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Happy New Year!

My boys, getting ready to go down to Independence Square for Yushchenko's inauguration and to welcome in the New Year!

More New Year's photos from Maidan, courtesy of Hubby.


December 31, 2004  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Disaster Relief

From byFaith Online Magazine e-mail:

Mission to the World is spearheading relief efforts for victims of the recent Tsunami in Asia. MTW is in the process raising funds to help those in need. It is also planning to send response teams through its Disaster Response Ministry (DRM). The DRM is a mercy ministry of the Medical Missions Department of MTW, created with the specific purpose of deploying trained and equipped teams to areas of disaster and need in different parts of the world. To read the MTW appeal letter, to donate funds and/or to volunteer to be a part of a response team go to MTW.org

Honestly, I'm not going to be blogging about the tsunami. It's just too much for me right now. It's too big, too horrible, too overwhelming. I'm limiting what I read about it, what I pictures I view, and how much I think about it.

And while I know many, many people are suffering, I am very thankful that the people we personally know who live and minister in that part of the world are safe.

Update: More about the MTW Minutemen at Wittenberg Gate.


December 30, 2004  |  Comments (6)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Welcome, Baby Alexander!

We are rejoicing to here that new baby Hampson has safely and healthily made it into this world. Much love to the Hampson family!

"O Lord my God, shed the light of your love on my child. Keep him safe from all illness and all injury. Enter his tiny soul, and comfort him with your peace and joy. He is too young to speak to me, and to my ears his cries and gurgles are meaningless nonsense... Let him as a child learn the way of your commandments. As an adult let him live the full span of life, serving your kingdom on earth. And finally in his old age, let him die in the sure and certain knowledge of your salvation. I do not ask that he be wealthy, powerful, or famous. Rather I ask that he be poor in spirit, humble in action, and devout in worship. Dear Lord, smile upon him."

~Johann Starck, 1680-1756

The above prayer is at the top of Jenn's blog, and is one I'm going to print out to keep above my kitchen sink.


December 30, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



New Online Book

Reason to Believe, by R. C. Sproul

(via Monergism.com)


December 30, 2004  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Yushchenko Boys

Yushchenko Boys

These aren't my boys, but my boys would certainly join them in accessorizing with orange ribbons.

Photo from obdymok, thanks to Hello.


December 28, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Happy Happy Joy Joy!

This week I'm getting a wonderful Christmas present from Tim over at Challies Dot Com. *grin* He's a tech guru and is doing what gurus do to templates and MT and the sorts of things that confound us unenlightened ones.

If there are any hiccups along the way, please be patient with me!

And go check out Challies Dot Com--one of my regular (and very worthwhile) reads.

Update: Ooooh, ooooh! MT 3.12 is already installed and already addressing the mire of spam that's accumulated. Thank you, Tim!


December 28, 2004  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



The Kathy She Knew

"I met Kathy during the Cold War days, doing rallies and events in support of freedom and democracy for the Soviet bloc. (She loved Ukraine deeply -- to this day most of what I know about Ukrainian culture is what she taught me -- but she cheerfully worked to free all the Captive Nations.) At the time, most people thought the Cold War would go on for decades. Only true believers did the work Kathy did. There was no glory in it; certainly no money (one usually had to supply one's own money) nor prestige. . . . But Kathy wanted Ukraine to be free and she was in the cause because of that love. I can't say I am surprised to see that she is still on the job, because I never met anyone more dedicated to the freedom of her homeland than Kathy.

Amy Ridenour has a great post about when she knew and worked with Kateryna Chumachenko Yushchenko.

Quite a vivid difference from Lyudmilla "And their hands reach out for another orange" Yanukovich.

(Via FeebleKnees)


December 28, 2004  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Yushchenko, Tak!

55.21% Yushchenko!
44.01% Yanukovich

From the Central Election Committee
99.09% of the votes tabulated
Reported at 3:38 p.m.


Watch the celebrations here and here. The boys are going around the flat singing, Yushchenko! Tak! Yushchenko! Tak! Nash president, tak, tak! They're even more excited about Yushchenko's election than they were about Bush's. . . And that's saying something.


