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Elena Ivanova, Talking to the Moon, escape from Russia by sailboat Morgan (Meg) Stone, escape from Russia by sailboat, Talking to the Moon

No matter where we are and what we do, Meg and I are always happy to receive your feedback, comments and ideas.


Beautiful Elena and Meg, thank you for sharing your story with the world. I am from Ukraine and at times I just want to give up, hide on the bottom so much hatred there is here. Your story inspired me very much, it gave me hope that it is possible to fight. Good luck to you! I am rooting for you!

Galina, Ukraine, 18 November, 2017

Dear Elena and Meg! I read your story in Takie Dela magazine. I hope Elena will be granted citizenship soon and I am sending you both my respect from Russia.

Vadim, Russia, 18 November, 2017

I was listening to National Public Radio in my car and I heard this story on the radio and was fascinated by it. When I arrived at my daughter’s I sat in my car for about ten minutes listening until the program ended. I cannot find any mention of it on the internet or NPR.

R. Howard Courtney, 17 November, 2017

Hi Meg and Elena! Your story brought tears to my eyes and just warmed my soul. I am a Canadian who moved to the US to be with the woman I love. Best of luck and thank you for sharing your story.

Claire, 16 November, 2017

I also just heard your story on Snap Judgement. Thank you Glynn Washington for making this story known. You both give me so much courage. I look forward to keeping up with your journeys.

Beverly, 16 November, 2017

Your story is incredible! Robinson Crusoe is nothing compared to this! Good for you girls! Meg especially! I was blown away when I read about kd lang. Once again, you are terrific! I wish you love and good health!

Lidia, Russia, 16 November, 2017

I have just heard your story on the radio show Snap Judgement and was floored by your story! What an incredible life you both have lived. I do hope there is funding for you to get your book Talking to the Moon translated to English as I was on my search to buy it and find out the entire story!

Audrey, 16 November, 2017

Your story is magic! I share with you the sensation of love and gratitude to life for bringing you two together. You story bewildered me. I wish you happy days and finding a quite bay for your family.

Maxim, Russia, 15 November, 2017

Heard your story on Snap Judgement and am floored by both of you!! Like others I really hope they make this into a move because your story is extraordinary. Keep fighting for your integrity and for your love.

Mollie, 14 November, 2017

I happen to turn on the radio just in time to hear your story. As a gay 78 year old women with still high hopes of finding love and adventure, your story was so wonderful.

Marianne, 13 November, 2017

I heard your amazing story on Snap Judgement today! You are two brave bad-ass women. I am deeply inspired and delighted by your commitment to each other and the phenomenal guts it took for you to make it out of Russia and freaking SAIL to Canada!!!

Amy, 13 November, 2017

Just had to make contact being so very profoundly moved by the extraordinary power & beauty of your unbelievably courageous love story! Wow, and thank you so much for sharing it ;my heart is pounding & my mind is blown at both of your’s strengths & beautiful convictions to triumph over evil and to survive to live this life as your true selves. As they say in Italian, “BRAVE!!!” to you both.

Lisa, 12 November, 2017

My wife and I heard about your story last week over the radio. Will
your book be published in English soon?

Kevin, 12 November, 2017

I find it inexplicable that you story is not widely known. It is truly the greatest tale of love, strength and courage I ever heard of!

And it is incomprehensible that the Canadian government has not granted citizenship to Elena in 10 years. I am glad that you have been granted, at least a temporary safe harbor in the States. I hope you will eventually be able to either government into granting you permanent residency. I cannot think of a more deserving couple.

Hope to see the English translation of the book and see you adventure on the big screen real soon.

Alex, 12 November, 2017

I heard of your adventure on Snap Judgment yesterday…what an inspiration! I can’t wait for the movie!

Michael, 12 November, 2017

Thanks for an incredible story! I heard it on NPR and was enthralled. My only question is: “Why is this not made into a film?” A wonderful adventure that would interest most, even heteros like me!

Lynn, 12 November, 2017

Dear Elena and Meg, Your story is one of the most beautiful and inspiring ones I have ever heard in my life!! Thank you for sharing it, I profoundly admire your courage and determination.

