heard it called “guts,” “chutzpah,” “balls,”
“audacity,” “bravado,” “cunning,” “daring,” “tenacity” and
“brilliance.” This factor, whatever it is labeled, ultimately decides
one’s future much more than school grades.”
― 
Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

The Lord of the Rings

(book review)

It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee

(Book review)

The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
Harper Lee

Seven Best-of-the-Best. Christmas Books

(article-listicle)

Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing, but of reflection.”
 — Winston Churchill

Travel blogs about Ukraine Incognita

(listicle article)

In Ukraine everyone wears bright colours.
– 
Olga Kurylenko

Merry Christmas With True Spirit and Meaning

(Christmas essay)

“At Christmas, all roads lead home.” 
Marjorie Holmes

Should I say “Be healthy“ if someone sneezes in Ukraine?

SITUATION: a colleague at work sneezes, but you do not know whether it is appropriate to pay attention to it and say, “Be healthy.” That is the Ukrainian equivalent of the American, “Bless you!” or “Gesundheit!” Let`s find out what this phrase means in Ukraine and whether it should be used in business communication.

Christmas Sobbing

(Christmas short story)

On Christmas Eve, Alex, a 57 year-old man, with short gray hair and a worn-out  figure, having vivid eyes and a sprightly Santa Claus costume, walked with a big bag of gifts on his shoulder, along an icy river embankment sparkled with silvery snow and decorated with colorful crowns, circles and coronets.

YouTube Business Games Are Real!

(opinion article)

We spent zero dollars on advertising. We just had a YouTube video and that was it. We did a quarter million dollars in revenue, just in three weeks.”
Mark Rober

SHOOT CORRECT

Recently, the occupation of vlogging has gained popularity. The subject of video for content is completely different: everyday life and work, shopping and reviews. Today we’ll talk about what a video blog is and where to start it.

New Year Without Stress

Ouch! New Year turmoil looms on the horizon! You grab your head not knowing what first step to do, right?

Discrimination Against… the Ukrainian language!

(feature article)

Is it safe and comfortable to be a Ukrainian-speaking Ukrainian in Ukraine? Answer: not always. This is Victoria. This summer, she applied for a job as a corporate psychologist, sent a resume letter, and received a phone call that evening. “I spoke Ukrainian, as usual. I was not asked anything about my work experience, education or anything else, except whether I would speak Russian. To which I answered, ‘No,’” says Victoria.

Stephen King –Tod König

(feature article)

Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of horror and supernatural fiction, suspense and crime, science-fiction and fantasy novels. Nicknamed as the ‘King of Horror,’ a play on his surname and a reference to his high standing in pop culture, he has sold more than 350 million copies, and many have been adapted into films, television series, miniseries, and comic books.

‘Salem’s Lot’ by Stephen King

(book review)

Small towns have long memories and pass their horrors down ceremonially from generation to generation.”
― 
Stephen King, ‘Salem’s Lot

“Enough Crying”: How To Respond To Tears

(opinion article)

Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.”
― 
Steve Maraboli

Early to Bed and Early to Rise! Ouch!

(opinion article)

“Wake up early and tackle the day before it tackles you. Be on offense, not defense.”
– 
Evan Carmichael

With Borscht In My Heart

(miniflash story)

“Good morning!” He said, opening the door of a brand-new black Lamborghini for me.

‘Yes, probably not’: how to learn to refuse people

Real freedom is saying ‘no’ without giving a reason.”
― 
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Wushu and karate: what is it and what is the difference between the two?

Karate is like boiling water, if you do not heat it constantly, it will cool.“
(Gichin Funakoshi)

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”
(Bruce Lee)

‘City of Girls,’ Elizabeth Gilbert

(book review)

‘City of Girls’ is a new bestseller by Elizabeth Gilbert, who conquered the world with her novels ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ and ‘The Nature of All Things.’ This is an intriguing novel about female sexuality and freedom, about the courage to be yourself and the right to live the way you want. And a story of a very unusual love, which was overshadowed by the war, and a true friendship that is not easy to find, understand and appreciate, especially in such a difficult and changeable city as New York.

‘Morphine’

(opinion article)

It still remains a mystery to me on what basis books are selected for the school curriculum. In our time, ‘Morphine’ was definitely not in it, but in vain. It seems to me that it would be useful for young people to read about such pseudo-pleasures without embellishment, in all, so to speak, details. Maybe someone’s brains will fall into place. And they will think before they try any rubbish. It’s easy to get used to the bad, the harder to get used to the good. It’s unbearably hard to walk past the shelves of chocolates and chips when you’re a chocoholic or a Sun Chip guy.. And if I want to sleep a little longer, and not stomp on the damn workout… why yes or not?

How Love Drives You Crazy

Love – that same true love – has to be dramatic, passionate and emotional. We do not notice the moment when passion turns into pathology. Sometimes love and unhealthy relationships can become a catalyst, “the last straw”, provoking manic, delusional, depressive and other states.

Social Networks Impact On Our Condition, Health and Mood

(article)

Thanks to social networks and messengers, millions of people can communicate with family and friends thousands of miles away every day. This option has gained particular value during quarantine restrictions and closed borders due to the coronavirus pandemic.

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

(Book review)

People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”

Lady With Secret

(mini flash story)

“Such a tasty tea,” he drank a little. “And wonderful cup just like last time. Are you collecting them?” The Man looked at the woman. “Maybe you are collecting books too, as modern ladies?”

On the Exam

(miniflash story)

A student who had been missing all the lessons, came to the teacher to take a final exam.

Screen Gluing Report!

(Miniflash story)

“Attention! Attention! Now our correspondent is going to tell you about the breaking news at the moment.”

Harry Potter is Back!

(feature article)

When in doubt, go to the library.”
(Ron Weasley)

Ukrainian Atlantis Elegy

(travel feature)

Every time when I come here and stand on a steep cliff, I imagine myself as a bird that first saw the world from a height…The beauty of turquoise water, forested hills and the sun bathing in water take my breath away over and over… “Beautiful moment, do not pass away!” Bakota, the legendary Ukrainian Atlantis, is a place of calm and sad beauty.

Killer`s Love

(magic realism miniflash story)

She finally understood who he was. Cold pale skin, walked only in the evening and at night, drank only water in cafes and restaurants.

‘No tears!”

(ironic miniflash story)

Love at First Sight

(ironic miniflash story)

Ukrainian Celeb – Dmitry Gordon

(human interest feature)

Dmitry Gordon is a Ukrainian journalist and TV presenter, owner of the Gordon Boulevard newspaper, founder of the television and Internet projects ‘Visiting Dmitry Gordon’ and ‘GORDON,’ the popularity of which is confirmed by millions of views of his YouTube channels and two Golden YouTube buttons.

Three Digital Marketing Trends in 2022

(Trendy feature)

In this article I would like to tell you about several trends in the digital sphere, which will develop in 2022, and which are worth paying attention to.

Joel Dicker

(profile feature)

Joel Dicker is a modern Swiss writer, who at the age of 36 became one of the most recognizable authors in the world.

How to Boost Startups Culture in Ukraine

(opinion article)

Creating a startup or building career from the ground up is not a piece of cake in Ukraine. Willy-nilly, every business newbie will face corruption schemes, economic crisis and obsolescence of business national culture. I consider that similar facts cannot be a reason for going back down. Chin up, we can boost the startup culture in Ukraine and turn our brainchildren into unicorns. I want to share you some ideas and considerations about it. Okay, where do we start?

