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Disentangling Ukraine from Our "Narrative Lines":

a Zen Moment for Our Droned Psyches!


From A church in Kiev
A church in Kiev
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"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."

(from "The Sermon on the Mount")

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"Footfalls echo in the memory/ Down the passage which we did not take/

Towards the door we never opened/ Into the rose-garden."

(T. S. Eliot; from, "Four Quartets")

"" all that is seething below is an ever-present potentiality of consciousness."

(Carl Jung)

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About 20 months ago, I accompanied my Japanese wife on a business trip she made to Kiev. My interests were touristic and a bit genealogical. My mother's parents were Ukrainian Jews who had emigrated from Kiev to Brooklyn, New York around 1919. (Her mother had died before I was born and my grandfather, one of the quietest and gentlest people I've ever known, passed when I was 14, with never a meaningful verbal conversation between us, not counting spirit-talks.... I was glad to be raised in a secular home, respectful of different religious traditions, without any impositions from my mother or my Sicilian-Catholic father; free to find my own way.)

It was my first trip to Kiev, and somehow I felt "at home." It is (or was then) a splendid city of many parks and golden-domed, Eastern Orthodox churches. I fell in love with three different women--and that was in the first 10 minutes, while checking in at our hotel (praise beauty and nobility of spirit wherever it is found!). Applying my usual dictum--learn the essentials of a language and use them as soon as possible--I would say "thank you" in Russian (spasibo--easy!) or Ukrainian (dyakuyu--not so easy!). Invariably, Ukrainians were happy to hear me sputter either one.

I only knew a little about the history of Ukraine, so I happily joined a walking tour of the city, and learned a bit more. Then I joined a second tour, and learned a bit more again; on the second tour, the young guide was eager to sign us up for a "pub crawl" later that evening. It would cost a lot more, and I wasn't interested. She also pointed out, in passing, a fine house where Russia's greatest poet, Pushkin, had lived for a while. I wanted to know a lot more about that, but she wasn't interested.

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Someone pausing to acknowledge ties to Ukraine sha... by Deena Stryker on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 10:51:55 AM
Thanks for your acknowledgment, Deena.We're all co... by Gary Corseri on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 11:53:32 AM
This is a superb article. ... by Chris Cook on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 3:06:16 PM
Music to my ears, Chris!Thank you!GC ... by Gary Corseri on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 3:28:18 PM
Saw this poignant piece in Counterpunch. So glad I... by Art Costa on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 8:59:37 AM
That is why it is all about us. All about us, alwa... by Mark Sashine on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 10:05:49 AM
One more:Romanians did not ' march' into Odessa- t... by Mark Sashine on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 10:15:13 AM
Thanks for your kind words, Art. I hope all goes ... by Gary Corseri on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 10:51:24 AM
If we take from history not ashes but fire- then w... by Mark Sashine on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 11:27:22 AM
Mark--I confess that I do not have the wisdom to "... by Gary Corseri on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 11:44:41 AM
I can't do that - see 'darkly' I see clear. Fir... by Mark Sashine on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 6:21:27 PM
Mark--Thanks again for your comment.However, I don... by Gary Corseri on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 9:30:10 PM
Alliances help secure resources and access. There... by Mohamed Jiwa on Monday, May 12, 2014 at 2:22:30 AM
Welcome to Opednews, Mohamed. I'm glad you made i... by Gary Corseri on Monday, May 12, 2014 at 11:26:27 AM
Thanks, Gary, for your welcome and acknowledging m... by Mohamed Jiwa on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 9:55:27 AM