This blog started out as a study in loneliness in all 100 shades — abyss black, luminous black shot with stars, fertile black seeded for flowers and fruits. Then it branched out to faith and grace, and to Russian language and culture, panning and sifting for whatever things shine. It’s also verbal cameo miniatures about people and their inner lights. Religion comes up a lot, but it’s a view into the stained glass windows seen from the snow by the bumbling lachrymose Match Girl.
I don’t know who reads this. About 2-5 people log on each week, from 70 countries. The top readership is now Brazil, with Kyrgyzstan a close second. The most-read page is a review of the Kyrgyz film “The White Ship” (Белый пароход, or Ak keme). The second most popular post is devoted to an icon to the Blessed Virgin called “Unexpected Joy” (Нечаянная радость).
“Are the stories true?”
Identifying details about other people, no; those are always heavily in code, because no one deserves to be shocked by recognizing themselves on some public blog. The plot is toned all the way down to keep things believable, and any adversity or darkness is airbrushed into colors easier on the eye. But the essence is true; the workings of providence and kindness.
“Между людьми, даже смерть красна,” the Russian proverb says — Between people, even death is beautiful…. M
© Mary Angelis 2012, Library of Congress, all materials. I’m required to state here that I wrote the material and took all the photos, and hold the copyright, and actually print this stuff for registry at the Copyright Office. It’s called “due notice.” And that’s just as well; you really don’t want to be the person who walks around thinking up all this stuff.