My childhood memories are dotted with golden-hued afternoons and evenings spent at my grandfather’s house. It was an imposing brick structure built in …
This March, I was on a Ukrainian inter-city train headed to Ivano-Frankivsk, a small city in the country’s West, at the foothills of the Carpathian Mou…
Hello there! Summer is over, and here I am, sheepishly crawling back into your inbox. I had a good excuse for being away — I was finishing my manuscrip…
It’s been a tumultuous week in Tbilisi, Georgia, where I’ve been since Monday. The country is hosting its first Pride celebration, and traditionalist h…
(Optional soundtack for this email: Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts”) ukraine update Since Volodymyr Zelensky was inaugurated as Ukraine’s sixth president on May …
Hello from DC! I’ve just returned from an exciting three months of writing and research in Ukraine and Lithuania. If you missed my publications coverag…
ukraine update A flurry of political activity erupted in Ukraine over the past several days. Volodymyr Zelensky will be inaugurated as Ukraine’s sixth …
It’s Victory Day in Moscow, but here in Vilnius, as in much of the rest of Europe, it’s a normal working day. Lithuania did away with the traditional c…
Lithuania’s Presidential Palace - new occupant coming soon! Greetings from Vilnius, Lithuania, where it’s election season, but you wouldn’t know it. Th…
Photo Credit: Pete Kiehart Yesterday as I was grabbing a quick coffee at a Kyiv cafe, a group of people about my age (but much, much cooler than me, as…
Greetings from Quiet Day in Ukraine. Tomorrow is Election Day, but today, millions of Ukrainian voters are sitting at home and pondering the choice the…
(Photo credit: Michael Colborne. Thanks Mike!) Greetings from Kryvih Rih, Ukraine, an industrial city known for its large iron ore deposits and, more r…