Updated: Jun 8
Greetings. I hope everyone has been able to get out and enjoy the spring weather we've been having, but I have to admit that the weather Sunday was nasty and the weather made it all too easy to stay glued to the television as I have been rivetted by the news about the Ukranian invasion.
The battles have continued this week and pictures coming out of the Ukraine are horrifying. Even a few weeks ago, I have to say that I didn't know much about the Ukraine, but always loved chicken Kiev, named after the country's capital city!
But my heart breaks for the Ukranians. It is interesting that little is making the headlines about Covid other than the lifting of mask mandates. The virus has been supplanted by a much more serious threat of potential nuclear war and World War 3.
It is hard to believe that we seem to be re-living the Cold War. So many times during the pandemic I kept thinking that my life had turned into the movie," Groundhog Day" with the recurrent surges of Covid.
But I didn't think that we'd have to re-live the Cold War or comparisons between the Ukrainian invasion and the advances made by Hitler at the start of World War II. It is also hard to believe that Ukrainian President Zelenskyy, a Jew whose family were Holocaust survivors, is having to fend off his country from this genocide.
Zelenskyy's defense of his country has been inspiring. Many of my readers may not have even been alive or remember the Cold War but I will never forget Ronald Reagan's famous speech which signaled the end of the era.
Recent events also make me think of the song by Sting called "Russians," which was released in 1985 and speaks to the inhumanity of war. It was actually released 2 years before Reagan's iconic speech (and I have included the lyrics below).
I have written in the past about my family's love of tennis. The invasion is hitting close to home because it is affecting the tennis world as well. Elena Svitolina, a Ukranian who happens to be one daughter's favorite pros to watch, has boldly come out in support of her native country. Andre Rublev, a Russian, made the courageous move on Friday of criticizing his country's invasion after a win at a big tournament in Mexico.
One Ukranian male tennis pro has actually returned to his country to take up arms. But more personally, one of my daughter's college teammates was born in Russia, and she, too, has courageously come out in support of Ukraine on social media.
The acts of courage and heroics have been impressive, though the scenes of the refugees and killing of innocent children have been heart wrenching.
I so hope and pray for peace, especially as we enter the Easter Season today with Ash Wednesday.
I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the week, and I'm going to sign off with a little teaser... I have some exciting plastic surgery news that I'll be announcing in my next blog, so keep a lookout! Russians Sting
In Europe and America There's a growing feeling of hysteria Conditioned to respond to all the threats In the rhetorical speeches of the Soviets
Mr. Khrushchev said we will bury you I don't subscribe to this point of view It would be such an ignorant thing to do If the Russians love their children too
How can I save my little boy From Oppenheimer's deadly toy? There is no monopoly in common sense On either side of the political fence
We share the same biology Regardless of ideology Believe me when I say to you I hope the Russians love their children too
There is no historical precedent To put the words in the mouth of the President There's no such thing as a winnable war It's a lie - we don't believe anymore!
Mr. Reagan says we will protect you
I don't subscribe to this point of view Believe me when I say to you I hope the Russians love their children too
We share the same biology Regardless of ideology What might save us - me, and you Is if the Russians love their children too