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Sorry folks, but this is not going to be as exciting as the title; however, here’s a story. Every time I’m finally done writing memoires, something happens to shake up my life, again and again and again. It’s like I’m a walking earthquake with the tectonic...

I started consciously developing survival skills just before I turned 3.  Of course, my critical thinking was non-existent, physical strength under developed, ability to communicate just underway and my understanding of life was zero. I was peacefully living with my parents and two really big and...

If you came here hoping for some high class lady-in-disgrace story, this ain’t gonna be it. If you are familiar with Henry James’s most popular novel, “The Portrait of a Lady” then you will appreciate, hopefully, the purposefully slip of classical literature. If you’re unaware of...

I am a memoir writer. I became one quite by accident, then by choice. You can tell I am a memoir writer by the simple fact that I start every single sentence (ok, most) with “I”. Apart from the narcissistic value of “I”, there is...

S***hole is a noun. It has plural form: s***holes. So s*** remains non-countable, whereas holes can be many. When I studied English in my native country of Romania, I had not learned this. I just had to deal with the s*** word and then pronounce...

I still have to meet someone who doesn’t want to be healthy, or, at least healthier. I also want to meet someone who doesn’t want to look good. (I met, of course, a lot of men and women who confessed they did not give a...

I intend to stop writing social satire once the social stops being satirical. One of my life’s purposes at this stage is to find as many genuine people as possible. I kindly, yet obsessively remind you, however, that I live in Washington, D.C…Right in the middle...

I’m on a shuttle bus at the Miami Airport. Miami is a supercool place. Sunny, fun, lots of young people. Very international with the locals mostly Hispanic though. Tourist area and great work place for real models and even better for professional ‘models’ better known...

The other day, just as I was immersed in several projects at the same time, dealing with them with the dexterity of a rabbit during a side plank, a lovely person had the unfortunate idea to text me to see how I was doing. Before looking...

The first time I called myself a narcissist was for two reasons: Because I’m terribly vain. Because I thought people would get the hint, and be forced to look at themselves I thought the logic was smart, but it didn’t work out as I’d planned. People never got...

“The Meridian Ball is one of the most prestigious annual events in Washington D.C. Now in its 48th year, the event brings together members of the public and private sectors to celebrate Meridian’s ongoing efforts to prepare leaders for a global future. The ball’s well-attended...

Pardon my French, but if you don’t have the balls to hear what I have to say on these delicate subjects, I strongly encourage you to stop reading.  I’m going to be raw about it. Some people have it. It’s that “je ne sais quoi” that...

I love lawyers and diplomats. I love diplomats because they’re lovable and lawyers because they’re different. “American lawyers I have known see the law as something that is set apart from real life; that is, somehow, more perfect. Lawyers in their own eyes are endowed with...

Today I’m introducing a new concept, one of acculturation, which basically means learning and adapting to a culture other than your own.“We can learn and adapt to another culture, acculturate and yet still not be admitted into that culture as equal participants, assimilate. Acceptance into...

“Culture is not inherited, but is instead acquired unconsciously during childhood simply by participating in human interactions with others. This process of learning or acquiring our native culture is termed“enculturation.” (Culture, Communication and Conflict, Gary R. Weaver)I’d bet money you had no idea you were...

I was seven years old when I saw my first murder case file.  The victim was also a seven-year-old boy whose throat was cut with a knife by his drunken stepfather. I remember the whole thing, but will focus on what still haunts me.Growing up I...

It’s your typical busy day in downtown Washington D.C., a sunny lunch time where men are jacketless, clad in strictly black, and women in office suits teeter on high heels up and down the road to get a bite to eat from one of the...

If you feel like your life is charmed—even slightly boring—or on the contrary are completely suffocated by struggles to make ends meet, raise children, care for the elderly, or are battling a disease and need a diversion, all you need to do is turn on...

I have been a faithful Uber customer since Uber was born in Washington, D.C.  While I love driving and enjoy my car, there are times when I’m just in need of some conversation. Uber drivers are the best. They have to deal with a lot...

I moved with my little family (husband-big, housekeeper-medium, dog-tiny) into a new neighborhood in Washington, D.C.  near Georgetown.  It’s been a month and I’m full-blown back into culture shock.While I still speak the same language, I’m in the same country, in the same town, having...

Dear Reader:(Disclaimer -- All blog entries on this website will be about me, written by me with clear focus on my views and perspectives of the world. If the word “me” bothers you, please leave this page as soon as possible. It has my name...

Ioana frequently meets with ambassadors to the United States.  As a member of the International Committee at the University Club, she regularly plans events where embassies and ambassadors are introduced to the members of the Club....