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The Cultural Coherence of Ukraine

I love Ukraine and will continue to raise my family here.  Women are feminine, men are masculine, people are smart — Ukraine has the best IQ per dollar in the world.  For me, a software entrepreneur, this is great.  Ukraine has a coherent culture.

A few months ago, we visited a restaurant with my visiting in-laws, and musicians came in playing Ukrainian folk songs.  Most people knew the words, and began singing along. The few obvious tourists seemed to enjoy the spectacle.  When the band leader shouted for only the women to sing the next verse, and then for only the men to sing the one after that, there was absolutely no confusion about who was which sex, and no anger over the expression of a gender binary.

The songs were about love and courtship, and suffering repression, and freedom.

Slava Ukrajini!

The 10 Best Contemporary Ukrainian Authors

Liubko Deresh

The young author wrote his first novel when he was 15 years old. At that time, his book engaged young adults and he was called the hope of Ukrainian writing. He has a unique manner of writing, and all his stories are mystical and fascinating. Kult, A Little Darkness, and Intention! are the must-reads, as well as his latest book, Devastation, published in 2017.

Serhiy Zhadan

He is the voice of Ukraine with his sincere and truthful works full of irony and self-expression. (I find him a bit vulgar.)

Oksana Zabuzhko

Oksana Zabuzhko grew up in an intelligent family who were repressed during the ruling of Stalin. She is a philosopher, publicist, writer, and poetess whose work is soaked with feminist motives and human relations issues.

Yurii Andrukhovych

Yurii Andrukhovich is the author of novels, short stories, poetry collections, and essays. He is a public activist who participated in the event of the 2014 Revolution of Dignity and the vice president of the Association of Ukrainian Writers.

Les Podervianskyi

A Ukrainian artist and playwright who is known for his scandalous image, Podervyanskyi is much more famous for his works that contain a lot of profanity and outrageous sayings then for his paintings.

Maria Matios

The works of Maria Matios won numerous awards, including the BBC Book of the Year in 2008. She is one of the best-selling writers and influential women in Ukraine, a former deputy at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Parliament), and an extremely fruitful writer.

Iren Rozdobudko

A contemporary writer, journalist, and screenwriter, Iren Rozdobudko is the author of almost 30 works of art. She is included in the top 10 most published writers in Ukraine. What is the most interesting is that Rozdobudko was a scriptwriter for the movie by Ukrainian director, Oles Sanin, The Guide (Povodyr), who was nominated for an Oscar in 2015.

Oleksandr Mykhed

Alexander Mikhed is a writer, literary critic, and curator of artistic projects at PinchukArtCentre (a contemporary art museum in Kiev). He created “Amnesia project: an open platform”—a literary and artistic multimedia project—the basis of which was his book Amnesia, published in 2013.

Lyuko Dashvar

Irina Chernova, a former journalist, writes under the pseudonym Lyuko Dashvar. Her novels are extremely popular in Ukraine. The story Milk With Blood, for example, sold 100,000 copies. Surprisingly, the prototypes of literary characters and stories are mostly heard or seen by the writer in real life.

Lina Kostenko

This poetess and writer is a legendary author in Ukraine and abroad. A distinctive feature of her works is intellectualism. In her poetry, the author constantly seeks the key to the mystery of being, and relates that to the history of the nation and the feeling of love. When the collection of her poetry Trysta poezij. Vybrane (300 poetries. Selected) was published, the book went out of stock within the first month.

Travel vlog about Lviv

I’ve been in Ukraine a little too long to see it with fresh eyes, which is why I really enjoyed this tourist’s video blog:

Toward the end he notices the older couples and families here in Lviv. The same thing that I talk about when comparing Lviv to other places.

Boxer Denys Berinchyk is not a fan of your normal, boring ring walks.

Hilarious video:

Denys Berinchyk

Denys Berinchyk (also represented as Denis Berinchik, Ukrainian: Денис Берінчик; born 5 May 1988[1]) is a Ukrainian professional boxer. Berinchyk won the silver medal in the light welterweight division at the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Baku. He went on to win the silver medal in the same division at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[2]

Berinchyk is also former champion of World University Boxing Championships and European Boxing Cup at the amateur level.[3]

Berinchyk has a PhD in physical education and sport, obtained at the National University of Ukraine on Physical Education and Sport.[4]

In the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships, he beat the No.1 seeded and reigning champion Cuban Roniel Iglesias Solotongo on points.[3][5] In the gold medal bout, he was eventually beaten by Everton Lopes of Brazil following the encounter ended 26–23.[6] Finished the championship as silver medalist, Berinchyk was a part of the Ukraine national team, topped the medal table.[6][7]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he had a bye into the second round, where he beat Anthony Yigit. He went on to beat Jeff Horn and then Uranchimegiin Mönkh-Erdene in the semi-final. In the final he lost to Roniel Iglesias, 15-22.[2]

December 22, 2018 Denis Berinchik fights for the title of WBO International. Oleg Malinovsky defending the title of WBO European Champion.

“Ukrainian eggs bring families together”

An annual Easter egg workshop at Mount Airy Museum of Regional History on Saturday provided both an opportunity for some quality time for family members and a chance to learn a new art form.

“Pysanka” is the Ukrainian word for Easter eggs decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist method. The word pysanka comes from a word which means “to write” or “to inscribe,” as the designs are not painted on, but written or inscribed with beeswax.

Though the word is Ukrainian, pysanka is popular throughout eastern Europe. In the Orthodox church, they are brought to church to be blessed on Easter, and are thought to bring good fortune for the rest of the year.

It’s a really fun class,” said Karen Nealis, who has taught the class for the past three years. “Everybody got along. You’d have thought we were family already.

Several of the participants already were. Various family configurations: a grandmother and granddaughter, two sisters, a mother and sons, as well as a mother and her daughter’s best friend all signed up for the class.

Vasiliy Lomachenko overwhelms José Pedraza late to unify lightweight titles

On a night when Vasiliy Lomachenko did not appear at his imperious best, the sport’s most technically proficient fighter was more than brilliant enough to come through with a sensational finishing kick to unify lightweight titles and bolster an already persuasive claim for the No 1 spot in boxing’s pound-for-pound pecking order.

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