Author Archives: Theodora Goss

Living with Ghosts

When I returned to Budapest after eight months during which I was unable to travel because of the coronavirus pandemic, I thought that my apartment had acquired a ghost. In my absence, the apartment had been renovated. The originally plan … Continue reading

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Building a Nest

Little by little, I am building a nest. Imagine a little brown bird flying around gathering twigs and bits of string — that’s me. Last summer, my daughter and I walked through the park near my apartment in Boston and … Continue reading

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Living and Dreaming in Budapest

I woke up this morning with a sense of how incredibly lucky I am. This semester, I’m living and working in Budapest, teaching at two Hungarian universities with a Fulbright grant. I arrived a little more than a week ago, … Continue reading

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The Process of Moulting

“What moulting is to birds, the time when they change their feathers, that’s adversity or misfortune, hard times, for us human beings. One may remain in this period of moulting, one may also come out of it renewed.” — Vincent … Continue reading

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Accomplishment Culture

This semester, I helped my daughter with her college applications. We talked about colleges, went through her essays together, talked through the application process and the decisions it involved — where to apply? early decision or not? Early in the … Continue reading

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Get Off Your Phone

Yes, I’m talking to you. All right, no, I’m not talking to you. I’m talking to myself. I’m not quite sure what happened during the pandemic. On the one hand, I was on my computer all the time. I had … Continue reading

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A Noiseless Patient Spider

There is a spiderweb between the back porch and the chain link fence. That space is probably three feet across, and the spiderweb must be three or four feet tall. If you look at it slantwise, you can just see … Continue reading

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