Safe for Kids!

A good ol’ American dad with his two cornfed boys visited Tiraspol and Bender… and had a wonderful time.

Garbage Fire

Lately, I’ve had my mind on my neighbor down the road, but that doesn’t mean that I’ve forgotten about good old Unicorn City. Ah yes, my pet name for dear, sweet Cluj-Napoca, a charming city that is, unfortunately, a little too full of its own shit. How many times have I written about this before,…

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…

Romania’s Children the Happiest in the World

Shame on me, of course, for linking to The Daily Mail, but I do find it interesting that Romanian children ranked highest (out of 16 countries worldwide) as the “happiest”. Far more significant (to me) is that Romanian children also ranked highest in terms of satisfaction in the way they look. One of the saddest…

Music Education Under Threat in Romania

According to this informative post, many of Romania’s schools’ music education programs are on the verge of being removed from the curriculum. And it’s all the fault of the music teachers! Every time a teacher started to believe what everyone was saying about music education – how it’s worthless, kids don’t need it, what’s he…

Squaring the Dog Circle

Woah! Sometimes you almost give up hope on some enduring problems in Romania but this story is amazing: Stray dogs could be used in pet therapy programmes for children with disabilities. This is the ambitious idea from Vier Pfoten, a non-profit association that has recently opened a service centre for its unique care in Bucharest….

Bodnariu Case Isn’t Going Away

Back in November, the department of Child Welfare in Norway removed five children from the custody of their parents, one Romanian (Bodnariu) and his wife (Norwegian). This issue continues to snowball: Thousands of people took to the streets over the weekend in Romania’s major cities, as well as in other European and American cities, in…

The Book of Revelation 9:10

I’ve been busy as hell lately, celebrating birthdays, taking more homeless people to the doctor, nursing a cat with a broken leg (she’s okay now, thank goodness) and doing a ton of writing for my new book but I’ve still had time to keep an eye on the news and it’s been a doozy here…

My very first Kickstarter project

Wow it has finally launched! YES! Folks, if you’ve been following this blog for a long time, you know about “Project Iceberg”, my little code word for a something I’ve been planning and working on since August 2012 when I wrote my post The Revolution Begins Today. Essentially I looked around here and wondered what…