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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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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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I had an interesting conversation with a friend yesterday. She said she has tried to leave her iPhone at the hotel room, where she was staying, and go to the beach with just a book in her purse but wasn’t able to do it. I had the best intentions to disconnect myself from the world […]

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When I look at this picture of myself with an apple I think of how history is remembered, preserved, and passed on to the next generations. I come to the conclusion that an accurate account of history doesn’t exist. History is not recorded as a continuum of things that happened. It is rather a knowledge […]

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When I think of the thread to burn the Qur’an and of the many divided voices in the media, I can’t help but to admit the strong clash I feel between what we call the liberties of this country with what I remember as the history of my family, of my country, of Europe. I […]

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I remember myself standing in front of the television set in my basement for hours.  I wasn’t able to move.  The couch was just a couple of feet away but I wasn’t able to sit down. I live in the same house I lived on 9/11.  My basement has been repainted since then.  I have […]

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Poland: tragic history repeats itself

The plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczyński on Saturday reminded me of the most painful moments in Poland’s history. The 97 who died included the army chief of staff, the head of the National Security Bureau, the national bank president, the deputy foreign minister, the deputy parliament speaker, the civil rights commissioner, and other members […]

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