December 27, 2004  |  Comments (11)  |  TrackBack (1)  |  Permalink



The Heart of the Orange Revolution

If you are just starting to follow what is going on in Ukraine, let me help you find the heart of the matter. As our friend Lena wrote,

". . .2 month ago I guessed that I live in the worst country in the world. I was oppressed when I could not see a dignity in my fellow citizens, willingness to freedom and happiness. . . . November, 22 I started to be really proud of my co-citizens. Now I can see that they are not passive mammals who want just to dig comfortable burrow, to generate they own posterity and to finish life in poverty, pretending that there is no another way. Since November, 22 there are not a crowd on the main square of my country. This is the PEOPLE. . . . And now I know for sure that there are a lot of us. But we are not only the force who able to be the opposition to criminals and cads. It can't be enough for me, I think. We are the people in the most exalted and humane sense of this word. And not only number turns us to be the force, but exactly these LOVE, FAITH and HOPE which live in everyone now. . ."

Serhii Rakhmanin writes in the Mirror-Weekly,

"Ukraine has been awaiting this day since 1991, when independence fell to the people’s feet as an overripe fruit from a dried tree. At that time we were not ready to digest it. . . .The number of sincere dreamers was too small. There were too few new heroes to form a new type of elite. The same old people kept their offices, having only modified their rhetoric a bit.

We got a new state. . . . Yet it proved insufficient to become a nation.

. . .

We have stood this test to be rewarded with a new generation of people.

We do not want to be disillusioned again. Yet even if it happens, today’s events will be remembered by generations to come."

And please take the time to read Oksana Zabushko's essay on Ukrainian Solidarity.


December 26, 2004  |  Comments (4)  |  TrackBack (1)  |  Permalink



Election Observers Beaten?

From Ovozrevatel:

Observers shot at in Zaporizhzhya

At polling station №83 of constituency № 215 in Zaporizhzhya an hour ago, observers found a violation of the law, which centered on dozens of applications to vote at home written in the same handwriting. As soon as the observers began to draw a judicial act about the violation, the members of the election commission began to expel them from the polling station by beating them.

The observers, with a video-tape of the violations, tried to leave the constituency. At that time they were shot at. As a result, the driver was wounded near the heart, and was hospitalized.

I hope this early report is an exaggeration of what happened, and I pray the driver and all involved will sustain only minor injuries.


December 26, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Ukraine Exit Poll Results

the Center for Social Monitoring: YUSCHENKO - 58.1%, YANUKOVYCH - 38.4%

The Razumkov Center: YUSCHENKO - 56.5%, YANUKOVYCH - 41.3%,

The Interfax-Ukraine Exit Poll: YUSCHENKO - 53%, YANUKOVYCH - 41.3%

The Luntz Research Company at the request of ICTV: Yuschenko - 56%, Yanukovych - 41%

Poll numbers courtesy of InterFax.

Note: The polls have been closed for over an hour now. These polling results, to my knowledge, reflect the results from the whole day, not just part of the day (as the misleading Kerry-leading-polling was.)

(Via OrangeUkraine)


December 26, 2004  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Live-Blogging from Kyiv

Dan and Hubby are at Maidan, in the center of Kyiv tonight. Both are live-blogging, posting as regularly as they can in the midst of participating. Keep checking on them throughout the day to see what's really going on here in Ukraine.

Obdymok and Veronica are also updating pretty regularly.


December 26, 2004  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Ukraine Election: Take 3

Today is the election day in Ukraine--the third election in less than two months. And this time, with over 12000 international observers, we all hope that this vote will be held and counted as fairly and accurately as possible.

