Author Archives: Tavi's Corner

About Tavi's Corner

Blogging on ancient philosophy, communist persecution in Romania (including deportation to Siberia), and Orthodox Christianity. I've translated books from Romanian to English, and I also write about them from time to time.

The spring of love

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return to the earth. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord!” Forgive me, my brothers, for crying when I say … Continue reading

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Moments in life with Lady Gaga

On the road again, on a bus… A beautiful, sunny day. Three people around me are sleeping. The only one awake is an older man, unmoved, his eyes looking into an absent horizon. And music. So when I’m all choked … Continue reading

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The Wolves – poem by Noemi Marin

On Tuesday, April 9, Noemi Marin will speak of her poetry volume, Aerul Departarii. For this occasion, I translated one of her poems. Here’s a link to the Tuesday event. I’ll join her to speak about C. Noica’s Pray for … Continue reading

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Moments of beauty in anonymity

I wake up early, and so I witness moments of remarkable beauty. A dawn that still allows the moon to be seen above a cloud, sun rays breaking through the branches of a tree… moments that I would have missed … Continue reading

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Our images in other people’s worlds

There is something touching about the idea that people live in their own world, in which I belong as a constituent, a world different than mine (I am not a character in my own world, but I am a character … Continue reading

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Cooking toward the unknown

A friend told me a story about how, in his youth, he and his family visited a lady. It was during lent. The lady went to the kitchen and started cooking the “Romanian way.” She took a pan, threw in … Continue reading

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A Star is born: sanctuaries

I rarely react to a movie the way I have when I watched A Star Is Born. This is mainly because of one notion: sanctuary. In fact, I heard some of the actors talking about this idea, that the director created a sanctuary … Continue reading

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Beautiful New Year

Originally posted on Tavi's Corner:
Photo by Aida Matei, used by permission.? “White flowers sing at the gate of the heart. Whoever has lived divine love will understand me and will be happy for my happiness. (…) ?Man is…

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“What Christmas is all about”

I am taken aback by the multitude of people who want to tell you “what Christmas is all about.” Here’s my experience: person after person is asking you whether you are ready for Christmas, assuming, then, that we have a … Continue reading

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Are you ready for Christmas?

I have heard this question numerous times now for the past three weeks or so : when I go to the bank, when an acquaintance wants to make small talk, or when there is really nothing else to say. Regardless … Continue reading

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