Moment in time?!

MOMENT IN TIME

OUR WAYS

Our lives are moments in time.

Below is my last picture. It shows my friend doctor Mark on the beach.

What is the story behind that photo?

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Mark was a very good doctor in the Soviet Union. He came to America when he was 56 years old. To be a doctor in America he had to pass two exams: English and medicine.

I know several people who passed these exams only after several attempts. I also know doctors among immigrants who did not even try to take these exams. They changed professions.

Mark passed both exams from the first try, became a resident, then in three years had his own practice. He retired after 20 years of work in America.

On this picture Mark is 90+ years old.

Our lives are moments in time.

They are very inspiring if we properly choose and follow our ways.

A painting of my friend V.Ryklin.

In the post MY FRIEND ARTIST VLADIMIR RYKLIN I described how we met and became friends and I showed you a link to some his paintings.

Below is a photo of Vladimir’s painting in our dining room.

We discussed with him many times what happens with people who moved from one kind of society to another (from a totalitarian country to a democratic country, from poor country to rich country, from country where religion persecuted to a country where majority of population is religious, from a country with one religion to a country with many religions).

We also discussed how soon and how willingly people who settle in a new country will learn its language, will accept its laws, will love this country.

The painting below is a result of these discussions. The photo of the painting is not very clear so I want to tell you its idea: people from other countries should WILLINGLY go through a meat grinder (hard years of learning language, laws, working, FULLY adjusting to new culture) to become ROSES (people who love their new country).

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