“You’ve lost so much weight!” How not to make compliments

A compliment is a simple and universal solution to improve the mood of the interlocutor and set the conversation in a pleasant tone. It is important to remember that this is a praise of the real virtues of the individual. There is a stereotype that only men use compliments to flirt with women, but this is not the case. The compliment has no gender preferences or attitudes. They say that in business communication, four basic rules should be followed: a compliment should be sincere, original, appropriate, and there should be no ambiguity.

‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky

(book review)

I would die for you. But I won’t live for you.”
― 
Stephen Chbosky

Stupendous Coming Out

(ironic miniflash story)

Nana was going to visit a gallery with the collection of paintings done in bold colors. Fortunately, her son booked the tickets in advance.

Financial Literacy in Our Lives

(opinion article)

As you know, for the life of any person, material resources are required, that is, money. The usual source of these resources is work. But why do some people live in poverty, while others go on vacation several times a year and live happily ever after? The Secret is in Financial Literacy…What is Financial Literacy? This is the ability to competently manage available money. In this article, you will receive some simple tips to help you understand the basic principles of this skill and not make mistakes that sometimes ruin human destinies.

1010 Years Anniversary! Saint Sophia Cathedral of Kyiv!

(historical feature article)

November 4 marks 1010 years since the beginning of the construction of Sophia of Kiyv – a landmark of history and architecture of Ukraine. According to documentary sources, St. Sophia Cathedral was founded exactly 1010 years ago. It is a real miracle that Sophia of Kyiv has survived to this day!

Chilly Dormy is Student Life!

(feature article)

“Don`t you see new horizons out of your dorm window?”
(Unknown author)

Alexei Durnev, Blogger and Broadcaster, Producer and Actor

(profile)

Alexei Sergeyevich Durnev is a Ukrainian TV presenter, journalist, producer, blogger, and actor.

How to Plan Your Day

(listicle)

Find your favorite task scheduler

Many programs help to make a to-do list. In addition to keeping a to-do list for the day, week, month, a modern planner can also remind you of tasks that you have planned for a long time but do not have time to do. You need to be comfortable, nice, have all the necessary features that are important to you, and I wanted to go to this scheduler.

E-learning, Сat and Robots. One day in the life of student

(live-in feature story)

The pandemic once again locked students in their burrows. There are no more amped companies at bus stops, sleepy students in the subway or long queues in the campus canteen. How do students live and do they live at all? Can online learning replace offline, and why do students hate turning on cameras? One student agreed to tell us the details of her day. So what does a typical student day look like?

Golden Asphalt Сracks

Have you ever seen such a miracle? Cracks and holes are filled with gold. It would seem that something so dirty and ugly suddenly looks so expensive. In Kyiv, the sculptor began to patch holes in the asphalt by his own original method. He fills holes and cracks on the roads not with concrete, but with a special solution, which he covers with gold powder. In this way, a man wants to draw attention to the problems with the road surface in Kyiv and show that ordinary cracks can be beautiful.

Adventures of Dragovich brothers

(magic realism story)

Two Dragovich brothers lived in a small Austrian village. One was 13 years old and the other was 9. The boys were very active, constantly looking for something new. They longed for learning the world.

In the Dental Clinic

(Miniflash story)

The husband and wife went to the dentist. “How do you feel more comfortable: with anesthesia or not?” the doctor asked.

The Irony

(50-Word Stories)

I look at the students in the class. They are diligently writing something in their notebooks. They look sad.

Best Meow Friend

(magic realism story)

It is the Halloween night. The light is still glowing in the kitchen of the small flat on the outskirts of Kyiv. Anna pulls out the tray with baked fragrant meat from the oven. She slices it on a couple of pieces and puts them on the plates. The pink plate will be left by her in the kitchen, the blue one will be put near her bed, the green plate will be placed at the door. As for the white, red and violet, she will put them near her mirror. The yellow and orange will go on the windowsills, and the black plate will be left by her in the wardrobe, where Myrchik likes to sleep.

Griffin Marvin

(magic realism)

It was a splendid sunset. I was watching him fly high in space, with a cup of coffee on my balcony…

London Charms

(magic realism)

One year in the City of London, a bizarre man bobbed up.  In his 50s, he always wore elegant suits and ties.  On some days he wore hats that were at least three times larger than his head.

Dan Brown’s “Origin”

(book review)

Recently “Origin” has been published by the cult American writer Dan Brown. It is the fifth book and the last one of the cycle about Robert Langdon.

‘Gone with the wind’ but never gone from heart

(boor review)

This book has been a success since its very first publication in 1939. It won not only the sympathy of millions of readers but also the Pulitzer Prize. Despite the efforts of critics, the author of the publication joined the ranks of the world’s great literature classics.

‘The Keys to the Kingdom’ by Archibald Cronin

(book review)

“A man must think about battles, which he conquers alone, as well as the invisible victories. Instead, he thinks only about visible defeats.”

Don’t Play With Time

(book rewiev)
“Chasodiі” by Natalia Shcherba

A great fantasy cycle for teens. After the first book, I couldn’t stop reading, I couldn’t stop until I read all the books in the series. A fascinating plot, a lively and unusual plot, characters, each with a different character, many different creatures, and, of course, time magic, this is what attracts the world and its history in the book.

‘I’m Not Afraid to Say’

(book review)

When this victim-blaming takes place, it tends to eat your energy, you want to say “screw it” and stop raising the topic altogether… how do you fight this feeling?”
(Anastasia Melnychenko
)

Average Joe

(miniflash story)

His life was routine. His lists to do were like: wake up, feed the cat, go jogging. Nothing that can glue you to the screen.

Elsa’s Little Secret

(Miniflash story)

“Hi, Elsa!” Kate said while she went to the reading room.
“Hey!” Elsa replied.
“Ah…Oops!”

April Adams

(magic realism story)

April Adams couldn’t understand why she wasn’t noticed. The house where she lived was always busy, and somehow too crowded. Everywhere there were people scurrying about, and it often seemed that there was nothing to do: here Aunt Gertrude wiped her already polished dishes for the hundredth time, Uncle Jim repaired his favorite watch every day, which was already in order, and little Joe was playing tag with little Johnny…How were they not tired of doing the same thing every day? April, who was 9 years old, would definitely be bored. Mother often told her that she was already an adult lady and should behave appropriately. So why didn’t others behave this way?

Cat…007

(humorous magic realism story)

This early spring evening promising nothing except the shrieks of cats enjoying the spring fever, Eduard Onishyk, a well-educated man in his late forties, having deep vulture eyes covered with classy glasses and slightly smirking thin lips, dressed in a casual black suit, worn by businessmen on camping trips, knocked at the door of a neighboring summer cottage, covered with ornaments and pictures from Ukrainian folklore painted right on the walls of a two-storied building.

Blood of Magicians Flowing in me?

(magic realism)

One day I turned the sand-glass over and unwrapped the time with a fluctuating five-ten minute delay… 

If Students Studied And Not Warmed Seats

Let’s start with the fact that the majority of students simply go with the flow senselessly instead of gaining the most important (possibly) knowledge in their lives. If a student is given a choice: to do homework for their Uni or spend an endless number of hours watching a tik-tok video, then almost any person (if he is not a geek) will choose a meaningless existence in the Internet universe.

‘Our Creative Brain’

(book review)

‘Our Creative Brain’ is a popular science book by neuroscientist Dick Swaab, in which he describes the stages of brain development from birth to old age.

