Monthly Archives: May 2016

The sin of eating an apple (not that apple)

I loved my tata mare (grandpa). He used to have a certain playfulness about him, which always made us, kids, look for his company. Then, he seemed to have all the time in the world. If we ever wanted to … Continue reading

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Two ways of shaking it off

You often hear that you should not pay attention to what others say about you. It is just unhelpful. People will talk about you–just perhaps as you also talk about others–regardless of what you do. There is always something that … Continue reading

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The train to Auschwitz and the free shepherd

Mrs. Magda Brown, speaking to my students at the Illinois Holocaust Museum “I thought that the entire world was in the boxcar. I could not understand how there was a free man, shepherding his flock.” These words are Mrs. Magda … Continue reading

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The oppression of joy

  Photo taken by my son, Andrei. A while ago, I was stopped on the campus’s streets by some young college students. There were two girls and a boy, dressed very casually, like anyone else on campus, but who asked … Continue reading

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The Canon of Joy

. A friend of mine told me a story: some years ago, when an older lady went to church for the last time before not being able to leave her place, she asked the priest what else she could do. … Continue reading

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Ode to my wife

  This is a copy of a picture a good friend of ours, Jean-Claude Havaux, made at our wedding.  I had a moment of weakness this morning. I was running here and there, being mentally preoccupied with the many things … Continue reading

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Can one dislike cats but like one cat?

Photo taken by my son, Andrei. I belong to that category of people who do not want to have animals in the house. Before you judge me, please consider that I have a cat. Or, as I like to say … Continue reading

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Robbing the joy from others

A couple of weeks ago, someone asked for my help. It was a trivial thing, but this person’s attitude (although I should say my inability to see beyond her attitude) made me really resent the request. The context was interesting: … Continue reading

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Words do matter: why "objective testing" is a harmful expression

    I recently heard in two different situations the expression “objective testing,” referring to tests which can be easily assessed by anyone as long as that person is in possession of an answer sheet. In other words, tests which … Continue reading

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Christ is risen!… Now… what?

    Today is the Sunday of the Resurrection for Orthodox Christians. It comes at the end of the Holy Week, the most beautiful period of the entire year. Its beauty stems precisely from the Sunday that comes at its … Continue reading

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