To keep updated, check out these blogs and news sources:

UkrBlogs, in and out of Kyiv:
Hubby, at Le Sabot
Neeka's Backlog
Orange Ukraine
Foreign Notes
Ukraine, Oh My!
The Argus
Fistful of Euros
Daniel Drezner
The Periscope
SCSU Scholars
A Step at a Time

UkrNews in English:
Kyiv Post high integrity
Maidan News
Ukraine Now
Ukraine Observer
Mirror Weekly
Google News - Ukraine
EinNews - Ukraine
Hotline News

And, a big thanks to Instapundit, for keeping the Orange Revolution on the minds of his readers. *grin*


December 26, 2004  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (3)  |  Permalink



Our Advent


December 24, 2004  |  Comments (7)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Narcissus and Goldmund

Last night I finished reading Hermann Hesse's Narcissus and Goldmund. I wanted to quote my favorite passage from it, but already leant it out to a friend.

I google'd for an essay analyzing some of the themes and images in the book, and found very little, apart from websites that provide term papers for a fee. How dumb does a student have to be to buy a research paper online? Don't they know how easy it is to discover plagiarism? A quick google search uncovers all but the most skilled word-stealing. And then there are special websites and computer programs that help identify more subtle plagiarism. What kind of screwball plagiarises the work of another and claims it as his own? If you're going to take the time to go to school or university, at least put out the effort to learn and do your own work. . .

I never did find the sort of Hesse analysis I wanted to read.

Anyway, last year I tried each month to list all the books I was reading. I wasn't as consistent as I wanted to be. While it's not quite time for New Year's resolutions, that's one thing I'm going to again attempt in 2005.

Back to Hesse. . . I haven't yet read Camille Paglia's Sexual Personae, but Hubby's talked to me about some of Paglia's themes and says it'll make a great follow up to Narcissus and Goldmund.


December 23, 2004  |  Comments (8)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Yushchenko / Yanukovich Debate

I didn't watch the debate on Monday. My Ukrainian is rustier than my Russian, and our tv cables aren't working at all. I knew, however, I could rely on Dan to give a summary of Monday nights' Yushchenko / Yanukovich debate.

If you've been listening to Разом нас багато, you might recognize the line Ми не козли or "mi nye kozli." We're not goats!

Yanukovich called the protesters who had gathered in Independence Square, one of the foulest names in this culture. Here's my favorite part of the debate:

"Are you ready to apologize to the ten million active opposition supporters for calling them 'goats'?" asked Yuschenko. "I mean, maybe you could say they're only ten million, but they're still Ukrainians."

"I called them goats in the biblical sense, in the sense of betrayers," answered Yanukovych, which made Yushchenko laugh. . ."

Read Dan's thorough debate commentary here.


December 22, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Orange Revolution Accessories


As Disco says, When you revolutionize--accessorize!


December 21, 2004  |  Comments (6)  |  TrackBack (1)  |  Permalink



Advent - The Fourth Sunday

On the fourth Sunday in Advent, we light the Angel candle. It's a thrill to have all four candles lit. Our readings for the week are:

Sun. Is. 7:10-14
Mon. Luke 1:26-35
Tue. Is. 9:2-7
Wed. Mt. 1:18-25
Thu. Luke 2:1-20
Fri. Mt. 2:1-2
Sat. Luke 2:21-35

One of the boys' favorite hymns this season has been "Hark the Herald Angel's Sing!" C4 still doesn't quite know all the lyrics and tends to switch between "Hark!" and "Razom nas Bagato."

Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born King;
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!"
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With the angelic host proclaim.
"Christ is born in Bethlehem!"
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born King!"

Christ, by highest heaven adored.
Christ, the everlasting Lord,
Late in time behold Him come,
Offspring of a virgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see,
Hail the incarnate Deity!
Pleased as Man with man to dwell;
Jesus, our Immanuel!
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born King!"

Hail, the heavenly Prince of Peace!
Hail, the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings,
Risen with healing in His wings.
Mild He leaves His throne on high,
Born that man no more may die;
Born to raise the sons of earth;
Born to give them second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born King!"

Come, Desire of nations, come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Oh, to all Thyself impart,
Formed in each believing heart!
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born King;
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!"
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born King!"

Listen here.


December 19, 2004  |  Comments (5)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



The Globe

We're on a first name basis with the girls who work at "The Globe".

