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Category Archive for 'Meditations on life'

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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  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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Your questions about remembering and forgetting and “re-creating” are ones that I’ve thought about too as I’ve worked through my poems and essays about my parents. An interviewer, Okla Elliot, once asked me the following question: “In Lightning and Ashes, you make use of what seems like direct family sources (such as the poem “A […]

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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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“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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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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Veni, vidi, vici! for my students, Fall 2011 by Danuta Hinc When my students were in the preliminary stages, meaning, “familiarizing themselves” with Assignment #5 (writing instructions for experts and non-experts), one of my students from the A. James Clark School of Engineering, questioned the requirements of that assignment. “Professor Hinc,” he asked in his […]

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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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I called my dad today, as I do every day, and he picked up the phone but for the first time said nothing but one word, yes? I started talking about the weather and the colors of the forest around our house. Everything is turning red and yellow, I said. It rained last night, I […]

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It’s a rainy Saturday morning. I am drinking my coffee, looking out the window (as I always do) and thinking about my book reading that will take place tomorrow. How can I possibly talk about the years of working on this novel?  What is the most important message I can convey to my audience?  I […]

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