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Fri, Nov. 29th, 2013, 09:27 am
Reply to your 11/27/13

Great to hear from you with all the news. So Kotia's headed for Wall St. or something like that? Blair Academy is like a sister to the one I attended in Tarrytown (HackleySchool.org).

WE were at Aerielle's yesterday for the Thanksgiving feast. Her first baby is due in three weeks (Hazel Charlotte). Abe and his wife, Silver Tree, were there with their two young children, Foxton (Foxie) and Solaris (Soli), as were Anne and Bill and Aerielle's guy, Patrick, and my son, Jacques. Silver is now a director for the TV series "Suburgatory," and she and Abe live in Laurel Canyon, two minutes from Hollywood's Sunset Strip.

Abe told me that his latest film is distributed in Russia by КИНОПРОМ under the title непокорнйые, which I translate as "Unsubdued," or "Unsubmissive."

Dotty teaches English regularly to Latin American workers (mostly Mexicans) at the Graton Labor Center not far from Occidental. Her Spanish is improving in the process. I'm still whacking away at my art, which you can now see at jacqueslevy.com. To find yourself and Tamie mentioned on the site, click the link "How this work originated and developed," where you will find a mini autobiography.

I'm curious to know whether this message was correctly sent for private viewing by you only.


Fri, Nov. 29th, 2013 06:02 pm (UTC)

Yep, it is right - the letter is on my friends' lenta, for me eyes only. But if you want to be absolutely certain of its privacy - it is safer to write to my private LJ mailbox, marked with a small letter sign above.
Glad everything's so good with all your folks, will watch Abe's movie next thing.
Kotia first choose Sports Mgmnt. and Law, now, at Fordham, he is likely more into General Economics and stuff. Annie visited him quite frequently last year and now in NYC. Lyoka's Mom and her ailing husband Stuart Lourie live now in NYC too. Lyoka became a millionaire, and Tamie's brother Shavkat - a billionaire, but both still are nice people thou.
Yesterday my former student turned farmer hauled me a 30 pound turkey, and we shared a quarter of it with Tamie who sends her best to you both saying she is missing you.
My mother died four years ago at 89, and my Dad two years ago at 98. My sister grabbed the now up to on million bucks apartment all to herself and burned all my papers and photoes in order to wipe out any sign of my existence, pocketing $3500 per month for rent. Fuck her, I don't give a damn.
Mike and Tamie.

Tue, Dec. 3rd, 2013 09:06 pm (UTC)
mishasfriends: Reply to your 11/29/13

Sorry to hear about your Mom and Dad. I was fond of them both, though I experienced a more vivid connection with her. Did we meet your sister? Sounds like a hellish retribution, if that's what you can call it.

Lyoka is Annie's first husband--Kotia's Dad? I know that the school in New Jersey isn't affordable by the hoi polloi.

Dotty's out for her Tuesday shopping spree in Santa Rosa and I'm home taking care of cooking and chores this morning with hopes of getting back to painting this afternoon.

Tell Tamie we think about her often--you too, and that she's mentioned by name (first name only) on my website. I used to enjoy telephoning her once in awhile in the old days.


Jacques & Dotty

Wed, Dec. 4th, 2013 06:22 am (UTC)
made_of_honor: Re: Reply to your 11/29/13

I do not call it nothing (the doble neg. intended)- no animal could have done what she did.
Yes, Lyoka is Kotia's Dad - he is an incredibly noble guy - Annie still lives in his Mom's apt. with her new (this time official) husband, which is absolutely unheard of here these days, he (Lioka) is married and with a 12-year old son, himself renting an apartment. And he also pays hundreds os thsds. for Kotia's edu. and his and Annie's multiple trips to and fro.
Today is my hardest day every week. Now I'm going to pick up Maria from school (90' metro, a mile walk in snow&dirt), an hour at her home, than walk her back to school for a halfanhour guitar lesson, pick her up again, drop the instrument at her home? than another mile to the metro (90') to the Tigran Petrosian Chess Club (the best of 68 in Mow.) near Gorky (now Twerskaya) st., and then to my Alma Mom for three classes (90' each, 22.20) with wonderful people, mostly female, and even one renowned Economics Full Professor, and his son, 28, a Utah Univ. grad.
Tamie, she is at the same University now teaching Arabic, sends her love.
Time to dash.