Samantha, 11 November, 2017

I just heard about your battles to be together and sailing alone to Canada. I am certain now that we can do anything if we want it badly enough. As a 71 year old woman, I needed to hear your story. I was raised in a home where we were taught to live according to the rules of my culture. Phooey!

Marlene, 11 November, 2017

I just heard your story on Snap Judgement. It’s a most incredible love story. I would love to see it as a feature film. Hope you can find a much needed translator.

Mayra, 11 November, 2017

Omg, what a love story, what an adventure and, how wonderful you are still on “that damn boat”. Thank you for sharing your story.

Bruce, 11 November, 2017

As a professional captain and delivery skipper I was mesmerized by your story on Snap Judgement! Not sure I would have had the guts to do what you did with so little experience. Looking back at my first ocean crossing I sure as hell didn’t have the knowledge to cross the Harbor much less the Atlantic and beat up the entire west coast of the US!!! You are such an inspiration and testament to believing in LOVE and yourselves. THANK YOU so much for sharing your story and continue to live YOUR lives. And please translate Talking to the Moon. I hope our wakes cross someday, it would be an honor to meet you both.

Judy, 11 November, 2017

I just heard your story on the Snap Judgement podcast and I was so deeply moved to hear what you two had been through to not only be together but to live authentic to who you are. I’ve been reading through your website and that you’re still overcoming all sorts of hurdles on a daily basis to survive and be together is incredible. It obviously gives me a lot less faith in governments, but a lot more faith in humanity! Whenever you’re able to “hit the road” to tell your story, you’ll always be welcome at our home in Austin, MN. Thank you for being so inspiring and brave and amazing. Stories like yours have and will continue to change the world for the better.

Chelsea, 11 November, 2017

We heard your amazing and epic journey on Snap Judgment NPR Podcast today. Wow, we were blown away with your bravery, commitment to each other and resilience. It truly is an inspiration to see how two people see beyond the obstacles in front of them and move forward with such daunting choice in front of them. To sail continents with limited skill and knowledge about sailing makes any other challenges couples fail pale in comparison. It makes me (Maria) wonder what fears I have allowed to limit my life experience. We applaud you and want you to know we are fans of yours.

Maria and Xavier, 11 November, 2017

I just heard your story on Snap Judgement. I am moved beyond words by what you went through to live your lives together. I will tuck this away in my heart and head as a source of inspiration when faced with difficulties. Thank you for sharing this with the world.

Joanne, 11 November, 2017

Hello, just heard your remarkable story…..courage I wish I had. Amazing strength, and may you both be together, healthy and happy for many years. May you inspire other women towards courage too.

Selma, 11 November, 2017

I just listened to your story on Snap Judgement and you are wonderful examples that LOVE conquers all and nothing is impossible. Thank you for sharing your story. I just love you both!

Wanda, 11 November, 2017

You both are amazingly brave. Your story of love and trust in each other is truly an inspiration. We are all capable of doing great things if we don’t let others tie us down, you prove that. Thank you for sharing it.

Christopher, 11 November, 2017

Your story on Snap Judgement was the most captivating story I’ve heard in a LONG time! And I listen to ALL the great NPR and other podcasts. And I’ve followed the trials of people like Zac Sunderland and what it’s like to be on the open ocean on a small boat…I can’t believe what you two went through! And that your crazy idea worked! Power to you. Really.

Dana, 10 November, 2017

I learned about your story tonight on a program on National Public Radio(NPR) that was called “Kismet”, an ironic title, if there ever was one! I believe that your book would be quite successful if fully translated into English. In the meantime, I am going to buy “Talking to the Moon”, and learn Russian as I read It! Congratulations for defying the odds, and not accepting your fate, as others would have it. Please be safe in your adventure, your love story is an inspiration. Love, From Las Vegas, Nevada

Terry, 10 November, 2017

Awe inspiring story which I heard on snap judgment radio. Your journey is incredible and I admire your resilience in the face of such odds. Keep seeking your safe harbor! I wish you all the best! Rob

Rob, 09 November, 2017

You are amazing! Keep fighting! Your story truly touched me. I can’t believe how brave and strong willed you both are. I am very hopeful that you will find a place to call home and a loving community soon. Maybe go to Argentina! We are a very welcoming people and support gay marriage and gay rights.

