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In December last year, I was going through some old pictures for two reasons. First, it was the time of the year when I reflect on the past. Second, I am working on a chapter of my fictionalized memoir, Angels in the Forest, in which I am ten, and I needed to look at pictures where […]

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When I was a child I used to stare quite often. This habit was considered annoying, impolite, and worrisome. Annoying, because it happened almost on daily basis. Impolite, because no one likes being monitored by another person, especially a child. Worrisome, because it was imposible to determine the source of the behavior. Was it desirable curiosity or […]

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One of the Christmas memories I have from my childhood is cooking or baking with my mom. Here is an excerpt from To Kill the Other, in which making pastry, remembered by Marek, a Polish character in the novel, is based on my own experience. “I like the powdered ones because they remind me of […]

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  Last summer came and went. I can’t quite tell how it happened, but I know I have written twenty five thousand words of my next book, Angels in the Forest, which is based on the life of my grandfather, Joseph King. I have also written about five thousand words of another fictionalized memoir, Friends, […]

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In the research related to the book I am working on right now, Europe Without a Name, among other things, I listen — how did we live before the Internet, again? — to Polish music of the 60s and 70s, and it takes me a long time before I can gain my composure and write. […]

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Everyday is the same. I stare at a blank page and feel as if I have never written a sentence before. Nothing comes to my mind. I look out the window — the forest is still in the same place. I look at my neighbors deck and for some reason a past scene comes to my […]

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“Our lives are the sum of our memories. How much are we willing to lose from our already short lives by … not paying attention?” says Joshua Foer, a science writer, in his TED talk (posted below). How much are we willing to lose? Foer asks. If you want to live a memorable life, he […]

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That we could, as we do, live in the realm of eternal mirrors, working our way at the same time through unmowed grasses. ~ Czeslaw Milosz It has been almost six months since my father’s passing. I still can’t grasp what happened, even though I know exactly what happened. All I can think of is […]

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I still can’t write about it and I don’t know why. I know what I want to say … but it’s not enough to say it.  Perhaps all I can do is to wait for it to pass.  Will I know when it’s over?  I don’t know. Here are two poems written in honor of […]

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 John 14:1-4 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again […]

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