Fri, Dec. 13th, 2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
mishasfriends: Re: Reply to your 12/04/13

Decided not to answer on Wednesday because you're up to your eyeballs in obligations. Guitar, chess, alma mom, girls!!!

We went to grandson Jacob's (Jacques Jr.and Stephanie's boy) concert last night; 7th and 8th graders playing a small orchestral suite. Mostly violins, cellos, violas and flutes. Very charming. They even played a recently composed piece called Iditerod which tells the tone poem of the endurance race by dogsled across Alaska. Anne and Bill, Dotty, Jacques and Stephanie were there.

This afternoon I'm going down to the Union bar to commemorate our many seances there. It hasn't changed much except for the price of pivo.

Did I tell you that Aerielle's giving birth to her first (a girl), probably this coming week?

That's it for this week's gossip.

Regards to everyone,


Sun, Dec. 15th, 2013 12:06 am (UTC)
mishasfriends: Re: Reply to your 12/04/13

Marya(?) has taken up a difficult project. Classical guitar is not for pushovers. She has a fine stage presence and is immersed in her music. Bravo! Dotty and I watched and enjoyed the other clips as well.


Sun, Dec. 15th, 2013 07:18 am (UTC)
made_of_honor: Re: Reply to your 12/04/13

Sure she hasn't. This is just for fun, at her school, free. As well as her miniature sculpturing of salted dough? at her school and free. Chess is about the same, and she is #3 in her age group in Mow. Moreover, she doesn't like musical genres she is supposed to play - not my tupe, she says. She is more pop and disco oriented. I sent this not due to her mastery, but as an example of her self-control and poise.

Sun, Dec. 15th, 2013 07:30 am (UTC)
made_of_honor: Re: Reply to your 12/04/13

On the third, there is the great Valentina Gounina, who yesterdey won the World Intellectual Games in Beijing.

On the second, I mean.

Edited at 2013-12-15 07:31 am (UTC)

Sun, Dec. 22nd, 2013 10:04 pm (UTC)
mishasfriends: Re: Reply to your 12/04/13

Marya's participation in chess and music is impressive as is her poise.

The garden and dacha have developed beyond comprehension. And you are clearly the captain of the good ship Red Carnation. The shot of us in 1991 brought back vivid memories of Dotty producing a meal out of thin air while you labored on the house and I miraculously kept the fire going with absolutely drenched wood. I can still hear the folk songs on the radio.

Aerielle is almost a week beyond term. We expect to hear any moment.

You probably know the work of Kyzysztof Kieslowski. This week I watched Three Colors (Blue, White and Red) with new interest for the second time since the late '90s because the four disk collection included a riveting interview of him during 1995 which I had not seen before. I recommend it.

Love from us.


Tue, Dec. 24th, 2013 08:35 am (UTC)
made_of_honor: Re: Reply to your 12/04/13

Sure I remember and often recall those two days 22 years ago - 12th and 19th of October - the heaviest of rains on our crawl to Shevliagino and of course Dotty miraculosely producing a couple of dryed meat-fingers which tasted even better than those gourmet T-bones you had orderen for me on my arrival to Camp M.
What I can not imagine and comprehend is that how we three could survive then without electricity and at least o bottle of something.

Wed, Jan. 1st, 2014 07:07 pm (UTC)
mishasfriends: Re: Reply to your 12/24/13

с новым годом!


Thu, Jan. 2nd, 2014 07:21 am (UTC)
made_of_honor: Re: Reply to your 12/24/13

Good stuff! Hits some fifty this year!
Happy New Year to you!

Sat, Jan. 4th, 2014 07:12 am (UTC)
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Sun, Dec. 15th, 2013 07:43 am (UTC)

Sure you've heard about that con-interprenter in Yoburg, I think this gif is great:

Tamie sends her best. Bound for Barcelona soon.

Sun, Dec. 15th, 2013 07:18 pm (UTC)