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.

Beautiful New Year

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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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Have you prepared your boots?

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The eve of St. Nicholas. For Romanian children and probably for children coming from other traditions as well, this means that they have to prepare their boots and place them at the window. St.…

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Mishu’s two fights

10:00 pm. Mishu, our cat, goes outside. In 5 minutes, he comes back to the door, a dead mouse in his mouth. “Don’t scold him,” my wife tells me. “He’s done his job.” He just murdered a mouse because he … Continue reading

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The old man in the choir

  A beautiful catholic cathedral and the Bradley Community Chorus. Dixit Dominus Domino meo, sede a dextris meis. I turn right to my wife and whisper to her: “Do you see the old man?” He is in the first row … Continue reading

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John Locke’s secondary qualities and the synergy between God and humans

  There’s something profoundly spiritual in John Locke’s idea that secondary qualities do not belong to things themselves, but they are created in us during our interactions with the world. There is no color, no taste, no smell, no sound … Continue reading

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I became an American citizen today

I become an American citizen today. I wake up with strange feelings. How will this change me? I go to the gym at 5:00 a.m.; normal day. The usual people around me: are they citizens, I wonder? Do they know … Continue reading

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Student tears

  I think I see tears in her eyes. She’s probably in her late thirties, and she participates in the Convocation for freshmen at her college. I don’t think I have seen her before. She may be in one of … Continue reading

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The Sunday Walk to Golgotha

In his The Sacred and the Profane, Mircea Eliade speaks of the break in the space that is brought about by that which connects individuals with the divine (see here a video in which I speak about this). For the majority … Continue reading

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