April is the bestest month of all, breeding
Tulips in my garden, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring up
Daffodilly roots with spring rain,
And making the trees green again:
I think that I shall never see
A poem as useful as a tree.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life and being totally tubular.
Summer sort of surprised us, coming over the Starnbergersee
With a shower of rain; we stopped in the colonnade,
And went on in sunlight, into the Hofgarten,
And drank coffee, and talked for an hour.
“I’m no stinking Russian, I’m a true-blooded German
From Lithuania,” I scolded the waiter in Russian.
I remember when we were children, staying at the arch-duke’s,
My cousin’s, he took me out on a sled,
And I was frightened. He said, Masha,
Masha, hold on tight. And down we went.
In the mountains, there you feel free.
But the snow was thawing already,
The runners caught on a brown patch, and we went tumbling.
Two broken wrists – next time I’ll try dirt biking…
(T.S. Eliot, The Wonderland)
For me April was neither the Cruelest nor the Bestest month, somewhere in between. So, having just butchered a fine poet, and without further ado:
As compared with the month of March, in April my Page Views went down– from 4,455 to 4,288. However, my number of Distinct Visitors (the metric I care about more) went up, from 2,211 to 2,322. Yay!
Next: My standard disclaimer:
Your Privacy is Important to Me: WordPress calculates who is a distinct person by their I.P. address. It also uses the I.P. address to deduce which country you live in. I myself can’t see I.P. addresses unless you leave a comment. In which case I can see your email address; and from that I COULD look up your I.P. if I were curious, which I am not.
Next: Before posting my usual “Parade of Nations”, this here is my nostalgic trip down memory lane. In which I narcissistically “look-back” through my own posts of the last month, self-assess them, and highlight a few which I think are particularly good, I call this feature:
Highlights of the Month
So, here we go:
- I began the month of April with what is probably my finest work ever: A double-feature on the German theme, reviewing works by the likes of Rammstein and Richard Wagner! (Don’t forget to read the Wagnerian Part I, which actually ended the month of March, it was entitled “When Horses Fly You Better Wear a Helmet!“)
- Next, a multi-parter featuring everybody’s favorite villain, Lavrenty Beria. But was he actually a villain? Or maybe a good guy? Read my post, and you may learn something new!
- Then I started a series of posts with a linked theme: the return of ethnic Russians to their historic homeland. First a series on the Russian government’s One Hectare sans Mule program. (Anyone interested in buying a hectare of land? Just contact me…)
- Next the situation escalated, but in a good direction, as Russian President Putin signed an Executive Order granting Russian passports to Donbass applicants. Well, technically he just simplified the application process.
- Next my essay on What Constitutes a Good Neighbor? and this post was rather popular among the hoi polloi.
- And finishing with more in the “Russian passport” vein with the trials and tribulations of Margarita Simonyan.
So, that was it, for April 2019. But now, my friends, it is time for that Pomp and Circumstance that everybody has been waiting for: Time to march on with the
Parade Of Nations
The 2,322 people who visited me in April hail from the following countries, in order of most to least page views. WordPress allows me to save these stats as a CSV file, from which I copy-pasted onto here:
|Hong Kong SAR China||289|
|Macau SAR China||6|
|United Arab Emirates||5|
|Bosnia & Herzegovina||2|
|Trinidad & Tobago||1|