In Wartime: Stories from Ukraine

There’s so much conflict in the world today. In college, I mostly heard the views of my circle of friends or of my part of Canada. Now, thanks to the internet, we get snippets of the conversation from every point of view. It takes on media bias and has a skew toward certain regions and not others. Though we hear about the conflict in Israel, Egypt, or Ukraine, it seems impossible to identify the facts. It’s even harder to guess what the average person living there thinks of it all.

That’s why I want to review In Wartime: Stories from Ukraine by Tim Judah. The Ukrainian immigrant communities in Nova Scotia gather for bright, joyful festivals. The occasional dance or craft exposition keeps their community in my mind, but I have only a vague idea of where Ukraine is on the map. More than geography, I’m interested in what relationship Ukraine has with neighbouring countries and what the average person there thinks or does.

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Awesome Lego Creations with Bricks You Already Have

On a good day only the floor under my dining table is coated with tiny Lego pieces. On a bad day, the Lego storm reaches the living room and sometimes pieces can even be found downstairs, since they sometimes fall (or are thrown) from the the landing.

Yet somehow, my six year old isn’t into building with her Legos yet. She mostly plays with sets that someone else builds for her. Sometimes she uses the Lego pieces as props with her other figurines like Strawberry Shortcake, Littlest Pet Shop or My Little Pony. We built this castle from one of my Lego sets. It’s probably more than thirty years old.

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