Fericit și totuși frământat

Hey… How’s it going? Yes, I know. I’ve been gone a while. It’s a long story. Listen. Romania, I’m worried about you. I really am. I’m still over here in the Republic of Moldova, otherwise known as the Stefan cel Mare #1 Fan Club, but I’m worried. Everyone I know in Romania is feeling unsettled,…

A (Light) Slap in the Face

You know, sometimes it gets tiresome being right so often. First of all, it’s exhausting to constantly have to deal with ankle biters every time you speak up and say something the slightest bit controversial, akin to what (I imagine) a bear must feel when attacked by a pack of rabid dachsunds. Secondly, the more…

Eye on Elim

Two days ago, I wrote a piece on the Bodnariu saga that was as fair and balanced as I could make it. Despite this, my site was deluged by spam from the Bodnariu propaganda network (I deleted most of it, but left the salient comments) as well as several insulting messages. So be it. I…

Bodnariu Saga Over For Now

I first wrote about this case six months ago, wherein a Romanian family living in Norway had their children taken from them by the local equivalent of Child Protective Services. The case certainly got a LOT of attention in Romania, with 99.99% of the comments expressing rather hyperbolic sentiments along the lines of “A family’s…

Hey Sam, I want to write a book

Me: Hey, what’s up? Person: You have an awesome life. How can I write books like you? Me: I’d tell you the answer but people say I’m wordy so I made up some picture cards. Person: Hey Sam, how long does it take to write a book? Me: Funny you should ask! The girls like…

The 3 M’s

There’s an old saying that people move to a new city (or country) for one of three reasons, Money, Marriage or Missionary work. Well, I haven’t gotten married just quite yet and I doubt I’ve made more than 100 euros here in all the years I’ve lived in Romania. But to my surprise, I find…

Happy Easter!

Ah yes, Happy Easter! Paste Fericit to my Romanian readers and Kellemes Húsvéti Ünnepeket to my Hungarian friends. For the next week or so, the following is mandatory with literally everyone you know in Romania, even that sour-faced old man who lives in your bloc and always stares at you with his mouth hanging open:…

The B-I-B-L-E, Yes That’s the Book for Me!

Well as the Easter holiday rapidly approaches, and having received some positive feedback for my last bit of exegesis, I thought I’d be useful to give an extremely simplified guide to reading the Bible. Sad to say this but most Christian religious instruction tends to be teaching a handful of stories from what is, after…

Word of the Day: Prohod

Well here’s a word you won’t hear every day: prohod. In fact, the only time you’ll (probably) ever hear it is today because it refers to the specific Orthodox religious ceremony conducted on Good Friday. The word prohod specifically refers to funeral rites or the series of prayers and ceremonies conducted when someone is buried….

Homosexuality in the Bible

There’s an old adage that seems to get more true the longer I live, which is that only atheists read the Bible. Now I’m not an atheist but I never fail to be amazed just how poorly most religious Christians understand the central text of their faith. You can say what you like about Jews…

Vine Iepurasul!

As you probably know, the holiday of Easter is rapidly approaching. This year is kind of cool because it’s being celebrated on the same day in both the Romanian Orthodox tradition as well as the other kinds of Christianity, including Catholicism and Protestants. On many years, Hungarians (and others) celebrate it one week while Orthodox…