Anastasia Romanov: 100 Years Ago Today

A dark cloud hangs over the life of the real Anastasia RomanovOne of the greatest mysteries of all time that has fascinated me is the disappearance of the Grand Duchess of Russia Anastasia Nikolaevna. On July 17, 1918 she and her family, the Romanovs, were murdered during the Russian Revolution. Even though her entire family perished during the assassination that was meant to eliminate the Russian Royal family and they succeeded.

On this day the last Tsar of Russia Nicholas II along with his wife Tsarina Alexandra, their four daughters Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia and their son Tsaravich Alexei were murdered. I don’t plan on going into the historical details as I want to focus on the mystery of Anastasia. Even though it was confirmed that she was murdered that night through DNA evidence an air of mystery has stuck with her name.

Today, there are many people who still believe that she survived that night. In the past there have been impersonators, most noticeably Anna Anderson from Germany, who had managed to fool some of her relatives. None the less, people to this day still believe that Anna Anderson is the lost Russian princess. Lets face, after all the people who she managed to convince she is the Grand Duchess Anastasia there could be a new form of DNA technology that proves that she had been telling the truth all along.

Ultimately, the mystery of the Grand Duchess Anastasia has stood the test of time with movies, books, musicals, and songs based on her life. The mystery of her life and death has fascinated me because it seems as though it is never ending. Every now and then when I am reading up on her disappearance/death I will come across a piece of information outside of DNA evidence, like Anna Anderson’s knowledge of the family tree that to many proves that she is her or Anastasia a piece of fabric from clothing that night that prove she was murdered.

I acknowledge that everyone has their opinions on this case with many believing that she died that night. I too, believe that on July 17, 1918 she passed away. But, as much as I believe this there is something about the mystery of Anastasia that draws me to her story, partially because part of me does want her survival from that night to be true. Honestly, with all of the evidence surrounding Anastasia it would not shock me if somewhere down the road we hear evidence again that proves that she did survive the night or more evidence that proves she past.

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This past week has been a scorcher! With temperatures hitting the 80’s combined with humidity it felt like it would never cool off. During the heat wave I either stayed inside or swam in the pool. The heat felt like it would never end but, today, the temperature dropped. After thunderstorms and head advisories it feels good to be able to step outside and not breaking a sweat after two seconds.

IMG_6768.JPGNever the less, heat waves are something that we all have to deal with. Staying cool and beating the heat are common sayings during this time. Water is a huge need during this time. Water keeps us hydrated and cools us down. I don’t think without water surviving this heat wave would’ve been possible. The one thing that everyone can agree on during a heat wave is to keep water close at all times.

IMG_1252.JPGHowever, what amazes me the most about heat waves has to be how quickly it cools down. Waking up this morning I was actually chilly. Even though the temperatures were in the high sixties, I was still cold. I changed into something warmer for a Summer day. To be completely honest it feels weird to say I had to change into something warmer in the middle of Summer. I guess it is safe to say you have to stay warm during the summer time as well.

Heat waves are something that we all have to deal with. Even though the temperature did not go past the high 80’s where I am, the humidity made the days sticky and uncomfortable. So far this Summer has been up and down with the heat. But, today was a good day as it was a break from heat and humidity.

Happy Independence Day

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July 4th, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This historic document written by Thomas Jefferson was sent to the King George III in England to explain America’s reason for separation. On the document the men who signed it had committed an Act of Treason, thus risking their own lives for something they believed in.

But, those who signed and supported the Declaration of Independence recognized that the cost could be their life and their families as well. There were many reasons, like taxation without representation, for these men to sign. Following the signing and with support the American Revolution began leading to war where we would gain our independence.

Today there are movie marathons of films like The Patriot, sales at stores, fireworks, and family gatherings. But, July 4th, 1776 is a day that we commemorate to remember the brave men who had signed the Declaration of Independence leading to the fight for America to gain their freedom once and for all.



Fathers Day Thoughts


There are many photos of people showing their appreciation for their father today. With today being Father’s Day it does not surprise me that so many people were thanking their dad’s for all they do for them. There are many smiles and tears that fathers bring us as they raise us. Father’s bring a happiness into our lives that should not be taken for granted. We learn from them as they teach us values, they give us life lessons, and they take care of us when no one else can. Father’s are truly a blessing that we should treasure every chance we get.

Finding the Perfect Place

IMG_7475.JPGFor photos I tend to have trouble finding a perfect place. Recently, I found that my kitchen floor is the best spot for potted plants. But, finding the perfect place for me is more than photography. The perfect place can be a spot for relaxing like the spot on the couch where I like to read and watch movies on my computer. Another spot is taking a nap outside on the front porch swing on a nice day. But, the perfect place is a spot that can be relaxing where you can find time to contemplate and let the day go.

