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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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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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A question of killing: Howard County author searches for an answer by Lisa Kawata Howard Magazine hit a record for social media activity with this article.  You can find the link: here.        

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When I look at this picture of my sister I remember the day.  We were visiting my uncle, my mother’s brother and his family. They had just moved to this new apartment and my parents were excited to see the new place. My sister was two maybe two and a half years old.  I was […]

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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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Perhaps the very essence of human nature calls for naming things to make sense of the world. I imagine the first humans touching rocks, blades of grass, newborn babies, and the fur of animals they killed. And making sounds — the first sounds that named the things they were touching.  In my mind the sounds […]

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Taher is the main character of my novel about 9/11. Since his birth was unexpected, it came to be considered miraculous. Taher himself was proclaimed to be exceptional, a gift of God, on the day he was born. Later on, his unusual sensitivities, his remarkable imagination, and his dedication to the studies of the Holy Quran not only ensured him a privileged position as the family’s […]

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Can you feel good about feeling bad? How difficult is it to admit to the reason of feeling bad? Is it possible to live a life when the choices are easy and the mind is clear? I have a strong suspicion that your answers are also mine. Aren’t our life experiences similar?  Don’t we experience […]

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Do you reach for the familiar when you need comfort? What is it that makes you go back to the place of belonging? What is your place of belonging?  The place that you call home? No, not the physical place, but the place where you feel at home with yourself. When I need comfort I reach for […]

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Beyond simple time

Time is a strange concept.  It doesn’t really mean anything but it defines everything. When I was a child, Easter was about white table-cloth, coloring eggs, making wydmuszki, baking babka wielkanocna, finding the first przebisniegi (galanthus nivalis) along the river. It was about going to church, about family gatherings and conversations about a better, one-day-post-communist tomorrow.  This is what […]

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