Business Card of Lena Nechet

This section of the site is about my life:

  • professional and private life, passions, and thoughts;
  • writing, notes, essays, lists, reading, and various favorite things;
  • lifestyle, fruitarian ethics, diet, orcharding, community.

 The image with my simplified face is also a QR-code that you can scan with your phone to get to my site.

Lena Nechet

Hi, my name is Lena Nechet. I am an independent European artist in California. My fine art signature is L∃N∀ and I used my brand name LTalks™ for profiles and products in the past. 

In addition to my work in visual arts, I teach languages. My academic background is in economics (Bachelor of Science). I am experienced in web development and design. I studied and practiced media production, and produced short documentary films.

I am a Ukrainian-born mixed Slavic German national living in Southern California. I also lived in several European and two American cultures, and spoke a few languages: still fluent in three.

I am an optimistic "optimalist" with a minimalist lifestyle, who lives primarily on fresh fruit. I love kind and smart people, enjoy dancing, endurance running, and breaststroke swimming. Art is my passion.

Thank you for your time!


Introduction by Lena Nechet.
introduction, bio, summary

Informal and personal information about me, Lena: my self-description, my values and origins, and selected autobiographical stories from childhood through adult life.

Before 1980s - my family of origin, birthplace, and circumstances.

Changing cultures taught me that people like to check where you came from to reduce their own barrier from your strangeness, and I am all for it. I love people's stories, and here is mine.

About 1980s - my early years of life, till the onset of puberty.

About 1990s - after puberty into early youth: my teenage years and early twenties.

Adolescence, growing up, is a transitional stage of physical and psychological development.

About 2000s - more of my determining years, mid and late twenties into thirties - my life in the West.

This is a collection of my short and longer writings, lifestyle notes and blog, vlog, favorites, quotes, and other publications: flow of present moments, now, current happenings and activities, mental states, immersion, focus, involvements, moods, feelings, and states of mind.

Journal - periodically and randomly published records of personal experiences and observations.

Essays - pieces of writing by that present arguments.

My short and longer texts, from notes to formal essays.

Notes related to my diet and activities like exercise and sleep.

Personal blog, lots of running and swimming, and fruitarian lifestyle in text and photographs.

My random video logs - videos from daily life and something notable to remember.

My favorite creations by other people.

Expressions full of meaning or beauty, favorite or simply very interesting sayings, concepts, thoughts, ideas, understandings, notions, opinions, views, believes, intentions, and ideals.

Random quote:
"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."— Edgar Degas

My favorite poems, lyrics, as well as prose excerpts, koans, etc.

Poetry is a form of literature that uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language. This form of art is thousands years old, and originated in Africa.

Koan is a puzzling or paradoxical statement to be meditated upon, anecdote, question, or verbal exchanges.

I list here books I read, nowadays primarily e-books and audio-books.

Literature for me is an art form, writing that has both artistic and intellectual value. Literary fiction, mostly classic, I read overwhelmingly in the first part of my life - poetry and prose. Non-fiction is what I prefer now.

My favorite compositions of sounds arranged in time; rhythms, melodies, and songs. 

Music - artistic auditory communication, instrumental or vocal tones, rhythm.

My favorite choreography and dancers, including ballet.

Dance - performing art of purposefully selected sequences of human movements that have aesthetic and symbolic value.

Under this category I keep my favorite motion pictures like movies and animation movies, records of theatrical presentations, various good show on video, lectures, memorable talks, great interviews, and regular comedy and news shows.

I keep a list of my favorite films and documentaries. It is getting harder to update it.

Cinematography is the art of motion photography and filming.

Fruitarianism is a quest for optimal ethical ways to live and healthy diets based on fruits and seeds.

The line above is the essence of my worldview as a fruitarian. I am a long-term ethical vegan-fruitarian (frugan) since my teenage years, about 1993.

I advocate for a greater proportion of fruits in human diet for ethical and environmental reasons, which also seems to be rather healthy for most of us.

fruitarians apple net

Since 2007, I ran small and bigger online fruitarian communities. In this section I will gather published there useful articles on fruitarianism related to my own experience, including materials from the International Fruitarian Network (2009-2019).

This is my collections of snippets of scientific data related to fruitarianism, environment, and health - from scientific internet publications and other seemingly credible online sources, with links:

  • concise knowledge summaries of results derived by scientific method,
  • short aggregated definitions and overviews, citations, expert opinions. 

Sources: 

  1. Primary sources, like governmental agencies, peer reviewed journals; 
  2. Secondary sources, like scholarly articles and expert reviews;
  3. Tertiary sources, like encyclopedias, dictionaries, and textbooks.

Data - factual information used as a basis for reasoning, discussion, or calculation.

Knowledge is the body of truth, information, and principles acquired by humankind.

A definition is a statement of the meaning of a term - a word, a phrase, or a set of other symbols.

  • Fruitarian network of practicing fruitarians, people considering fruitarian lifestyle, supporters and researchers of the fruitarian community.
  • Fruitarian discussions - talking about fruitarianism, exchanging fruitarian ideas - conversations and debate about fruitarian topics.
  • Plus, interesting and remarkable people answer fruitarian questions.

Interviews about fruitarian philosophy and lifestyle.

My responses to publications from a perspective of my version of fruitarianism.

Member articles.

All about my little fruitarian orchard in Southern California, US planting zone 10a (extreme minimum temperature 30-35 F or -1 to 1.7 C, USDA Plant Hardiness Zone), founded in 2018. The growing surface is about 0.17 acre (or approximately 688 square meters), and more than half is taken by the native or already established plants, like yucca, pines, palms, schinus, and sago).

This tiny garden is located ~3.5 miles (~5.6 km) from the Pacific coastline, on a hill, and is exposed to strong winds - usually cold, bus sometimes from the desert, blazing southern Californian Sun, and significant daily temperature changes. Lots of wild life visits it, especially birds.

We have very little rain most of the year, and the city water here is very expensive because of the drought conditions. The native soils are very poor, with clay and rocks. I am building the soil up with compost, mulch, and other methods from permaculture, Hügelkultur, and other horticultural techniques.

Plants in my orchard that live many years. I concentrate on trees, bushes, and self-propagating patches.

Annual and biennial plants that have a shorter life span, often less than one or two years. Aalmost all seasonal plants I grow are self-seeding herbs.

I include here plants that suppose to be short lived, but grow longer in my garden (like onions), and also those that could be perennial in warmer climates but considered short-lived here (e.g. tomatoes, though I had mine grow longer than two years).

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