It's an English bookstore about the size of a normal bathroom, but chock full of books. It's weird what ends up there--Tolkien and Harry Potter definitely, a smattering of DK and travel books, Penguin classics and then a weird assortment of red-lined overstocks. . .

Not having an English langauge library and a more narrow selection of books available has done some interesting things to my reading habits. I've discovered and revisited some classics and I read a bit of modern Brit Lit.

But I've surprisingly discovered that I quite enjoy current post-modern Japanese literature.


December 19, 2004  |  Comments (5)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Playing School?

As I sit here and type, the boys are in the living room playing school.

In Russian.


December 18, 2004  |  Comments (4)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Busy Saturday

Saturdays are one of our busiest days. Today Hubby teaches two English classes in our home (and I keep the boys somewhat quiet and occupied.) Later, we'll be having some people over for hot cocoa and cookies, and prayer. Then, they'll be off to do some things to help bring more community awareness of the church.

I had planned to make cookies with the boys last night, and then realized that I'm out of eggs again. I found a no-egg recipe for hammentashen that looked suitable for cookie cutter-ing. We'll see. . . I'm almost tempted to buy four score of eggs.

On the Ukrainian election front, Pora's "Train of Friendship" and "Movement of Liberty" is currently progressing through southern and eastern Ukraine, promoting truth in campaigning and unity in Ukraine.

Polish supporters of Ukrainian democracy are knitting a giant orange scarf. I wish I could find pictures of it.

Chocolatier Willy Wonka supports Yushchenko. Err, wait. That's Poroshenko.

Jane's confirmed Russian spetznas troops were/are in Ukraine.

And the Yushchenko/Yanukovich debates are scheduled for Monday.


December 18, 2004  |  Comments (7)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Happy Mail-box Mail

I received a special treat in the mail today--the January and February 2005 issues of TableTalk magazine. I'm just tickled. This was a gift from Swamphopper and Marsupial Mom. *mush, mush* Thank you!

I think TableTalk was one of the first things I added to my wishlist. I remember Kelly mentioning last year that a subscription is one of the standard Christmas presents she gets for certain family members. I've been wanting it (and procrastinating subscribing myself) since then.

Again, thank you so much! What an encouragement y'all are. to me. It's hard to wait until January 1st to begin the devotionals.


December 17, 2004  |  Comments (3)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



The BOB Awards

Well, I'm flattered! I was just nominated by MaltaGirl in the BOB Awards. And, woohoo--they offer prizes! I'd love to win a prettification of my blog.

She chose the Education/Homeschool category.

My Homeschooling archives seem a bit bare these days, but life here in Ukraine is quite an eduation. Check out the Nurturing Children and Family Journal, for more of our learning-through-living posts.

The other nominees include blogs I often read, like Happy Homeschooler, School@Home, Relaxed Homeskool, Routon Family Homeschool and Classic Adventures. I couldn't resist, I even had to add a nomination, Amy Loves Books.

One of the best things about blogging promotions like this one, is discovering new blogs. Go check out the BOB Awards, surf around the nominess, and suggest a few of your own!


December 16, 2004  |  Comments (8)  |  TrackBack (1)  |  Permalink



Life Imitates Art

"Life comes before literature, as the material always comes before the work. The hills are full of marble before the world blooms with statues." --Phillips Brooks

Do you ever have dripping-with-irony weeks? The past few have been like that here. There are so many things going on internally and externally in my life, and then I read something or experience something that just seems too. . . too contrived, almost. Irony at it's finest. Feeling like I'm living out the plot of a postmodern novel or French movie. Surreal.

(Quote via Brandywine Books)


December 15, 2004  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Alluring Alliteration

Kleptocratic crack-up continues concurrently with Yanukovych's quixotic campaign contra Kuchma.


Also check out:
Marabouts, Magicians, and Meacham


December 15, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Ukraine Bits and Pieces

Today is the last day to bid on Angel's Tak Oranges original painting with proceeds going to charity. Even if you don't buy it, click on the link and be inspired by the story and photos of the creative process.

