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J.B. Gattini, The Time of My Life: Reception

Moscow, Russia, December 1992. There was a diplomatic reception held at the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. It was a major diplomatic event of the year, and all the foreign ambassadors and consuls were present. Despite the economic hardships and the collapse of the Soviet Union just over a year before, the reception was grand. Appearances meant everything to the Russians, and no expense was spared for the occasion – beautifully decorated tables were filled with the  Russian delicatessens and waiters walked around with trays offering the best champagne and caviar.

J.B. Gattini, The Time of My Life: Gaining Diplomatic Experience

In the previous stories, I told you about how my native country Lithuania declared independence from the Soviet Union, how we celebrated our freedom on the streets of Vilnius, my hometown, and how I got my first job as a consul in the Lithuanian Embassy in Moscow in those historic times.

J.B. Gattini, The Time of My Life: Remembering The Baltic Way – the Biggest Peaceful Demonstration in the History of the USSR

At 7 p.m. on August 23rd, 1989 approximately two million people joined hands forming a human chain spanning over 600 kilometers from the Gediminas Tower in Vilnius to the foot of Toompea in Tallinn, crossing Riga and the River Daugava. Those people of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia joined hands in a peaceful demonstration demanding freedom from the Soviet Union. This event became known as the Baltic Way – the biggest peaceful demonstration in the history of the USSR.

J.B. Gattini, The Time of My Life: Helluva Town – Part I

When you grow up somewhere in the world other than America, you hear many stories about how great America is. When I was a little girl, I heard that America was a country where all dreams come true and I imagined that everything was perfect in America – people looked like movie stars, they were beautifully dressed, they were friendly, rich and happy.

J.B. Gattini, The Time of My Life: Jurate Goes to London

  A self-diagnosed Anglophile, my whole life, I could not have been more excited when on a beautiful, crisp, cool day in January 1993  I was on a plane landing at Heathrow International Airport.  I had never been there before, but for some reason, I loved England all my life – for me, it was a country of great culture and sophistication, the country of Shakespeare and Benjamin Disraeli, the country where I could wear a hat and nobody would stare at me!

J.B. Gattini, Reunion

I was 10 years old and sitting on the bench in summer camp, with my things packed, bug bitten and sunburnt, waiting for my parents to pick me up and take me home after a month of fun. I saw my mother approaching… She came alone. She sat down next to me and announced the news: “ I have something to tell you”, she said,“ I divorced your father”

Gail Harris, Embrace the Anger

“Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.” –Benjamin Franklin.   I found that quote on Brainy quotes.  In fact, they had 28 pages of quotations on the subject of anger, and although I didn’t read them all, I did read several dozen, and they all reflected a similar philosophy – that anger is a negative passion.