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Last night I woke up at 3:15 a.m. and since I felt perfectly rested I didn’t see any reason of staying in bed.  I decided to go downstairs. All the lights in the house were out, even the small one above the stove that is usually left on just so we can see our steps […]

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I was three years, three months, and one week old on the day my baby sister, Aleksandra, was born. I didn’t know my mom was pregnant and I didn’t know I lived in Poland.  I didn’t know there was a world outside of my own and I didn’t know I had my own world. I […]

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Inception: or dream up your life

I saw Inception last week, a film set in the architecture of a mind.  In the movie, Dom Cobb enters the dreams of powerful people to obtain and extract valuable information. The plot centers on Cobb’s biggest challenge: planting an idea in someone else’s mind, an act known as “inception.” The visual and conceptual worlds […]

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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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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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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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