These were the words I considered first as blog names until looking over at my sleeping dog hana, the real name came. This picture is of hana as a puppy, she is much bigger now but still sleeps the same way.
Dusa and istina are Russian words having to do with spirit and the soul. Dusa is described by one book I read as "an internal theater where a person's moral and emotional life is staged". Istina has to do with spiritual values. Two Russian words for someone who is not Russian, though who knows. My father's origins are only traceable a generation or two.
I have been drawn to things Russian all my life. I wrote a play about the Russian writer Turgenev. I am writing a novel set in St. Petersburg. I have said that I have a Russian soul, a Russian dream. I have a dream of rushing through long open snowy countryside in a troika, bells ringing. Hana likely dreams of snow. She was born in winter and spends the many months of our snow-bound year here in the countryside where we live leaping in ecstasy between white hills.
Manna, the bread of life. Belonging also to the spirit world, possession of all cultures, all religions. Basic manna, basic food, food for thought.
Welcome to my blog.
Day 1. And hana is still napping. Though now her feet are still, her body resting.