Anna Akhmatova (introduction)

I thought long and hard how to describe life of a famous woman on this blog so that you could understand this woman, her problems and her decisions, her achievements and her tragedies.

I also want to show how government of the country can take away your freedom, your loved ones and totally control your life if you allow it.

Finally, I want to show that outstanding women did not fight for equality with men. They worked hard and often achieved more than men.

There is no doubts in my mind that live of every person can be a basis for a historical novel with wide specter of events, emotions, problems, choices and their results. 

However, a blog should use short posts as many bloggers follow hundreds of posts daily.

I also believe that in a blog characters and events must be painted with few words.

Now I want to remind you that recently I published the post GET A FEELING OF ANNA AKHMATOVA’S POETRY. If you missed it or forgot it please click on the title of the post and read it.

I want to add here one detail..

Anna Akhmatova’s ancestor was Khan Akhmat. From Wikipedia: “He was killed one night in his tent by a Russian killer-for-hire. Karamzin (Russian historian – JF) tells us that this marked the end of the Mongol yoke on Russia. …It was well known that this Akhmat was a descendant of Genghiz Khan.”

This explains how Anna Gorenko became Anna Akhmatova.

Get a feeling of Anna Akhmatova’s poetry

 

portrait by Petrov-Vodkin

portrait by Petrov-Vodkin

From Wikipedia: ” Anna Andreyevna Gorenko, better known by the pen name Anna Akhmatova, was a Russian modernist poet, one of the most acclaimed writers in the Russian canon.”

She was born in Odessa (Ukraine) in 1889. I was born in the same city in 1934.

Her poetry loved by every Russian speaking person.

Anna’s life was very interesting and tragic. I am going to write about it later.

Below is one of her poems. It translated by Richard McKane.

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I taught myself to live simply and wisely,
to look at the sky and pray to God,
and to wander long before evening
to tire my superfluous worries.

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When the burdocks rustle in the ravine
and the yellow-red rowanberry cluster droops
I compose happy verses
about life’s decay, decay and beauty.

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I come back. The fluffy cat
licks my palm, purrs so sweetly
and the fire flares bright
on the saw-mill turret by the lake.

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Only the cry of a stork landing on the roof
occasionally breaks the silence.
If you knock on my door
I may not even hear.

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Life and quotes of Hedy Lamarr.

I wonder how many people remember Hedy Lamarr and know about her life.

There was time when she was the most beautiful woman in the movie industry.

There was also time when she made very important inventions.

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Who was Hedy Lamarr?

Here is an excerpt from her official website:

“She was born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler on November 9, 1914 in Vienna, Austria. At 17 years old Hedy starred in her first film, a German project called Geld Auf Der Strase. Hedy continued her film career by working on both German and Czechoslavakian productions. The 1932 German film Exstase brought her to the attention of Hollywood producers, and she soon signed a contract with MGM.

Once in Hollywood, she officially changed her name to Hedy Lamarr and starred in her first Hollywood film, Algiers (1938), opposite Charles Boyer. She continued to land parts opposite the most popular and talented actors of the day, including Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable and Jimmy Stewart. Some of her films include an adaptation of John Steinbeck’s Tortilla Flat (1942), White Cargo (1942), Cecil B. DeMille’s Samson and Delilah (1949) and The Female Animal (1957).

As if being a beautiful, talented actress was not enough, Hedy was also extremely intelligent. In addition to her film accomplishments, Hedy patented an idea that later became the crutch of both secure military communications and mobile phone technology. In 1942, Hedy and composer George Antheil patented what they called the “Secret Communication System.” The original idea, meant to solve the problem of enemies blocking signals from radio-controlled missiles during World War II, involved changing radio frequencies simultaneously to prevent enemies from being able to detect the messages. While the technology of the time prevented the feasibility of the idea at first, the advent of the transistor and its later downsizing made Hedy’s idea very important to both the military and the cell phone industry.”

There are some of her quotes below. I would appreciate if you comment on them.

#1. I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father’s equal, and I never loved any other man as much.

#2. A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires.

#3. I have not been that wise. Health I have taken for granted. Love I have demanded, perhaps too much and too often. As for money, I have only realized its true worth when I didn’t have it.

#4. Compromise and tolerance are magic words. It took me 40 years to become philosophical.

#5. American men, as a group, seem to be interested in only two things, money and breasts. It seems a very narrow outlook.

#6. It’s funny about men and women. Men pay in cash to get them and pay in cash to get rid of them. Women pay emotionally coming and going. Neither has it easy.

#7. I advise everybody not to save: spend your money. Most people save all their lives and leave it to somebody else. Money is to be enjoyed.

#8. The ladder of success in Hollywood is usually a press agent, actor, director, producer, leading man; and you are a star if you sleep with each of them in that order. Crude, but true.

#9. It is easier for women to succeed in business, the arts, and politics in America than in Europe.

#10. Jack Kennedy always said to me, Hedy, get involved. That’s the secret of life. Try everything. Join everything. Meet everybody.

#11. Perhaps my problem in marriage-and it is the problem of many women-was to want both intimacy and independence. It is a difficult line to walk, yet both needs are important to a marriage.

#12. Any girl can look glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.

Several quotes of Maya Angelou.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Nothing will work unless you do.

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.

Until blacks and whites see each other as brother and sister, we will not have parity. It’s very clear.

I believe that every person is born with talent.

Photos of beautiful women.

The spring started in many countries and brought some rather strange events to this blog.

For example, on 1/16/2014 I published the post PHOTOS OF MAREK PALACKA and asked my followers to tell me who is the most beautiful of the four girls.

The post was not popular in January. It is possible that majority of my followers were digging themselves from snow at that time. It is also possible that all women who follow the blog decided to ignore this post in protest to my question.

However, everything changed on 3/14/2014. In the morning I received a thank you message from Marek Palacka and I told him that I’d like to post more of his photos and asked him to give me a link to his biography.

Then the real action started. During last three days my blog received 227 hits from Slovakia and 186 hits were to the post “Photos of Marek Palacka”.

It looks like after long cold winter guys in Slovakia awakened and started appreciate the beauty of their girls.

However, there are many beautiful women in other countries too. You can find some of them in the following posts:

A WISH BEFORE NEW YEAR

MEERA CHOPRA

POONAM BAJWA

PHOTO of AISHA W. by SHAVONNE WONG.

I hope that all followers and guests will enjoy all posts mentioned above.

11 years of artist Sasha Putrya.

I was born in 1934 in Odessa, Ukraine. Forty three years later (we already lived in New York) Sasha Putrya was born near Poltava, Ukraine (360 miles northeast from Odessa).

Sasha Putrya lived only 11 years but she became famous in many countries.

Read about her life and see her paintings below.

EXTRAORDINARY ARTIST ALEXANDRA PUTRYA