Ukraine’s Three Best Startups

(opinion article)

I want to tell you about three, in my opinion, the best startups created in Ukraine at the moment.

Spirits and Poltergeists? Barabashkas and Ghosts? Halloween!

(essay)

Ghosts are all around us. Look for them, and you will find them.”
Ruskin Bond

Willy-Nilly Opening… The Third Course

(essay)

When you go into your senior year, your studies change.

HALLOWEEN! Funny and Sinful

(essay)

“Candy or life! Treat or trick!” is the slogan of the mystical night against November 1. To Americans, this sounds almost like Mary Christmas, and it doesn’t matter that Christmas is the complete spiritual opposite of the most mystical holiday, Halloween. Yeah! HALLOWEEN!

Mood Color is Orange

(essay)

At 11 o’clock, the autumn orange leaves were falling, and the red kia soul was moving along the ring road towards the forest.

‘Lord of the Rings’ by John Tolkien

(book review)

It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door…

Max Kidruk. ‘Do not look back and don`t speak’

(book review)

I read the book ‘Don’t Look Back and Be Silent’ this summer. This was the first book by Max Kidruk that I read. By genre, it is science fiction. I guess that all connoisseurs of science fiction and adventure will enjoy it.

‘Nineteen Minutes’ by Jodi Picoult

(book review)

3 stars. The incredible Jody Picolt captivated me again in the grip of a wonderful story, but this time I did not give up. ‘Nineteen Minutes’ shooks me to the core, and I am grateful to the author for such a topic, but the book is much weaker than My Sister’s Keeper, for example.

Students` Routine: Yesterday and Today

(contrast essay)

Have you seen in the movies what the typical students of the past century were like? Guys in black suits and girls in laconic dresses sat in the libraries for days. Long essays written by hand and sleepless nights as a sacrifice of science…

Lightning, Karma and Me

Physics and me are tooo-o-o-o different things…

“Too young for the position”: how to fight ageism at work

SITUATION. You look for a job and find a vacancy that fully matches your competencies and experience. But you are 21 years old and the candidates must be over 25. You get rejected. You are 45; you have changed a profession, now you want to develop as a web designer and are looking for a new job. However, they are looking for someone younger who “can learn faster.” In business negotiations, where you look the youngest, you are rarely given the floor, interrupted and joked about your age. All these are manifestations of ageism at work. We tell you how to resist this.

Poisoned Love

The review of the film ‘North Wind’ by Renata Litvinova

An influential clan in the Northern Fields, ruled by strong women, has a sacramental tradition that family members recreate every New Year. Everyone gathers in the family home, where they drank champagne with secret desires during the chimes that had previously been written on a piece of paper and burned.

Pandemic! Splendid Student`s Life!

(humorous essay)

Being a student during a pandemic is just kinda funny, and I’ll prove it to you now!

My Book Arsenal 2021

(descriptive essay)

As many people know, I love reading and everything related to that. Books? My passion. Bookmarks? Give me a thousand. Book fairs? My dreamy place to be.

Frantic Giggling

(miniflash story)

My beloved Stefan got a new job. Today he returned quite frightened, strange, and in anticipation. He started talking about his colleagues and boss:
My boss can fire me at any time. Colleagues told me this.

Mean Math Teacher!

(miniflash story)

I have this feeling that everyone in school underestimates me. How can it be, if I am such a talented kid? I sing, dance, act.  I guess teachers and classmates are too jealous to admit how special I am! 

Tips for Office Cubs!

(article-letter)

Dear readers!
I am convinced that you are reading these tips with an idea of good behavior in the office. That’s why I’ve prepared a selection of some rules for you.

‘The Other Boleyn Girl’

(book review)

Probably, one of the most famous love stories in history is a story of the King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. The passionate romance that changed English history is covered in legends and myths. Some people believe they genuinely loved each other, and some believe Anne simply manipulated the king of England to get a throne… Philippa Gregory in her book, ‘The Other Boleyn Girl,’ tells her vision of this story…

Baffling Brolly!

(miniflash story)

One day there was a pea souper, so one bloke made a baffling brolly!

Meltdown

(Miniflash story)

When I entered the office, I saw Hazel, my old hipster friend. His face was like a wet weekend.

Bright Star Light

(miniflash story)

Deep after midnight…

‘DUNE’by Frank Herbert

(book review)

If it weren’t for the film “DUNE” 2021, many people would never have known about the classic science fiction novel by Frank Herbert. The new film is already the fourth attempt to visualize the rich world of the cosmic universe of the ‘Dune book series.

Dan Brown’s ‘Origin’

(book review)

Recently, ‘Origin,’ a mystery thriller novel by Dan Brown, the cult American writer, has been published. It is the fifth book and the last one of the cycle about Robert Langdon.

The Hating Game

(Book review)

I want to know what’s going on in your brain. I want to juice your head like a lemon.”

New Looks at Kobylyanska. Happiness Way Search.

Olga Salipa. ‘Olya’. – Folio, 2020.

I am sure that you know who Olga Kobylyanska is. She is a very strong woman, a wonderful writer and translator. But do you know anything about her personal life? After reading ‘Olya,’ it will seem to you that you absolutely do not know Kobylyanska, mentioned in the work, which, incidentally, won the nomination ‘Novels’ at the International Literary Competition ‘Coronation of the Word’ on July 1, 2020.

Never Give Up

Our boss remembers the day when he built this company from the ground up. And now he says at the meeting, “The future of our company is uncertain due to our massive debt, but I can guarantee that we will go down swinging whatever happens, we will NOT GIVE UP easily…”

DO NOT SHOUT AT ME!

How to find out the relationship in correspondence

(essay)

SITUATION: your team works remotely and communicates in messengers. You have completed the task and receive feedback from the supervisor: “That’s bad, redo,” with a dot at the end of the sentence. It seems that the leader is angry with you. A colleague asks you for help, and you are in a meeting, so you cannot answer immediately. In 15 minutes one more message comes: “Thank you for the help) We passed.” It seems to have been passive aggression. From the very morning, the client writes: “Colleagues, we had no sales yesterday. PAY ATTENTION!!!” They shouted at you again.

‘Love Comes Softly.’ This book will make you trust in love!

(book review)

Sometimes you want to ghost all modern troubles, wrap yourself in a warm blanket, make fragrant tea and read about romantic antiquity. And let the whole world wait until you shed tears for a lovely hero! I think I found a great book for this.

‘The Night Manager’

(Book review)

A fool is someone who does not learn by experience.”

To be completely honest with you, if it wasnt for the book-based TV series starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Lorie I wouldnt read this book but here I am.

‘The Casual Vacancy’

(book review)

Probably everyone knows Joan Rowling, a famous fantasy writer, and her famous hero Harry Potter. This work brought her the greatest fame; she became a favorite of children’s audiences. However, Joan Rowling decided to write a novel for adults after the series about the surviving boy. Personally for me, she is a children’s writer, so it was strange to start reading her book for adults, it created a certain intrigue.

Lady-b-b-b-bug

She was a lovely lady, whose name no one knew. Everyone called her just Lady.

Fashionable Femme Fatale

(miniflash story)

She was a quite young woman with a fair face, huge eyes and blond hair. She wore white dress, red high heels and lots of golden rings. Then she put on her lips the most expensive cherry chapstick and sent an air-kiss to the mirror.

Crazy Casey

(miniflash story)

For a long time, Casey couldn’t remember what exactly he had lost. Lately, he took a look around watching white walls, dirty floor and window bars. He couldn’t move his arms because of a straitjacket. Then it flashed like a firebolt:

I got it! Yeah… I’ve just lost my mind!”