Dan warns about some money-for-Ukraine scams and has a list of solid MSM articles about what's going on here.

Check out this brand-spankin' new blog, originating from Kyiv. Little Miss wonders, Is Yushchenko Really a Believer?

Klitschko beats Williams.

Ukrainian politics--it's not about the Left or the Right. . . To borrow Disco's phrase, it's a mix of politico-economic tribalism and Pragmatic Kleptocracy. Read more.

Foreign Notes writes more about the US money that was involved in the Ukrainian election. My take? If US money wasn't involved, then it should have been. . ..

And wow, I'm flattered! Included in the same category as the Big Daddies, like Instapundit and Atrios. *blush, blush*


December 14, 2004  |  Comments (4)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



So You Want To Spend Christmas in Ukraine?

I've been looking for this information, and only just now have it, thanks to Dan. The desired deadline is past, but I don't think it's too late to contact them about being involved as an Election Observer. The following is from Orange Ukraine:

Continue reading "So You Want To Spend Christmas in Ukraine?"


December 14, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Yushchenko's Poisoning

While it's old news that Yushchenko has been poisoned, today the Ukrainian Rada re-opened investigations.

Nikita Demosthenes has written extensively about Yuschenko's poisoning and chloracne. Read here and here.


December 13, 2004  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



From the Archives. . .

Hubby has some of my favorite photos that capture Kyiv in his archives.

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From our kitchen window during our first winter in Kyiv.

December 13, 2004  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Advent - The Third Sunday

Tonight we lit the Shepherd's candle, the rose-colored joy candle. Advent has been such a special time for me this year, even though my focus was originally helping the children understand Christmas and prepare their hearts. With the craziness of the Orange Revolution and how quickly Christmas seems to be coming, the nightly ritual of lighting the candles, praying and singing has been so calming for me.

The following are the Bible passages we're reading during the third week of Advent.

Sun. Luke 1:5-13
Mon. Luke 1:14-17
Tue. Luke 1:18-25
Wed. Luke 1:39-45
Thu. Luke 1:46-56
Fri. Luke 1:57-66
Sat. Luke 1:67-80

One of my favorite Christmas songs when I was a child was Angels We Have Heard on High. I remember singing with the children's choir at a local Baptist church when I was in 4th grade,. I loved the Glo-o-oria! parts and would feel so joyful--and a bit lightheaded. Tonight was the first time we sang it this year, and it seems to fit perfectly with this week of Advent.

Angels We Have Heard on High

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

See Him in a manger laid,
Whom the choirs of angels praise;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
While our hearts in love we raise.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Listen to the tune at CyberHymnal.


December 12, 2004  |  Comments (3)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Orange Revolution Timeline

Thanks to the Kyiv Post, here's a Timeline of the Orange Revolution.


December 10, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (1)  |  Permalink



Gingerbread Men

I finally got out to a grocery that had eggs, and bought two 10s of them. (What is the English word for a group of ten? We don't buy things by the dozen here.)

I taught J8 how to read a recipe today, double checking the ingredients, and measureing things properly. He also did the math to quadruple the recipe. Since we haven't formally forayed into the multiplication tables or fractions, I was happy that he figured it all out accurately!

This Gingerbread recipe ought to appeal to the gourmands among us--real ginger root is the key ingredient.

Gingerbread Men

4 cups plain white flour
2 cup raw sugar
1 teaspoon bi-carb soda
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon of salt
4 full teaspoons of freshly chopped ginger (3+ inches of ginger root)
1 teaspoon ground dry ginger (opt)
250g (8 oz.) butter
4 small eggs
2 teaspoon golden syrup or honey

Sift the flour into a bowl and add the soda, cinnamon and salt. Rub in the butter until it all crumbles, then add the sugar, working it all into a dough. Grate the ginger or cut very finely. Finally add the beaten eggs and golden syrup and mix it all together. (Using your hands works best.)

Place some flour on a clean surface and roll out the dough flatly. If the mixture is still too sticky, add a little bit more flour. Cut into shapes and place on a greased tray and bung it in the oven at 180 C for about 15 to 20 minutes, leave to cool on the tray and eat them.

