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Mother’s Day: May 12, 2013 Dear Mom, The idea of writing a letter to you has been following me for years. At this point, I don’t even remember when I thought of it first. Was it three years ago? Maybe five? Maybe even ten. These days, I mostly type on my laptop—sometimes thinking about the […]

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One might say that living a bilingual life offers enriched experience, but I say it also brings confusion and struggle during the first years of learning, especially when the second language enters someone’s life in the second or third decade. I am not sure if there is a moment when two different languages can merge […]

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Happy Birthday with Love, John Lennon

You might be surprised to learn that not everyone around the globe understood the words of Imagine the way they were intended when John Lennon sang them. And I myself had learned this truth in my twenties, after emigrating to the USA. Keep in mind that Poles, under communist rule, were not allowed to travel […]

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Life in slow motion

In the Summer of 2001 I went back to Europe for the first time after emigrating to the United States in 1991. For the first three weeks, I visited my sister and her family in Grevenbroich, Germany. Every morning I observed her neighborhood through my bedroom window with the same feeling. I sensed that something was terribly strange about everything I […]

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