Songs in the Forest — Part IV

Fyodor laid out his coffee carafe and kulich* on the folded military blanket, near the rock where he'd been before.  He poured himself a cup and opened his notebook.  He found the Pushkin poem he'd adapted to Ninilchik.  He began to read aloud and his thoughts wandered. Thoughts If I walk among the noisy streets... …

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Songs in the Forest — Part III

Annushka took her basket and stepped into the crisp pre-dawn air.  She walked through the garden, cultivated to blend with the forest.  She gathered some leaves and bark for tea.  Carrot and turnip to go with lunch today, she decided.  Reaching, she slipped on moss-covered stones and tangled her hair in a spider's web.  Quickly …

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Songs in the Forest – Part II

"Fyodor!  This is most astonishing!"  Sergey had worked through the night he was so intrigued.  "It's the Ninilchik dialect." Ninilchik...as in, Alaska? "Yes!" Fyodor could understand Russian being spoken in Alaska, but how did this relic of a dialect make its way back here? "Where did you get this recording?"  Sergey hadn't heard anything like …

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