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.
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!
About × 41
Informal and personal information about me, Lena: my self-description, my values and origins, and selected autobiographical stories from childhood through adult life.
Origins × 18
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.
Childhood × 10
About 1980s - my early years of life, till the onset of puberty.
Adolescence × 2
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.
Youth × 2
About 2000s - more of my determining years, mid and late twenties into thirties - my life in the West.
Logs & Articles × 100
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.
Essay × 32
My short and longer texts, from notes to formal essays, including explanations, anecdotes, jokes, lists, opinions, reports, scripts, etc.
Essay - a piece of writing that is designed to present an idea in a non-fictional way, propose an argument, express the emotion or initiate debate; an article in various forms and disciplines, formal and informal.
Anecdotes - brief accounts of an incident, stories with a point to communicate an abstract idea about a person, place, or thing through the concrete details of a short narrative.
Jokes - displays of humor in form of a short narrative ending with a punch line, meant to make people laugh.
Opinions - judgements, viewpoints, or statements that are not conclusive.
Reports - accounts of the proceedings, transactions, or events.
Notes - brief records, especially written down to aid the memory; comments, explanations.
Lists - simple series of words.
Blog × 35
Personal blog, lots of running and swimming, and fruitarian lifestyle in text and photographs.
Vlog × 33
My random video logs - videos from daily life and something notable to remember.
Fruitarian × 281
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.
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).
Data × 217
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.
- Primary sources, like governmental agencies, peer reviewed journals;
- Secondary sources, like scholarly articles and expert reviews;
- 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.
Orchard × 4
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.
Perennials × 3
Plants in my orchard that live many years. I concentrate on trees, bushes, and self-propagating patches.
Community × 43
- 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.
Favorites × 167
My favorite creations by other people.
Quotes × 143
From the early teenage years, I educated myself by writing down my favorite passages from the books I read. Then I analyzed and systematized them, defining my own worldview. I lost my records during migrations, and this is my attempt to keep some of the sayings.
Quotes - expressions full of meaning or beauty, favorite or simply very interesting sayings, concepts, thoughts, ideas, understandings, notions, opinions, views, believes, intentions, and ideals.
I include here my favorite poems, lyrics, as well as koans, proverbs, and longer prose excerpts.
Poem - a verbal composition designed to convey experiences, ideas, or emotions in an imaginative way, characterized by language chosen for its sound and suggestive power, and by the use of meter, metaphor, or rhyme.
Koan is a puzzling or paradoxical statement to be meditated upon, anecdote, question, or verbal exchanges.
Reading × 9
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.
Show & Music × 14
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.
Cinematography is the art of motion photography and filming.
- 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.
Various × 1
Miscellaneous favorite things and phenomena.