Musings

Dupa ce plec de la Neatza aflu ca tanarul cu care vorbisem era Razvan Simion, iar celalat care statuse deoparte era Dani Otil. Ma intorc la Washington. Le spun catorva cunoscuti romani ca la Bucuresti, in sfarsit m-am ‘indragostit’ de un roman. Mentionez ca ma ‘indragostesc’...

In drum spre emisiunea “Neatza” ma intrebam cu sinceritate retorica ( nu ma intrebam rhetoric) “ Ce caut eu in viata mea? “ Raspunsul mi-a venit printr-o noua intrebare privindu-l pe sotul meu. “ Ce caut eu in viata LUI? Ca a mea ca a...

Mai am o zi de petrecut în Romania și sunt fericită că am cunoscut atât de mulți oameni și m-am simțit ca acasă. Decid să merg la Văleni, după cum le promisesem Părinților și așa cum își dorea și soțul meu. Dar sunt anunțată că sunt...

După ce am plecat de la Teo Show m-am întors în apartamentul meu mic din București, pe care îl am încă de la 23 de ani, adică de aproape jumătate de viață. Locul meu de refugiu cultural. Locul în care m-am retras la toate venirile în...

S***hole este un substantiv în limba engleză. Are ca formă de plural s***holes, astfel că s***rămâne defectiv de plural, pe când cuvântul hole se transforma în holes, adică mai multe găuri. Atunci când am studiat limba engleză în țara mea de baștină, România, încă nu...

Nu voi mai scrie satiră socială decât atunci când socialul va înceta să mai fie demn de satirizat. În prezent, unul dintre scopurile vieții mele este să întâlnesc cât mai mulți oameni sinceri și onești. Cu toate acestea, aș vrea să vă reamintesc, blând dar insistent,...

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...

În timp ce mă pregăteam pentru emisiunea lui Teo, aveam o grămadă de alte lucruri pe cap în Washington. Într-o zi plină de evenimente, muncă voluntară și alte obligații, am luat 2 decizii tipice mie(adică impulsive, emoționale, irefutabile, ireparabile și fără drept de apel). Obișnuiesc să...

Am trăit și am scris despre “Coșmarul american”, dar mulți români m-au întrebat: pe când “Coșmarul românesc?” Am apreciat, desigur, ironia împletită cu simțul umorului ce se ascundea în spatele acestei întrebari. Și m-am gândit să scriu, nu o carte, ci un răspuns. O altă perspectivă...

Sunt în autobuzul care asigură legătura dintre aeroport și Miami, un oraș foarte fain - însorit, plin de tineri și care oferă multe distracții. În marea lor majoritate, localnicii sunt de etnie hispanică, dar Miami este recunoscut ca fiind un oraș cosmopolit, turistic și propice...

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...

I’m such an idiotic she-peacock; I do have to stop and laugh at myself. As I’ve been telling you, I am smart and educated and God knows what other humble statements like that I made. But trust me, when I am dumb, I go full blown...

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...

Dacă ţi se pare că viaţa ta e minunată – deși uneori plictisitoare - sau dimpotrivă eşti complet sufocat de lupta pentru bani, de creşterea copiilor sau vrei sa învingi o boală şi ai nevoie de o diversiune, tot ce ai de făcut este să...