This Time Last Year: The Rational Optimist

Ridley Rational OptimistHer shovel reflected early morning light. In annoyance, groggy eyes slivered against the intrusion, I spotted the frayed and mud splattered hem of her skirt swayed by the speeding train. Crouched, back humped, methodically weeding vegetables in a sullen little triangle wasteland between intersecting train tracks, this fierce woman of indeterminate middle-age represented my first day light vision of Ukraine. Continue

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