I've found that the ginger flavor matures if you refrigerate the dough overnight or store the cookies in a tin for a day or so. We piped details in white frosting on these last year, and they were our primary tree decoration. They still tasted yummy after hanging on the tree for awhile!


December 09, 2004  |  Comments (18)  |  TrackBack (1)  |  Permalink



From Georgia

"When a person knows freedom, they want other people to be free."

(via Le Sabot)


December 09, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Ukraine Update

The Tent City will remain through the run-up to the Ukrainian elections on December 26th, but the protests are more low key, now. Orange ribbons are still seen everywhere throughout the city, as people return to a more normal rhythm of life. Things are not "over" but definitely have shifted focus.

Activism has shifted from protest mode to campaign mode. Dan at Orange Ukraine has the scoop on Yushchenko's campaign strategies.

Wikipedia has expanded to include a new section--WikiNews. I think this has great potential, depending on how it's executed. Here's their news page on the Ukraine Political Crisis. (Via EuroPhobia)

Hubby has some new photos up along with news and analysis.

Things are so hopeful!


December 09, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Going, going, gone. . .

As I post this, there are only four hours left to bid on this painting inspired by the Orange Revolution. All proceeds will go to charity.

Update from Angel:

Hi! I have terrific news!!!!!! Thanks to the auction $217.50 will be donated for the people on the square! Here is a bit of the email from the winning bidder:


I'm looking forward to receiving your painting (saw it on tulipgirl.com). My wife and I are moving to Kiev for work next spring and the painting will be going with us.

Thanks to all who bid in support of Ukraine!


December 07, 2004  |  Comments (7)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Who's Doing What in Kyiv

Neeka has been spending time with Crimean Tatars.

And Scotthas met the Egg Guy.

Dan and Lesya have been down at the tent city, "They'll easily make it until the 26th." They participated in a multi-religious rally and prayer time. Hubby also has photos illustrating the support the revolution has among the religious.

Maidan reports just how close things came to military force on November 28th.

Hubby has been in the center tonight. Keep checking his blog for updates.

And, on a personal note, our local grocery store has been out of eggs for about a week. It puts a cramp in my plans to make Christmas cookies with the boys. I'm curious whether it is related to the strike, which I am willing to forego eggs to support. Or, if it is simply a breakdown in the distribution system for this chain. It's been known to happen even without a revolution going on--in October toilet paper was out of stock for two weeks. . .


December 07, 2004  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (1)  |  Permalink



Orange Babushka

orange lady.JPG This is one of my favorite photos of Ukraine, ever.

Hubby has a whole slew of new photos up.


December 06, 2004  |  Comments (8)  |  TrackBack (1)  |  Permalink



Under the Weather. . .

I've been a bit under the weather the past few days. Slept almost 24 hours straight. So, info on Ukraine is a bit lacking here. . .

For what's going on in Ukraine, Hubby has some photos and analysis up. Or browse through the following resources helpful links, but is in no way an exhaustive list.

UkrBlogs, in and out of Kyiv:
Hubby, at Le Sabot
Neeka's Backlog
Foreign Notes
Orange Ukraine
Ukraine, Oh My!
The Argus
Fistful of Euros
Daniel Drezner
The Periscope
SCSU Scholars
A Step at a Time
Orange Revolution

UkrNews in English:
Kyiv Post high integrity
Maidan News
Ukraine Now
Ukraine Observer
Mirror Weekly
Google News - Ukraine
EinNews - Ukraine
Hotline News


December 05, 2004  |  Comments (9)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Advent - The Second Sunday

C4 has been asking for our "admint" time each day--and has been disappointed that we only light the candles and sing once a day.

The second Sunday in advent we light the purlple Bethlehman candle. (Or, as Hubby saus in a Shrek-like voice, "the Donkey candle.") These are the Bible passages we're reading this week.