Arkan of Wolves

(book review)

Ukrainian fantasy is a fascinating thing. It seems to exist, but it does not exist. That is why Pavlo Derevyanko’s book ‘Arkan of Wolves’ became a real discovery for me.

Excuses for Inexcusable Lateness

(50-Word Story)

Students always have different excuses.

At the Dentist

Evil has no face…

(short story)

They say evil has no face. Indeed, no feelings were reflected on his face. There was not a flicker of sympathy on him, and the pain was simply unbearable.

Horned Victor

(miniflash story)

She slammed the door and Victor heard her leaving footsteps. Victoria had long treated her man coldly. But the closing crotch punch was calamitous. The man read the letter and cried…

Morning or Mourning Coffee?

It was the morning after the passionate night. The man decided to please the girlfriend and made breakfast. “Good morning, my love! I brought you your morning coffee and croissant.” “What did you say?” The girl got confused. “I said, `Morning coffee with a croissant,’ what surprises you so much?” “Ouch, don’t pay attention…”

The fact was that the girl thought that the coffee was not morning, but mourning.

Guide for Moms: When your (step)daughter is obsessed with diet!

(essay)

This tale begins like many others. But contrary to them, it will not be about princes and princesses, not about dragons and brave knights, not at all. The events that I want to tell you about in this story happened in the modern world, in our 21st century. Well, let’s start…

Her Wedding Day

(miniflash story)

“I`m ready to be your wife though your father hates me and your mother thinks that I want to be with you for money,” she said to her boyfriend.

Wind of Love

(miniflash story)

I will become the wind to kiss your delicate skin…

COFFEE. CONVERSATIONS. LOVE

(Miniflash story)

Every morning the girl went for coffee to the place where she was treated to a croissant. She liked the barista, who was delighted with her eyes, manners and intellect. 

Killing Killa

(Miniflash story)

George was an imposing man with a gentle soul, and his wife Killa was too anxious. So after their charity party, as women like, Killa couldn’t fall asleep without a question,

Happiness and Nemesis

(business short story)

I will take revenge; I will pay them back”
Romans 12:19

Fantastically Whooper Work!

(short story)

“Wow! Incredibly immense work!”

Тips for a Business Conversation. How to Conquer Everyone

(article-listicle)

Every businessman, leader, manager has to constantly interact with people and be able to make a positive impression on them. This requires developing communication skills.

Millionaire 2021

(essay)

Every month all over the world there are business ideas implementing new projects. These are cool new ideas that breathe new life into the business industry.
Let’s start with the Instagram business.

‘Cinderella.’ Justice was Served

(derailed fairy tale)

Once upon a time, after her parents had died, Cinderella lived with her step-mother and two bad and ugly step-sisters. Mom died a long time ago due to illness, and Dad was poisoned by her stepmother who had a burning desire to get power in the palace and in the whole kingdom.

Retribution or Reward?

(50-word story)

This Monday Peter Payne will quit his hated job, but with a scandal.

Bird`s Dropping

(miniflash story)

Linda, walking with her dog, thought how best to act: to start a relationship with Jack or not. She asked fate to give her any sign if it was not worth starting a relationship.

Passing a tree with a bird’s nest, Linda felt something on her head. It was bird droppings…

Rapunzel. Miracle version

(Fairy Tale)

Once upon a time, a striking story happened to King Eden and Queen Eve. Let’s start with the fact that the Queen could not have children, but one day she found a woman who turned out to be a tenacious and wily witch, advising Eve to drink a decoction of magic herbs to get a child later. The Queen listened to the Witch and went home.

How to Become a Millionaire…

(if business is a war…)

Probably almost everyone dreams of becoming a millionaire. After all, it is “power in the money and money in the power…” Do you remember Coolio? It is a free and luxurious life!

Is it OK to Pay for Others?

(To go Dutch or to wine and dine?)

SITUATION: You went out to lunch with a colleague from work, paid for him or her without warning, and now do not want to take money back. You feel guilty.

T-T-Twilight S-S-Saga

(miniflash story)

I always avoided this movie.  Every time I watched it on TV, I switched to another channel.  One evening I decided to give this movie a chance.  The next day I saw all the parts of the saga.  It really reeled my rods. Now, I’m waiting for the paper prints to r-r-read…

School girl`s Summer

(Essay)

I want to share my impressions about this summer. 

Bear – New King?

(miniflash story)

One northern nation was in distress. The King gathered all the people and went into the unknown. Island! The king came the first ashore. But here was a bear! A battle burst, but the bear won. He stood on two legs and got a crown on his head. The new king?

Development or Degradation?

(humorous mini-flash)

Businessman…Businesswoman…Wow! Ten years ago, these words were perceived quite differently. When you imagined a businessman, he looked like a handsome middle-aged man. He devoted his whole life to his work, invested a lot of money and nerves in it. Building a business was very difficult, and only the strongest and the richest could afford it.

Letter from Boss

(miniflash story)

This morning I received a letter from my boss, “Dear Ms. Majestic: I want to talk about your salary. You are a highly qualified specialist in our field, and we are ashamed to pay you so little. That’s why you’re fired. Best wishes, your former boss!”

60/60

(Business humorous story)

“So, you want to have a business together?”
“Yes, it will be awesome, I promise.”

Oh, Money…

(business essay)

What is the first thing you need to start a business? Availability of cash. What is the first reason for closing a business? Lack of cash.
Oh, Money, the idol of businessmen of all times…

Golf Club

(flash story)

For me, golf is best place for business meetings: fresh air and a gorgeous game, good mood and aristocratic vibe. One time, while sleeping, I had a golf business-meeting with oil-magnate from UAE! It was a good meeting. We had a good talk this day.

I am a Student

(campus story)

I am very happy to have entered this University. There is a very multifaceted education and a lot of practice. This is a plus, because theory without practice is nothing.

Open hearted…Vomiting

(miniflash story)

Yesterday I was working in a hall at McDonald’s and helping guests. A well-groomed mother and daughter came in and I offered the girl a balloon. The girl agreed, and at the moment when I thought that she would thank me open heartedly, suddenly she just vomited on me.

Dream…

(50-Word Story)

I understood that something was wrong and at the next moment I woke up in my dream. I looked at my hand, just to check the reality. It was a fabulous feeling, something wonderful and visionary. I was like a God in my own world. I woke up to our reality!

Fortunately or not?

Forget and Let it Go…

(miniflash story)

Let it go. The universe knows the best…

Liver and Onion

(miniflash story)

My hobby is flavors. Parents supported me in it. Always wonder about the best ingredient: caustic citruses, snappy spices, and the savory smell of liver with onions. Choice fell at the last. The onion was not difficult to find, Mom helped me with the liver, generously cutting it off a neighbor`s dachshund.

Only to Success

(miniflash story)

One day Casey came to conclusion to try her hand as an editor and got a job at a small publishing house. It was hard for her at first, but the girl kept working hard. Today she wakes up in her own airy apartment in New York and hurries to her office of the most famous fashion magazine, where she works as Editor-in-chief.

My Lovely Girl

(Miniflash story)

As soon as I noticed you, I froze on the spot…

Owner-psycho-ship

Two days ago, Michelle broke up with me…Currently, I am sitting on my bathroom floor and the one thing that keeps me calm is the coldness of the iron knife that is touching my skin when I swab it of her blood…Now she will not be anyone else’s.

