Category: Land Inside writings

What makes good doctors – 3 top qualities, from personal experience

I have known doctors and hospitals since the age of 1 year and 10 months, due to asthma and severe bronchitis. My memory keeps no record of the first prolonged stay in the Children’s Hospital in Timisoara, Romania. But I clearly remember the mixture of disappointment with resignation when I felt life draining out of…

Back to school: from Victorian childhood through communism to contemporary UK

My partner’s daughter, Rosie, goes to high school starting this year! Her first day there, last week, sounded a bit scary and disappointing, but now she comes back home with a glint in her eyes and a knowing smile in the corners of her mouth. She reminds me of when, exactly her age, I won…

Letter to the world about grandma

Written today, this poem comes as it is. It might be part of a series, it might be just a one off. If you read it all, you will understand why.  the whiff of hot cocoa milk and a strange little childhood in a communist flat the whiff of hot cocoa milk two furry faces…

in a single moment of strumming – intro to poetry slam

Photo: @Gareth Reed carbon gas dwells just a few notes above the golden tears and the village dazed by music tequila marijuana I remember the first time I heard his music that summer when I was very fat very in love with a German young man visiting with my cousin I was one step away…

Family roots and creative people inspire my writing

Today, in Romania we celebrate Palm Sunday, which is called Florii. Probably linked with the old pagan traditions, it means the flowers (Sunday). I myself was baptised on this day, the year I was born. And as we celebrate Easter today in the UK, with my first Easter catholic mass yesterday evening, my thoughts go back to…

VIDEO: What about knowing somebody from Eastern Europe?

Would you watch a video about somebody’s home/homeland? Would somebody you did not know, from a country you do not know a lot about, have any chance to gain your attention? How much would you want to learn about somebody from Eastern Europe? The first complex video I ever made, with a very basic tool…