IMG_7344.JPGRelaxation is something I find in one of my favorite places. Whether it be playing with my camera sitting on the kitchen floor or bundling up in a blanket to take a nap on the porch when it is chilly out. The perfect place is a spot that is simple that can be quiet and peaceful.

D-Day Remembrance


On June 6, 1944 the landing on the Normandy beaches occurred. This epic invasion was a turning point in World War II as the Allied forces moved up on the beaches to rid Europe from the tyranny of Nazi Germany. Many of us have seen movies, like Saving Private Ryan and The Longest Day, that portray the events of D-Day. On this day members of the American, British, and Canadian Armed Forces all marched on the beaches to stop a mad man. Many of them gave their lives, not only for their country, but for the world to be at peace.

The Normandy Landings that took place on June 6th, 1944 are remembered today. There are twitter posts, photos of the events, and articles showing commemorations in Normandy and other countries where soldiers had served.

Just Reading


While I was having computer problems I spent a lot of time reading. From David Sedaris to V.C. Andrews, I was able to keep myself entertained with an old hobby I have forgotten. As I read and reread several books I discovered how much I missed reading. I had forgotten how much of a stress reliever reading was for me. Entering into another world is something that I really missed.

IMG_8027By reading I was able to enter a world without pictures that flash before my eyes on a computer or television screen. Instead I was able to use my imagination to bring the characters, scenery, and actions to life in my own head. Reading is something that I have been able to use to allow my imagination to flourish. Today, the use of technology might have taken that away from some as they rely on movies and television shows.

IMG_7990.JPGHowever, it was someone else’s pure imagination that brought the book to life. The story in a world completely separate of the one that I live in now was created from another mind. When reading the imagination can run wild as you think of what the author had imagined. Entering into another world helps me relax because I am temporarily leaving behind the one I am in.

IMG_8031.JPGA world completely different from mine. Another world where my struggles and anguish don’t matter, yet someone else’s does. Getting my mind off my problems through reading is something that has helped me.

As I look back on the past month of computer problems, I am rather thankful I was able to pick up a book again. No interruptions and no screens flashing allowed me to enter a world completely separate from mine. Another place created from another mind with a story to follow. Books are truly a treasure as they bring you to places that allow your imagination to wander.


Memorial Day

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The final Monday in May in the United States of America is celebrated as Memorial Day. On this day, there are marathons of movies like Saving Private Ryan, families get together for cookouts, and many people get to sleep in as they don’t have to go to work. However, too many Americans have forgotten the reason behind this holiday. The phrase “freedom isn’t free” truly matches the real reason behind this holiday.

Today, we honor the men and women who had given their lives to protect our nation. On Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat there are memes and cartoons reminding us of their sacrifice. Photos of children receiving the flag over their parents grave and spouse crying at their grave are all a grave reminder of why we have this day.

Freedom isn’t free because so many brave men and women never returned to America. The country they swore to protect and defend. The men and women who returned to be buried have every right to be honored on this day. Across America there are celebrations to honor them for their sacrifice. Unfortunately, too many people take this holiday for granted forgetting the reason we have rights other countries do no.

Hitting a Writers Block


Just like this photo hitting a writers block can leave you feeling like you are in the dark. Today, when I was thinking about what to write about I hit a block hard. Just like this photo I felt like I didn’t know where to turn. So, I took some time to step away from the writing to brain storm ideas. I took a walk, had lunch, and binge watched shows on Netflix.

IMG_7330.JPGUltimately, I found myself typing about hitting a writers block. I find it  odd that I am writing about hitting a writers block when I am in the midst of one right now. Ah, the frustration of a writers block is one that we all must deal with. Eventually, I hope to find myself out of this writers block in the end.

Rain, Rain, Rain


The past month of April was a rainy month. Unfortunately, it looks like the month of May is going to be another rainy month. Right now there is a thunderstorm where I am in Connecticut. But, never the less rain brings flowers and cools things down in the summer when it is hot.

IMG_0714However, with rain sometimes comes thunderstorms and power outages. Thunderstorms, they are okay, but power outages are not. As long as there is gas in the generator being prepped and ready for one is no problem. Unfortunately, a generator can only last so long and is loud.

IMG_0679.JPGRain, rain, rain it is something that we need. Many people enjoy running out in the rain feeling the water as it falls out of the sky putting their head back to taste a few drops. Many people consider it good luck for it to rain on your wedding day.

Rain is something that is enjoyed and envied at the same time. Rain frustrates some when it interferes with plans, but leads to happiness for others looking for a day to rest. Rain seems to be one of those things that brings both happiness and sadness all in one for everyone.