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Straight from my mind to your screen—here’s a collection of my thoughts, from the heartfelt to the odd, and everything in between.



That Time of Year Again – June 12th, Federation Day in Russia

June 12th is Federation Day in Russia. Big holiday. It’s like our Fourth of July. It is the birth date of the post-Soviet era Russian Federation. For the second year in a row, we have been invited to the big celebration at the Russian Embassy in Washington D.C. Always a grand affair... Learn More

Not Exactly Walter Winchell, but …..

For those young people looking at this blog, Walter Winchell was a reporter know for short news scoops that appeared in newspapers during the 20th Century. Newspapers were those things people carried around and read before the Internet. The 20th Century was that bygone era before the invention of the tweet and... Learn More

Everything you wanted to know about Communism (in 60 seconds!)

Recently on my second trip to Russia, I was assisted in Moscow by the articulate guide, Sergei. Here are the two of us on the Metro discussing what ails the world. (Sergei is to the left, I’m the guy with the San Francisco 49ers hat). Not long after a fellow passenger snapped the... Learn More

DATE: Jun.11.2012 | CATEGORY: On Russia & Ukraine | COMMENTS:

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Beautiful Embassy, Wonderful Food, Great People

Since the remains of the world’s most successful female fighter pilot, Moscovite Lilia Litvyak, were lost  in the Eastern Ukraine for over 40 years, it was only fitting that I should come to speak at the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington D.C. For those of you that have read my book, Call Sign, White... Learn More

DATE: May.22.2012 | CATEGORY: On Russia & Ukraine | COMMENTS:

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Elvis, John Cash, Jerry Lee and Me.

 Memphis, TN. March 2012. Had a great time in Memphis.  Did a book presentation and newspaper interview, and met some great people. Also discussed the possibility of a Call Sign, White Lily movie with a Hollywood Producer-Director who spends part of the year in Memphis. More about that in news and press section... Learn More

DATE: Apr.26.2012 | CATEGORY: My Life | COMMENTS:

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Amelia Earhart vs. Lilia Litvyak – Only one is the “Real Deal”!

Amelia Earhart, a Playful Media Creation; Russian Teenage Flying Ace, Lilia Litvyak, the Real Deal. A beautiful young American girl, Amelia Earhart,  attends finishing school in Philadelphia in 1915, and falls in love with flying at the age of 20. She meets a wealthy book publisher and publicist, George P. Putnam, who foots the... Learn More

Greg Gagarin, Former Top-Secret American WWII Pilot, discusses “Call Sign, White Lily”

Greg Gagarin, an MIT Club Partner, was in Army ROTC at MIT before Pearl Harbor and in his junior year accepted a provisional commission in the US Navy. Upon graduation in 1943 he received his commission, was affiliated with the Harvard-MIT Radar Laboratories, and went to Corpus Christie, Texas to do naval... Learn More

A Most Unusual Endorsement from Dr. Yury Zaitsev

I may be one the greatest fans of the New York Times newspaper fans in the history of the world. Between print and digital subscriptions, I’ve been reading it every day since I was about 14 (and that’s a long, long time ago!). But, it seems every time I read a story... Learn More

DATE: Feb.15.2012 | CATEGORY: My Books, On Russia & Ukraine | COMMENTS:

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Papa Cado Taught Me a Lot…Meet Frank from New Orleans

Writing PaPa Cado taught me volumes about what the human spirit can accomplish. After all, overcoming 46 heart procedures is a lot of adversity in one lifetime. Is in that spirit I’d like you to meet Frank from New Orleans. He loves people, food, and most of all music. Unfortunately, Frank is confined... Learn More

DATE: Nov.07.2011 | CATEGORY: My Books | COMMENTS:

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First Meeting between M.G. Crisci and Yelena Sivolap

Capturing that First Moment Creating and writing Call Sign, White Lily with Yelena Sivolap had been an amazing collaboration for almost two years. Imagine, a Russian school teacher and an American author, products of two cultures that had been long-time enemies, came to trust each other; to laugh about each other’s preconceived notions; and to... Learn More

DATE: Nov.07.2011 | CATEGORY: My Life, On Russia & Ukraine | COMMENTS:

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