Moment in time?!



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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