If I took a night off last weekend, I don’t remember it, and I am tired, tired, tired. So I’m turning tonight’s letter over to my friend Nadia Povalinska, who has recently fled her home in Ukraine, and who has graciously shared her love of her country with me over the years.
My heart goes out to her and to her family. I thank the Ukrainian people for showing what fighting for democracy can look like. Thank you Nadia.
Nadia Povalinska, Hello and a warm welcome. Thank you for your glorious photo. Your country and the Ukrainian people are models for us. With admiration and full support to Ukraine.🌻
You deserve a night off, Heather. Thank you for the beautiful picture from Nadia.
What a beautiful photo and a heartfelt connection to Nadia and the Ukraine. Thank you~
Nadia Povalinska, thank you for sharing this striking image this evening. Such beauty in a photograph! At such a profoundly sad time. Your flight from your home must be wrenching and much more than that. May you find Peace and Courage in the midst of darkness, death in your land, confusion, and the deceit and cruelty of Putin.
After documenting Trump for the last several years, then two years (to the day, March 11, 2020) of pandemic, and now the start of what may become WW III, you are more than entitled to be tired, tired, tired.
All of us who can should also take that suggestion, get a good night's sleep and appreciate how privileged we are to not be among the 44 million Ukrainians for whom sleep is increasingly rare.🌻 🇺🇦
Dearest Heather, Your mind must be tired, but more so, your heart and soul. I have followed you from your first letter and am in awe of your stamina and will. Thank you for sharing Nadia's world.
To Nadia - Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving us a glimpse of your world. I can only hope that things are set right for you and all Ukrainians.
Nadia: Від щирого серця дякую за те, що даєте нам змогу поглянути на ваш світ. Я можу лише сподіватися, що для вас і всіх українців все налагодиться.
My heart breaks for the people of Ukraine
I think Putin doesn’t need to win just leave a country in rubble and many will have no homes to return to. When will we ever learn war is not the way
Red for the heart and passion of the Ukrainian people for their homeland. For the blood they have shed and will shed to keep their homeland. And I think of Spielberg's Schindler's List and the only color that appears in the movie as, I believe, a little girl walks in red, as here in Nadia's image.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ~Theodore Roosevelt
May Ukraine know the triumph of high achievement.
A photo from what seems like another world now. I was remarking today that the conversations I was having with friends in Kyiv only 18 days ago seem like another existence, which it is. Like Lenin said, some times you live decades in a day, and that's us now.
So beautiful and heartbreaking
That is so poignant
On 3/11, per The Guardian's Kamil Ahmed & the AP, the pregnant, Marina Vishegirskaya, who was helped out of the shattered maternity ward in Mariupol, gave birth to the very newborn Veronika. Alive & well.
Beautiful! May it return quickly to a peaceful place!
Thank you Heather!