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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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A Garden and a Bathtub

Someday, I would like to have a house with a garden and a bathtub. After I graduated from law school, I moved with my then-husband to Larchmont, New York, so I could work in Manhattan. That apartment had a bathtub, … Continue reading

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The Apartment in Budapest

There were so many problems with the apartment in Budapest. The electrical wiring dated from the 1970s. It had half the amperes of a modern apartment, if that’s the right way to say it — renovating the apartment was my … Continue reading

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