Sun. Is. 11:1-10
Mon. Zech. 6:12-13
Tue. Mic. 5:2-4
Wed. Mal. 3:1-6
Thu. John 1:1-8
Fri. John 1:9-18
Sat. Mark 1:1-3

And this is one of my favorite Advent hymns, but one I always struggle to get the tune right. The link at the bottom leads to the tune as well as the words.

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

Come, thou long-expected Jesus,
Born to set thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us;
Let us find our rest in thee.
Israel's strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth thou art;
Dear Desire of ev'ry nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

Born thy people to deliver,
Born a child, and yet a King,
Born to reign in us for ever,
Now thy gracious kingdom bring.
By thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By thine all-sufficient merit
Raise us to thy glorious throne.

Trinity Hymnal #145


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And Reagan Should Know. . .

"Evil is powerless ... If the good are unafraid."

--Ronald Reagan


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Just In -- Supreme Court Has Ruled!

Our friends Lena and Seryozha just came over. At 5:58 the Supreme Court decision was read. The Supreme Court has ruled that:
1. The election from November 21 is invalid.
2. There will be another run-off election, between Yushchenko and Yanukovich.
3. The election will be held before the end of December.

We were all jumping up and down and so excited. This decision is wonderful and right. And honestly, I am so happy and amazed at how things are turning out. We're celebrating!

As soon as I find this from an English news source, I'll provide a link.

Update: Here's the story from the Kyiv Post Some excerpts:

Ukraine's Supreme Court on Friday invalidated the official results of the disputed presidential runoff election and ruled that a repeat vote must be held.

Presiding Judge Anatoliy Yarema said the rerun should be held by Dec. 26.

. . .

The court's ruling is binding and cannot be overturned.

Yushchenko has pushed for a quick rerun of the runoff, saying it may come as early as Dec. 19. He has rejected outgoing President Leonid Kuchma's call for a completely new election, which was widely seen as a bid to field a new candidate more popular than Yanukovych.

Tens of thousands of opposition protesters who had massed in central Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) in anticipation of the decision cheered, waving blue-and-yellow Ukrainian and orange Yushchenko flags and chanting "Yushchenko! Yushchenko!" The crackle of fireworks could be heard in the distance.

. . .

"This is a great victory of all people who have been standing at the square, a great victory for Ukrainian democracy," said Mykola Katerinchuk, the Yushchenko lawyer who wrote the appeal.

Read the rest here.

Update: Read the text of the decision at obdymok.


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Online Translator

Update! Thanks to Paul, here's an online Ukrainian/English translator!

For those who are trying to dig a bit deeper to understand what is going on in Ukraine and want first source material, I recommend this internet auto-translator. You still have to gist and guess a bit, but it's the one I use. Unfortunately, it's only Russian/English. I still haven't found a reliable Ukrainian/English online translator

Update: How cool is this? I just went to use the online translator to prepare vocab words for a class, and there's an orange Tak! banner at the top of the page! *grin*


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Ukraine Backgrounder

One of the best overviews I've seen for Ukraine's history and politics is at Wikipedia.

Also check out:
Wikipedia: Ukraine
Wikipedia: Verkhovna Rada
Ukraine Constitution in English
Ukraine History Timeline
Map of Ukraine
Three Language Map

And, if you can get to a library or bookstore, Borderland: A Journey Through the History of Ukraine by Anna Reid is a very moving and readable history of Ukraine.

(Especially for Helena. *grin*)


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Cool New Bookstore

One of my favorite websites, Monergism has just expanded in include an online bookstore, Monergism Books.

On the main Monergism site, you'll find free articles and books on a myriad of topics coming from various Reformed and Covenantal viewpoints. Also, find sermons and study guides on just about any Bible passage. Excellent resource for study or browsing.

Already at Monergism Books I see tons of books I'ld love to have fill my bookshelves. I'm really happy they've expanded to include this new resource.

(Via Challies)


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Who is Victor?

Check out Dan's character sketches of Victor Yushchenko and Victor Yanukovich over at Orange Ukraine. Great for both background and "big picture" info.


