HELENA SMRCEK

Stories with a Soul 

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Crime and Punishment - Book Review

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky is one of the must-read literary masterpieces. Given its length, I did purchase an audio version, and listen for over a week. The scope of this novel is truly overwhelming. The characters are intriguing, many of their qualities are not likable, yet they captivate the reader as we follow their life stories, struggle with their decisions, and wish for a happy ending. Crime and punishment is a in depth study of human nature, at its worst. The vibrant ensemble of characters opens a window into the Russian society, the hierarchy, despair and hope. Crime and Punishment is also a story of love and redemption, faith and forgiveness. .

My Man Has a Cold

The winter months brought a break in our farm routines, and a vacation. Warmth, sand and sea, I felt simply spoiled. But two nights before we were scheduled to head back home I sneezed. I took antihistamine and went to bed. At breakfast the sneezing returned. The flight home was a little trying. I popped a gum in my mouth and tried to cope with the ear ache. Who gets a cold in Mexico? Next day I dragged myself out of bed, went to the barn, milked the goat, fed the chickens, unpacked, sorted the laundry, checked the fridge. After I dropped our daughter off at her school, I got groceries, then switched the laundry, made cheese, shoved another load into the washing machine, figured out dinner,