It’s Christmas

May this season be one of peace, love and happiness for everyone, however, you choose to spend it. Thank you to all of you who have spent time with me on this blog. I love your visits. Raili Tanska


I had a knock on the door late this afternoon. As I opened it, I was greeted by three excited, smiley faces. My neighbour’s boys came over to pick up the box for this week’s homeless men’s food delivery. With them was their little brother. Being school holidays, and he being an enthusiastic artist in … More Creativity


Natalya Pugachyova is the oldest (76) and smallest – and cutest – member of Buranovskiye Babushki, a group of singing grandmothers who ended up second at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest with 259 points. Their catchy tune was sung in the Udmurt language, a distant relative of Finnish. “Party for Everybody” was the Russian entry  which won … More Babushki

Hidden Treasure

The King and the Beggar’s Gift A difficult or unwanted thing can turn out to be a great gift. Frequently, we receive unknown gifts in disguise. There is a wonderful old story told of a young king who took over a kingdom. He was loved before he became a king and his subjects were delighted … More Hidden Treasure