Hypocrisy – 2021 edition

There were couple of thousand people at the pro-freedom rally today. There were probably just as many reasons for being there. The common theme though was support of, up until recently, undeniable rights to make one’s own life decisions about where to go, who to see, how to raise one’s children and how to takeContinue reading “Hypocrisy – 2021 edition”

When tragedy hits close to home

I got some really bad news the other day. One of my oldest and dearest friends has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. This is a wife, daughter, sister, and a mother of 2 minors. She is a wonderful, innocent, uncorrupted soul who cares deeply for her family and friends and I can confidently sayContinue reading “When tragedy hits close to home”

Comfort as enemy of courage

Comfort zone in its current form is a relatively new phenomenon. We live in a time of unprecedented comfort with unlimited food, heating, entertainment, peace. Just a lifetime ago very few people had a comfort zone with their life being dominated by hard toil, lack of everything and frequent war or social unrest. And nowContinue reading “Comfort as enemy of courage”

Writing contest results

Thanks to all the kids who participated in the writing contest on the topic of “What is courage?”. We have had an awesome turnout. After much deliberation by our panel of judges, there is a 4-way tie for the first place. While all submissions were awesome in their own way, these 4 were found toContinue reading “Writing contest results”

Courage vs Social Conformity

Strongest human urge, aside from nourishment and safety, is to belong to a group or community. Human is a herd animal terrified of being alone. Even in maximum security jails where one’s cellmates are violent rapists, being in solitary confinement is considered the worst punishment. We feel safer in a group and our life hasContinue reading “Courage vs Social Conformity”

Courage: A Martial Arts story

I could probably write a long post on martial arts, and I will, some other day, but today I will just share this little gem I found. This woman became a martial arts “fanatic” as a little blond girl, trained and fought at professional level, and has been teaching it for many years. This videoContinue reading “Courage: A Martial Arts story”

Courage: A kid’s perspective

I’ve heard many stories about kids being terrified these days, of virus, of other people, of Trump, of Biden etc. Even if all these fears were rational, there is no way children should even know about them, let alone be terrified. To help kids rediscover their courage I am launching a writing competition for elementaryContinue reading “Courage: A kid’s perspective”

Dark Christmas of 2020

Lots of people are frustrated, angry and scared of the new round of lockdowns, and understandably so. They are forced, punitive and illogical, a definition of futility. People are suffering and will suffer. We are angry with politicians, bureaucrats, people that are supporting them, or people that simply don’t care. Be careful what you doContinue reading “Dark Christmas of 2020”

Courage: An immigrant perspective

I’ve had the pleasure of talking to an older immigrant lady about the current situation in the world. She was born in Europe in the early 60s and grew up in the most prosperous time in history, possibly ever. Her youth was the blessed youth of 70s and 80s. That abruptly changed in 1991 whenContinue reading “Courage: An immigrant perspective”