If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.

Anatole France


Queens gallery

Every photo you take communicates something about a moment in time – a brief slice of time of where you were, who you were with, and what you were doing.

Kevin Systrom

I would add to the quote above: “…what you thought and/or felt at that moment”.

Today I added the page “Queens gallery”. You can see it HERE. Click on the first photo and you’ll see all of them in proper sizes and colors.

I mentioned several times in my posts that we can find beauty everywhere. It is inside us and outside. There are wonderful sunrises and sunsets everywhere. There are beautiful plants, flowers, animals, birds, parks, wonderful buildings in every big city or a small town.

Beautiful nature and beautiful people are everywhere!

I hope that you’ll like something in my photos shot in Queens.

Please take a look and let me know what you liked.

Thank you!



Ultimate thing

I know that books seem like the ultimate thing that’s made by one person, but that’s not true. Every reading of a book is a collaboration between the reader and the writer who are making the story up together.

John Green

Not long ago I read a book “Change of Pace” written by Fia Essen. I follow her blog ( from moment of its discovery by me and I enjoy her style of writing.

The book led me from New York where I live last 40 years to an island that I’ve never visited. It showed me people of several generations with all their ups and downs, with tremendous capacity for love and friendship.

These people were real for me. They learned how to overcome all difficulties, how to build their happiness.

I am a speed reader from childhood but I often read books slowly to enjoy them fully. I read the book and lived with people in it.

Surely, I recommend you to read “Change of Pace”.

Today Fia notified me that her new book “Ariel” is already on Amazon.

Here are links to it:

Amazon –

Goodreads –

I will start reading “Ariel” tonight. Hope you’ll read both books too.




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Build wealth and happiness!

We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.

George Bernard Shaw




Everyone needs it

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.

John Muir

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“Be happy for this moment…”


Omar Khayyam




For women only

The only time a woman really succeeds in changing a man is when he is a baby.

Natalie Wood


Sculpture by Etienne Pirot, photo by TUTT’ART


About faith and God

I know there are many people who don’t believe in God. They call themselves atheists and other names.

During 40 years of my life in the Soviet Union I knew that “religion is the opium for the people”, that there is no God, that no intelligent person can believe in God.

However, even at that time I wondered why majority of physicists and astronomers believed in God. Those people were discovering new stars, laws of universe, laws of matter. How could they believe in God?

During 40 years of my life in America I studied philosophy, history and essence of different religions. I learned much more about life, about human psychology, about sufferings and faith.

Today I chose the quote below:



What is excess? What is justice? Should we all try to succeed and to become rich or should we solve all problems only by increasing taxes? What is too much and too little? Please read my thoughts in the old post in the writing challenge and don’t miss facts about rich people in the post.


“Perhaps too much of everything is as bad as too little”. – Edna Ferber

Do you agree with this statement on excess?

First of all, with all due respect to Edna Ferber, who was an American novelist, short story writer and playwright, I believe that the quote above is very bad from many points of view.

Words “too much” and “too little” are not applicable to many things. For example, it can’t be too little ocean, too much beauty or too little children.

It also can’t be too little criminals or too many competent people in the government.

In general, “too little” and “too much” are subjective terms. In my country many people believe that $10 per hour for their work is too little. In some countries it is “too much”.

Too little of pain is better than too much pain.

If too little people can hack in your bank…

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Pessimists and optimists

Several months ago I published two photos of snow monkeys shot by a friend of the family in Nagano, Japan.

PESSIMIST  by Ilya Raskin, SharperPlanet photography

PESSIMIST by Ilya Raskin, SharperPlanet photography










OPTIMIST  by Ilya Raskin, SharperPlanet Photography

OPTIMIST by Ilya Raskin, SharperPlanet Photography








Today I found a quote about optimists that I want to share with you before Thanksgiving.

An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.

Irv Kupcinet

Please don’t change your diet until Friday or you might start looking as a pessimist above.

Happy Thanksgiving!


I know, I know!

After I published yesterday the short post “Do you believe in evolution? Our relative?” one of my followers (M-R) asked me to clarify my beliefs. I do it by reblogging this post.

Quote about poverty and wealth.

“In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of.

In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.”


Success and Happiness.

Many years ago my son told me: “Father, I wanted very much to get an interesting and rewarding job, to find a soulmate, to buy a house, to have children and make them happy, to have good friends. Now I have it all but I feel depressed. Why?”

I answered: “You are working too hard and you have not enough time to love yourself, your family and friends. You have no time to love nature, music and art, to relax. You should drastically cut your working week and enjoy what you have. This will make you happy.”

My son said: “Father, if I follow your advice I will earn only half of what I get today.”

I suggested: “Talk to your wife and ask her opinion. She loves you and she is very smart”.

Two weeks passed. Then my daughter-in-law told me that my son arranged to work three days per week.

Very soon both of them and their children were very, very happy.

Later my son started to work five days per week again but he never worked overtime.

Success is getting and achieving what you want. Happiness is wanting and being content with what you get.

                                                                Bernard Meltzer