The Last Straw

(business humorous story)

Chief Editor: “Other disadvantages include an insufficiently developed topic, superfluous facts, overly expressive vocabulary and several punctuation mistakes.”
Journalist: “If that’s all, may I go… boss?”

Old Golden Watch

(parable)

In childhood Peter was very friendly with an old neighbor.
But as time went on, appeared the college and hobbies, then work and personal life. The young man ran like a hamster in a wheel, being up to ears in his life problems.

Jack`s Luck

(Miniflash story)

He always comes back home in a stupendous mood. His wife brings him a chalice full of chacha. Then she unfolds him and says that she loves him. They watch football matches and then gossip about the Dutch. He wants her to dress out in passionate hugs.

But all in his dreams.

You Will Be Happy

(miniflash story)

I will do everything to make you happy.

I will take care of you. I will make all your wishes come true.

I will be with you while you are alive.

And then you will go to my home – to HELL, giving your soul in return.

Bookstore…

(miniflash story)

She saw him in a bookstore she came to every day. Deep brown eyes, curly hair and funny glasses. He was perfect –her long-lost soulmate, as she felt. Their bright future was pictured in her head, but in reality she saw him buying the book ‘Things women shouldn’t do’ instead.

To Find a Way OUT

(miniflash story)

I quietly looked around in the empty room, seeking for ways out. I opened the barred window and reached down!  The principal thought the school walls were holding me back!  But I didn’t know that he was telling everything to my mother, waiting and seeing me at the door…

Head and Shoulders

(miniflash story)

“I invested much cash and time in my ‘iron’ MMM fighters. Though, the golden medal was taken by a fella called ‘Nobody from Nowhere.’ Some special workout equipment, special techniques or guru-coach?”

Top Five Rules of Business Etiquette

Business etiquette is a principal point in creating and running a business. It is a system of general ethical norms, rules of conduct, interaction and communication with business partners and colleagues.
So let’s talk about the main rules of business etiquette.

Business Culture of Australia

(article-listicle)

Pearler landscapes, mysterious beaches, barbies in the arvo, dardy bush dance and vegemite… Bloody oath, these facts are about Australia, a country of hot sun and amazing traditions! In addition to these fascinating data, the Australian economy is the 12th largest in the world and promising for new startups. Also, the Land of ‘Nope’ has a convenient taxation system and free choice of desirable business structure (auction companies, partnerships, trusts, etc.). Australia has warm economic relations with the Asian region and well-established transit of products to European countries, too.

Brand-New Beauty and Beast

(fairy tale)

Once upon a time there lived a Merchant. He had three daughters.

Killobok

One sunny day a couple of happy old people decided to bake something tasty. Granny spent the whole day, seeking flour and trying so hard to create this cooking Magnum Opus.

Sleeping Beauty

Beauty of overslept lesson

(derailed fairy tale)

Once upon a time there lived a king and a queen. They had no children, and they really wanted to have an heir. Finally, their devine daughter was born. The parents were so happy that they arranged a lavish birthday baptism party and even invited 8 fairies. Though at that time the kingdom suffered from the worst coronavirus pandemic, all fairies were obliged to wear masks. Seven fairies passed without hesitation and only the eighth mask was not found.

Snow White Witch

(derailed fairy tale)

Once upon a time lived a pretty young princess Snow White with Queen, her stepmother, who envied her beauty.

Hans, Pigglets and Cut Out Eyes

(derailed fairy tale)

There once lived three little piglet brothers. They looked like each other; one was called Nif-Nif, another Naf-Naf, and the third Nuf-Nuf. In summer, the piglets were resting, enjoying the warm weather, frolicking and basking in the sun. But soon came the first cold, and with them the fading fall.

Ariel’s Secrets

(Derailed fairytale)

You might think that you know this story very well, but are you sure about it?

Grizzly and Mitten

(Derailed fairy tail)

Once in a frosty forest an absent-minded grannie lost her mild mitten, which later became home to some animals. The mouse was the first to notice it and settled there. Later a frog joined her. Next there were a bunny and a fox, a wolf and a wild boar.

New Cinderella

One peasant had a wife and a daughter. The baby was beautiful and kind. The girl’s parents adored their child. The family lived happily ever after. But one autumn the girl’s mother died. A couple of years later, the father decided to remarry. His chosen one was a woman who had two daughters.

Little Red Hood

(derailed fairy tale)

Once upon a time, there was a little darling damsel. Everyone who saw her liked her, but her old granny loved her best of all and didn’t know what to give the dear child. This good woman had a little red riding hood made for her, and since it fitted the girl so well, and she used to wear nothing else on her head, people gave her the name of Red Hood.

Fierce Friend of Little Red Riding Hood

(derailed fairy tale)

There lived a small girl, called Red-Cap. Once, Mother asked her to visit the grandmother, who was ill, and gave her tasty treats: a peach pie and a bottle of white wine. Mother also warned Red-Cap about all dangerous things in the wild woods.

Thumbelina

One woman grew a flower; there was a tiny beautiful girl, no more than a human finger. The woman called her Thumbelina, the girl was very pretty. This was once noticed by the Frog. She decided that Thumbelina could be a great couple for her son. Waiting until midnight, the frog kidnapped the girl to take her to her son.

Fish will save us from Covid-19

(Derailed fairy tale)

Once upon a time, in a faraway land lived a very poor couple in a shabby shack not far from the edge of the sea. Their only food was the fish that the old man caught in the sea.

How Masha Tricked Big Bear

(Derailed fairy tale)

Once there lived an old couple. They had granddaughter Masha. One day Masha’s friends decided to go to the forest and came for her.

Little Prince Got Older

(derailed fairy tale)

I guess that everyone knows the plot of “The Little Prince”, but what happened next?

THE STORY OF FORBIDDING

(derailed fairy tale)

Once upon a time there was a charming little girl named Elsa. She was indescribably beautiful; her appearance impressed everyone who saw her. And one day the girl decided to go to her friend. That same day, she took her mother’s cakes, put on her red hat, and set off. Before leaving, the mother, as always, warned her daughter to be careful and avoid wolves, because “they all want to eat you, they can’t do more, don’t believe them.”

Don’t Make Love with Muscovites

(They will do you harm and leave you…)

(short story)

Not listening to her parents, Catherine fell in love with a Muscovite. That led to a “bad reputation” about her in the village, though she did not pay much attention to it. Ivan went on a military campaign and promised the girl to return and marry her.

Time Flies…

(essay)

In childhood, when we are still quite children, it seems to us that time passes slowly and we want to become adults faster. But only when we really start to grow up, we understand that time flies.

Rental Business – Mental Business

(essay)

This story is filled with many absurd events and incredible difficulties. It’s worth starting with the fact that one day my father was desperate to find a decent job. The people who knew and liked him just said that he was a big frog in a small pond. He was over-qualified for our feeble labor market. And so he began an amazing, though terrifying sometimes, however, not less exciting chapter of our life called rental housing.

Twelve Dancing Princesses

The king had 12 daughters. They slept all together in one room, and the king closed the door on a key every evening. In the morning, he saw that his daughters’ shoes were worn out from dancing, and he could not understand, why. So then he decided to ask all people in the kingdom to investigate this mystery, and who solved it, they could marry any of his daughters.

Harry Potter is not a story about a boy who survived?

(essay)

Everyone knows the story of Harry Potter. Someone read this masterpiece and someone watched movies. It is about the boy who survived the attack of the great wizard Lord Voldemort!