Virginia Maria, 09 November, 2017

I just finished reading your outstanding story. It would be an understatement to say that I am astonished by your bravery and determination! I was worried, agonized, was trying to imagine the route you were following. Since I have seen the ocean I knew very well how difficult and terrifying it was for you to be in it. But it was worth it. Your feelings and dedication to each other, even after 10 years, were and are worth of the horror you went trough. I wish you all the best!

Oksana, Ukraine, 03 November, 2017

Thank you for sharing such a remarkably moving story of love! I just finished reading it… tears of joy for the happy resolution of your journey are not stopping! I wish you health and many happy days! I send you greetings from Ukraine!

Irina, Ukraine, 30 September, 2017

We are a couple of a certain age, but very cheerful, we admire your strength, your will and your immense desire to love each other and share lives. We wish to you both the best, long life and much love until you reach our age and more.
We live in Panamá, if you ever pass by, we would like to invite you to enjoy a nice cup of coffee or a drink with us.

Maria and Irma, Panama, 28 September, 2017

I must say it’s one of the most remarkable love stories I’ve ever heard.

Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax, 17 August, 2017

Hello Elena and Meg, I write you from Spain, and I just discover your story. I can´t believe it has been 10 years since your epic journey started, and I did´t know about it !!!! (And I’m a pretty up-to-date and informed person) I can´t believe the world didn´t know. I wish I could help in some way, with a legal advice or something… I guess I can only wish you all the best in obtaining the refugee status again or the Canadian citizenship. The world needs brave women like you, And your stories must to be heard!! please take care and keep us informed!

Alba, 7 June, 2017

Ladies you’re amazing!!! I can’t even imagine what you went through! I also had followed my love to a different country but I just had to get on a plane and I had my family’s support too! So much easier.. I hope you manage to get your book published in English (or Czech) because I would definitely buy it! I can’t quite understand why we haven’t heard about your amazing journey earlier I really admire your courage and determination!! I wish you all the best in future!!

Zuzana, 23 May, 2017

How do I get a copy of your book in English? I am absolutely in awe of your story.

Krista, 19 May, 2017

I am so looking forward to the English translation of your journey, “Talking to the Moon”. Your courage is beyond inspiring. Your commitment to love is priceless.

Joyce, 19 May, 2017

Elena and Meg,
I cannot wait to read the book and watch the movie! I just know with the recent exposure, you’ll get it translated into many languages and producers will be knocking down your door to create a film. Although I’m from the US and I haven’t had to go through anything near what you two did, this story gives me so much hope and strength. Thank you for sharing it and I wish you all the best.

Whitney, 19 May, 2017

I can’t believe I just learned of your amazing story! You ladies take my breath away. Is your book available in English yet? Will it be soon? If not, I may have to learn to read Russian. Your story inspires and uplifts me. Thank you so much for sharing it. You both have my utmost admiration.

Carol, 19 May, 2017

Ladies, I am in awe of you!

Nina, 19 May, 2017

Dear sisters! Here, in Russia, we are reading about your exploits in the name of love and in the name of being yourself and not the zombies, which the world of patriarchy wants to turn us into, and we admire you, we send you beams of our sisterly warmth, support and hope that you will prevail and achieve everything you strive for.

Marina, Russia, 24 November, 2016

I finished reading your story just now – the way you were overcoming all odds and obstacles on your way to be together. I am overwhelmed with emotions, of the fact how much you had to go through in order to reach your goal and not to turn off that path. What a strong inner core you had to have!!! in order to turn your plan into reality!!! – it is sturdy and strong! It is worthy of respect!!!!! The whole planet should take their lead from you! I wish your couple long and happy life, because together you make miracles!

Olga, Russia, 23 November, 2016

What an amazing story. Such heroism and determination. Inspirational. It should be a Hollywood film!

Peter Tatchell, Great Britain, 23 August, 2015

You have a very courageous story to share with the world and I hope that you will not tire of sharing it. Personally you have inspired me and I wish you the best that life has to offer you and Meg.

Donna Forbes, Canada, 19 May, 2010

The letters from Russian speaking readers were translated to English.