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Art for Democracy II

Support Democracy in Ukraine -- All Proceeds Donated

created by Angel

Painting inspired by and painted while listening to:
Музика: гурт ГРИНДЖОЛИ & радіо "Західний Полюс" Повстанська пісня

Разом нас багато
Нас не подолати!

Фальсифікаціям. Ні!
Махінаціям. Ні!
Понятіям. Ні!
Ні брехні!
Ющенко, Ющенко!
Це наш президент.
Так! Так! Так!

Разом нас багато
Нас не подолати!

Ми не бидло
Ми не козли.
Ми України
Доньки і сини
Зараз чи ніколи
Годі чекати
Разом нас багато
Разом нас не подолати

Разом нас багато
Нас не подолати!"

(Dan has the translation online.)

More art for Ukraine


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Worries about Using Force Tonight

From Hotline:

"All the officers of the department of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kyiv were called to the department for 23.30. All the employees received an order to come in winter clothes and with weapons. They will receive other instructions at the meeting."

Please continue to pray for peace in Ukraine, especially in Kyiv. I'm concerned that possibilities of violence may increase, with the new agreement reached and confusion about what it means. And that Kuchma et al may be desparate enough to use force.

I rejoice, however, that it appears that all parties involved have agreed to not use force in resolving this. Thank you for your ongoing prayers.


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Just In, Big News

From Le Sabot:

"From the press conference at Marinskiy Palace. From what I'm hearing, President Kuchma announced:

1. All parties have signed an agreement. It was a "genuine compromise." There is going to be a revote, though I don't think the type has been decided yet.

2. There is going to be an expert working group to look at the legal issues of the election. They will follow the recommendations of the Supreme Court.

3. All sides are renouncing violence.

4. The protesters are going to stop blocking government buildings.

5. There will be constitutional reform during the upcoming period.

From the quick bit I saw on the TV here, everyone was smiling, including the "sick" Yanukovych. With only the above info, it's hard to say what the significance of this is. I need to know what kind of constitional reform. To date, that phrase means a weakening of the president in favor of the PM. We'll have to see what it means here.

A lot of the activists here at this spot aren't happy about the agreement. There's always an undercurrent of mistrust that he's too timid, so I'm taking this with a grain of salt. But it does seem like an ambiguous step at best.

Unrelated note: Channel 5 is announcing a massive removal of official documents from the Ministry of Internal Affairs office. They had footage of voting slips in the back of dumptrucks."

Related news articles:

Ukraine's Opposition Agrees. . .
Rumors of New Election in a Month
Yushchenko wants New Vote Dec 19
Snow Truck Smuggles Documents
Blockade Lifted, Agreement Signed


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Yushchenko: How to be Victorious

In tonight's speech to the Ukrainians gathered at Independence Square, Yushchenko stressed that the two main ways to gain a victory are:

1) love, warm-heartedness and unity

2) people should stay on Maidan untill Supreme Court and Verkhovna Rada declare precise date of revoting

(Via Maidan News)


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2004 Word of the Year

A Merriam-Webster spokesman said it was not possible to say how many times blog had been looked up on its Web sites but that from July onward, the word received tens of thousands of hits per month.

And the 2004 Top Ten Favorite Words are:

1. defenestration
2. serendipity
3. onomatopoeia
4. discoshaman, er, wait-- discombobulate
5. plethora
6. callipygian
7. juxtapose
8. persnickety
9. kerfuffle
10. flibbertigibbet

Can you define each of these, without looking them up?

(Via Instapundit)


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No Compromise, No Separation

Yanukovich is no longer Prime Minister.

The Rada has dismissed the government.

Yushchenko has refused to compromise, when it means betraying the protesters, and has stopped negotiating with Kuchma et al for now. Key in this: Refusing a revote where neither Yanukovich nor Yushchenko is allowed to run.

The separatist movement seems to run out of steam.

All these are good developments.

In other news. . .

According to Ukraine, Oh My! "Tuesday, at midnight, Kuchma's constitutional term of five years as President ended. Theoretically, Ukraine is without a president."


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