The Mermaid’s Revenge

(derailed fairy tale)

Long ago there lived a Sea King in the coral palace at the bottom of the sea. He had six mermaid daughters. While five of them were happy, his youngest princess Ariel didn’t smile even once.

Ganzel, Gretel and Me

(Fairy tale)

Once upon a time in a skyscraper lived three students: Ganzel, Gretel and me. We were paying for our higher education, so our parents wanted us to be expelled.

Three Brothers

Once upon a time there lived a rabbit king; he had three sons. Two of them were smart and intelligent, and the third one was little, being simple and called a ‘Fool’ by everyone.

My First Day At My Job

(mini-flash story)

I raced against the clock because it was my first day in my new job.

“Keep it Simple, Silly!”

(humorous business story)

Journalist Den, who was a couch potato, brought the editor his article on ecotourism. The article had right-minded facts and relevant meanings, but was poorly proofread and too long. “You still need to work on the text. Try to show the situation in a nutshell,” said the editor.

Top 5 Business-ideas in Ukraine – 2021

(article-listicle)

5. Eco-Products
A lot of modern people are interested in the ecological situation in the world. The biggest brands popularize eco-defense organizations and events and modern people are often vegetarians or those who chose bags-shoppers instead of one-time using packets. So, ecological products belong to one of the biggest trends of our time. Bags-shoppers, eco-friendly clothes, cosmetics and food will find their buyer.

Two Pigs and the One

(Derailed fairy tale)

Once upon a time there lived three little pigs: Missy, Jessy, Tissy.

Business – Life or Money?

(essay)

What is business? Is it a material success or is it a tangle of problems? Each business has its own definition. I think this is still a problem area. Sometimes it seems to me that this is a murky mafia that has its own laws, partly obeying the authorities and partly not.

Three Pigs

(derailed fairy tale)

The three little pigs are brothers. They are heading into the forest. They want to build three houses.

(derailed fairy tale)

There lived an old man and a woman. The old man asked his wife to bake a gingerbread bun for him. The old woman kneaded the dough and baked a remarkable ruddy bun. She put it on the window cold.

What is Better:Truth or Lie?

Once there lived two brothers – rich and poor. The poor man died, and his son once asked his uncle how it was best to live, rightly or wrongly.
The uncle said that, of course, truth was the wrong choice, because only injustice remained in the world. The nephew and uncle argued a lot and decided to ask people.

Love , Death and Tin

(fairy tale)

There were 25 tin soldiers in the world who were brothers.  They wore gorgeous uniforms in red and blue colors and their eyes were full of determination.

Welcome to the Fairy Tale

(fairy tale)

It was a common day.

Beauty or the Beast?

(Fairy Tale)

Once upon a time in high tower lived a really beautiful girl named Bellex — as pretty outside as awful inside. She robbed banks, humiliated people and drank a lot.

Cinderella`s Fake Wedding

(derailed fairy tale)

Cinderella had a happy life until her mother died. The father grieved, and two years later he married another woman who had daughters. The stepmother did not immediately fall in love with Cinderella, and forced her to do the dirtiest housework, so she always walked in cruddy clothes, contaminated with ash.

My Way of Business Integration

Business is a one of the spheres of human`s life that is really difficult to digest. But earlier or later everyone need to go through this. And, fortunately, the majority has success. And now I want to tell you about my own way of integrating into business.

Five Tips for a Small Talk

An important step in communicating with colleagues is a small talk. Sometimes it is difficult to understand what can and cannot be done in such conversations. So in this article I will give 5 small tips on how to withstand more than one small business talk.

Seven Tips for Business Conversations

I think that every person, at least once in his or her life, will have a business conversation, for which he or she should be prepared both mentally and physically. Therefore, in this article I will give some tips on what to do before the conversation and at the meeting itself.

Chernobyl Monster

(crime and horror story)

Futile…The day and night search of Arthur`s body, a 40-years old red-haired biker, called ‘Hothead,’ a berserk looking leather guy, got futile. This guy, well-known in the narrow circles of night motocross racers from Kyiv and Zhytomyr regions, just evaporated as dawn dew.

Wrinkled Witch and Fortunate Fellow

(Fairytale)

Once upon a time, there lived a boy named Harry. He had everything other children could only dream of, but he was very greedy. One day he was walking in the woods and was met by a gray-haired meager grandmother. She approached him and said:

Volunteering in My life

Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”
(Elizabeth Andrew)

Can people feel the temperature?

Many of us think we can measure the temperature of our surroundings. But it is not so. In this article we will try to figure it out so what is the catch, and what do we really feel?

SMM Specialist

(article)

At the present stage of development of society, in the information age, many new and previously unknown professions have appeared: content manager, merchandiser, SMM manager, targetologist, etc. Such words have flooded the labor market and continue to successfully seep into our daily lives.

Instagram Story

(article)

Instagram was founded by Kevin Sistrom and Mike Krieger. Back in 2010, they created an application where people could share, comment and like photos. Initially, Instagram allowed you to take square-shaped pictures, like instant photo cameras Polaroid and Kodak Instamatic.

Calm Before the Storm

(miniflash story with a cliffhanger)

She sat for a moment, but then broke down and paced the room.

Asylum…

Let me tell you a story.

The Imprisoned

(flash fiction)

It’s pouring outside. Large drops are hitting the old window. Cold wind is blowing to my back.

Veiled Dream

(poetry)

You can guess that the viper will still crawl between the keys of the synthesizer. And no, you didn’t hear it, not on the surface, but in between.

Аbsurd April 2021

I dreamed that cherry blossomed and white petals flew into my window. Somebody reminded me that last year the trees wore pale pink capes and shook drops of green leaves. I remembered the taste of white ice cream and the soft kiss of the wind…

Nothing is impossible! You just need to believe in your own strength!

(essay)

Every day I ask myself how much I have already achieved, and why I have not done more. As a child, little Alyona promised herself that she would be a singer. Of course, everything changes, we change. Many years have passed, I study at a prestigious university, I am even a journalist with one foot. I have the first achievements in the field of publishing and even the first books I have written myself.

Important about important

(opinion article)

Have you thought about what bullying is and have you encountered it?

My favorite art form

I’ve loved drawing since I was a kid. I paint pictures, I paint on clothes, and I paint everywhere.

The Magical Ring

(short story)

Long time ago one woman inherited a magical ring. It was believed the ring had powers. It could cure any disease; it could help people to put up after an argument and many more things.
As you can guess, that ring was the tidbit for a lot of thieves. And one day it went missing.

‘Manyunya’

(book review)

Title: “Manyunya”
Author: Narine Abgaryan
Year: 2015

Wanna See Alive People

(essay)

It was the second month of isolation. I changed a lot during the quarantine. If you take a deeper look, come up with values and character, you can say the following: I understood how much I needed people. A person cannot exist without another person; this distinguishes us from animals, although sometimes people behave worse than any animal. We socialize and no matter how we try to argue, we need communication, hugs, we need to hear the voice of others, their thoughts, which make us think and not degrade, we need laughter to increase the hormone of happiness.

‘Pride and Prejudice’

(film review)

‘Pride and Prejudice’ is a dramatic film made by director Joe Wright based on the novel of the same name by English writer Jane Austen. Events unfold in England in the late 18th century. The Bennett family is only concerned with marrying their five daughters. In the center of events is one of the sisters – wayward and strong Elizabeth. The girl meets an arrogant and beautiful Mr. Darcy, which leads to the development of a great confrontation between young people. Viewers are left to watch the plot closely and wonder if a negative first impression can change into true love?

