Russia

Vision for the Day to Be

Peace I ask of thee of river, Peace, Peace, Peace.
When I learn to live serenely, cares will cease.
From the hills I gather courage, vision for the day to be.
Strength to lead and faith to follow, All are given unto me.
Peace I ask of thee of river, Peace, Peace, Peace.

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The Face Under The Face

When I first went to the Soviet Union in 1984, I expected to meet a hospitable people, if not outgoing. The first thing I learned was that Russians never smile. They look grim. They stare. The women especially would often stare at me and then turn away abruptly. In U.S. culture, this could be interpreted as distancing, judgmental, even hostile. It was definitely uncomfortable.

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