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 love for their children is always perfect” and that the … Continue reading Bodnariu Saga Over For Now

Do-It-Yourself Romania: Geamăna’s Sunken Church

When it comes to Romania, trips to the countryside are do-it-yourself ventures.  How much fun you have depends on how willing you are to forego convenience in exchange for some shockingly wild experiences.  For example, there’s Geamăna: once a sleepy little mountain town, it now resides deep beneath a slurry of toxic mine drainage thanks to communist-era vicissitudes.  Today, only the church remains above the noxious sludge, as it was the highest … Continue reading Do-It-Yourself Romania: Geamăna’s Sunken Church

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 all, an enormous book and giving no context or explanation … Continue reading The B-I-B-L-E, Yes That’s the Book for Me!