‘Nocturnal Animals’

(film review)

Susan has her own gallery, a handsome husband and a luxurious home. But one day a woman receives from her ex-spouse, whom she divorced a long time ago, an unpublished book, which she begins to read with interest.

Is it worth playing sports?

There are a lot of sports sections that we start attending as children, some like it, and some complain without even trying to warm up. Sport is what you need every day, at least a little stretching. It will give your body energy, strength and health. And if you do it regularly, success will follow you in any kind of activity and you will not get any complex disease, because the body always develops and moves.

News-COW-boy

(film review)

A gray-bearded man in a Stetson, with a six-shot revolver and his own horses. Who is he? A cowboy, a militiaman or just a thug? Not at all, he is a publisher! Read more about how the Wild West forced the publisher to change a newspaper for a gun and what other surprises it prepared!

“Colette” – protest and force! A desperate woman who impressed me!

A biographical film about a French writer, based on real events, in real-time. This is not fiction!

Dancing or Cheer Teams

(opinion article)

We all know about dancing and cheer teams from American movies and TV series, but we don’t detect the difference between these two sport types.

Healthy Eating

Our health depends on how we eat. Food provides us with energy that we expend during exercise. Renewal and development of the body at the cellular level directly depends on the products we eat.

E-learning is a way forward!

(op-ed)

The pandemic caused kick in the guts of Ukrainian education. Totally unprepared materials and teachers, relaxed children and excited parents met online learning… Today, e-learning has become commonplace, but there is still controversy over whether it can replace offline. I firmly believe that it can!

Internet Earnings

(article)

I want to tell you about e-business. Yes, now we have a pandemic, and you need to make money! People have made such a mini-business for themselves. Now it is common to do courses, guides, podcasts, or open your own store, or go advertising while reckoning your brains.

Online Learning: Pros and Cons

(opinion article)

Not so long ago, our life was filled with live communication and real emotions. However, for all known reasons, all this had to be translated into online format. Learning is no exception. How to perceive online learning and whether to grieve for the past, read on!

Wonderful World…

(essay)

I see trees of green
Red roses too
I see them bloom
For me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world
What a Wonderful World.”
Louis Armstrong

Happy Adventure

Each of us has had an exciting incident or unexpected event at least once in our lives. This is an adventure that makes our life brighter, more exciting, and more emotional. Some of us love adventure, while others try to avoid them. I, personally, love a chain of unexpected events that end wonderfully.

A Couple Hours Later

It happened about two months ago. Me and my boyfriend were going home about 9 o`clock PM. Suddenly, we met my old friends, that were sitting in the café. We talked to them a little, they asked us to stay with them, but we were so tired of work, that we refused the offer and went straight home. Besides my guts said, “Go home!”

Dragon and Wolf

Many hundreds of years ago, in a world, so different from ours, lived the Dragon Prince. He was handsome and smart, courageous and wise. But he wasn`t happy at all.

Berlin Wall

As a result of the Second World War, Germany became the border zone of the bipolar world between the Soviet Union and the West. The most difficult test was the construction of the Berlin Wall, which clearly showed where the border of the worlds lies.

Proposal

The Night is full of stars. The very right time.

Shadow

(an essay)

I once heard that in a mirror we see ourselves ten times better than others see us. In this case, I really do not envy those who are not me and do not have the opportunity to observe what is provided to me.

To jump or not to jump on the bandwagon?

(opinion article)

Everyone from childhood wants to believe that she or he is sui generis. All and sundry has his or her own tastes, preferences, fears and desires. We position ourselves in the center of the universe, but as we grow older we become a part of a society where someone else dictates the rules. And we become a sponge that absorbs all the fashionable and popular things. Let’s talk why it happens and why is it so important not to lose yourself in the world of popular mind.

Stranger in the Thickets

(essay)

…She runs through the woods.

What does creativity mean to me?

(essay)

What does creativity mean to me?

Good Morning, Kyiv!

(essay)

My body doesn’t listen to me. My muscles refuse to work. My swollen eyelids make it hard to see the world. The force of gravity pulls me down with increasing power.

Don’t Trust a Person With a Scar

(fantasy story)

The shape in a dirty cloak was sitting in the far corner of the tavern. Bored, he was twisting a dagger with his hand and looking out the window.

Will They Win?

(miniflash)

Adviser rushed into the royal tent.

The great coat of arms of Ukraine. For or against?

(article)

We have already known that a big coat of arms may appear in Ukraine soon. The competitive selection ended quite interestingly, the winner was the author who developed the project 23 years ago.

Anxiety is the Scourge of the Modern World

Keep it Simple, Stupid!

Anxiety is a feeling when you cannot foresee the outcome of a situation or when it goes through a bad scenario. But many young people become anxious. Their anxiety accompanies them every day, and they die alive because of this uncontrollable feeling. But is this problem so terrible? Maybe everything is much simpler? I think everything is much simpler.

Teamwork or Smart Boss

(essay)

The following essay takes a look at both sides of the argument.  Some people believe that good teamwork is what makes companies successful. Others feel that it is more important to have a good leader.

What Makes Me the Happiest Person

(essay)

There are a lot of things that make me a little happier every day, but I still haven’t figured out how to draw up a list. So voila! Though it will be weird a bit…

Mistaken For Badass

(short story)

Have you ever felt the all-powerful appeal in yourself when everyone loves you without any actual reason?

‘Benjamin Franklin’ by Walter Isaacson

(book review)

The essence of Franklin was that he was a person endowed with public consciousness. He was more concerned with social behavior than with inner piety, and was more interested in the construction of the Human City than the divine, Maximus, which he proclaimed during his first trip to London. Pure catholicity, but also the belief that benevolence must be the universal virtue of society. As Poor Richard said, “He who drinks his own cider, let him catch his own horse.”

Design!

Design. How much creativity do you see in this word? Personally, I am a whole ocean. Design and its creation is an opportunity for a person, especially a creative person, to express himself, to create something of his own, something unique. Yes, even if you have a poor understanding of computers and special programs, this does not separate you one step from the opportunity to touch the design as such. Now I will explain everything.

Shadows In The Windows Ukrainian Phoenix

(essay)

1986 was a dark year not only for Ukraine and the Soviet Union. This year got dark for the whole world. It was on April 26, 1986, when an appalling accident occurred at the fourth power unit of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which became the largest disaster in the history of nuclear energy. Then the world did not immediately grasp all the danger that this tragic meltdown…

How Ukrainian businessmen ignore the rules of business ethics

Nowadays, business ethics as a “code of honor” of a modern Ukrainian entrepreneur is in its infancy. Its formation is influenced by many external factors inherent in our country. Among them, I would single out the high level of corruption and criminal schemes, the contradictory attitude of society to business as such, the dependence of the economy on the political decisions of our rulers, imperfect legislation, low cultural level of the majority of the population, war and so on.

Techno Сulture

(essay)

I am not so rock and roll. I am techno!”
(Raf Simons)

Kyiv Sea Spring Skills

(life story)

A close friend of my family says, “Do you know who the ‘brother-in-law’ is? This is a man with whom you have the same tastes for women, but you do not compete because you are married to sisters.” But the story today is not about it.

The Story I Didn’t Finish

(essay)

“I’m like an open book.”
“Not true. You are a good story.”

