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Southeast Asia – Bali – Chapter 7


Flying with Garuda Airlines can be an adventure in many ways. Knowing its issues with reliability, the day Marjorie and I were scheduled to fly to Bali for a weekend R&R, I asked Barun, our driver, to wait until he … Continue reading

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War Stories From The County Chapter 5


The following are some random vignettes to give you, the reader, a peek beyond the curtain of healing, disease and medical care that made County different from other hospitals. Given the size of the program and the lack of formal … Continue reading

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68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice — Discover


“Show up. Keep showing up. Somebody successful said: 99% of success is just showing up.” On his 68th birthday, Kevin Kelly shares 68 bits of wisdom. via 68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice — Discover

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Cars


The only people who owned cars in Hungary during my lifetime there were Communist Party members, government officials, some member of the military, as well as the secret police. Budapest had (and still has) an excellent network of trams, buses, … Continue reading

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Memories of My Grandfather


My mother’s father was a person of mythic proportions in my life. He was the only grandfather I knew, as my father’s parents had been killed in the war. By the time I was born, he and my grandmother were … Continue reading

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Life with my Cousin


I wasn’t an orphan, but sometimes I felt like one. I missed my mother and grandmother tremendously, and wrote long letters to them. About once a month, I would get a letter back, though by allusions to events I had … Continue reading

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Stranger In A Strange Land


Our train pulled into the station in Chicago, where we were met by my father’s uncle. He had lived in America since the start of World War II, owned a store selling fur coats on the South Side of Chicago, … Continue reading

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We Become Refugees


There is a very clear difference between a refugee and an immigrant. A refugee is one who leaves his country not willingly, as an immigrant does in seeking a different life, but out of absolute necessity in order save his … Continue reading

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Family – My Aunt Susie and Uncle Fred


Susie was born two years before my mom, and as her big sister, always considered herself both my mom’s boss, as well as protector. As a result, the two of them fought frequently, but loved each other unfailingly. Bright, strongly … Continue reading

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A Priest Behind the Iron Curtain


My mother’s father had a younger brother who went on to become a Catholic priest prior to the outbreak of World War II. Part of his seminary training took place at the University in Heidelberg, Germany, as a result of … Continue reading

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