The Great Poverty

(essay)

Your compliments are like music of coins for a homeless person. For him, there is no such thing as “money cannot buy happiness,” because for the same money he buys his life. These notes pleasantly fill him with oxygen, and the beautifully played melody adds to the desire to breathe. The more you pour coins into a box rich in emptiness, the more sense it makes for him to wake up the next morning.

How to learn to control your emotions

Emotions are what make us human. However, you need to use them wisely so that they do not ruin everything you have been going for so long. If you find it difficult to control your emotions, read this list to help you find balance.

Adult Bullying: What to do if you are bullied at work?

Bullying is a problem that affects all ages. Contrary to widespread belief, they can bully not only at school, but also at the institute, family, at work, and so on. “Adult” bullying is called mobbing and most often it manifests itself in the work collective. In this article, we will figure out what this bullying is and what to do with it.

Grandma and Grandpa

(essay)

Imagine you are visiting grandma and grandpa. Aromatic pies and tea are waiting for you in the kitchen. You go sledding with your grandfather on the frosty hill, then you come in the evening to watch the cheery series ‘Wedding Ring,’ falling asleep in the warm arms of your Grandma.

Changes

There are changes in life,
We have too many of them.
There are times of chagrin in life,
But don’t fall again.

Why are DNA tests needed?

DNA tests are one of the most important types of laboratory research. They have been used all over the world for about 40 years. Such tests are used in medicine, forensics, and various studies. This is the most accurate way to establish genetic links.

‘Handwriting of fate’ By Sharlotte Lukas

(book review)

Yonatan N. Gryph is the director of a reputable publishing house. He’s fifty years old. He’s strict, reserved, punctual, polite, clever and pedantic man. Divorced. No children. He always ran in the morning. Ran…but one day Yonatan has found a diary on the bicycle. Since that moment his life has changed. Yonatan always lived on the schedule, but this daybook recommended him to do completely other things. Man followed it. And now he wants to find the owner of the book, and doesn’t guess that SHE has changed his life at all…

Call it Hobby

Every person has a hobby, even if he or she denies it. Sometimes people think that what they do regularly is normal. The consistency of one’s own actions does not mean that others do as well. For example, my friend wakes up two hours earlier to watch a movie before work. What a glorious motivation to wake up early! He denies that this is a hobby. You should agree, it looks like a movie addiction.

Once upon a videoconference

The tenth morning. Saturday. Getting duty invitation on a lecture, go across the reference. And here we get together, as on an uninhabited island, drill each other with our looks.

News from Mars

Found interesting information about the red planet. I want to share it with you.

How to create an effective plan for the day

Effective tips from coach Max Cherepitsa on how to make a daily routine to do what you set out to do and not go crazy over a lot of tasks and which will be fun and easy to follow. I streamlined them just a bit so…

Business Communication Rules

Business ethics is the ability to create a sense of importance for another person, even if he is in a simple uniform and you are in a tuxedo’ —
Marina ARKHANGELSKA.

Well-read Thieves

Night was falling, the full moon was rising over the bank building. The sheriff was already there, rubbing his temples. He always had a headache on nights like this. The storehouse was cleaned out, not a single trace of the robbers. The vault was not opened, no one was hurt… but the money disappeared.

Book Review on ‘Літопис самовидців: дев’ять місяців українського спротиву’

(‘Chronicle of eyewitnesses nine months of Ukrainian resistance’)

April 4, 2020. This day I would like to inform you about an extremely significant book. It is significant because it portrays to us the days all of us should remember – days of the Revolution of Dignity, Heavenly Hundred, and the War in Donbass.

Why are tattoos in style and what do they express?

Opinion article

Nowadays it’s really easy to find one person in the entourage of everyone’s friends who has at least one small tattoo or is interested to get it. That is caused by a great popularity tattoos got at last time, especially among teenagers and youth. What are the reasons of becoming tattoo-lovers? Let’s check!

Exercise or run?

(essay)

When I have a choice, I personally choose running. Running for me is freedom, training and a challenge to myself, how far I can run today.

When you can’t go on a diet

I never liked to keep to diets, well, I never had to. My opinion on this issue is to monitor how much you eat, how many vegetables, fruits, cereals and many other components in your diet, and, of course, do not forget about sports. Driving yourself into the framework, you will involuntarily earn yourself stress and some disorders, plus a short life that would deny yourself something. I’d rather eat a cupcake than regret not eating it.

Choice. Why is it so hard?

Our whole life consists of important and not-so-important choices. What time should we go to bed and wake up? What to order at the café? What to wear for a walk? Sometimes almost nothing depends on our decision, but it’s still hard to make up our minds. If you’re wondering “why?” then this article is for you.

The Mystery of Malevich’s ‘Black Square’

(Blog about art)

Everyone knows and haunts Malevich’s ‘Black Square’ for many years. ‘Black Square’ is the most famous work of Kazimir Malevich, created in 1915.

Why do people swear? Because it’s nice

Why is it so nice to swear?
Is it just because we understand that we are doing something “bad” or does swearing really affect the state of our brain and body?

Where to go in Croatia?

In August, Europe flows slowly into the Adriatic Sea. Many kilometers of traffic jams are at the entrances to all Croatian customs passes. All hotels are in good condition. The longest coastline on the continent, the clear and pure water of the Adriatic Sea, world-famous beauties, relatively reasonable prices and the Slavic mentality. Croatia is a pan-European health resort, but it is better to go there in September.

Computer Games and Logical Thinking

My hobbies are team computer games, strategy and urban planning. I like to play with friends online, where the result depends not only on you, where everything is for one and one for all, where the spirit of rivalry plays in the veins.

Psychology-nuts! Come together!

Is it a good idea to be a psychology-nut?

7 little-known facts about Gustav Klimt’s modernist painting

The Kiss’

Considered a masterpiece of the early modernist period, Gustav Klimt’s painting ‘The Kiss’, at first glance, seems like another trivial depiction of passion and love. But behind the deceptively simple plot lies a lot of fascinating facts, which i decided to tell my readers about.

My Traveling Memories in Ukraine

(essay)

I adore traveling. The world around me is fine and fascinating, especially when my relatives are near, both by blood and by spirit. Unfortunately, I haven’t been abroad yet, but I plan to visit most of the countries of the world in the near future. But in Ukraine, I traveled a lot, many lovely locations in different cities and villages where my parents, relatives and relatives of my boyfriend grew up.

9 reasons why you should travel more often

Some people are born with a love of travel and spend their lives looking for new experiences. Others plan their annual vacations, weekends, which are also not at home or take a few extra days to go somewhere and explore their destination.

Vision Board

The Vision Board is a great motivator for those who need a boost to do a goal. Surprisingly, sometimes we get what we want when we visualize it. Although we don’t notice how we start actively working in this direction. The right wish map is not just a beautifully made collage. It is a creative process that requires some knowledge. This article will tell you how to make an effective wish map.

12 Tips for Becoming a Good Interlocutor

(article-listicle)

‘To have everything’ by Lyuko Dashvar

(Book review)

This book is one of the most popular novels of the current Ukrainian literature and the fourth book in the author’s bibliography.Are you looking for a book to be addicted to from the first page till the end? ‘To have everything’ by Lyuko Dashvar is exactly this one!

Cafe-bar An.tre!

Ladies and gentlemen, I have for you something really interesting. I know that my audience is coffee lovers and we prepare full review on one of the most interesting coffee-magic-shops. Let`s go!

Fitness = Health

Now there will be very important information both for sports fans and for people who take care of themselves, their figures and health.